We are lucky to live in a world where disparities between men and women have been kicked away into the sand. Today, women are empowered in almost all areas, and in return, these amazing women are creating employment opportunities and establishing their own companies.
Let us now see, the five most powerful and skilled women entrepreneurs of India:
1. Indra Nooyi
Standing in the topmost position of the list, is Indra Nooyi, the former Chairman Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Pepsico, which is the second-largest food and beverage company in the world. She was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and attained her Bachelor’s degree in Science from the Madras Christian College.
She later did her Post Graduation Diploma in the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. The first post she took up was the post of Product Manager at Johnson and Johnson. She was also a product manager at Mettur Beardsell, which was a textile firm. So strong were her roots that Pepsico offered her a job, and later, in 2001, she became the CFO. She currently serves on the board of Amazon and the International Cricket Council.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the founder and executive chairperson of Biocon India, one of India’s leading enterprises of clinical research. Born in Bangalore, Shaw attained her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Mount Caramel College. She then did her post-graduation from Ballarat College with Malting and Brewing as her specialization, inspired by her father, a brewmaster in United Breweries.
Biocon India was established in the year 1978, and soon it grew into one of the leading companies for biomedicine research in India. Apart from this, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw also holds the position of one of the Indian Institute of Technology board members, Hyderabad. She has been conferred the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, for her services to the country and is an independent billionaire entrepreneur.
With the experience of more than three decades, Chanda Kochhar is one of the leading women entrepreneurs in India. She was the Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of India’s largest private bank chain, ICICI. Chanda Kochhar was born and brought up in Rajasthan and acquired her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Jai Hind College, Mumbai and later completed her master’s in Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
Before becoming the MD and the CEO of ICICI, Chanda Kochhar had taken up other positions like Chief Financial Officer, Joint Managing Director of ICICI. So sharp were her skills that, ICICI has been listed as the ‘Best Retail Bank in India’ for five consecutive years.
Neelam Dhawan is the former Managing Director of HP (Hewlett Packard) India. She has already taken up other leadership positions as the Managing Director and Vice President of the Customer Solutions Group earlier in Microsoft and HP respectively.
She is one of the pioneering women in the IT industry of India. Neelam Dhawan’s portfolio includes IT services, software engineering, and research. She is often termed ‘the woman with never-say-die spirit’ who climbed every single step to rise to the pinnacle of success.
Shahnaz Husain is the perfect example of woman entrepreneurship. With developing 375 modulations of scalp, skin and health care, she stands on the top of the table for her contributions to the cosmetic world. Her cosmetics are based on Ayurveda-the science of plants and herbs.
Shahnaz Husain got married at the age of 15 and became a mother when she was 16. She started her career with a small herbal clinic in her own house, and now she stands among the top ten pioneers of organic beauty care in the world.
Long gone are the days when women were confined within the walls of their houses. Today we know that women are equally capable of entrepreneurial success as men! So let us strive to achieve equal opportunities for both men and women.