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[WEBINAR] A Conversation with Indra Nooyi '80

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Mon, Feb 7, 2022

12 PM – 1 PM EST (GMT-5)

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All Yale SOM alumni are invited to a discussion with Indra Nooyi ’80, former chairman & CEO of PepsiCo, about her new book, My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future.

Nooyi will be joined by her Yale SOM classmate and friend Linda Mason ’80, former CEO and co-founder of Bright Horizons, for a conversation on the urgent need for business and government to prioritize the care ecosystem, paid leave, and work flexibility.

50 attendees will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Indra's book in the mail.

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Indra K. Nooyi '80

Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi is the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo (2006-2019); a Fortune 50 company with operations in more than 180 countries. In this role, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it serves.

During her tenure, PepsiCo grew net revenue by more than 80%, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162%. Nooyi directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its transformation, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of the Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as PepsiCo’s President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to the company’s Board of Directors. She was responsible for corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations, and information technology.

From February 2000 to April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.

Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning, and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.

Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston

Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm. Mrs. Nooyi served as a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors from 2001 and February 2019. Mrs. Nooyi is now a member of the board of Amazon, where she chairs the audit committee. She sits on the supervisory board of Philips, where she is also a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee.

She is a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek; an independent director of the International Cricket Council; and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at MIT’s School of Engineering, and a member of the MIT Corporation. She also serves on the boards of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Partnership for Public Service.

Additionally, Mrs. Nooyi is the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point where she helps enhance the ability of both the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the U.S. Military Academy to fulfill the mission of developing leaders of character. She also serves as an advisor to several early-stage companies.

She is the author of the book, My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future, her much-anticipated memoir that offers insight and a call-to-action from one of the world’s most-admired business leaders on how our society can blend work and family — and advance women — in the 21st century.

Mrs. Nooyi has received fifteen honorary degrees. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor. That same year, she was named an “Outstanding American by Choice” by the US State Department. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University.

Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.



 


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Linda Mason '80

Former CEO and co-founder of Bright Horizons

Bright Horizon Family Solutions

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Linda Mason is co-founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, taking it from a start-up in her home, raising financing, building the organization, and taking it public.  The company is the largest worldwide provider of worksite child care, early education, and educational advising. Bright Horizons, now a $10 billion public company trading on the New York Stock Exchange, operates more than 1,200 high-quality child development centers for employers in six countries.  The company employs over 35,000 people and serves more than 120,000 families.  

Bright Horizons was selected by Fortune magazine in 2021 for the 20th time as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America”, and was selected by the Boston Globe as “One of the Great Places to Work” every year since 2005. Linda Mason was one of five corporate recipients of the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership presented by President Bill Clinton.  She was the recipient of the Ernst & Young/USA Today "National Entrepreneur of the Year", one of Business Week's  "Best Entrepreneurs," and one of Working Mother Magazine’s “25 most influential working mothers in America.”   

Ms. Mason is the author of The Working Mother’s Guide to Life, published by Random House.  She has written and spoken broadly on entrepreneurship, building culture, and the issues of corporate work/life policies and challenges, including participating on White House panels and initiatives during the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Ms. Mason also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC), a Boston-based organization that serves the needs of homeless children.  HHC has trained over 15,000 volunteers to work in 150 playspaces established by HHC in homeless shelters.  In addition, HHC operates 3 full-service childcare centers for homeless children, also providing assistance to mothers to reach self-sufficiency.  HHC is a national model for the care and early education of homeless children and a model for an effective path to self-sufficiency for homeless mothers.

Linda Mason is recently retired as Chair of Mercy Corps.  Mercy Corps is a $500 million international relief and development agency headquartered in the U.S.  Mercy Corps operates in 43 countries serving 17 million people, with major programs in some of the most difficult environments in the world including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Somalia, and Congo, among others.  Ms. Mason is engaged with the strategy and development of the agency, serves a representational role, and develops support, visibility, and funding.  She serves as the key board advisor for Mercy Corps’ substantial and growing involvement in social entrepreneurship with a particular focus on the Middle East. Ms. Mason has traveled frequently, on behalf of Mercy Corps, to the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Balkans.  

Earlier in her career, Ms. Mason managed large-scale refugee relief operations overseas.  She served as Co-Country Director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan during the African famine of the mid-80’s, creating a national program that served 400,000 Sudanese famine victims. She also was responsible for the operation of emergency services for two refugee camps serving over 40,000 Eritrean refugees.  Ms. Mason also directed a large feeding program for malnourished children in Cambodian refugee camps along the Thai border after the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia of 1979.  She co-authored the book, Rice, Rivalry, and Politics (University of Notre Dame Press), which looked at the politics and the challenges of the Cambodian relief operation.  

Ms. Mason is Chair of The Boston Foundation, a $1.5 billion foundation. She served as Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2014-2016.

Ms. Mason lived for two years in France after college where she studied classical piano at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Paris and studied French language and literature at the Sorbonne. 

Ms. Mason has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  She has held leadership positions on the boards of several institutions, serving as: Chair of Mercy Corps; Co-Founder of Horizons for Homeless Children; Lead Director of Whole Foods Market; Trustee of Yale University; Chair of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board; trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; trustee of the Packard Foundation.

Ms. Mason is married to Roger Brown and together have three grown children.

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