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This year, TAP-NY is welcoming four new board members! Learn more about them here – and be sure to make it out to an event this month to meet them!

Allison
ALLISON, Social Chair

What drew you to TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

My brother introduced me to my first TAP event soon after I moved to the city, and I found TAP to be really down-to-earth and welcoming. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people, and I saw this as an opportunity to do exactly that, and help others create new bonds with a great community.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

I hope to be able to diversify TAP events even more by introducing fun activities and exploring different venues. I think a karaoke night or something recreational, like a minigolfing event would be fun! I think some smaller events alongside the bigger, rowdy TAPpy hours would be interesting as well.

What is your favorite aspect of Taiwan?

The food, the night markets, the MRT, Carrefour, SOGO, but most of all, the convenience stores!!

What would our membership be most surprised to learn about you?

I dislike all Taiwanese breakfast foods (except youtiao).

Cindy
CINDY, Cultural Chair & Treasurer

What drew you to TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

I appreciate the platform TAP gives people to participate in various opportunities, whether its professional networking, community service, cultural awareness, or simply just getting out there and making some friends.  I want to be more involved because I like to spend on time on projects that I believe make a difference in the community and an opportunity to build stronger friendships!

What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

I hope to organize more events that give us, as a community, more opportunities to learn about each other and Taiwanese culture.   

What is your favorite aspect of Taiwan?

I’ve only visited Taiwan once and although there are so many aspects of Taiwan and the Taiwanese culture that I enjoyed, I would have to say it’s a tie between the nature there and their cultural values.  The island of Taiwan has many climatic zones and topographies, even coral reefs!  On my trip, I couldn’t help but notice how kind and locals were.  One lady even offered to help my parents hold our groceries when we were lost and asking for directions!  

What would our membership be most surprised to learn about you?

That’s a really hard question to answer! Off the top of my head, I LOVE AYCE deals.

Jess
JESS, Professional Chair

What drew you to TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

A close friend first introduced me to TAP when she joined a couple years ago. Through her, I was exposed and drawn to the camaraderie across the organization. By joining board, I hope to be a catalyst in spreading that same sense of community to others.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

Through diverse networking and informational events, I hope to help TAP members explore their professional interests and advance career progression across all industries. In the current social and political climate, it will be increasingly important to empower members’ identities in the workplace through guidance and diversity training, and create opportunities to explore different types of professions, companies, and working environments.

What is your favorite aspect of Taiwan?

The food (obv), night markets, and overall energy

What would our membership be most surprised to learn about you?

I hate beans (including red bean… I know…)

Kelly
KELLY, Cultural & Mentorship Chair

What drew you to TAP and why did you decide to join the board?

I’d been meaning to attend a TAP event since graduating from college, and I finally made it to my first event 3 years later! I see the board as a potential to shape how the NYC community views and understands Taiwanese culture – I’m excited to be a part of those initiatives to increase awareness and bring together those who share similar backgrounds, interests, and passions.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role? New event ideas?

I’ve always enjoyed event planning, so it’ll be fun to bring that to a larger scale to plan cultural events. I’d also like to start an official mentorship program or a buddy system, where the more senior members can help those still in college or recent graduates to define their career goals or get accustomed to the NYC life.

What is your favorite aspect of Taiwan?

The people. Nearly everyone I know who has visited Taiwan says that Taiwan is one of the friendliest countries they’ve ever visited. Oh, and of course there’s the amazing food.

What would our membership be most surprised to learn about you?

I’m allergic to at least 10 different types of fruit.

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