Renowned MBAs Who Have Changed the World
It is said that “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” the world always needs such a leader to guide and motivate the rest of the people. People look for a central figure whom they can look upon and follow. In the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) 2030, the United Nations (UN) emphasises the responsibility of world leaders to address the biggest global challenges like gender equality, responsible consumption, and production.
And it is known that from philanthropy to sustainability, there are many ways MBAs have used their skills and influences for the good of the world. The MBA graduates are great leaders who can bring in great changes to the world. we know that a CEO of the big firm can be more impactful than any other state leaders, through their public voice, or even through their company’s global footprint. In this article, we discuss the world-famous people who used their MBAs to bring in real change with a mission to change the world for the better world.
Renowned MBAs who have changed the world
Melinda Gates said that “women are half the population. Yet in a survey of six countries, women were up to six times less likely to be quoted in the news as experts or sources”. These words really signify the women the efforts a woman takes to be in a position where she can show her courage to others.
Melinda gates are one such woman who comes forward and remained in the top position to encourage the women across the globe. She is one of the world’s successful businesswoman who is ranked by the Forbes as the sixth powerful woman in the world, without the support of her husband Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
Melinda Gates did her MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. At the initial stages of her career, she gained the expertise and experience from senior roles at Microsoft, which was a crucial step that paved the way for other women in a male-dominated tech industry during that time. Melinda together with her husband Bill Gates started off the world’s largest private charitable foundation. Since its initiation in 2000the foundation has funded projects to the sum of $36 billion.
All these years under great leadership Gates, as co-chair has brought many new changes to the society by providing, effective water and sanitation technology especially in developing countries, and funding a $210 million endowment for students from across the world to study at the University of Cambridge.
The name of Indra Nooyi is always a great inspiration for the young business aspirants all around the world, especially for the Indians. Indra Nooyi was the class of 1976 from IIM Calcutta. In an interview in 2018, Indra Nooyi commented that “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company”.
Indra Nooyi gained their expertise and knowledge from her college life at IIM and earned a top position at the world’s biggest food and drink companies PepsiCo. She was at the top positions of famous companies like Johnson & Johnson and BCG. during her life as Pepsi CEO, she brought in many ideas and innovations. Indra Nooyi made pushed the company to bring healthy food to the people- like ‘good for you’ campaign and products like Naked Juices which is preferred by the people to the most. Nooyi to build their company to sustainability in the business model initiated several innovative alternatives to plastics and programs to protect and conserve water supplies near their factories.
After the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, the man stepped into his shoes was visionary who is very able to precede which would make for a tough act to follow for a successor. Tim Cook did his MBA at the class of 1988 from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and finished in the top 10% of his class. It was in 1998 Jobs asked Cook to join Apple as the senior vice president who was a director at IBM.
Under the leadership of Tim Cook, the Apple regarded by Greenpeace as the least environment-friendly company becomes an organisation who made a concerted effort towards sustainability. Cook appointed Lisa Peterson, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Apple’s top environmental advisor. Today the company is solemnly pledged to use 100% renewable energy resources for all its facilities.
Facebook has been in the life of people for several years and the name Mark Zuckerberg is seen as the face of Facebook. But the person behind the success of the social media behemoth is better attributed to a great leader Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In 2008, Facebook has gone into a huge loss-making company and it was during this time Zuckerberg nabbed Sheryl from Google in 2008.
Sheryl Sandberg did her MBA from Harvard Business School in the class of 1995 which had significantly contributed to her outstanding business profile. She is truly an aspiring MBA grad who is supremely respected in the business world for her amazing contribution and excellent qualities who can make a great success. In 2013, Sandberg penned her first book ‘Lean In’ which focused on the lack of women leadership position both in business and politics.
To encourage young girls and women Sheryl organised “Ban Bossy’ campaign which intended to create awareness of the harmful effect of the word ‘bossy’. the program was organised with the co-operation of several powerful women by providing training and leadership tips to women.
‘Mrs Clean’ is the reputation earned by this great woman through her career senior roles at Bank of America and Citigroup. Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder, and CEO of Ellevest is trying to make a revolutionary change in the life of women through her impeccable efforts. Last year, in The United Kingdom, Merrill Lynch reported that there is 30.9% gender gap exists in Bank of America and 50.6% at the top companies like Goldman Sachs. And even in the Wall Street bank women are at a severe disadvantage. Krawcheck becomes this great inspiring woman through an MBA degree at Columbia Business School in 1992.
Even at the most modern world, the lives of women have not changed accordingly, the initiative by Krawcheck stands in the face of the male world – Ellevest helps and focuses on investments and offerings unique tools and services to women to help build their portfolio to offer them the same success. The company is founded in 2014, it has already had a value of $83.3 million and impact the lives of young professionals and women in business who are interested in investing in portfolios that suits them.
So, if you doubt that an MBA is good enough or impactful for your life the above-mentioned life of people is living proof to show us the decision and ensure us that it will be worthy. Education adds value to business life and success. There are other world-legendary MBAs like Michael Bloomberg, Phil Knight etc. So their lives can be an inspiring an influential to achieve one’s goal of a meaningful company and life. So these are some of the renowned MBAs who have changed the world.