In part 2 of our Women’s History Month interview series we present the full interview with Dr. Sarah Kalivoda the owner/medical director here at Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care.
Q: What woman inspires you and why?
A: Lucille Ball! As a child, she brought laughter to my evenings. I had the entire “I Love Lucy” VHS tape collection! As an adult, I became to respect her as a pioneer for woman. In an age where woman were still denied credit card applications and lines of credit to purchase homes without a husbands co-signature and approval, she broke the mold. Not only did she pave a path for female comedians, she became the first female to run a major television studio. “I Love Lucy” which she produced starting at age 40, was the first television program to show a pregnant woman on TV, have a woman be married to a younger man, televise an inter-racial couple, and televise a single married bed (prior to this it was only acceptable to show twin beds). Despite being told that she was not fit for entertainment starting from a very young age, she persevered her dream and became America’s #1 star with people still watching her today. She pushed the limits with her humor to show how gender roles oppressed woman at that time while remaining likable. She did not let any reason, or anyone’s disbelief stop her success.
Q: What qualities make a great leader?
A: Successful leaders are able to create a trusting and safe environment for people to feel they can flourish and develop. In the sense of a leader in a business, they must be fair and consistent, judging their success based on the success of the team.
Q: If you could meet anyone, man or woman, living or dead, who would you want to meet?
A: Family history is everything to me. I would love to transport to my family’s farm in Cuba, Kansas, sit on the porch and just chat with my great, great grandmother about life.
Q: Are there any assumptions about women that you would like to change? Why?
A: Women can have it all! A growing career, a growing family and wonderful friendships! Does it take more effort to have it all? Absolutely. There are days that I am tired from being up all night feeding my infant only to wake up worrying about a patient, the business, a team member, etc. However, I am so thankful that I have always been surrounded by impowered woman in my family and in my friendships that help push me forward. I seek relationships that will only make me better a person, doctor, leader, and friend.
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A: Fire Dancing! I just think it is beautiful to watch! And yes, women are amazing at it!
Q: What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
A: I hope my daughter and her generation are able to still desire the insatiable feeling of putting sweat and tears into something to find success. When things come to easy or too quickly, it is difficult to appreciate them. Younger generations are being brought up in a world in which the toy they want can be shipped overnight by simply clicking on the Amazon App or by speaking to the Alexa Home Entertainment system to immediately find their favorite show. However, there is something wonderful and innate about having to work for something you want. I hope she is able to experience coming home at the end of the day, rather from the job, the gym, or day on the hill skiing, knowing she pushed her mind, her body and the social limits beyond her expectations.
We hope that you enjoy part 2 of our women’s history month celebration and don’t forget to check back next week, for the next installment in our interview series with each of the women leaders of MVAH!