The Value of Mentorship



I spent the summer in San Francisco as a clinical product intern at Omada Health, a digital therapeutics startup dedicated to inspiring and empowering people everywhere to live free of chronic illness. The mission-driven company’s culture and values create a work environment that is collaborative, creative and fun. As a pharmacist on the medical affairs team, I applied my clinical background to guide the design and development of Omada’s medication management solution.


My journey to Omada began the previous spring when I trekked to the Bay and Silicon Valley with the Adams Apprenticeship. We were immediately immersed in the startup culture while we toured companies, including Carbon 3D, Chubbies, First Round Capital and Omada Health. I networked, met and learned from the entrepreneurial journeys of Carolina alumni, Adams advisors and successful entrepreneurs like Thomas Leighton, former CEO of OpenTable.


When I arrived back home in Chapel Hill, I knew I wanted to return to that extraordinary culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to pursue my passion for digital health. I reached out to my Adams coach Conor Hartman, and we created a roadmap for me to connect with the Adams Advisors and Carolina alumni in the Bay Area.


The problem was I had to master the 15-minute phone call. While challenging at first, the consistent mentorship, support and guidance from my coach took me outside my comfort zone to connect with dozens of entrepreneurs. They were all excited to share their personal journeys and introduce me to others in their network. This strategy helped me secure several onsite interviews in San Francisco, but it was Omada that created the internship opportunity that has empowered me to build solutions to the problems I had experienced as a student pharmacist on clinical rotations.



By Jimmy Xu (Class of ’20), doctorate of pharmacy