Women at Parexel
Parexel has nearly 13,000 women who work "With Heart®" to make a difference for patients. And, we’re committed to creating opportunities for growth and career advancement for each and every one.
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Parexel is 70% female!
70% of Parexel is female
60% of managers and directors are female
46% of VP-level and Executive-level are female
Status April 2021
We are immensely proud of the number of female leaders at Parexel, but are still committed to improving these numbers with our Leadership Programs, 'Wisdom Circles' and 'Women in Leadership,' and with our 'MARC' (Men Advocating for Real Change) program.
Information about our Leadership Programs
Wisdom Circle (Women Inspiring Success and Developing Others to Management):
Women in Leadership (WIL):
Men Advocating for Real Change (MARC):
Hear from some of our female leaders on career topics
When we asked some of our female leaders what a majority-female company makes us, they answer: strategic, strong, hardworking, and dedicated to our patients and customers. Read on to hear more of their thoughts on fostering your career, motivation, and overcoming challenges.
Xiaoye He - Medical Director - Shanghai, China
Joined Parexel in December 2014
"I’m so lucky to have started my industry journey here at Parexel, which has a warm company culture, excellent colleagues, multiple self-development training programs and workshops as well as career development opportunities. I believe that you can achieve more if you do everything 'With Heart.' All the efforts you make will be rewarded sooner or later, and the most important value is that you learn and gain from your efforts. Our company gives respect, flexibility, and opportunities to women. Our flexible working environment is very attractive, especially when achieving a work-family balance is critical."
Mwango A. Kashoki, MD, MPH - Vice President, Regulatory Affairs - Maryland, USA
Joined Parexel in November 2018
"At the beginning of your career, learn how to do your job well. This is what is expected of any strong employee. As you learn your role, be curious and be bold! Pay attention to the operations of your organizational unit, learn who the leaders are and the roles they play, and find out what opportunities are there for you to contribute your skills and to grow your knowledge. Introduce yourself to people in your organizational unit, both peers and leadership, so others can get to know you. When you identify someone who would be a good role model for you, ask them if you could stay in touch over time. This could develop into a mentoring relationship, whether formal or informal."
Prachi Kapur - Safety Service Project Leader - Hyderabad, India
Joined Parexel in July 2011
"Listen, understand, function, and have patience. Everything seems difficult at the start. Initially, when I joined, learning to cope with targets and 100% quality seemed unachievable, but as I started getting trained and gave myself more time to understand things, all became achievable. I still face day-to-day challenges, but now I am confident to handle them. Try to relate to a patient’s or team member’s situations. Things are clearer when you put yourself on the other side while searching for a solution. One quote that motivates me is, 'Learning is never wasted; it will pay you back in life somehow.'"
Isabelle Duperray - Senior Director, Business Development Biotech - Paris, France
Joined Parexel in October 2015
"Believe in yourself! Professional development is no longer linear. Trust that with hard work, dedication, and figuring out what you want to do with your life, you’ll do fine! I am pleased to see that more and more women realize there is very little that is more exciting than making a breakthrough in your chosen field, and one that will have a big impact on the lives of people in the future. Women are also conscious that they bring unique perspectives to research and scientific conversation. Therefore, I treasure the quote, 'If you can dream it then you can achieve it.'"
Explore more about Parexel
Meet Nayoung: Enterprise Account Leader
Nayoung participated in our Women in Leadership program and an MBA program and believes the advice from Parexel colleagues to BE BOLD encouraged her to take the risk to move forward.
Meet Xoli: Senior Program Director
Xoli discusses her growth within the company and the support received from her mentors. There is a great energy at all levels of the organization. The female leaders seem comfortable in their own skin, which makes them great role models!
Meet Jahanara: Senior Director, Project Leadership
Jahanara guides her team to achieve the potential for them and Parexel customers. She's proud of growing within her role and our Women in Leadership program.