Our DE&I Strategy

Pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion With Heart™

At Parexel, we believe that having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization allows us to build stronger relationships with patients, sites, customers and suppliers, ultimately expanding access to healthcare to traditionally underrepresented patient populations. As we continue fostering a culture that makes everyone feel valued, respected and supported, we believe our teams will thrive and deepen their commitment to the work we do — With Heart

Parexel - 2022 Catalyst Award winner

Aida Sabo is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Parexel. Under her leadership, we launched the Gender Partnership Steering Committee in 2014. This led to a culture change and enormous progress across the organization. Representation of women among global leadership grew to 50.3% at the VP level, and representation of women of color improved throughout all levels, including a 10% increase at the Senior VP level and a 14.8% increase at the VP level.

Our DE&I Strategy

At Parexel, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) strategy focuses on three pillars — our patients, our people, and our suppliers. We believe that diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other differences is key to our success. Our cross-functional, multi-disciplinary team of leaders around the world is committed to ensuring our organization — in our company culture and in practice — is diverse and inclusive. This organization is led by Aida Sabo, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, who has dedicated her professional and personal life to pushing the status quo and has a mission to align our organization behind our DE&I commitment.

“Our culture of inclusion means that everyone is valued, respected and supported, and this commitment extends beyond our colleagues to include our customers, patients, and partners. Our ‘We care’ guiding principle and ‘Respect’ core value are not hollow words; they were chosen carefully to speak to who we are as an organization and as a culture.”

- Jamie Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer

DE&I awards and recognition

DIVA Magazine’s 2022 MYGWOMEN list

Jamie Langley, Senior Director and Global Head of Parexel Academy, was included on DIVA Magazine's 2022 MYGWOMEN list. The MYGWOMEN list celebrates LGBTQIA+ women who are changemakers in their communities and industries and are committed to creating tangible changes where everyone can succeed.

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2023 HBA Luminary

Amy McKee, Chief Medical Officer & Head of Oncology Center of Excellence was recognized by Healthcare Businesswomen's Association as a 2023 Luminary. The HBA Luminary award  recognizes women who serve as a role model in their company, actively mentor and sponsor others, help advance other women’s careers and exhibit dedication to the healthcare industry.

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2022 HBA Rising Stars and Luminaries

The HBA Luminary award celebrates women leaders who serve as a role model in their company. Aida Sabo, our Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, was selected for her work actively mentoring and sponsoring others, helping to advance other women’s careers and exhibiting dedication to the healthcare industry.

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PROUT AT WORK-Foundation's PROUT Voices List

Mano Thiravong, Associate Project Director for Late Phase Clinical Studies, was named to the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation's PROUT Voices List for his/her commitment to LGBTQ+ equality at work. Mano joined Parexel in September 2008, is an active member of our PRIDE and Germany DE&I committees, and is a performer at Die Schaubühne in Berlin.

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2022 Top LGBTQIA+ Voice to Follow on LinkedIn

Liam Paschall, Senior Consultant, Management Development, was ranked as a 2022 Top LGBTQIA+ Voice to Follow on LinkedIn. With a heart for advocacy and a voice for all, Liam is constantly taking actions to achieve LGBTQIA+ inclusion and equality. Liam presented at 2022 DIA on "Transgender and Non-binary Patients Inclusivity in Clinical Research" and is also a member of Parexel's DE&I and Pride committees.

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DivHERsity Awards

Parexel India earned DivHERsity Awards in 2022, 2021 and 2020. Our most recent winning categories include Top 20 Most Innovative Practices – Women Returnee Programs, designed to support women in their ability to return to work during the pandemic. Also, Dr. Arjun Narayan was recognized in the Top 20 DivHERsity Champions (Large Enterprises) for his ongoing efforts to promote gender diversity at Parexel. The DivHERsity Awards by JobsForHer recognizes exceptional work done by companies to accelerate female participation and performance in the Indian workforce.

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Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 2022

Parexel is proud to be featured on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is the premier survey benchmarking tool on how corporations across the US and beyond are adopting equitable workplace policies, practices, and benefits for LGBTQ+ employees. As a top scorer for three consecutive years, including 2021 and 2020, we’ve been recognized for successfully incorporating equitable practices that ensure our colleagues can thrive and live life authentically.

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Catalyst Award

Parexel was named a 2022 Catalyst Award winner by the global nonprofit organization Catalyst. We were recognized for our Leveraging Gender Partnership to Advance Women in Leadership initiative that has evolved the company culture to one where women have the right resources and training to succeed.

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Triangle Business Journal

The Triangle Business Journal selected Parexel in their 2021 Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award recognizes small, medium, and large companies in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area that strive to reflect diversity in their organization.

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India Workplace Equality Index

For the second consecutive year, Parexel has received the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) Bronze Award. The bronze award symbolizes employers who have started their journey to better LGBTQ+ inclusion in their organizations and/or who are developing policies and activities that promote LGBTQ+ inclusion for employees.

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In 2020, 2019, and 2018 Parexel was ranked on Forbes’ list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. Each year, Forbes surveys 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees then ranks employers that received the most recommendations, boasts the most diverse boards and executives, and has the most proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives.