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Forty Under 40 Award winner Q&A: Andrea Tang

This year’s cohort of recipients will be celebrated at an event Feb. 7, 2024

BIV is recognizing Andrea Tang, CEO of Variety the Children's Charity, and 39 other exceptional business leaders as part of the 2023 Forty Under 40 Awards cohort.

Longer Q&As with each recipient are included in BIV's annual Forty Under 40 Magazine (out in print Dec. 11). Award winners will be celebrated at an awards gala Feb. 7, 2024.

This profile may have been edited for length and clarity.

What career highlight are you most proud of?

The opportunity to work in and lead teams across Canada, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean has opened the doors to new cultures, perspectives and some of the most unforgettable experiences. I have seen the transformational impact of philanthropy not only through the people working to advance health care and the families whose lives are forever changed, but also through those who see a vision come to life because of their investments.

What was your toughest business or professional decision?

Making difficult decisions for staff and teams that are the best decisions for the long-term sustainability and growth of the organization.

How do you lead?

With heart and hustle. Character is everything. So much more important than what you do is how you do it. Lead by example and inspire others to lead with purpose.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned in business?

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Surround yourself with exceptional people – great coaches, mentors, colleagues, friends and people who will inspire and lift you where it matters. Be that person for others.

Best piece of advice ever received?

Trust your intuition.

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Trust your intuition.

What's left to accomplish?

So much! I have a lot of aspirations for myself, my family and for the world I want my son to grow up in. Being a mother has only fuelled my purpose and determination to drive change towards a healthier, more inclusive and just world.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or acknowledge?

I am so thankful for all the people in my life I have had the opportunity to serve, work alongside, meet and be inspired by. Thank you to my family and friends – my village. To my mom, thank you for enabling my dreams, teaching me the value of hard work and being my greatest example. I’m more grateful to you than words can ever express. To my son and husband, thank you for being my unit, my adventure buddies and my greatest joy.

Read Q&As with all 40 award recipients here. Tickets to the 2023 Forty Under 40 Awards gala on Feb. 7 are now available.