Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion- Biogen
Minita Shah-Mara heads the Global Diversity and Inclusion Function at Biogen. 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, and patient and marketplace strategies for diversity and inclusion (D+I), with a focus on 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.
Prior to joining Biogen in 2015, Minita spent a decade in the legal industry as an experienced D+I professional and attained industry recognition by both Mass Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Before joining Biogen, Minita held a succession of leadership positions, including head of recruitment and development of a mid-sized Northern California firm and head of D+I functions for two AmLaw100 law firms. Previously, Minita worked as a clinical social worker to help adolescents overcome multiple and simultaneous challenges, including homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss.
Minita holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College. She is a member of Bentley University’s Business Advisory Council, the ATASK Board, and the Asian task force against domestic violence and is a student coach in Babson College’s Coaching for Leadership Program.