This December, TAP-NY is saying goodbye to four devoted board members – Joanne Hong, Johnson Wang, Ray Tsai, and Audrey Lee. We asked them to reflect a bit on their time on the board – check out their answers below. We will miss them dearly!

Joanne Hong
Outgoing Co-Social Chair

Joanne

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?

My favorite TAP memory was hosting my first fashion show in NYC! Without the help of my TAP board members and TAP friends, I wouldn’t have been able to make a dream come true. My TAP family has been one of my biggest supporters and I will forever be thankful for each of them.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?

TAP has definitely helped me grow as a person and as a member in the community. By being Co-Social Chair, I improved my leadership, organizational, and time management skills. I loved being immersed in the Taiwanese culture that was harder to experience while growing up in the Midwest. TAP has really helped connect me with the community in my personal as well as professional life.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?

Have fun! Support one another and nothing is impossible.

Johnson Wang
Outgoing Professional Chair

Johnson

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?

The past Board retreat was my favorite TAP memory because I felt like we really bonded over the lip-sync video, fireball shots, playing soccer, making Taiwanese breakfast in the morning, wet t-shirt race on the beach, and sharing our personal and TAP goals so everyone could help push each other closer to achieving them. I think it embodies everything great about the Board experience — close friends, fun times, cultural reinforcement, and good people.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?

TAP has helped me build out great personal and professional connections outside my immediate network. It’s been great meeting CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and local leaders — working with them on events, helping community members get placed in jobs, and also just having a good network to tap into whenever you need in the future.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?

Don’t think, just do. The Board is going to have your back through thick and thin; if you have an idea, bring it up and the Board will help you make it happen, and they’ll do it so quickly and efficiently.

Audrey Lee
Outgoing Secretary

Audrey

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?

One of my favorite TAP memories has to be the trip we took to Mt. Snow. The (un)successful attempts at conquering the trails and moguls, the massive breakfast cookouts each morning, and the late nights hanging out with others in the cabin (along with the collective struggle the next day) were all highlights of an experience that allowed me to make friends with good people as well as memories which I will never forget.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?

TAP taught me the meaning of teamwork in its truest sense. Everything that we accomplished had been a result of a collaborative effort from people who genuinely care. The opportunity to work and hang out with people who share similar values as me was a tremendously rewarding and inspiring experience.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?

Have fun and be authentic. TAP is a very friendly environment and is willing to help its members grow. You will learn a lot and have a great time working with everyone.

Ray Tsai
Outgoing Finance & Membership Chair

Ray Final

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?
My favorite TAP memory was definitely my first TAP National Convention in Vegas. This was when I found out about the the TAP chapters from other cities, and it made me realize just how large the TAP family really was. I also got to know TAP-NY’s own board super well. The convention really helped prepare me to be a better board member for the next two years.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?
I got the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m really not sure where else I can meet so many like-minded people across so many walks of life and yet have so much in common. Moreover, just the vast number and variety of activities we have every month would have been enough to keep me around. So I would say TAP really helped me grow my network as well as experience many amazing parts of New York I wouldn’t have found on my own.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?
Don’t be afraid of contributing early. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a bad idea, because others will try their hardest to help you turn it into an amazing idea. I can’t emphasize enough how supportive the entire TAP-NY community has been for me the past two years. Thank you all for everything.