Brenda Becker, senior vice president of Global Government Affairs for Boston Scientific, has always understood the value of hard work. Born in the Midwest, she took her first job at the age of 13 and ultimately put herself through college at Michigan State University, where she earned a degree in political science. She credits her father, who served as an elected official, for her interest in politics and government affairs. “He was my inspiration and my first mentor. I still speak to him every day and look to him for advice and input,” says Brenda.
Today, Brenda and her team work to promote policies that make Boston Scientific devices and technologies accessible to more people. According to Brenda, “it’s about building relationships and trust, and advocating for policies that support our customers and the patients they serve.”
As a leader, Brenda focuses on empowering her colleagues, creating open lines of communication, and building a team culture centered around kindness, empathy and respect. “A strong leader creates an environment where everyone can reach their full potential. I encourage my team to take on new opportunities, but also make sure they understand it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them.”
Recently, Brenda received the Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award, which is given annually to a leader in government advocacy in recognition of an exemplary career. Learn more here.