It’s Our Duty to ‘Do’ Diversity
A diverse workplace is worth having – so how do we go about achieving it?
Cynthia Matossian |
There should be no place for discrimination. My family has experienced it – both maternal and paternal grandparents had to flee Armenia during the Ottoman Empire expansion when Christians were being ethnically cleansed; it’s why I grew up in Lebanon before moving to the US at the age of 12.
I’ve experienced it too – one of the most memorable examples was when I bought the practice that became Matossian Eye Associates. After completing my training program, I joined a practice for a year, and learned how things should and, importantly, how things shouldn’t be done. I wanted to start my own practice and do things in a very different way. I found two brothers, practicing EENT – eye, ear, nose and throat – and bought the ophthalmology section from them. They were horrified that a woman was buying their ophthalmology practice – and so shocked that they refused to honor my signature, when we were finalizing the contract in front of our respective attorneys, because I was a woman! My husband (who has nothing to do with medicine, let alone ophthalmology) had to countersign. This was New Jersey – in 1987.
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