Dima's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

DIMA ELISSA

Founder / CEO
VisMed•3D

“You can follow traditional routes and you’ll get traditional responses. Or, you can be bold, brave, and brilliant. You determine your own destiny.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Conflict Courage Culture Exploration Fulfillment Honesty Individualism Fear Societal Pressures Desire Risk Self-Reflection Beliefs & Faith Transitions Confidence Experience Success Acceptance Opportunity Struggle Doubt Dedication Education

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

approval, challenges, curiosity, different direction, excitement, expectation, expectations, figure it out, health care, helping others, independence, independent, lgbtqia, moving, paths, potential, strength, technology, time, traditions

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was born in Beirut and grew up in rural Indiana; her father was a surgeon and both of her parents were very strict and disciplined.
  • She got a degree in chemistry from Hanover College, a small school in Indiana.
  • After graduating early, she told her parents she was going on a road trip to attend a friend’s wedding.
  • Instead, she ran away to Chicago, where she hoped she’d find a community that would be more accepting of her sexual identity.
  • Says she grew her greatest strength from forcing herself into that position, where she had no one to rely upon except herself.
  • Once she’d settled in Chicago, she decided she really wanted to work at NutraSweet, a large chemical company that produces artificial sweeteners.
  • She decided to send a job application not only to human resources, but also to NutraSweet’s vice president, who ultimately hired her.
  • She’s since pivoted into 3D printing, which she believes will “shape and reimagine our futures”; she’s the founder and CEO of VisMed-3D, a biomedical 3D printing company.

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