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The Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals (YP) Group of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) is a network of advocates supporting those with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Together, they raise awareness and foster social acceptance through service, networking and professional development opportunities.

Objectives

YP is a collective of young adults raising awareness and working toward social acceptance for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders through networking, professional development, service, and social activities.

• Increase the TAA YP footprint
• Spread awareness for TS and Tic Disorders
• Fundraise by tapping into the Young Professionals network
• Provide unique and valuable opportunities to the YP community

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Events

The Young Professionals Group convenes monthly. For the time being, we will host virtual meetings.

The Young Professionals Committee will be hosting an event in the fall of 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

The TAA Young Professionals Committee

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Han Kim

Han Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in New York for most of his life. He received his BBA in Finance at Baruch College, where he is currently working towards a master’s degree in Business / Data Analytics.
Han expressed interest in being part of the TAA community after experiencing difficulties disclosing TS at work and in the Korean Army. He hopes to spread awareness and encourage young professionals with TS to be assertive and confident in the workplace.  

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Felix Fernandez-Penny
Felix joins TAA’s Young Professionals Advisory Board eager to shed light on this important, often misunderstood condition. With a diverse background spanning professional engagements in the entertainment industry, hard sciences, and government, Felix currently works with the Brand Strategy team at marketing and communications consultancy Weber Shandwick. When otherwise occupied, Felix performs with the Oratorio Society of New York and is studying for his second certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Felix graduated from Cornell University in 2018.

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Tara Lerman

Tara is an editor and journalist with over six years of experience working in news media and branded content. Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at the age of nine, she is focused on bringing her own experience to the larger conversation around neurodiversity at work. Tara currently serves as an editor at Insider Inc., where she leads creative direction and strategy for large branded content programs. She also served on a panel at the 2022 TAA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN, and she is excited to continue her involvement with the organization. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2015 with a B.A. in English. When Tara is not working, she enjoys biking, rock climbing, and hiking. 

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Michael Leopold 
Michael works as an HR strategist and consultant at Xerox. He collaborates with company leaders to plan and execute talent management and organizational development initiatives. He previously held HR consulting roles at Mercer and Two Sigma Investments. Michael’s involvement with TAA began in 2008 when he became a youth ambassador and began speaking publicly about neurological conditions. Since that time, he has mentored countless individuals with TS to ensure their continued success academically, socially, and professionally. Michael graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, focusing in Behavioral Economics.

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Usman Baig
Usman is an Associate on the Special Investments Private Equity team at Brookfield Asset Management. He has been involved with the TAA since 2020, having joined to raise awareness and promote advocacy for Tourette’s and those affected. Usman also serves on the New York Associate Board of Teach for America and Junior Board of New Alternatives for Children. Usman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Mathematics from Queen’s University.

 

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