Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion — PAREXEL
As Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for PAREXEL, Aida Sabo is responsible for the Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy and for finding creative ways to execute this strategy. The strategy consists of building D&I awareness and launching a culture change to ensure D&I is part PAREXEL’s DNA. Some elements of this strategy include Gender Partnership, promoting an inclusive environment so that all genders flourish in the company; Engaging Men as advocates and champions; empowering the diverse workforce; and identifying and addressing institutional blind spots and possible barriers.
Her trail blazing work at Cardinal Health continues to be recognized by many organizations nationally and regionally for innovative approaches to promoting Diversity and Inclusion. Cardinal Health under Aida’s leadership was one of the first companies to begin the trailblazing work of engaging men as advocates of change.
Prior to working at Cardinal Health, Aida led the launch of the corporate diversity functions at EMC in Boston and Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, CA. During her tenure at Agilent, she was the first In Silicon Valley to link Diversity and Inclusion to innovation.
The child of Mexican immigrants, Aida moved to the United States when she was three years old. With a passion for learning, she excelled and earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. She then completed engineering graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley and at Georgia Tech. She has also participated in programs in Executive Education at Harvard’s JFK School, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and UCLA.
In 2006 Aida was selected as a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and received the Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award from Hispanic National Engineers Association. In 2012, the National Association for Female Executives recognized her as a Women of Excellence. Aida serves on various boards, including the Partnership Inc., the Howard University College of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, the Harvard JFK School’s Women’s Leadership Board. She is a member of Catalyst’s Expert Community and a task force member of the Center for Talent Innovation (Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s organization).
While her current office is at the headquarters of PAREXEL in Waltham, MA, her home is in the San Francisco Bay Area and her heart lives in the quest for the inclusion of all under-represented groups in our society.