Living for Those Who Can’t: Chelsea Berler proves choices define a person

The emotional scars of loss might not be outwardly evident – but those deep wounds define Chelsea Berler’s every struggle and success.

Founder of a thriving marketing agency and writer of “The Curious One,” Berler is at the top of her game – all by the age of 30. These accolades would be impressive enough, but it’s her journey to this point that leaves an even deeper mark on everyone she meets.

Berler grew up in Scranton, North Dakota – a city of just 300 people. “It’s a really small town where everyone knows everyone, and you’re related to a lot of the people there,” she says. “I never really felt like I fit in.”

But even in a small town, her childhood was anything but simple. Their wallets held more food stamps than dollars, and the lingering smell of alcohol didn’t help hold the family together…

To read more about Berler’s life and book, “The Curious One: From Food Stamps to CEO,” check out the June 2014 issue of Hoover’s Magazine. Find your copy here.