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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Parexel

Parexel celebrates the diversity of its workforce and patients and ensures an inclusive environment across gender, gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age or other differences. We foster a culture where our colleagues, customers and patients can give their best contribution and agree that “this is the place for me.”

"Our jobs, our fundamental work in clinical research, is impacted by having diverse clinical trials. And it’s hard to actually do that if you don’t reflect it as a company."
Quote by Peyton Howell, Chief Operating and Growth Officer, from the below video where our Executive Leadership Team share about DEI at Parexel.

Our Impact

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    21 Patient Advisory Council meetings conducted between December 2019 and February 2023

  • people

    100% of employees receive DEI training during onboarding

  • heart hands

    47% female Vice Presidents across the organization and 41% of women in the US are women of color

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    64 % increase in spend with diverse suppliers since 2020

Our Approach to Inclusion

We drive inclusion through a strategic three-pillar strategy of Patients, People and Suppliers supported by an Executive Committee.


Supporting our “Patients First” core value, Parexel is dedicated to being the patient-led CRO, ensuring that patient inclusion becomes business as usual. The inclusion of a diverse patient population in clinical trials is essential for ensuring efficacy, safety, and equity for patients in the real world. We have a dedicated team who provides support, resources, and guidance to clients, sites, and project teams. We work together to help patients feel included in their healthcare journey.

Xoli, Parexel's Patients DEI Lead, speaking at a conference

Xoli Belgrave is leading clinical trial diversity, equity and inclusion at Parexel

"We have to think bigger picture. Yes, we have the commitment to deliver on time and on budget for a particular project. But we also have an obligation to help sponsors to think about the end-to-end development, that is where the patient's voice is really important."

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Parexel's "Discussions on diversity - gender identity" cover picture is showing a young person with short hair and dark big glasses smiling at the camera

Discussions on Diversity – Chapter 2

Beyond the Binary: Navigating Gender Diversity in Clinical Research

Within this report, we share feedback from patients and physicians about critical barriers to accessing clinical research and ways to overcome them. 

To the report


Our People are supported through a robust diversity, equity and inclusion strategy with a vision that all are valued, respected and supported for who they are, no matter where they are around the world. This work is driven through five steering committees, nine regional committees, business unit committees and extensive leadership development training and programming.

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Aida Sabo is leading people diversity, equity and inclusion at Parexel

"Nurturing an inclusive environment enables employees to bring 100 percent of their skills and capabilities daily to work. In an environment where people feel respected and are empowered to contribute their own ideas, the company will thrive and draw on greater insights as we serve a global patient base.”

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Parexel is bridging the gap for veterans and meaningful careers through dedicated space and programs where veterans, their families, and allies can come together to support, connect and thrive

"At Parexel, you're continuing to serve a greater purpose; the greater purpose is the continued health, welfare and well-being for patients." -Jonathan Shough, Chief Information Officer and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Diversity Partnership Spotlight

Diversity Award Spotlight


Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we introduce a broad range of suppliers who bring forth varied perspectives, creativity and innovative ideas to our customers, partners and colleagues.

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Kevin Brandenburg is leading supplier diversity, equity and inclusion at Parexel.

DiversityPlus Magazine selected Kevin for his efforts and ability to influence change in procurement, sourcing, supply chain and supplier diversity. During his time at Parexel, Kevin has increased the organization’s focus on adding new diverse suppliers and enhancing existing diverse supplier partnerships, resulting in a 64% increase in spend with diverse suppliers over the last three years.

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