1. Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies
I’m originally Texas born and raised (Dallas represent!), but spent the last 9 years in Philadelphia, and recently moved to NYC last October. My career has been fairly eclectic — I did 2 years in private equity after college, then quit and started my own bakery. 3 years later, I’m now managing internal business operations for a tech startup. Outside of work, I’m a competitive dragonboat athlete, a serious powerlifter, and avid bouldering enthusiast.
2. Why did you join TAP? What are your favorite events?
As a Penn alum, I already knew a few people on TAP board from college. I had nothing to lose by coming out, so I signed up for a Dinner Series last November. That event sparked the first conversation that started the TAP-NY Dragonboat Team. I’ve met a lot of really awesome people since getting more involved, and am looking forward to coaching our team this season!
3. Tell us something cool that happened to you this past year.
In 2015, I placed amongst the top 40 athletes competing for a spot on the U.S. Premier Women’s Dragonboat Team. Although I didn’t make the top 25 that got to compete at the World Championships, that selection changed my life. I was so far from being athletic until about 3 years ago. Seriously, find me at a TAP event — I’ve got bad tan lines and raccoon eyes right now — and I’ll tell you all about why it’s never too late to get in shape and how we all start somewhere. And yes, you can bet I’m gunning hard for a spot on the 2017 U.S. Team!
4. If we wanted to hang out, where would we find you?
Now that the weather is warming up, you’ll likely find me paddling around in a boat! Also spotted frequently at New York Health & Racquet Club, Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge, and the occasional EDM show.
5. What’s your advice for any newer members who want to get more involved?
I might be a little biased, but join the TAP-NY Dragonboat Team! Lets be real — if you’re an NYC transplant like me, finding a place you belong in a new city is hard. Having a structured, consistent activity each week, where you can see the same faces and aren’t under too much pressure to make small talk, helps speed up the process of settling in. We also like to eat after our Saturday morning workouts, so you’ll make friends, get in shape AND really deserve that brunch after! Come out peeps, you won’t regret it! Feel free to email me at audreychang319[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions.