A Personal Note

Some people say you’ll just know when you’ve found the career you are destined for, and it feels like I’ve found it with Human Powered.

Reason 1. Working Out
I grew up in an extremely active and healthy household, and my appetite for physical activity is pretty limitless. In my sophomore year at Duke, I started teaching group fitness classes. As any fitness instructor will tell you, it was an awesome job because you get paid to work out, but it was also more than that.

When I think back on it, being a group fitness instructor was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life because I got to give people the gift of physical fitness. I was lucky to have a lot of regulars at my classes so I got to watch them become more fluid in their movements, gain strength, and improve their bodies. It was just good, clean, fun.

Reason 2. Projects
I love projects. I am a Certified Associate in Project Management and I worked as a project manager at a healthcare software company called Epic for two years after graduation. This HUMAN POWERED project is most reminiscent of TEDxDuke. I cannot take any credit for their amazing website and app or any of the events since 2012, but I founded the student group in 2010. This project was especially rewarding because everyone – the audience, our sponsors, the organizing committee, etc. – was drawn to TED’s mission of exchanging ideas to better the world. This meant I got meet and make lasting relationships with such wonderful people. Even at these early stages of Human Powered, I’ve seen the same effect. I’ve started working with Adam Boesel who started The Green Microgym in Portland, OR., in 2008 and now builds his own energy-producing equipment. I’ve been going to more group classes where I meet inspiring instructors and classmates who encourage me to try new things. I can’t wait to work with local business owners once we start developing our partnerships. And of course I can’t wait to get to know our members.

Reason 3. Sustainability.
If you got this far, I probably don’t need to get into why it is important for businesses to use clean energy and give back to their community. It is something I’m passionate about and it feels good to have a business model where my interests are so well-aligned.

Please comment here or email me at ursaner@usc.edu if you would like to talk! I am conducting interviews right now to better understand the business need for our ecofitness rewards center.

-Chelsea (founder)
P.S. I have no plans to become a fitness instructor again. I like taking other peoples’ classes too much.
P.S.S. I just came across this list of “TED talks to watch when you don’t know what to do with your life”… seems appropriate.


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