Sara Tamarin is a graduate of the UW Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, led by Project Ascendance’s Christy Johnson
“If your curiosity has drawn you to researching this program, daydreaming about this program—then do it.”
When Dr. Tamarin enrolled in the WEL program, she was hoping to learn about and demystify entrepreneurship for herself. She came into the course not knowing much at all about being an entrepreneur. As a pediatric physician at the Everett Clinic, she didn’t have much exposure to that world. But there was a part of her that had become increasingly curious and pulled toward it, and she wanted to find out if entrepreneurship might in fact be for her.
She also wanted to learn more about what goes into becoming a leader. And to challenge the notion that the capacity to be a leader was something that some other people possessed—but that she didn’t.
As Dr. Tamarin progressed through the program, she greatly valued the opportunity, the framework, and the guidance. This allowed her to actually implement what she was learning in a real-life venture, in real time. The program was a ‘hands-on, try things out, get things done’ type of course, for anyone who wanted to utilize it that way. For her, it was invaluable.
Before the first course had even come to a close, she had launched her own private coaching business: Sara Tamarin, MD Coaching LLC. She also presented to the Clinical Leadership Board at her clinic, and proposed an in-house, peer healthcare provider coaching program to help combat burnout. She now has clients through her business. Plus, the peer coaching program at her clinic was approved and funded, and is underway.
Dr. Tamarin’s advice for those considering the program is to follow your curiosity: “If your curiosity has drawn you to researching this program, daydreaming about this program—then do it. Your persistent curiosity means that there is something in there for you.”