Dr. Sally Saba joined Medtronic in March after leading a transformation at a major healthcare provider.
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.