Go ahead and call me bossy. Bossy saves lives.

Since I was a little girl, I have been called a lot of things. Sensitive. Funny. Strong-willed. Outgoing. Take-charge. Friendly. Bossy. Focused. And my favorite — domineering.

I’ve always been a direct person. I’m an extrovert, which means I walk into a room and I am energized by the people around me. I am also a positive person; I assume you are my friend until you prove otherwise. On most days I’m going to tell you exactly what I think, as my thoughts often become words before they make it through my internal filter.

I put on a national conference every year, and one year, my co-director, as I was prepped to take the stage, whispered to me, “Sash, remember we don’t know these people. We are not in your living room.” Haha! He knows me well. I typically talk to my colleagues from a stage like I would talk to them if they were standing next to me in the operating room. This means I generally have a lot of friends; it also means I am going to communicate very directly and openly whether we have shared a meal or only a handshake.

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