With International Women’s day being around the corner on March 8th, we at Inkmonk.com are curating a lot of creative and unique women’s day gifting ideas for corporates. We have a huge list of merchandise for women’s day gifts. Do check us out. Meanwhile, we felt we are obliged to honour some of the successful Indian business women. Check out the top 10 successful Indian business women.
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, second of the world’s most powerful women, is the chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo. A highly innovative, hardworking and an energetic person, Nooyi has helped shape the history of effervescent drinks in India for almost 13 years. Known for her leadership skills and an undying spirit in the Business world, Nooyi remains one the most favourite role model for management grads and students of all ages around the world.
Clearly, for an organization to move on, it is the job of the leader to be that sponge that takes the stress from inside and the outside. – Chanda Kochhar
Thriving in the male dominated sphere of business is no easy task. And in India that too in the Banking sector, requires patience, humaneness and determination to carry on. Chanda Kochar has mastered all the arts of surviving and also being the best in the sector. CEO and MD of the ICICI group, Chanda Kochar is one of the top 20 powerful women in the world of Business. It was her strategic planning and insight that helped create a mark for the private banking sector in India.
Learning, Living and Actions…. I move in Oneness. There is no positive. There is no negative. Simply, there ‘is’. -Indu Jain
Padma Bhushan Indu Jain, Chairperson of the Times group, is a woman of vigour and energy. She has under her wings, the full control of the Times Foundation which runs The Times of India – daily newspaper, Research Foundation and Community services. She is also the founder, chairperson of the FICCI. A lover of literature and culture, she supports the endeavours in the field of literature in every Indian language. A true Jain at heart, Indu spreads the message of Peace within First.
I’ve had many failures in terms of technological… business… and even research failures. I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing.- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited and also the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore. She broke the stereotype of women taking up business in India, when she established Biocon India, in Bangalore. She had to climb a ladder of hardships before she could establish the company in India. She had a difficult time obtaining loans, getting a work-place and also getting people to join the organization. Today, Kiran stands as the head of a leading bio-pharmaceutical company and a role model for all the aspiring women entrepreneurs in India.
We are so scared of getting uncomfortable and we are happy to be in safe zones as far as TV shows are concerned. No channel or production house takes risk to talk about the issues that existed in our society. – Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor, the creative head of the Balaji Telefilms is one of the youngest entrepreneurs in India beginning her career at the age of 17. In a short span, Ekta has been recognized as one of the best entrepreneurs in the film industry and she concentrated on Marriage and post marriage life and problems. Her biggest hit has been the “Dirty Picture” and the tele series “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain”
True leadership is about enabling voice of the youngest team member – Suchi Mukherjee
CEO of Limeroad, Suchi is a much sought after fashion lifestyle icon of young women in India. With her unwavering energy and leadership, she is creating history in the online business portal with lifestyle products. She wanted to bridge the gap between the product and the consumer and also make it fun in the process. Thus Limeroad was born and it has caught India in a storm, particularly the young women.
You need to stand up for oppressed persons, people who cannot stand up for themselves and for yourself. But never fight just for the sake of it. – Priya Paul
Referred to as the “First Lady of Boutique in India”, Priya Paul is a legendary figure in the hospitality industry in India. Inheriting the family business of hotels, at a very young age of 23, Priya took it with gusto and emerged as a successful entrepreneur. She is now the proud owner of 6 glamorous boutique hotels in the country. She is an eclectic personality, who indulges in art, literature and culinary arts.
I started at the top in a non-existent industry. I had the great privilege to build the organization the way I wanted to. The important thing is to have a vision, clarity and the ability to mould people. It is also important to delegate enough so that people feel they have something worthwhile to do. Last, but most important, you have to encourage the teamwork ethic” – Simone Tata
Simone Tata, known as the “cosmetic czarina of India” is a Swiss-born Indian entrepreneur. She was the first person to introduce cosmetics to the Indian public. Working around style quotient, good ambience and reasonable pricing is her success mantra. Her foresight in predicting the Indian mindset in terms of cosmetics and her strategic planning, helped her establish Lakme and also shape it to become one of the major cosmetic products in the world.
We cannot import technology from the West and hope it will work here. Farm sizes are small. Farming practices are different – Mallika Srinivasan
Tractor Queen as she is fondly called, Mallika is a new age wonder who will probably answer all the questions regarding implementation of technology in the farming industry in India. Her insights are changing TAFE too. With her at the helm, TAFE is seeing a lot of changes within a very short span. She has expanded the product range of TAFE and also established it as one of the best manufacturers of tractors.
“Never ever give up on your dreams just because you are a girl and that you have no support from anyone”- Deena Venugopal
One of the top 25 influential women in the country, Neelam Dhawan, MD of Hewlett Packard, India, is an exceptional Business executive. She had her fair share of failures before she went on to grab the coveted position. Her undaunted spirit and her determination to prove herself in the male dominated industry helped her in becoming what she is today. She remains the perfect example of a success story in the IT industry