TED@UPS Speaker: Yami Joshi and Pulse

Their motto is "Dance Hard, Destroy the Floor.”

Yami Joshi is an organizational development specialist at UPS, where she develops and implements organizational strategies to improve the employee experience.

Yami Joshi

Yami Joshi

Meanwhile, she is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational/industrial psychology at the University of Georgia.

Deeply involved in UPS’s Women’s Leadership Development Group, Joshi dedicates herself to learning how she can grow leadership capabilities in others.

Outside of her work and studies, she is a certified Indian classical dancer, specializing in the dance form Bharatanatyam, which she has taught to students between the ages of 5 and 12.

About Pulse

Pulse, founded in 2010, is a nationally competing co-ed classical dance team. The team is dedicated to testing rhythm and melody to the fullest extent. Their goal is to open up everyone’s imagination with the use of various classical dance forms by widening the horizons of the art form. Their motto is “Dance Hard, Destroy the Floor.”

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Q&A with Yami Joshi

1. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ever since I began dancing at the age of 5, I wanted to become a professional choreographer. I love dancing, and I can easily say it’s my biggest passion. I loved performing at any given family event, social, or party. It never made me nervous- but more than ever excited!

2. What was your first job?

I worked as a front service cashier at the Publix close to my neighborhood when I was 14. It was my first summer job, and I remember it taught me how to plan for the adult life. Without my father’s teachings and influence, I would not have learned the important ways of learning to become independent and understand how to start saving money early in life.

3. Where do you get your best thinking done?

In a small “one person” library room with pin drop silence and the “instrumental + study” playlist on the app – 8 Tracks playing loud on my headphones.

4. What’s your favorite TED Talk?

There are so many good ones, but if I had to pick one- The art of stillness by Pico Iyer!

5. Favorite quote?

Uhhmmmm… I don’t have a favorite

6. What book are you reading right now?

Sheryl Sandberg's new book, "Lean In."I am currently pursuing my master’s so read articles from books and textbooks every week, haha. It has paused my leisure reading hence the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg has been sitting next to my bedside table for a few months.

7. Living or dead, who would you invite to dinner?

I would like to have dinner with my great grandmother, who passed away a few years ago. She had a heart of gold, and was so knowledgeable- I would love to gain back some values from her and bring them back to life! I would also ask her about her experiences in heaven!

8. What cause are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about spreading happiness- it is the key to success and optimistic thinking. Everyone should be happy!

9. What’s the best career advice you ever received?

To always be a realist and optimist and take life one day at a time with a 5 year plan in your mind.

10. Proudest accomplishment?

My experience to speak and perform at a TED event in my early 20’s will now be my #1 proudest accomplishment.

11. Last weekend on earth – where would you go?

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I am passionate about spreading happiness- it is the key to success and optimistic thinking.

I would go to a place where they have food tables from all over the world- appetizers, entrees, and desserts! If it had to be a place- Antarctica- I hate the cold- but I really want to see what it’s like (If we can see anything other than snow). As you can tell, I LOVE food!

12. What’s something you see happening 10 years from now?

I see myself being a progressive career oriented women working as an industrial/organizational psychology traveling from the smallest of villages to the biggest cities for work/pleasure. I know I want to use my passion dance as a part time career and start a dance school for special Ed kids/people as a movement therapy.

13. What is the best gift you have ever received?

A puppy! I have a twin sister, and we turned 24 in June. Our friends decided to gift us a toy poodle- and it was the best gift ever!

14. Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Reese Witherspoon

15. Favorite activity after work

Going to a new place- restaurant, activity center (top golf, park)! I also love relaxing at my apartment and playing with my puppy Yoshi!




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