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Women on the Rise Spotlight Series: Boston Scientific’s Meghan Scanlon

April 2023

Sometimes one person’s simple advice can change another person’s life trajectory. For Meghan Scanlon, it was her history teacher, Mr. Parlin, at Newton South High School in Massachusetts. He pulled her aside during her senior year to ask what colleges she was considering. She told him Boston College but recalls: “He didn’t think that was right because he knew I thrived with math and science. He said I should consider engineering. I didn’t even know what engineering meant! If it hadn’t been for him, I wouldn’t have this awesome career.”

That awesome career led her to her current position as senior vice president and president of Urology at Boston Scientific, the global medical technology company where she’s running a $1.8 billion business.

This is the story of how in building her unexpected career, Scanlon evolved into a vigorous advocate for women and diversity. It is the story of the evolution of an executive who combines innovative visionary leadership with virtuoso operations management. And it is the story of a compelling role model for a new generation of women leaders.

We’ll explore her journey via lessons learned along the way.


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