We Salute All The MBAtious Women Out There!
Content & PR team - MBAtious
As the world celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality, here are some of the inspiring messages from renowned woman leaders.
"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders." - Sheryl Sandberg
As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged. Sandberg enrolled at Harvard College and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and was awarded the John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in economics. She then enrolled at Harvard Business School and earned her M.B.A. with highest distinction. While at Harvard, she co-founded an organization called Women in Economics and Government.
Sandberg released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, co-authored by Nell Scovell. It is about business leadership and development, issues with the lack of women in government and business leadership positions, and feminism. Book was on top of the bestseller lists since its launch. Sheryl Sandberg has been ranked one of the 50 "Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune Magazine, as one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes and was also named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
"Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader" - Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi has been instrumental in the diversification and expansion of PepsiCo’s brands which had primarily been more focused on soft drinks. Known to be a highly innovative, energetic, and hard working person, Nooyi has risen from a modest beginning. She pursued her MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta after which she was admitted to Yale School of Management and earned a master's degree in Public and Private Management.
She has consistently ranked on ‘Forbes’ magazine’s list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women. ’Fortune’ magazine named Indra Nooyi No.1 on its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010. She was honored with the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2007.
"I always believe that, as you start out, while you should have a big dream - a big goal - but it's also important to move step by step. So, you know, frankly, if you ask me, when I started as a management trainee in 1984, I don't know that I really thought that I would become the CEO" - Chanda Kochhar
Chanda Kochhar is widely recognised for her role in shaping the retail banking sector in India and for her leadership of the ICICI Group, as well as her contributions to various forums in India and globally. Ms. Kochhar pursued a master's degree in management studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy. She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours, in 2011
She is a member of the India – Japan Business Leaders Forum and the US-India CEO Forum. She is currently the President of the International Monetary Conference, an organization that annually brings together the chief executives of approximately 70 of the world’s largest financial institutions from 30 countries, along with officials from government institutions. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Indian Banks Association. She is on the boards of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and Institute of International Finance.
"Do not overthink a situation" - Arundhati Bhattacharya
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the 24th chairman of the largest centrally-owned Indian bank, SBI, and the first woman to lead the bank. Bhattacharya completed her schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Bokaro and joined SBI in 1977 as probationary officer when she was 22 years old. She has held several positions during her 36-year career with the bank including working in foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. This included positions like the chief executive of the bank's merchant banking arm- State Bank of India Capital Markets; chief general manager in charge of new projects. She has also served at the bank's New York office. She has been involved in the launch of several new businesses such as SBI General Insurance, SBI Custodial Services and the SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund. In 2016, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
"As you become more successful, the gender barrier disappears. The credibility challenges you have during your growing up years starts disappearing when you start demonstrating success" - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
As a woman, making it in business which was seen as a man's world, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, set off on an incredible journey and helped Biocon achieve global recognition. She served as the chairperson of IIM Bangalore In 2014. She was awarded the Othmer Gold Medal, for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry. She is on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list. She has been listed in Forbes - the most powerful woman in the world.
"Most of all, learn, as much as possible. There’s no surer path to confidence. And with confidence comes better performance; you automatically minimize the risk of failure” - Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She is also a former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. She did an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982 and Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School and also the first woman to guide the functioning of a foreign bank in India. She is also a qualified chartered accountant. For her praiseworthy work, Naina has also secured many accolades. Naina Lal has secured the distinguished Padma Shri award for her contributions in the areas of trade and industry. She has also received ALL Ladies League's Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Award 2013 for Excellence in Banking.
"I always tend to spend a couple of months understanding and learning, and frame a point of view about businesses, and then I get into execution mode" - Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma is the Managing Director & CEO of Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in India. She did BA (Honours) in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) in Delhi and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. She has more than three decades of experience in the financial sector having begun her career with ICICI Bank in 1980. In her last assignment at ICICI, as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, she built and contributed remarkably to make it the number 1 private sector Life Insurance Company in India.
She is a recipient of many business awards notably; ‘Banker of the Year’ for 2014-15 by Business Standard, AIMA - JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award for the Year 2014, India's Most Valuable CEOs by Businessworld-2013, India's Best Women CEO by Business Today- 2013 and many more. As an acknowledgement of her efforts, Harvard Business School has published a case study on 'Managing Change at Axis Bank', in 2013.
"You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast" - Mallika Sarabhai
Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years. She did her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. Mallika was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize Award in 2005.
"If you can find something that you're really passionate about, whether you're a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force" - Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer led the development of Google's most successful products for more than 10 years and was appointed CEO of Yahoo in 2012, at the age of 37. She is a graduate of Stanford and was named in many prestigious lists like Time100, Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women etc.