Article courtesy of Medical Design & Outsourcing
Sally Saba knows what it’s like to be unwanted because of her gender.
Saba’s mother rejected her at birth because she wasn’t a boy, leaving her to live with relatives in Egypt. When her caregiver decided to marry, she sent 3-year-old Saba to the U.S. to live with the family she had never known.
The new — and first — chief inclusion and diversity officer for medtech giant Medtronic, Saba ultimately went to medical school in Cairo to become an anesthesiologist. One day, after helping to save the life of a 22-year-old man whose legs needed amputation after being crushed in a train accident, a male superior shamed Saba in front of her colleagues because she had “added a cripple to the world,” she recalled.
“I still get shivers when I remember that moment because something inside of me was like, ‘I’m going to be part of changing whatever system makes us think like this.’… That was my initial interest in moving out of being a physician into being a part of systemic changes of some sort.”
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