Aida Sabo, Vice President, leads the Diversity/Inclusion Center of Excellence at Cardinal Health. Her focus is setting strategy and executing a Global Workforce Diversity Strategy in partnership with the leadership team and key functions of Cardinal Health. The focus of the strategy is creating...Read more
Aida Sabo, Vice President, leads the Diversity/Inclusion Center of Excellence at Cardinal Health. Her focus is setting strategy and executing a Global Workforce Diversity Strategy in partnership with the leadership team and key functions of Cardinal Health. The focus of the strategy is creating an environment of inclusion that leverages diversity as a competitive advantage. Cardinal Health has received various awards for Diversity/Inclusion.
Prior Aida led the Corporate Diversity Function at EMC in Hopkinton, MA. Working with EMC’s Leadership team, she executed the Living Diversity@EMC., a company wide strategy focused on attracting, retaining, and developing top talent globally, advancing multi-cultural competence and providing an innovative/inclusive environment. Her work focused on integrating diversity into all aspects of EMC’s business. Before EMC, Aida was Diversity Director at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, California. She was the impetus behind “Diversity Made Real” – a leading edge global initiative that brought to light the link between inclusion and innovation.
A child of Mexican immigrants – born in Michoacán, Mexico, Aida moved to the U.S. when she was three years old. With a passion for learning, she excelled, ultimately getting her BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, specializing in electromagnetics. Aida continued her education by completing Engineering graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley Extension and Georgia Tech. She has also completed Executive Education at Harvard, JFK School, Harvard Extension, UCLA and Stanford University. In 2006 she was selected to be a fellow with the National Hispana Leadership Institute. In her career, Aida has held a diverse array of positions: systems engineer, an expert on antenna and material measurement, systems engineering manager, and a Global Business Development Manager for Hewlett Packard’s Satellite Test and Base Station Test Business. She received many awards while at Hewlett Packard; the award most significant to her was being the first women to receive the Systems Engineer of the Year Award in 1995. She then won this award again the following year, 1996.
Hewlett Packard’s first Latino Employee Network, La Voz, was founded by Aida, where she led the network as President. In this position Aida was selected to be a representative to the White House event on sharing Best Practices on Diversity with other Latino Corporate leaders in the United States Aida has been an active member in a wide array of associations and has held numerous board positions related to both her engineering background and diversity initiatives: she chaired the Silicon Valley Antennas and Propagation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) for six years. Aida has been on the boards Advisory Board for Working Mother Magazine, New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Fund, the Partnership Inc, and the Harvard JFK’s Women’s Leadership Board.
Her dynamic personality and experience have led her to speaking invitations at numerous events including the Peter Drucker Leadership Conference, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University, Linkage, Inc.’s Women in Leadership Conference, Working Mother Women of Color Town Hall, and the Silicon Valley Rainbow PUSH Organization’s Digital Connections Conference. Outside of her academic and career interests, Aida’s passion – both on and off the job – is helping at-risk youth through her commitment to education. Aida’s work has focused on encouraging youth to obtain higher degrees, primarily in the math and science fields.