Women cannot have it all, says PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi

Jul 03 2014, 12:25 IST
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Indra Nooyi recounted the day 14 years ago when she was told that she would be made president of PepsiCo. (AP) Indra Nooyi recounted the day 14 years ago when she was told that she would be made president of PepsiCo. (AP)
SummaryWe pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all: Indra Nooyi

day 14 years ago when she was told that she would be made president of PepsiCo and be named to the board of directors.

"...I was overwhelmed, because look at my background and where I came from - to be president of an iconic American company and to be on the board of directors - I thought something special had happened to me."

But Nooyi said she was disappointed at her mother's reaction to her "great news." She said her mother told her "let the news wait. Can you go out and get some milk."

Nooyi recalled her mother telling her, "let me explain something to you. You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you're the wife, you're the daughter, you're the daughter-in-law, you're the mother. You're all of that. Nobody else can take that place. So leave that damned crown in the garage. And don't bring it into the house. You know I've never seen that crown."

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