Meet the Team: Amy Chan


August 23rd, 2014

The TEDxVancouver team has been working hard to put together this year’s event. From our advisors to our core team, there is a diverse group of volunteers dedicated to putting on a spectacular event and we want you to get to know them beyond their four-line biography. Leading up to this year’s event on October 18th we’ll be featuring some of the incredible people we have working with us.

This week our Director of Marketing Outreach, Amy Chan, answered a few questions for us:

What do you currently do for work?
I am the Vice President of Hotel Reviews for a company called Hotel Insider. I will travel over 200 days this year, discovering and reviewing the best hotels in the world. I am also a writer with a column in the 24 Hours newspaper, and blog for the Huffington Post and Vancouver Sun. I created, a website that provides fresh perspectives on relationships and personal development.

Why did you get involved with TEDx?
I got involved with TEDx because I wanted to give back to the community of this amazing city. I feel fortunate to be able to work alongside such a talented team of individuals who are all passionate, creative and determined to create an impactful and memorable experience.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
All my opportunities have come from two things: my network and my determination. Approach relationships always thinking about how you can help, be generous with your network and connect others, and don’t let rejection deter you. Remember that all you need is one person to give you a chance.

Name one of your most odd jobs.
I was once a magician’s assistant. But that career was short-lived as I was fired for dropping a baton in the middle of a show. Oops.

What’s your morning ritual before work?
I carve out “me” time where I’ll do something that inspires me or feeds my soul. For example, I’ll meditate and set a positive intention for the day, read a book, or watch a TED talk.

What is your favourite book?
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom.

What do you value most in your friends?
Loyalty. Generosity. Sincerity.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Creating a dream life—from moving to New York, to cultivating a supportive and inspiring community of friends, to being able to help others through my writing.

What is your current state of mind?

What’s one thing you do to keep you inspired?

Tell us about your favourite TED talk.
I love Shawn Achor’s talk that discusses how we can engage in daily habits to rewire our brain for happiness, The Happy Secret to Better Work.

What’s your motto?
“Be the type of person you want to meet.”

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