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How Ballet Inspired This Entrepreneur to Reinvent Her Career

Old pointe shoes remind this biomaterials founder to embrace her creative side.

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This story appears in the March 2021 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

I always assumed I’d work in academia, but then I took a ballet course in my 30s. I did it on a whim while getting my Ph.D. in English, thinking it might be fun. Instead, it was transformative. It empowered me to identify as an artist and to redirect my professional path.

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This shouldn’t have been a surprise. I’ve always been drawn to both science and art, a tension rooted in my childhood. My parents were research scientists in molecular cell biology and microbiology, and I grew up in their labs, gaining an appreciation for how things are made. But outside the lab, our free time as a family was spent exploring New York City’s art scene, and I was constantly painting, drawing, and sculpting at home and in school.

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