Announcing the 2016 Dent Scholars: Welcome Maryann, Kevin, Kavita, and Ryan

Back in June we announced that for the first time in 2016, we would be offering a scholarship program to bring to Dent people who would otherwise not be able to attend. The scholarships are funded through the sales of “Alchemist” registrations to Dent.

We are now happy to welcome our four selected Dent Scholars for 2016. They’ve each recorded a short video to say hello and share what they’re excited about for Dent 2016. Those are included below.

Kavita Bali

Kavita Bali serves as Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at CARE. In her role, Kavita draws on her public and private sector experience to engage corporations in collaborations that align with CARE’s mission to serve the poorest communities in the world.

Prior to joining CARE, Kavita was with Pfizer Inc in the Corporate Responsibility division where she worked to improve healthcare for underserved populations and improve access to medicines. She also spent time at Doctors of the World (DOW) and the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University and has worked in emergency and post-conflict settings.

Kavita is passionate about organizational culture, education, and enabling people to realize their full potential.

Ryan K. Louie

Ryan is currently a Psychiatry Resident Physician at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Hawai’i. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program, and has M.D. and Ph.D. (Molecular and Cellular Physiology) degrees from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ryan specializes in “the psychiatry of entrepreneurship”, focusing on the mental health issues of entrepreneurs during the startup venture formation process. Ryan believes that mental wellness is a core element of innovation. By learning from and being inspired by the empathy of our creative communities, Ryan hopes to build new dialogues about startup mental health.

Maryann Reid

Creator of Alphanista®, award-winning author of 7 books by a major publisher and tv/radio social commentator, Maryann Reid has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience.

She is an expert wordsmith and has a plethora of connections with women all over the world from her travels to Europe and The Caribbean. Maryann is also a popular guest lecturer at colleges, where she has taught her writing and business skills to groups who want to lead their ideal life on their own terms.

Maryann has been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek,, and NBC Nightly News for her innovative approach to life and solving its complex issues, including creating the uber-landmark event Marry Your Baby Daddy Day. This event originated from her third book, Marry Your Baby Daddy (St Martins Press) that was optioned by Hollywood actress Holly Robinson-Peete and Dolores Robinson.

Kevin Neilson

Kevin Neilson is a student-entrepreneur at Dartmouth College. He’s passionate about apps, having coded and published his first iPhone app as a freshman in high school in 2010. Kevin believes in the power of a positive attitude, and the importance of serving. He leads an Alternative Spring Break for Habitat for Humanity and volunteers teaching kids how to code. Kevin also serves on the student board of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network and represents Google as a student ambassador.

Kevin is in his junior year of study pursuing a major in computer science and economics. This past fall, Kevin completed Draper University, a 7-week entrepreneur mentoring program.