In early February 2017, I began rotating my social media icons with a different inspiring woman in surgery's 'split image' to honor her respective accomplishments:
This site is a platform dedicated to telling great stories about women who work in surgery to inspire others. Its goal is to expose the progress of women around the world who have had the courage to 'take the road less-traveled' in a male-dominated profession. While many communities out there are limited to female surgeons, this initiative is about showcasing the progression and accomplishments of all women who have a passion for excellence in surgical careers.
This initiative started in January-2016 as an Instagram page, and has since morphed into a whole platform supporting the progression of women in surgical careers. This page is not about one person's mission - it is made possible by the hundreds of amazing women who have stepped forward to share their courage, determination, humility, perseverance, triumph and failures to provide a guiding light and perspective for the next generation of women who seek to follow.
Inspiration does not come from reciting resumes and CV's - it is about taking a person's accomplishments and bringing a balanced perspective to create a story of professional and personal achievement that leads to a life fulfilled. In April-2016, I signed a book deal, aptly titled 'Restricted Area', to bring these amazing stories to life. Check out my latest gallery of "Faces of Surgery".
A few of my principles:
- Be 'That' Person: You never know who is watching - for those of you that have 'made it', be an example for those that look to follow the trail you have helped blaze.
- Focus on the Possibilities: Everybody starts somewhere - no matter how far down the 'wrong side of advantage' you may feel, focus on the possibilities - it is the only way anything ever gets from nothing to amazing.
- Be Kind and Respectful: The world of surgery is hard enough, don't make it harder by putting down other women (or other people) - it only creates greater headwinds in this movement.
I encourage you to tell your story! I just want to re-emphasize that my work is not limited to surgeons - it's equal exposure no matter what you do in surgery and everybody can inspire. You never know who is reading. To inquire about being featured, email me.