My Half Year in Review: Winter and Spring 2019

Wow. What a difference a few months make. This past winter, I hit the ground running by taking our draft #NYCEDU vision, mission, and values on the road. Our Vision All of New York City’s young people are equipped with the skills, resources, and community supports needed to flourish as happy, healthy, and impactful citizens…

My Quarter in Review: Autumn 2018

Yes, it’s already 2019, but you’ll have to forgive me. The end of Autumn is December 21st and I was on vacation! šŸ™‚ This past quarter has been tough. I felt like I was in a malaise of inaction where I wasn’t executing on what I had intended to do. I didn’t host the #NYCEDU…

My Quarter in Review: Spring 2018

This has been a great quarter. Setting priorities for just 3 things has made all the difference! Those three things were: Identity Work Community Building Funding   A Look Back Identity Work I’ve been doing a lot of reading this past quarter about race and racism with a specific focus on the Asian American experience….

My Quarter in Review: Winter 2018

I turned 30 in March! I love birthdays, they remind me of how loved I am by friends both old and new. My birthday was also a good chance to reflect on life in general and I got to say, it’s pretty great. I’m doing what I love, making a positive impact in the world,…

My Quarter in Review: Summer 2017

I spent much of this last quarter in deep contemplation, both with other people and in my own writing and reading. Questions I grappled with included: What does it take to create a process towards equity that in and of itself is equitable? How do I determine, as theĀ Founder and Executive Director ofĀ #NYCEDU, where we…

My Quarter in Review: Spring 2017

For the first time in five years, I didn’t organizeĀ Startup Weekend Education NYC. Instead, I was its facilitator!Ā This was significant for several reasons. I passed the baton. Eugene Leventhal and his organizing team did all the heavy lifting. I was there to share our previous Startup Weekend Education NYC resources, but they recruited the coaches,…

Reflections on my TEDxPrincetonU Talk: How to fail successfully

November of 2013, I gave a TEDx talk on how to fail successfully based on my own experiences. At the time, I was a budding entrepreneur who was working on a multitude of ideas including one that I laugh about most: The Conversation Coach. The main point of the talk was:Ā “For my entire life I…

TEDxPrincetonU: How to Fail Successfully by Deborah Chang [Transcribed]

“For my entire life I was taught how to be successful, but I was not taught to fail.” But “the only thing thatā€™s certain about the future is that itā€™s uncertain. So failure is inevitable. And if failure is inevitable, we need to work that into our process of learning and growing.”

My Quarter in Review: Winter 2015

My greatest accomplishment last quarter was clarifying what we do atĀ #NYCEDU. We curate, coach, and connect community organizers who work across lines of difference in NYC education. Curate We find the community organizers who are aligned with #NYCEDU core beliefs. These are: We are a collective. Everyone is a founder. Lead with love. Be creative….