We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally Ghattas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sally, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You’re living life in fear if you’re not taking risks. The best bet you can make is on yourself. I feel as though I’ve taken the necessary risks to elevate my career and life which have paid off tremendously because every move I’ve made has made me a better version of myself. I have a career job that I love but I also found a passion and calling within my community outreach which has shown me that a dream is always worth the risk of trying. Within that, I have also figured out that you can pursue a passion and make money at the same time. I was approached during the pandemic with the opportunity to be a part of a community outreach project in which we dared to dream and take risks to do something impactful for our community. What would become of that none of us ever imagined. Which ultimately showed me that risk leads to growth and growth always involves risk, and risk always involves fear but you can’t let fear be greater than hope.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career job is as a medical assistant to a breast cancer surgeon at UCLA health. We see and treat patients with breast cancer, a life-changing job. I’ve been in the medical field for over 10 years. I’ve worked in a variety of specialties in medicine. I’ve learned that moving around and taking on something new is the only way to grow. In my professional career, I’ve taken many leaps of faith to get to where I’m today. And no it was not easy. I had to build my resume from the ground up. There were moments I was fearful of leaving one position for another, moments where I was nervous about learning something new and not being able to translate it. However what I did learn was never to settle, never take no for an answer, work hard and get what you deserve. Every step I took in my medical profession has led up to the pay, the position, and the opportunity I have today. However, medicine is not my only passion, giving back to my community and making impactful changes have always been important for me. That opportunity has heightened with the Bigger Than Us platform, IBTU is a movement focused on uniting community leaders through organized outreach and programming efforts that help create lasting and impactful change. It’s amazing to be a part of a dream and see it come to life along with being inspired by your peers. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of major impactful community projects and learn the back end of nonprofit work. Many may not know but it takes a lot of manpower, resources, and time to create a community outreach event. I’ve led many in these last two years and it has opened my eyes to a new career venture all while working a full-time job and being a mother. So no, my career pathways have not been easy, however, I’ve learned that as a woman you can do a whole lot and at the same time dream to do more as long as you put in the work, believe in yourself, and take the risk.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the city of LA it’s so sunny & beautiful filled with endless things to do for everyone! I’m a sports girl so my first stop is a Dodger game at the stadium paired with a beer and a dodger dog. The UCLA softball games are always a good time and while you’re there make sure to get some Diddy Riese ice cream. Another great thing to do is take a hike through Griffith Park you can see all of LA when you get to the top. You can’t come to LA without taking a drive down PCH but not before getting some In and Out Burgers. For a thrill, you can go to six flags ride roller coasters, and eat funnel cake. For a more grown and sexy vibe go to the wineries in Temecula and enjoy the wine and scenic views. The thing I love about LA is the melting pot of cultures and cultural experiences it brings. One moment you can be in downtown LA shopping, and eating all sorts of Hispanic food the next you can be in China town discovering all sorts of new things. I also love concerts so if there is a show in town going to the forum or staples to catch a live show is a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost I would like to thank God for his mercy and favor. My motivation and the reason I go so hard behind everything I do is for my daughter Anyah Francis who inspires me daily. A big thank you to my parents and grandparents who came to this country to create an American dream and wanted their children to do the same. My friends who are family and my biggest support system I can always count on them-Nohemy, Tesha, Raheem, Candace, Andrea, Gioia, Mishla, and Ebony. To my Bigger than Us family, every single person in that group inspires and challenges me to be the best version of myself every day I love y’all. Tyrone Nance a special thank you for dreaming, sharing the same love of community with me, and creating the Bigger Than US platform.