Starkey announced its chief audiology officer and executive VP of product strategy, Sara Burdak, AuD, has been named the Gold Winner for Woman of the Year in the manufacturing category of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This global award program recognizes women executives for their innovative initiatives and outstanding leadership.

“Receiving this award is such an honor because I am passionate about supporting the professional growth of women,” says Burdak. “I am incredibly proud to oversee a predominantly female team of leaders at Starkey who keep me motivated to lead by example and strive for excellence every day.”

For over two decades, Burdak has helped deliver impactful programs to Starkey’s global customer base, the company says. She is responsible for developing and aligning Starkey’s global audiology strategy, as it relates to education and training programs, clinical research, and government services work. Bringing her clinical and educational background to the manufacturing space, Burdak has been able to pursue her passion for supporting the professional growth of women. 

Through her work with Starkey University, she also supports audiology students. In recognition of her achievements, she has been named a Women MAKE Awards Honoree by the Manufacturing Institute, and a Notable Woman in STEM by Twin Cities Business Magazine over the past year.

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