• My Life in Full

  • Work, Family, and Our Future
  • By: Indra Nooyi
  • Narrated by: Indra Nooyi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (851 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Best Seller

An intimate and powerful memoir by the trailblazing former CEO of PepsiCo

For a dozen years as one of the world’s most admired CEOs, Indra Nooyi redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. The first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company - and one of the foremost strategic thinkers of our time - she transformed PepsiCo with a unique vision, a vigorous pursuit of excellence, and a deep sense of purpose. Now, in a rich memoir brimming with grace, grit, and good humor, My Life in Full offers a firsthand view of Nooyi’s legendary career and the sacrifices it so often demanded. 

Nooyi takes us through the events that shaped her, from her childhood and early education in 1960s India, to the Yale School of Management, to her rise as a corporate consultant and strategist who soon ascended into the most senior executive ranks. The book offers an inside look at PepsiCo, and Nooyi’s thinking as she steered the iconic American company toward healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile, despite resistance at every turn.

For the first time and in raw detail, Nooyi also lays bare the difficulties that came with managing her demanding job with a growing family, and what she learned along the way. She makes a clear, actionable, urgent call for business and government to prioritize the care ecosystem, paid leave, and work flexibility, and a convincing argument for how improving company and community support for young family builders will unleash the economy’s full potential. 

Generous, authoritative, and grounded in lived experience, My Life in Full is the story of an extraordinary leader’s life, a moving tribute to the relationships that created it, and a blueprint for 21st-century prosperity.

©2021 Indra Nooyi (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“With candor and good humor, Nooyi has written a wonderful book that brings her story to life, from her early years in India, surrounded by love and high expectations, to her determined efforts to succeed in the corporate world, all the while questioning the tradeoffs she had to make. She reveals just how our society continues to sacrifice talent instead of changing how we organize work to maximize everyone’s potential to live full and productive lives. A must-read for working women and the men who work with us, love us, and support us.” (Hillary Rodham Clinton)

“Gritty, joyous, and visionary, Nooyi tells the story of an everyday person living an extraordinary life, leading beautifully and confidently from the front. A must-read for all.” (Ursula M. Burns, former chair and CEO of Xerox, author of Where You Are Is Not Who You Are) 

“‘CEO’ and ‘care’ do not usually go together, but for Indra Nooyi, they always have. Rather than offering us a list of policy prescriptions, she shows us what is possible when businesses care about family and families have time to care for one another.” (Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, author of Unfinished Business)

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Even Better Than Expected

Having spent most of my careee at PepsiCo I was excited to see this published and couldn't wait to experience it.

It was wonderful to hear this in Indra's voice. I loved learning more about who she is and her earlier experiences. It is amazing to me how much we share, despite the vast differences in our early life.

I worked at PepsiCo BECAUSE of Indra. I admired and watched her to learn more about being a successful woman in that world. And hearing the big picture behind so many programs was fascinating.

Truly a wonderful book that I recommend to anyone in corporate America. Especially women.

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Illuminating!

Indra speaks genuinely about the sacrifices she’s made to become the CEO of a Fortune 500. Her humble and objective attitude towards picking and developing talent shows that it takes many, not just one, to overcome unconscious bias. Thanks, Mrs.Nooyi, for the teachings you’ve embedded in your story for all of us to takeaway.

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it pretty tedious recount of her career

I liked last two chapters the most, if you are not sure if you want to read it, start from chapter 11. otherwise it's pretty tedious recount of her career, interesting, but not too engaging reading.

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Worth the Listen

Wonderfully read and written Indra’s story was inspiring to me as a business owner and motivating to me personally to reach higher - Caleb Johnson

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  • 08-31-22

Just outstanding

Indra is a rock star. I appreciated the candor, the sharing of strategies and opinions, and the view into her family. Thank you, Indra.

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Incredibly interesting story

Although I am a PepsiCo employee, you don’t have to be one to appreciate this story. Well written, well narrated and engaging. I found the business life story of Indra Nooyi to be fascinating and inspiring. I applaud her tenacity and drive to be a successful woman in business.

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Amazing book!

One of the best autobiography I have ever read. As an Indian woman this was so relatable.

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Great read for executives!

As a woman sales executive, I loved this book. Indra talks about all of the challenges and peaks of leading in the corporate world. From parenting guilt to the challenges of a woman rising in the workplace. Highly recommended.

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Great book

Highly recommend this interesring autobiography from an iconic business leader. The material is short and sweet, a very quick overview of her life, but a fascinating story with some challenging problems that nooyi is still trying to tackle today.

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  • 07-11-22

Dynamic Superwoman!!

I love & admire Indra Nooyi. I don't think she let anything stand in her way to success. The book was specially meaningful to me as I too am from South India. I could related to many things in Mrs. Nooyi's book from her convent days to college days & then her journey to USA. We all came to USA & choose different paths and with hard work we succeeded in whatever path we choose. I don't know of any other Indian women who is so driven & so determined. I did recommend this book to my Indian friends & they thought it would be too "heavily charged" with Indra's journey to success. My friends are I are a little more laid back but I for one don't have either the great business mind nor the capacity for so much work like Ms. Nooyi. I cannot imagine anyone giving up their Christmas holiday break just to read the business journals & get ready for the big business deals in Jan following the break. I loved the way she narrated her success story without being boastful or arrogant. Ms. Nooyi-- you may not even see this review but I think your book would have been even better had you had a few men read their dialogues-- like Gary in the office, the part where your hubby came in and then have a different Indian voice to read the dialogues from your mother. It would vary it up and make it a more enjoyable listening for the audience. I wish you had also mentioned the part from your YouTube video of how you binge watched all 6 seasons of Sex and the City -- and all in one weekend. This makes you more normal and not a workaholic like some imagine. You deserve every honor you have received from the Padma Bhusan to the Bower Award. Congratulations!!

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