As Million Women Mentors embarks on our fifth year in operation, we are excited to build on the progress we have made and share authentic insight into the world of mentoring through our #BeyondtheBuzzword campaign. Part of this work is showcasing the leaders who have paved the way for women across industries and set a true example for girls and women across the globe. We know that leadership comes in many forms and that there are many avenues to success. The 2019 Million Women Mentors Leaders to Learn From series showcases the career paths of STEM leaders who have followed unique pathways to attain their current status. Every month we will celebrate the story of a new trailblazer who beat the odds and define what it means to be a role model. These profiles will celebrate individuals who persevere against convention and remind young people and seasoned veterans alike that there is no longer a “traditional” means to career success.
As Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, Umran leads the work of executing a sustainable road map for PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose (PwP) People goals and a future-focused diverse and engaged talent agenda. PwP People goals include achieving gender parity for management roles by 2025, pay equity for all, and fostering prosperity in the global communities in which PepsiCo operates. She is a dynamic and fearless leader whose extensive career highlights include supporting the Million Women Mentors chapters in Saudi Arabia and India; leading Water Hope, a collaborative social enterprise bringing clean drinking water to millions in poverty across the Philippines; and Litre of Light, bringing clean energy to poor communities across Asia, Africa, and South America. In Myanmar, she led a partnership with UNESCO to build a Business Skills Development Center to support women’s advancement, and in her home country of Turkey, she led the opening of GAP-Cheetos Reading Rooms in South East Turkey to support kids and youth for their education beyond school hours.