Meet Tina Tang
This month’s Fabulous Female, is Tina Tang of Jersey City. Tina is a certified Personal Trainer, jewelry designer and one strong AF woman!
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Tina was raised to get a great education and earn a degree that would allow her to “be stable and pay the bills”.
Tina studied at the University of Chicago and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. At the time, the most popular careers were in Consulting and Investment Banking. This is how she ended up working at Goldman Sachs.
Investing in Herself
During her time at Goldman Sachs, Tina had great bosses. However, after five years there, she felt her boss focused solely on mentoring her male colleagues.
Tina was in a place where she was not comfortable with her life. She told me that usually, when you’re in a place where you’re not comfortable, it makes you think more about what you really want to do in life.
This wasn’t as simple as switching departments; she knew it wouldn’t alleviate that uncomfortable feeling she was having deep inside.In her mind, she had done everything that her parents wanted her to do, so now she decided she was going to do what she loved.
Create Your Own Future
Not having a safety net, all she knew was that she loved being creative. Since she had already been making jewelry on the side and had pieces in some stores, it was a natural transition for her to become a full time jewelry designer. The bigger catalyst was being featured in InStyle magazine.
About two years later she opened her first store in the West Village. A second and third store soon followed. However, the financial crisis of 2008 affected the way people shopped, as they no longer spent money on such luxuries as custom made jewelry.
Additionally, on line shopping and social media started playing a bigger role in people’s lives. By 2010 Tina had closed all of her stores and in the process of getting a divorce.
A Strong Resolve
As things slowed down and Tina moved her jewelry sales online, she was also trying to figure out what to do next. After taking a personal training course, Tina again found herself in love with a new path. She worked at Equinox gym for three years, before her entrepreneurial spirit led her to branch out on her own.
Fitness and Jewelry: A One-Two Punch
As she ventured more into fitness, she wanted to incorporate her love of fitness and showcase the power of achievement into jewelry designs. She wanted it to not only represent physical strength, but also a state of mind.
That’s how Iron Strong Jewelry was born.
Tina’s philosophy is that being strong on the outside, also helps you become stronger emotionally. I couldn’t agree more. Her zest for life, fitness and supporting other women is contagious!