Saken Khokhar is the Senior Supplier Diversity Lead at Boston Scientific. Her philosophy is that passion and authenticity are critical to developing a successful supplier diversity program. There may be a lot of guidelines in place, but there are also many challenges and hurdles to face, and in the end it comes down to the leader’s drive, passion for diversity, and the need to make lasting changes. Supplier diversity leaders must motivate people to act, and this is best achieved by always bringing the authentic self to every situation. Saken points to support from the C-suite executives as making a tremendous difference in the ability to develop a high-impact diversity program.
Saken sees her work in supplier diversity as an opportunity to focus on the positive changes that supplier diversity can bring in a world filled with conflict, strife, and negativity. She is proud of the progress the Supplier Diversity Program has made at Boston Scientific in elevating diverse vendors, creating opportunities, and helping diverse suppliers grow their businesses.