Updated: Mar 10
"When I first came to the US, I was dirt poor. At Yale, I worked at the reception counter from midnight to 5 a.m. to make money. When you don't even have clothes for job interviews, all of a sudden life gives you a wake up call and you realize you have got to work extremely hard to make it happen for you" - Indra Nooyi
For a dozen years as one of the world’s most admired CEOs, Indra Nooyi redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. The first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company — and one of the foremost strategic thinkers of our time — she transformed PepsiCo with a unique vision, a vigorous pursuit of excellence, and a deep sense of purpose. Now, in a rich memoir brimming with grace, grit, and good humor, My Life in Full offers a firsthand view of Nooyi’s legendary career and the sacrifices it so often demanded.
Nooyi takes us through the events that shaped her, from her childhood and early education in 1960s India, to the Yale School of Management, to her rise as a corporate consultant and strategist who soon ascended into the most senior executive ranks. The book offers an inside look at PepsiCo, and Nooyi’s thinking as she steered the iconic American company toward healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile, despite resistance at every turn.
For the first time and in raw detail, Nooyi also lays bare the difficulties that came with managing her demanding job with a growing family, and what she learned along the way. She makes a clear, actionable, urgent call for business and government to prioritize the care ecosystem, paid leave and work flexibility, and a convincing argument for how improving company and community support for young family builders will unleash the economy’s full potential.
Generous, authoritative, and grounded in lived experience, My Life in Full is the story of an extraordinary leader’s life, a moving tribute to the relationships that created it, and a blueprint for 21st century prosperity.
'A fascinating narrative of an intrepid woman who broke the barrier of gender and race to emerge as an iconic business leader of the twenty-first century. Indra Nooyi's leadership legacy is her trailblazing philosophy of 'Performance with Purpose', whose time has only just arrived!' – Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon Limited