We had the good fortune of connecting with Idara Ogunsaju and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Idara, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In life, I strongly prefer favorable odds – particularly when it comes to money and investments.  In my career, when it comes down to it, if I really want to do or try something and my heart is set on it, I will do it.  So while risk implies that there is a degree of uncertainty ahead, when it comes to career, I am more open to risk and will seize the opportunity to learn something new and interesting.   After all, we get this one life.


Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I work in Healthcare administration at Kaiser Permanente. Having always been interested in medicine, it seems working in Healthcare was inevitable. And in Healthcare, one is always close to the “why” – every day I am a part of team that is taking care of patients and our community. I was raised in Nigeria and was college-age when I relocated to the United States. One lesson I have learned along the way is that every one has a story, their “why” and more often than not we have something in common. These days we are also often one Zoom “ice breaker” away from finding out what we have in common with someone in the room.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d show them a view of San Diego from Mount Soledad and another from Coronado Island. Assuming it was not restaurant week, for varied sights, sounds, and tastes we would choose restaurant and food options in Point Loma liberty station, North Park, La Jolla or Del Mar, and Carlsbad. My San Diego itinerary would include Balboa park and the Zoo – especially if there are children in the visiting group. There is so much to see in Balboa park, including some of the arts culture in San Diego. We would be sure to ride along the coast to enjoy the beautiful ocean views that San Diego offers.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! Credit and recognition to my parents – they served as my foundation. It is thanks to them I have so many of the opportunities I have today. Also to my family – my Husband and my children – they keep me grounded.

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