Xiaotang manages the tactical implementation of a strategy to expand employer relationships across several key industries. She creates new outreach initiatives guided by student interests and to source a broad range of meaningful internship and employment opportunities for students.
I enjoy: Getting lost in a new city and conversing with the locals to learn about their culture.
An internship/experiential opportunity that helped shape my career path: I started my first job after graduate school at the Asian American Business Development Center, and I worked there for five years. It helped me to build connections with amazing world leaders from different industries and made me realize how passionate I am about diversity and inclusion.
I wish more students knew more about: The importance of networking - 80 percent of jobs are landed that way. Having hard skills and work competency is crucial, but building connections (through things like coffee chats, LinkedIn messages or informational interviews) can often be just as helpful.
The place I grew up is special because: Xi'an, China served as the Chinese capital for 13 dynasties. It is also the beginning of the Silk Road.
I could give a 40-minute presentation with absolutely no preparation on: Intercultural competency. I’ve given multiple three-hour workshops on intercultural competency for faculty and staff from various universities in New York and New Jersey.