New York Edge Cocktail Benefit 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the me and New York Edge at our 6th Annual Cocktail Benefit: Elegance with an Edge!

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Thank you to all those who came to support me, it really means a lot to me! Together we were able to raise over $6000 to benefit New York Edge in providing free afterschool programming to students across NYC.

New York Edge Moment

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Thank you New York Edge for the thoughtful gift last night, acknowledging my time with the organization and as a founding member, president/co-chair and leader of the New York Edge Young Professionals Council! 🎉


I can’t believe it has been 6️⃣ years since I first came to know about the organization and soon after becoming a founding member of the Young Professionals Council! 💫

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While my term as president/co-chair has come to an end, I will continue to be involved & am excited to see lies ahead! ✨

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Fathers Day the best dad in the world and all the amazing dads out there!

Thanks for putting up with all of my crazy antics and for joining me on some of them!

New York Edge Summer Soiree 2019

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Last night my board, the Young Professionals Council of New York Edge, hosted the 5th Annual Kickoff to Summer Soiree! We had a wonderful turnout of about 40 people!

I have been involved with New York Edge since 2013 and am proud to be a founding member and co-chair of their Young Professionals Council! Together we have volunteered, met a lot of great people and raised a lot of money to help New York Edge provide free after school programs to over 40,000 students across the Greater NYC area!

I am very proud of all of you, thank you for all that you do!

Taste of Times Square 2019

The Times Square Alliance hosted their annual Taste of Times Square featuring many restaurants in the area. Check out some of my favorites!

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Toloache

  • Tacos al Pastor

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Blue Fin

  • Sushi Donut - Salmon Sushi

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Fashion Bar & Restaurant

  • Spanish Omelette

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Bond 45

  • Nonna's Short Rib Meatballs

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Planet Hollywood

  • Banana Foster Cheesecake

Wafels & Dinges

  • Mini Wafelini

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Junior’s

  • Blueberry Cheesecake

La Rivage

  • Bread Pudding with Vanilla and Raspberry Sauce

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New York International Auto Show 2019

The 2019 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has made it’s way to New York City at the Jacob Javits Center April 19 to April 28.

This year’s NYIAS will not let you down, featuring ton of new models and tons to see and do! Check out some of the upcoming models!

Some new models at the 2019 NYIAS include:

  • Jeep Gladiator

  • Toyota Supra

  • Jaguar XE

  • Audi Q8

  • Porsche 911

  • Mercedes-Benz GLD

  • Kia Telluride

My favorite new car of the show as the Karlmann King! This GINORMOUS SUV, looks like a high tech military vehicle on the outside, but a party bus on the inside!

With the Karlmann King

With the Karlmann King

Inside of the Karlmann King

Inside of the Karlmann King

I was able test drive the Jeep Rubicon (as a passenger) around a very rigorous course. Check out my video here: https://youtu.be/tj8uQizP09M

For more information about the NY International Auto Show, please visit: https://www.autoshowny.com/

Stepping Up & Judging

Perfect 10 for attire!

Perfect 10 for attire!

Today was the New York Edge's Annual Step Competition "Rhythmic Step," hosted at York College in Queens, NY. I had the honor of judging at this highly competitive step competition for the 5th year, one of my favorite events of the year to attend! For those of you who have never seen stepping in person, it is definitely something you must see in person - the energy and movement is simply amazing.

Stepping is a synchronized group movement, with lots of stomping and clapping. All of these students rocked the stage and impressed me, I definitely would not be coordinated enough to do what they do! One step team even stepped blindfolded!

While I am not a top notch stepper, I was able to judge on attire - right up my alley!

Check out some photo & videos from this year’s competition on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwHigQ3AV4o/ Can’t wait until next year!

These ladies were stepping BLINDFOLDED!

These ladies were stepping BLINDFOLDED!

Winners of the advanced competition

Winners of the advanced competition

Sweatfest 2019, SUCCESS!

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Putting the pedal to the medal!

Putting the pedal to the medal!

I am so proud to Chair the New York Edge Young Professionals Council and that together, we were able to exceed our goal and raise over $20,000 at the 3rd Annual Sweatfest!!! Every penny raised from our spin class fundraiser will go toward funding after school programming for over 30,000 students across the Greater NYC area!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, my team, the Pedal Warriors and to my amazing board for pulling off a great event and raising a ton of money for New York Edge!

To learn more about the cause and New York Edge, please visit: https://newyorkedge.org/

 
My team, the Pedal Warriors! (L-R: Sam, Ian, Diana, Elizabeth)

My team, the Pedal Warriors! (L-R: Sam, Ian, Diana, Elizabeth)

 

Cycling for a Cause - Sweatfest 2019

Next week, March 23, I will be spinning to raise money for New York Edge, a cause near and dear to my heart.

New York Edge (formerly Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation) is the largest provider of free after school programming, serving over 30,000 students across 130 schools across the Greater NYC area!

Please consider making a donation here: https://newyorkedge.networkforgood.com/projects/69763-elizabeth-tam-s-fundraiser

 
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I have been involved with NY Edge since 2013 and am currently co-chair of the New York Edge Young Professionals Council! I love working with them and am proud of all the great opportunities they provide to students!

Girl Redesigned with New York Edge

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Today, I had the pleasure of volunteering with New York Edge at the annual Girl Redesigned, hosted at Adelphi University in Long Island. At this event, students designed, sewed and modeled their own designs! It was very impressive to see these K-12 students see their designs through from beginning to end.

The designs were very creative, as were the performances. Each school had a different theme, from what do you want to be when you grow up to athletic wear.

I am no designer, but I was able to assist the students with my runway experience and teach the students how to walk, pose and own the runway with confidence!

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In addition to volunteering with New York Edge, I also sit as co-chair of the New York Edge Young Professionals Council, which I also helped to co-found!

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, feel free to reach out or visit: https://newyorkedge.org/

Global Summit in Florida

TLS Global Servicing Leaders

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This week I was in Florida planning and hosting a Global Market Head Summit for the Travel & Lifestyle Services (TLS) Division of American Express. I had 28 colleagues from across the globe come together to speak about best practices and leadership about the global servicing for TLS.

The 3 day summit was one of my first big projects I have taken on as Manager of Strategy & Business Planning aka Chief of Staff of the entire global organization AND the first time a global event like this had been held. In fact, many of the team had not met one another in person, which added to the impact and influence this event could bring. This conference was very high stakes and high pressure as it overlapped and followed the senior leadership team conference of my company - however I thrive in pressure and was up for the challenge!

Menu from our joint team dinner I planned at Shooters!

The Summit was a lot of work, but it was worth it and we managed to accomplish and learn a lot from one another. It was great to meet everyone and eye opening for the team to have a true global perspective in person.

While I can’t say what we discussed some global takeaways I would like to share for global teams:

  • Meeting in person vs online can really unite a team

  • What may work in one country may differ in another, keeping a global perspective is key

  • You are not alone, a challenge you have may be shared globally

After many late nights and hours, I am happy to say the event was a success! A 9.3/10 according to my survey, I’ll take it for my first global event! If anyone needs an event planner, let me know!

Sunset in Sunrise, Florida - Not a bad way to end my time in Florida!

Sunset in Sunrise, Florida - Not a bad way to end my time in Florida!

Up Close & Personal with the Times Square NYE Ball!

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As 2018 comes to an end, one of my favorite ways to ring in the new year is to watch the NYE ball drop in Times Square.

This year, I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with the Waterford Crystal ball that drops every year on NYE at One Times Square!

Check out my interview with Waterford Crystal’s Tom Brennan, who was the lead in designing the amazing ball that is seen across the world on New Year’s Eve!

Fun Facts:

The Waterford Ball is:

  • Illuminated by 32,256 LED lights

  • 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds

  • 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules, attached to the frame of the ball

Surprisingly the ball was only located a few flights up from the 21st floor. However, this did not take away any of the allure or grandeur of the Waterford Ball. It is just phenomenal up close!

One of the Waterford Crystal Triangles

One of the Waterford Crystal Triangles

 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

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This year I have a lot to be thankful for. I am so grateful for all of my family, friends and opportunities I have had this year.

I am thankful for my family and all the help they have given me with my move to my new apartment.

I am thankful to my colleagues at work for supporting and assisting me to get my new role at work and to my new boss and team for taking a chance on me by giving me this new opportunity. I am grateful for all of the travel opportunities that have arisen as a result of me taking this new role all of the great people I have met along the way!

And most importantly thank you to my family and friends for all of the love not only this year but throughout time!

I hope all of you take the time to cherish all that you have and thank those who have played a part in your life.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!