It’s Women’s History Month, and at Frito-Lay, we’ve been celebrating with events all month long. Our Women’s Inclusion Network employee resource group put together a great line-up of speakers and educational sessions, which will wrap up next week with a talk by a six-time Olympic track and field medalist.
One of this month’s ongoing events is a gallery exhibit at our Headquarters in Plano, Texas, that builds off the Women’s History Month national theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination.” The exhibit spotlights achievements of innovative women over the last few centuries – including some of our very own at Frito-Lay and PepsiCo:
- Indra Nooyi: As PepsiCo chairman and CEO, Indra is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s promise to do what’s right for the business by doing what’s right for people and the planet.
- Ann Mukherjee: As chief marketing officer at Frito-Lay, Ann is in charge of the company’s best-in-class marketing campaigns, like the user-generated Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” campaign and many others.
- Elizabeth D’Cunha: As a certified culinary scientist working in our Plano Culinary Innovation Center, Elizabeth uses culinary arts to help develop new foods and beverages across all PepsiCo brands.
- Maurnee Scanlon: As manager of organizational capability for our Research & Development (R&D) group, Maurnee is a driving force behind PepsiCo’s Global R&D University – a program that lets PepsiCo R&D associates learn from colleagues around the globe.
- Kelly Sepcic: As vice president for Frito-Lay North America Research & Development, Kelly leads a team of scientists and engineers to create innovative new products for all of our wonderful fans!
Also on display are some notable products invented by women -- like windshield wipers, disposable diapers, the circular saw and chocolate chip cookies (one of my favorite inventions, besides potato chips, of course!) – and the stories behind each product’s inspiration.
The exhibit is a great demonstration of “girl power” and left me looking up to a few new role models. Which women throughout history do you look up to? Leave a comment to let us know!