Minita Shah-Mara

minita-shah-mara_125Minita Shah-Mara

Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion — Biogen

Minita Shah-Mara is an experienced diversity and inclusion professional who spent a decade in the legal industry, prior to joining Biogen in 2015, where she attained industry recognition by both Mass Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association for her work.

At Biogen, Minita heads the Global Diversity and Inclusion Function.  In this role, she brings a data-oriented and collaborative approach to partnering with business and HR Leads to further develop and execute the company’s workforce, workplace, patient and marketplace strategies around diversity and inclusion (D+I), with a focus of embedding D+I principles throughout the employee lifecycle.  In addition to assuring a rich mix of talent within the Biogen community, the workforce D+I programs focus on leveraging the power of differences for business impact and innovation.

Before joining Biogen, Minita held positions of successive leadership, including heading the recruiting and development function at a mid-sized firm in Northern California and heading the Diversity and Inclusion functions for two AmLaw100 law firms.  Prior to that, Minita worked as a clinical social worker working with adolescents to overcome multiple and simultaneous challenges, including homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss.  Minita received a master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College.

Minita sits on Bentley University’s Business Advisory Council, is a Board member of ATASK, the Asian task force against domestic violence, and coaches students as a part of Babson College’s Coaching for Leadership Program.

Minita Shah-Mara will lead the Role of Empathy Panel Discussion at the inaugural Health & Life Sciences Conference taking place Thursday, March 22, from 12-6 PM. Sponsored by Color Magazine, The IXL Center, and Biogen.