Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders

As a senior executive in Arrow Electronics’ $5 billion Americas components business, Allison Sabia is passionate about breaking down barriers for other women to succeed.

Her commitment to the success of others is clearly demonstrated in her actions. She’s known to mentor four or five women at a time, with the goal of guiding the next level of Arrow’s leadership forward. “I find it rewarding when I can personally help drive diversity,” Sabia said.

Her colleagues say she has an impeccable reputation for strategic thinking and leadership. They also say she has an inspiring commitment to Arrow, its partners, and the overall electronics and information technology industry.

This year marks her 20th anniversary with the company, where she oversees a team of 300 as vice president and general manager of e-commerce for global components. Over the years, she’s held various leadership roles in finance, operations, sales, product marketing, and customer service. As the role of a traditional technology distributor evolves, Sabia is working toward creating cohesion between the “brick-and-mortar” business and a new digital ecosystem. Her leadership is critical during this digital transformation as she knows the industry and also how to bring success to both customers and suppliers.

She lives by the words: “Be Authentic. Act the same way even when no one is looking.” Sabia says she goes to sleep with a clear mind every night because that’s how she lives her life.

Outside of the office she’s immersed in serving the local community, including a term last year on the board for the Chamber of Commerce for the Denver Tech Center.

She believes the most important quality a leader should have is self-confidence. “People want to be able to follow you and that trust begins with yourself,” Sabia said. She holds a BBA and, MBA both in Finance – Hofstra University.