Where Are They Now: Lydia Dick, 2017 Fellow


When I entered college, I was overwhelmed by the number of possible career paths in front of me. Yet of all the paths I considered, I never would have imagined that I would end up running a university accelerator in Birmingham, Alabama.

Now I spend my days meeting local founders, helping students craft pitch decks, and strategizing how best to support faculty spinouts – all while getting a front row seat to cutting edge biomedical innovation at the largest economic driver in the state. I love my job because I get to work with passionate entrepreneurs every day while gaining a high-level view of the economic revitalization of an up-and-coming US city. Needless to say, this isn’t the typical path for most 22 year-olds straight out of college.

Looking back, my Ohana fellowship was the pivotal experience that lead me to where I am now.

Prior to Ohana, I had no idea how to compromise my passion for creativity and entrepreneurship with my interests in medicine and high-tech research. Ohana let me explore my various interests in a fast-paced startup environment while providing rare insights into the future of healthcare innovation.

Today, I get to pass on the knowledge and experiences I gained at Ohana to the student entrepreneurs I work with every day. A lot of them express their worries about what path they’ll choose to do after college. I tell them to stop worrying about choosing a path and to go out and make their own.


Nicole Mintz