Mr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian
Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Govt. of India

Meeting the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India was an enriching experience for the Millennium Mams’. The interaction took place over a webinar wherein Mr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian discussed the impact of COVID – 19 on different sectors in India including agriculture. His dynamism reflected in the ways he suggested we could see the economy come back on track if the right measures were applied in the face of this hardship. Read more

Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founder and CEO of Paytm

A household name for one and all, Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma graced the forum as he shared his experiences and his personal journey from his education in a Hindi medium school in Aligarh to his exponential rise in the business world after he revolutionized digital payments in India with PayTM. His speech was motivational and inspiring as he shared insights on leadership, team building and highlighted his fearless ways of dealing with failure. What was especially heartwarming was his simplicity and immense humility in the face of such unparalleled success. Read more

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta
Chairman & MD - Hindustan Unilever

Hindustan Unilever is a brand that needs no introduction and the man behind this banner, Mr. Sanjiv Mehta graced the platform by sparing his valuable time to share his mantras with the Mams’. He shared his learnings that have enabled HUL to remain a leader for over 8 decades! He also discussed the GSK acquisition, impact of COVID-19 on the industry and his perspective on what the future holds for this multi-starrer brand. He reinstated his learnings by sharing a message for all Millennium Mams’ to believe in ourselves and to dream big! Read more

Mr. Nitin Gadkari
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Minister of MSME - Govt. of India

The session with Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Minister of MSME, Government of India; marked a golden chapter in the history of Millennium Mams’. Spreading the knowledge in financial literacy, he highlighted that MSMEs are the backbone of the country, contributing about 29 % of GDP growth and the measures that the Government is adopting to support this sector. He pointed out how this pandemic is a crisis but should be seen as an opportunity for this industry to upgrade technology, increase exports, reduce imports and make it a win-win situation for our prosperity. His vivid depiction of the future ahead for India was an awe-inspiring experience. Read more

Mr. Ajay & Swati Piramal
Dynamic Duo - Mr. Ajay and Dr. Swati - The Peerless Piramals

A duo that warmed our hearts and opened our minds with their session! Mr. Ajay Piramal and Dr. Swati Piramal mark the epitome of achievement in some ways while staying grounded with their deep spiritual roots. They graced our forum with an online interactive session. Dr. Swati Piramal is blessed with a rich “Portfolio of Life” and believes in being joyful in everything she does and believes in doing things creatively. She is a constant learner and fosters partnerships that are sure to prosper. She advised all women to reach for the stars! Mr. Ajay Piramal highlighted how the Bhagwat Gita has permeates into all aspects of his life. He crisply described the concept of “Trusteeship” that he eagerly believes in. His crisp three mantras for being a successful businessman are : Look beyond the headlines, be open minded and stay conservative with finances. Read more

Mary Buffet
Author / Speaker

Mary Buffett is considered the world’s leading authority in the subject of Warren Buffett’s investment methods. She shared many first hand anecdotes on The Oracle of Omaha and interacted keenly with our members deepening our understanding of his principles in investments. While talking about investing in funds and equities, she also shared an inspiring message in which she highlighted the importance of investing in ourselves, especially as women. Read more

Mr. Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles
Author - Ikigai & Ichigo Ichie

An off-beat interaction, this one was a mega event, nonetheless as authors Mr. Hector Garcia from Tokyo and Francesc Miralles from Barcelona spoke on various concepts from their books, Ikigai and Ichigo Ichie. The members had interesting questions to raise covering various topics such as mindfulness, creativity and lost opportunities. Their answers to each of these questions were insightful. It was a delightful session for the book-worms in our group! Read more

Indra Nooyi
Former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo and Member of the Board of Directors at Amazon

Indra Nooyi, the name created a ripple effect of excitement and the webinar with her was indeed, very popular amongst the Millennium Mams’. Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and current Director at Amazon, this dynamic leader struck a chord as she shared her life experiences and her journey in the corporate world. She highlighted the importance of being a life-long student and shared inspiring stories to emphasize that competition should be based on merit, not gender. Her appreciation of our platform was humbling. Read more

Mr. Mohnish Pabrai & Mr. Ramesh Damani
The Kings of the Investment World

Mr. Mohnish Pabrai, CEO of Pabrai Funds and Mr. Ramesh Damani, Ramesh Damani Finance Ltd., took time out for an enriching and insightful session with the Mams’. Knowledge about investments and financial literacy was deeply enhanced through this session as Mr. Pabrai shared interesting stories from his decade old association with Mr. Warren Buffett, and Mr. Damani shared his insights on the current state of affairs in the country and its impact on the economy. Mr. Pabrai spoke on the various benefits of cloning. The value of good businesses and many other topics along the lines of investments in equities. Mr. Damani went on to extrapolate on the sectors and industries which may stand to benefit from the pandemic. The session was extremely enriching and the Mams’ had keen take-aways from the two stalwarts. Read more

Mr. Anand Kumar
Selfless Educator

A much-loved custom of Millennium Mams’, the Teachers Day celebrations this year had over a thousand women virtually applauding the contributions of the visionary, the wizard and the selfless educator, Mr Anand kumar who is the real hero of ‘Super 30’. Nuggets of life lessons were extracted from him by the Indian journalist, RJ, talk show host, author and editor, Richa Anirudh who also took questions from the audience to unveil interesting facets of his inspiring journey. Experiences of his par excellence students beautifully blended with the heartfelt gratitude expressed by the mams’ to their beloved teachers Dhanuka Sir and Bhuwania Sir. Read more

Mr. Suresh Narayanan
MD and CEO of Nestle India

‘Crisis throws open an opportunity to revitalise with agility.” began Mr Suresh Narayanan, MD and CEO of NESTLE INDIA, whilst addressing members of MILLENNIUM MAMS’ in Consumption story – Part 3. With a market size of INR 4.3 trillion, a sector that offers direct employment to close to 3 mn people, FMCG is witnessing a tectonic shift considering the covid crisis. Consumption pattern has altered because the lockdown has thrown a full blown opportunity at FMCG sector, especially the ones involved in food as mainstay. Nestle too took no time in adapting to the change. A 155 year old company has always stood ahead of the curve because Nestle is the company that understands what consumer needs. Having created a huge moat as a dominant player in child nutrition and packaged foods, Nestle has not lost touch with the bottom of the pyramid that it always strived to serve. Even during lockdown, the company ensured that the supply chain was intact and that no supplier of the raw material such as milk went without getting his regular earnings. The emergence of eCommerce, local kirana stores and organised trade and the resilient rural economy that stood guard emerged as champions of this crisis, Nestle is looking at a reset and resurgence as a bigger player. Like he said “Crisis throws open an opportunity to revitalise with agility.” Read more

Mr. Vivek Gambhir
Leader at Godrej

It was indeed a remarkable interaction with one of the leading man behind India’s 123 years young company – Mr Vivek Gambhir. He spoke at length about leadership and its responsibilities. As a leader at Godrej, he has always made sure to derive the best from himself and others in pursuit of a common purpose. Mr Gambhir threw light on how Godrej took quick action to innovate, research and launch multiple products during the pandemic, which were the need of the hour. He also said that this pandemic during is like a dress rehearsal for more to come. He reiterated that the cost of no action is much higher when compared to making mistakes. He concluded the session with key a advise – time to complain is over, it’s now the corporates and the individuals responsibility to give back with a purpose. Read more

Mr. Harsh Mariwala
Founder and Chairman of Marico

The man behind India’ 2 big  FMCG names, Parachute and Saffola oil – Mr Harsh Mariwala, in an exclusive interaction with the members of Millennium Mams’ shared the journey of his company from Bombay oil Industries to Marico. He spoke at length about how intensely he worked on making the 2 brands – names to reckon with. Along with key focus on innovation and investing in brand building, Mariwala focused on establishing a company culture to empower employees. After Marico’s successful international entry in 1990, the company has built a portfolio of brands in the hair care, skin care, edible oils, health foods, male grooming, and fabric care space. Its major brands include Saffola, Parachute, Hair & Care, Nihar, Livon, Set Wet, Mediker and Revive. In the year 2003, Mr. Mariwala founded the Marico Innovation Foundation (MIF), which is focused on supporting sustainable businesses. Here, innovations from across Indian business industry and social causes are picked by a jury. A dynamic leader with a multi- decade experience, acted as a catalyst to trigger off the entrepreneurial bug in a couple of our mams. Read more

Mr. Abhiraj Singh Bhal
Founder of Urban Company

ALL THINGS ARE CREATED TWICE – Urban Company (formerly UrbanClap), a venture started by three young men is now a household name that offers professional home beauty and wellness services along with home maintenance and repair services. It has expanded its operations to several Indian cities and international markets with a vision to organize the home services industry. Millennium Mams’ felt privileged to host the co-founder of Urban Company, Mr. Abhiraj Singh Bhal to their online platform of enthralling conversations and discussions. What followed was an insightful session on entrepreneurship shared through his entrepreneurial journey. “Great ideas are clear in hindsight”, this is what drove Mr. Abhiraj Bhal and his co-founders to successfully pursue the concept of Urban Company with the belief that contrarian thinking leads to large outcomes. According to him, self-belief, passion and long term thinking were some of the key ingredients for setting up the promising venture. Read more

Mr. Ridham Desai
MD of Morgan Stanley

Consistently ranked amongst the best equity strategists and analysts in the country, Mr. Ridham Desai, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley India is someone whose point of view is most sought-after by investors. It was indeed a great pleasure for Millennium Mams’ to converse with him in a webinar. According to him, “Investing in Equities is all about duration. Money made in the short run is due to luck”. Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, he is bullish on the India story. He believes that trading with the world is essential if India wants to match the ranks of wealthy nations. These were some of the many insights that Mr. Desai shared with the attendees to make them better equipped to make investment decisions. Read more

Mr. Mohit Malhotra
CEO of Dabur India Ltd.

Mr. Mohit Malhotra is CEO of Dabur India Ltd. and is driving the Company’s agenda to make Ayurveda mainstream and joined us for a webinar in November 2020. He helped decode the Indian consumption story with its favourable inputs like a young demographic, large working class, lower savings, aspirational rural consumers and lower penetration. One of the top four FMCG companies, Dabur is focusing on healthcare and launching new products. Covid proved to be an inflection point that has led to rebranding, repackaging and innovation across the board. He also emphasised that Covid made the company realise that a discretionary portfolio isn’t enough. It is important to move towards staple products as viewed by customers. He also highlighted the major emerging trends post the pandemic and Dabur’s future plans, thereby providing fantastic insights into building a formidable consumer business. Read more

Sister Shivani
Brahma Kumari

The spiritual wing of Millennium Mams’ follows the teachings of Sister Shivani. On 28th September 2020, Brahma Kumari Shivani graced the forum with her virtual presence. She emphasized the importance of values and principles in one’s life. She also explained that competing and comparing with others leads to depletion of one’s energy. Listening to her speak exclusively for mams’ motivated many to understand that Sanskar (values and principles) makes Sanskriti (culture) and Sanskriti makes Sansar (world). Read more

Mr. Rajeev Jain
MD of Bajaj Finance

India’s most diversified non-banking financial company is steered by its philosophy, “One Team One Dream”. Mr Rajeev Jain, the Managing Director of Bajaj Finance in an online session with the Millennium Mams’ shared some snapshots of the twelve years journey of the company. A simple and a consistent strategy has been one of the major factors for its success. He also highlighted the steps that the company has taken during this ‘agnipareeksha’ period, the most unprecedented one in its history. Mr Jain spoke about the seven key tenets of Crisis Leadership that he has been following along with the lessons learnt by him in the process. According to him, the granularity of portfolio in terms of geography and range of products are important factors for navigating in this situation. The session with many powerful insights was a great takeaway for one and all. Read more