I always thought I was going to be a doctor, so I have a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a bachelor’s in biochemistry and molecular biology. I’ve traveled to various countries helping to provide surgeries and basic checkups to locals. One of the most fulfilling times of my life was when I worked with Moroccan surgeons in remote areas in the Souss Region. I worked 10-hour days often performing 60 operations a day, all with only a 10 person crew! I have been going on medical missions since graduate school with the non-profit Mission To Heal, a non-profit medical missions organization that strives to help heal underserved people around the world. This organization helped train me to perform surgeries and provide care in poorly-resourced conditions. I’m so grateful to have met some of the most remarkable, selfless people, all while helping others in need of care.
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MEET | IMAN OUBOU
Featured 2.13-2.19 | Q: What do you call a Moroccan-born former beauty queen (Miss Colorado, Miss New York) turned CEO (SWAAY Media, a groundbreaking online publication that focuses on the pursuits and goals of female leaders) and podcast host (Entrepreuners en Vogue: Conversations with Successful Millennial Women Entrepreneurs) who happens to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, has spent time working as a cancer research scientist and has lead medical missions in developing countries? A: Donald Trump's worst nightmare. You also call her a woman whose badass-ness deserves to be recognized and celebrated every single day because basically, Iman Oubou is changing the world. With her diverse multicultural and multidisciplinary backgrounds, Oubou’s purpose is centered on championing innovation and changing the status quo, which, in case you hadn’t heard, is more important today than it has been in decades. And while her beauty, brains and business smarts are givens, it’s her desire to empower women, to change the narrative of what a female role model should look like (hint: it's not about looks), that sets her apart from most humans. I have never been more proud to turn the spotlight on someone so deserving. Welcome to Iman’s week.