#34: How I Grew to become Courageous Sufficient: My First Steps as an Entrepreneur feat. Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS

Dr. Sasha Shillcutt is the CEO & Founder of Brave Enough, a company that empowers and teaches professional women to lead. She is a well published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, author, and international speaker.

In 2016, she was awarded the national American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Inspiring Physician Award by her peers. Her greatest passion is teaching women how to invest in their own professional and personal development.

She speaks frequently to executives and leaders on the topics of professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward has been viewed by thousands of people. Her writing has been published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She leads conferences and retreats for professional women through her organization, Brave Enough. Her first book, Between Grit and Grace: The Art of Being Feminine and Formidable, was published February 2020.

Now, let’s look at five things that we discussed in this episode:

  • How she started her business
  • Why she started her community
  • How being a physician helped her with her business
  • Sasha’s number one advice
  • Her book, Between Grit and Grace

Here’s a breakdown of how this episode unfolds…


I am going to self invest into this pilot conference and see how it works.


If I see a problem, I’m trying to answer that with a solution that allows me to help women


I worked really hard at it. It’s something that I’m passionate about, so a part of it doesn’t feel like work because I love it. So it’s easier to do.

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