Human Experience and Digital Nutrition: Fable Founder Padma Warrior on the Effects of Mental Wellness on Career & Physical Health

Digital Wellness
5/27/2021

​​​​​​​Let’s talk about blending technology, art and wellness. In this episode of HARMAN’s interview series “The Next Wave,” Young Sohn talks with Fable Founder, President & CEO Padmasree Warrior about her career from semiconductor engineer to CEO of EV startup Nio, and her most recent endeavor to tackle mental wellness in founding Fable.

Prior to founding Fable, Padmasree was the CEO of Nio, a Chinese EV startup. She also served as Chief Development Officer while at Nio, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. While at Nio, Warrior coined the term car 3.0. In this context, the traditional mechanical systems of early automobiles represents car 1.0, while the combination of mechanics and electronics – or mechatronics – represents 2.0 and finally, car 3.0 is where software plays a much bigger role, including an operating system being introduced into the automobile. Prior to Nio, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer for Cisco. While at Cisco, Warrior was in charge of corporate strategy, M&A, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Cisco, she was EVP and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.

Forbes named Warrior as one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". Additionally, The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. Warrior currently serves on the boards of both Microsoft and Spotify.

Padmasree Warrior

Founder, President and CEO of Fable

​​Padmasree Warrior is the Founder, President and CEO of Fable, a mobile-first company that brings stories for everyone, anywhere. Previously, Padma was the Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer and Board Member of NIO Inc., a manufacturer of smart, electric and autonomous vehicles. In this role she scaled the company from start-up to a successful IPO NYSE:NIO in 3 years. Prior to NIO, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that, she was the SVP and GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineer​ing organization. Prior Cisco, she was EVP and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology. Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global Indian." Warrior has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards as well as charitable and community organizations. She received the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the WITI Hall of Fame. Warrior holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, New York, U.S. Warrior serves on the boards of Microsoft and Spotify. Warrior is married and has a son. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Padmasree ​

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