Heyy there, folks 😀 !
Okay, so Mr. Satya Nadella (To that amazing section of people who’ve never heard of him preceding this 😀 – he’s the CEO of Microsoft ) thinks that women should trust “karma” instead of asking for pay raises, and that the “system” would reward their work as and when needed.
I think I’ll just post the comment to avoid the prevalent oblivion.
” It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust”.
Soon later, in the apology (after the unsympathetic reaction of people all over the world – it’s a mean world out there, Mr. Nadella :D), Nadella said he was “completely wrong”.
Easier said than done, Sir !
Anyway, so there are a few things I’d like to clarify before anything else –
1) I’m NOT a feminist !
2) Feminism is NOT my cup of tea.
3) I’m NOT pro-feminism.
4) All of the above.
Haha – on a lighter note, I am not saying that this is about women. I’m just focusing on the gender gap that prevails in the society, even in the 21st century. It is said that a woman is paid only 76 cents as compared to a dollar to men, in America (this is despite the fact that these women do better in school and college). In India, things are worse! A woman lags behind 3.8 lakhs (almost) by the end of an year, with respect to the amount she is “supposed” to earn, as compared to a man.
WHY? Why the disparity, I ask? WHY, even when women can do as well as men at the global forefront?
And that’s why I’ve decided to throw some light on women who had the fire in their bellies to take on the best in the business world and beat them at their own game.
Here are 45 women whose relentless zeal for success and willingness to walk the extra mile have broken all myths about their inborn limitations that were supposed to be major roadblocks on their success expressways –
1) Indra Nooyi, 56
She is the current Chairman and CEO of the world’s second largest food and beverage business, PepsiCo.
Nooyi has been named the #1 Most Powerful Business Woman in the world in 2006 and 2007.
She presides over 185,000 PepsiCo employees in nearly 200 countries (against Microsoft’s 1,00,518, Mr.Nadella 😀 – I guess you need to wait for karma, as well)
The reputable Padma Bhushan was bestowed upon her for being an inspiration to India’s corporate leadership.
2) Kirthiga Reddy, 40
Director Online Operations, Head, Facebook India
She heads the Indian division of the world’s most mammoth social network with over 800 million active users.
She strengthened Facebook’s operations in India, because ever since Facebook set up an office in the country in 2010, the user base went up from eight million to over 40 million people in less than two years.
Today, India stands tall as Facebook’s third-largest market and has an average growth rate of more than one million people per month.
Through her community initiatives, she touched the lives of over 1,000 million students and also leveraged Facebook to support NGOs like Olympic Gold Quest, which grooms the next league of Olympic champions.
3) Naina Lai Kidwai, 55
Group General Manager & Country Head – HSBC, India
She is presently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India.
Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.
Presently, she is also serving as a non-executive director on the board of Nestle, and is the global advisor at Harvard Business School.
The Indian government conferred her with the Padma Shri award for her contributions in the field of Trade and Industry.
4) Meena Ganesh, 48
CEO and Managing Director, Pearson Education Services
The ingenious mind behind ‘Customer Asset’, an international call center that was sold to ICICI in 2002.
She recently sold TutorVista, an online tutoring service she co-ran with her husband, to UK-based Pearson for a humungous Rs.577 Crores. Because under her, Pearson operates and manages 27 schools country-wide.
5) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, 59
Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon Limited.
Born in Bangalore, she started Biocon in 1978 and spearheaded its evolution from an industrial enzymes manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company.
Today, Biocon has established itself as a leading player in biomedicine research with diabetes and oncology as its cynosure.
She is also a member of the ‘Board of Governors’ of the prestigious Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.
Kiran received the prestigious Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the Government of India.
6) Kiran Bedi, 63
Social Activist, Ex-IPS Officer
As the country’s first lady officer in the Indian Police Service (IPS), Mrs. Kiran Bedi led the contingent of the Delhi Police in the Republic Day Parade in 1972. This had been done in affirmation of the United Nation’s decision to observe the year 1975 as ‘Women’s Year’.
She is popularly referred to as ‘Crane Bedi’ for trawling Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s car for a parking violation, during the PM’s tour of United States.
She runs two NGOs, in the larger interest of the Police community. Also, her stand against corruption put her at the vanguard of the neo-nationalist anti-corruption movement in 2011.
7) Chanda Kochar, 51
MD & CEO – ICICI Bank
Leading India’s largest private bank – ICICI Bank, Kochhar was ranked as the most powerful business woman in India in Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2013’.
She received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.
She received the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010, for her incredible services to the banking sector.
8) Indu Jain, 76
Founder Chairperson and CEO, Times Group
She is the founder chairperson of India’s largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which owns the ‘Times of India’ and other large newspapers. Now, her two sons Samir and Vineet are running the company.
Indu Jain is also founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI (FLO) and the Chairperson of the ‘Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust’, which awards India’s most prestigious and highest literary award, the Jnanpith award.
9) Shikha Sharma, 51
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Axis Bank
She heads India’s third largest private sector bank, and has recently been reappointed managing director for another three years.
Because she revolutionized the private insurance sector as the head of ICICI Prudential, crossing 2,00,000 policies within two years and earning a premium income of Rs.280 crores, and after her exit from ICICI, came back twice as strong with Axis, commanding a pay package of over Rs.2 crores a year.
P.S, She is a classical singer, too! 🙂
10) Chiki Sarkar, 34
Publisher, Penguin India
She captains the largest English language Trade publishing house in the subcontinent with over 200 titles every year and an active backlist of over 750 titles.
P.S, This Oxford graduate’s counterparts – Alexandra (Editor in chief of Bloomsbury UK and Sarkar’s mentor), Susan Petersen Kennedy (president, Penguin USA) and Victoria Barnsley (CEO, HarperCollins UK) are also ‘all’ WOMEN, Mr. Nadella! 😀
11) Simone Tata, 84
Former ‘Lakme’ Chairperson, Current ‘Trent Limited’ Chairperson
French by birth and educated in Switzerland, Simone is step mother to the ever-famous business tycoon, Ratan Tata. She is better known as ‘Cosmetic Czarina of India’.
She has the distinction of changing a small subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills into the largest cosmetic brand in India – Lakme.
In 1996 Tata sold off Lakmé to Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), and created Trent from the money it made through the sale. So, presently, Simone is the chairperson of Trent Limited.
12) Chitra Ramakrishna, 46
Joint Managing Director, National Stock Exchange
National Stock Exchange (NSE), which is amongst the world’s biggest and most efficiently run securities exchange boards has become a transparent market ecosystem that made a profit of Rs.860 crores under her leadership.
13) Shahnaz Hussain, 65
CEO, Shahnaz Herbals Inc
My mom (she is a beautician! 🙂 ) was a student of Shahnaz Hussain, the biggest name in the herbal cosmetics industry in India.
Currently, the Shahnaz Husain Group has over 400 franchise clinics across the world covering over 138 countries.
Her pioneering work got recognition from Government of India when she was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2006.
14) Neelam Dhawan, 48
Managing Director, HP (Hewlett-Packard India Pvt Ltd.)
Prior to HP India, Mrs. Dhawan served as a Managing Director at Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. She also served as Vice President of the Customer Solutions Group at HP.
She has held a variety of leadership positions at HCL, Compaq and IBM in India.
She has been a Member of the Supervisory Board at Philips N.V. as well, since April 2012.
15) Nirupama Rao, 52
Ambassador of India, United States of America
She was the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. She was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
She was also the second woman (after Chokila Iyer) to hold the post of Indian Foreign Secretary, in July 2009.
16) Vinita Bali, 59
Managing Director and CEO, Britannia Industries
Her first job was at Voltas where she worked on the launch of the soft drink brand ‘Rasna’.
She worked for the Indian division of ‘Cadbury’ for 14 years, expanding the company’s markets in India and Africa.
In 1994, Coca Cola hired her as its Marketing Director and she was later appointed Vice President of Marketing for Latin America.
During her nine years at Coke, Bali also worked as Vice President of Corporate Strategy.
17) Vanitha Narayan, 55
Managing Director and South Asia Head, IBM India Private Limited
Things changed after she landed in India in 2009.
Her high-profile roles as Sales and Distribution Leader and then Managing Partner for Global Business Services.
Narayanan has more than enough on her plate as IBM India’s new Managing Director, a role that has propelled her into the league of just a handful of women to head a technology company in the country.
18) Kumud Srinivasan,
President and GM, Intel India
Srinivasan has spent the past 25 years in the IT world, focusing at different times on manufacturing, office, enterprise and design operations within Intel.
For the past two years, she has been vice president of information technology and general manager of IT for Silicon, Software & Services at Intel. There, she led the delivery of IT solutions to Intel’s hardware and software engineers via a globally distributed organization of some 1,000 employees.
19) Nisaba Godrej, 34
Executive Director, Godrej Industries
She is currently on the boards of GCPL, Godrej Agrovet and Teach for India.
She is the younger daughter of Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group.
20) Jayanti Chauhan, 27
Director, Bisleri Group
A synonymous name with Bisleri, Maaza, Limca and ThumsUp.
She is a leading fashionista in the business world.
Such a creative picture, this 😀 !
21) Mary Barra, 52
CEO, General Motors
The first female CEO of a leading automaker, Barra was showcased on the cover of the world’s 100 most Influential People.
She donates half her wealth to the cause of Cancer.
22) Arundhati Bhattacharya, 58
The first woman Chairperson of SBI, she made her way to the 36th position of the Forbes’ Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the world.
23) Geeta Varadan,
Director, Advanced Data Processing Research Institute., ISRO
She is the first Indian woman scientist to head an ISRO Center in 50 years of its existence.
Recently, she has been elevated as Director of ADRIN (Advanced Data Research Institute), Hyderabad, which develops software packages to analyze and process satellite data.
24) Pretha Reddy,
Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group
First Indian women advisor on healthcare to the Indian Government.
The Apollo Group is leading in the medical sector today.
25) Padmashree Warrior, 53
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO), CISCO
Gosh, I recently found out that this lady is from my hometown, Vijayawada.
Such a proud moment, really 😀 !
Anyway, so beginning her journey from a small town, she went on to become the CTO of Cisco Systems. Preceding that, she was the CTO of Motorola, Inc.
As of 2014, she is listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
26) Jill Abramson, 58
Executive Editor, The New York Times
As the ﬁrst woman at the top of The New York Times masthead, Jill Abramson has shuffled senior editorial staff and captained the 161-year-old publication through an ongoing digital transformation. At the South by SouthWest, a music and film festival, this year, the Harvard grad talked about her pride in being the ﬁrst female executive editor of the paper and the rise of individual journalistic brands on the site.
27) Melinda Gates, 48
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
When you have your name on top of the world’s wealthiest and most generous private foundation, challenging the Vatican to reverse its position against birth control makes news. Melinda Gates, a practicing Catholic, has vowed to dedicate her life—and a personal $560 million—to improving access to contraception to women in poor countries.
Last year, the charity apparently gave away $2.6 billion and to date has committed over $25 billion in grant to poverty eradication, public health and education.
28) Christine Lagarde, 56
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
The ﬁrst woman to run the IMF has spent much of her ﬁrst year on the job battling the debt crisis in Europe.
French-born Lagarde began her career at Chicago law ﬁrm Baker & McKenzie, where she specialised in labour and antitrust law.
She returned to France in 2005 and was appointed ﬁnance minister in 2007.
29) Janet Napolitano, 54
Secretary of Homeland Security, US
The ﬁrst female head of the Department of Homeland Security is at the helm of the third-largest department in the US government—widely considered one of Washington’s toughest jobs.
She previously served as the ﬁrst female governor of Arizona, from 2003 to 2009.
Voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ in high school in 1975, Napolitano has a history in local and state-level politics and law enforcement.
30) Sheryl Sandberg, 48
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
After four years as Facebook’s COO, Sandberg was named to the social network’s board of directors in June, the company’s ﬁrst female board member.
She owns nearly $1 billion of unvested stock in the company. The Harvard MBA served as chief of staff for the US Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and managed Google’s online global sales and operations as a VP.
31) Marissa Mayer, 37
Google’s 20th employee stunned the tech world when she announced she was leaving to become the CEO of Yahoo.
On the same day, she revealed she’s expecting her first child this autumn.
Haha, what a gutsy woman! 😀
32) Anne Sweeney, 54
Co-chair, Disney Media Networks,
President, Disney/ABC Television Group
Oversees a portfolio of over 100 channels that reach 600 million viewers in 169 countries and has secured a deal with Univision to create an English language channel targeting Hispanics.
33) Susan Wojcicki, 44
Senior VP, Advertising, Google
The brains behind Google’s ad products and the genius behind 96% of the company’s nearly $40 billion in revenue in 2011.
34) Arianna Huffington, 62
Editor-In-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group.
And…THE HUFFINGTON POST!
Godddd, I cannot imagine life without it 😀 !
The media maven’s online newspaper won its first Pulitzer Prize this year in national reporting, solidifying its place in an evolving news landscape.
35) Margaret Chan, 65
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland
Starting her second 5-year term as the world’s most influential proselytizer for strengthening healthcare systems and single disease initiatives, Chan has previously served as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government, representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza and WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.
As of 2014, she is ranked as the 30th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes.
36) Sue Naegle, 43
President, HBO Entertainment
Oversees all series programming and specials, juggling $100 million budgets on huge global successes such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom (You MUST watch THE NEWSROOM – it’s pretty unfrequented; but it’s beyond ‘amazing’ ! 🙂 )
37) Safra Catz, 50
The Israel born American executive launched the company’s cloud computing service lately in June, a growth driver that could bring in $1 billion in revenue in its first year.
38) Anna Wintour, 62
Having held the position since 1988, she became the artistic director for Condé Nast, Vogue’s publisher, in 2013.
This year, the Obama bundler teamed up with actress Sarah Jessica Parker to cohost a $40,000-a-plate dinner with the President.
39) Cher Wang, 53
Chair Person and Co-Founder, HTC Corporation
HTC Corporation, that manufactures one out of every six smartphones sold in the United States and integrates chipset maker VIA Technologies is run by the world’s 56th most powerful woman in technology, Cher Wang, who’s a Taiwanese philanthropist and entrepreneur.
The smartphone doyenne has had a rough year, taking a financial hit amidst bruising competition and patent wars with Apple and Samsung.
40) Drew Gilpin Faust, 64
President, Harvard University
She is the first woman president of Harvard University, and the fifth woman to serve as president of an Ivy League university.
Faust is also Harvard’s first president since 1672 without an undergraduate or graduate degree from Harvard, and the first to be brought up in the South.
In 2014, she was ranked as the 33rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
She has greatly increased financial aid for middle-income students, testified before Congress for increased scientific research funding and is an outspoken supporter of immigration reform.
41) Miuccia Prada, 63
Fashion Designer, Owner, Prada
Her clothing company, Prada, went public last year, landing her on Forbes’ list of billionaires.
This Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind Prada and Miu Miu was declared one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.
As of 2014, she is listed as the 75th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
42) Sri Mulyani Indrawati, 50
Managing Director, World Bank
This Indonesian economist was appointed the Managing Director of the World Bank Group in June 2010, and thus, resigned as Finance Minister of Indonesia.
She has served as the most senior woman at the World Bank ever since.
43) Kate White, 63
Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine
American writer, magazine editor, and speaker.
From 1998 to 2012, she served as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan.
She is the author of eight novels, including two stand-alone thrillers and the Bailey Weggins mystery series, as well as four non-fiction books with business advice for women.
Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list continually.
44) Jan Fields, 57
She started her career as a crew member at a McDonald’s restaurant in 1978, and worked her way up the organisation through the management chain.
In August 2012, she was recognized as the 88th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine, as well as being awarded the Women Operators Network Recognition Award and the Women’s Leadership Award
She has turned a health-conscious new leaf: McDonald’s is cutting its calorie counts, adding fruit for Happy Meal desserts and reducing french fry portion sizes.
45) Beth Brooke, 53
Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young
The Global Vice Chair of Public Policy for EY (Ernst & Young), she is also EY’s global sponsor for Diversity and Inclusiveness and a prominent advocate for the benefits of inclusive leadership and growth.
As of 2014, she is listed as the 98th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
So, to all the likes of Mr.Nadella out there, the world has its own pool of such bold and fearless women who have made a mark for themselves both within the country as well as overseas. 🙂