Women CEOs are ‘good for society,’ former PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi writes in new memoir

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GREENWICH — During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indra Nooyi spent much of her time at her home in Greenwich, thinking and writing about the journey from her hometown of Chennai, India, to the Yale School of Management and eventually to the top of one of the world’s largest and most-recognizable companies.

This week, Nooyi published the result of that work-from-home project, “My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future.” The memoir chronicles how an intelligent and indefatigable immigrant woman of color ascended into the white male-dominated upper echelons of corporate America to become the CEO and chairman of PepsiCo, a Fortune 500 company based in Purchase, N.Y.

In the new book, Nooyi also analyzes the stark gender inequities that women professionals still face, the challenges of juggling rigorous executive roles with the needs of her family and how companies and governments can better support working parents and their children.

In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media this week, Nooyi discussed why she wrote the book, some of the most trying situations she faced at PepsiCo, the obstacles that women encounter in advancing in corporate America and why she believes in Connecticut.

Q: What motivated you to write “My Life in Full”?

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