Aida Sabo

Aida Sabo

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, PAREXEL

Why is Aida speaking at WorkHuman?

The child of Mexican immigrants, Aida moved to the United States when she was three years old and has spent much of her career focused on promoting innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion. What’s one of those methods? Gender partnership. At WorkHuman, she’ll help attendees identify and address institutional blind spots and possible barriers by engaging the full workforce to be champions of change.

About Aida:

As vice president of diversity and inclusion (D/I) for PAREXEL, Aida Sabo is responsible for the global diversity and inclusion strategy and for finding creative ways to execute on it. The strategy consists of building D/I awareness and launching a culture change to ensure D/I is part of PAREXEL’s DNA. Some elements of this strategy include gender partnership (promoting an inclusive environment so that all genders flourish), engaging men as advocates and champions, empowering a global diverse workforce, gender intelligence, and leveraging big data and predictive analytics to identify and address institutional blind spots and barriers. Her work extends to global initiatives in India, Germany, the UK, Japan, Argentina, and other regions. Additionally, she launched leadership and inclusion forums to enable thought-provoking discussions with not only internal PAREXEL leaders, but also local communities in Boston, Berlin, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Tokyo, and Uxbridge.

Her trailblazing work at Cardinal Health continues to be recognized by many organizations nationally and regionally for innovative approaches to promoting D/I. Under Aida’s leadership, Cardinal Health 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 D/I 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, Davis. She then completed engineering graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Georgia Tech. She also has participated in programs in executive education at Harvard’s JFK School, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and UCLA.

Aida has received the following awards:

  • 2017: Courageous Leader Award, White Men as Full Diversity Partners
  • 2014: awards for her work with the local Latino community, the state of Ohio and Ohio State
  • 2012-13: awards for her work with the LGBT community, Human Rights Campaign and Stonewall
  • 2012: Women of Excellence, the National Association for Female Executives
  • 2011-12: recognition from the Women’s Book and WELD (Women for Economical and Leadership Development)
  • 2006: fellow, National Hispana Leadership Institute; Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award, Hispanic National Engineers Association


Aida also serves on various boards, including Partnership Inc., the Howard University College of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, and the Harvard JFK School’s Women’s Leadership Board. She is a member of Catalyst’s Expert Community and a taskforce 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.

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