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Leading With Confidence: Lessons From Indra Nooyi and Padmasree Warrior

In honor of Women's Equality Day, I had the privilege of a lifetime to moderate a conversation with Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsi, and Padmasree Warrior, the CEO of Fable and a revered leader in tech today. I want to share with you the key lessons I learned from these two iconic leaders:

Lessons learned from Padma:

  1. You choose your path, it's up to you to make it interesting. One of the ways you can do this is by finding and investing in a small, supportive community.

  2. Cultivate the inner strength to be who you are - focus on your capabilities vs artificial things (i.e. appearance, titles, etc)

Lessons learned from Indra:

  1. A message to male leaders - you are drawing your talent base from a different talent pool today (i.e. women). So you need to moderate your behavior to attract women and keep them.

  2. Be clear on 3 things:

    1. What is the proposition you offer a company?

    2. How are you simplifying your message?

    3. How are you investing in yourself?

A bombshell: If you can do the job in your sleep, it's time to move on. You need to be a little uncomfortable in any job, otherwise you aren't learning. ~Padma Warrior They both admitted to feeling incredible discomfort and even some doubt in their jobs as they took on new assignments. There's a link below to watch the replay!

This conversation was possible because of a shared vision I have with Padma about increasing women's access to learning, mentoring and coaching. I partnered with her and Fable to launch my Leading With Confidence Book Club + Group Coaching Program. In this book club, we read three books together, Reality-Based Leadership by Cy Wakeman, My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi, and my book, Closing The Confidence Gap. Our next session begins on October 1.

CLICK HERE to learn more and join us! WATCH THE INTERVIEW REPLAY

Kelli Thompson is a women's leadership coach, author and speaker. She helps women create careers they love and advance to the rooms where decisions are made.

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