HBS partner Megan Fairbank launches a column in which members of the HBS community share some unexpected facts about themselves.
Welcome to “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” a new column that is designed as a lighthearted, yet meaningful, way for members of the HBS community to learn more fun, compelling – and perhaps surprising – facts about each other.
This week, RCs Matt Brady (Section H) and Jackie Chang (Section C) reveal 10 things you might not know about them.
Both Brady and Chang are members of The United States Armed Forces and are involved in a number of HBS efforts and organizations that support on-campus initiatives.
Brady is leading his section’s philanthropic initiative with the Night Stalker Hero Memorial of Savannah Foundation, Inc., which commemorates the lives and values of the men and women of the Night Stalkers of 3rd Battalion 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment who gave their last full measure of devotion in service to our country.
Chang holds the position of VP of Special Events/Community Relations in HBS’ Armed Forces Alumni Association and is working with HBS on various veteran-related support projects, including the establishment of a Veterans memorial on campus.
Matt and Jackie, we sincerely thank you for serving our country and for your tremendous leadership!
Brady’s “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me”
- I once received an impromptu, one-on-one guitar lesson from Dave Matthews.
- I have three wonderful boys named Chancellor (10), Briggs and Brooks (both 5…that’s right, both of them).
- My military call sign is “Hobo.”
- As a troubled youth, my parents sent me to a military high school. I spent eleven more years of my life in military schools. HBS is my first school that doesn’t require a uniform and short hair.
- I’m scared of the dark and heights, yet you say I have the opportunity to join a helicopter unit that specializes in nighttime flying at dangerous heights? Yes, please!
- According to an accredited sleep lab, I fall asleep, on average, in 3.5 seconds.
- I was born 3 months premature at 1 pound, 1 ounce. As a result, my right arm doesn’t rotate but does make for a popular party trick.
- I’m a much better singer than I sound.
- My mother was a Pan Am flight attendant and would often take my family on trips around the world.
- I love my wife.
Brady was born in Mt. Kisco, NY and raised in Chappaqua, NY until his family moved to Savannah, GA during his high school years. He attended The United States Military Academy at West Point, studying economics and mechanical engineering – and also earned a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy. He served in the U.S. Army as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot, platoon leader, and a special operations helicopter pilot and company commander. He continues to serve as an active duty Army officer during HBS, specializing in military strategy. He has served in both Afghanistan and Iraq approximately twelve times, with operations including the Invasion of Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division (with Toby Johnson in 2003!), Operation REDWINGS, Afghanistan 2005, and the U.S. Hostage Rescue in Colombia in 2007.
Chang’s “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me”
- I used to be a short track speed skater. Think Apolo Anton Ohno, but not as good.
- Despite 11 years of waking up very early every morning, I remain a night owl.
- One of my favorite quotes: “I do it because I can. I can because I want to. I want to because you said I couldn’t.”
- I can’t watch horror movies. Even “The Sixth Sense” freaked me out.
- I’m grateful everyday for being alive and healthy with full use of all my limbs. It may sound cliché, but I have plenty of friends who weren’t so lucky.
- If I could spend a month traveling anywhere in the world, I would spend two weeks volunteering at an animal rehabilitation center in Africa, one week in the Serengeti, and the last week gorilla watching in Rwanda or Uganda.
- I am named after Jackie Kennedy, not that other famous martial arts star.
- My greatest life lesson is not to take life too seriously. In the end, it all works out. And if it’s not working out, it’s not the end.
- I never fired a weapon before joining the Army, but now I’m a pretty good markswoman.
- I can’t turn down a well-made piece of tiramisu. Delizioso!
Chang was born and raised in Cerritos, CA and has lived in California, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, New York, and Germany. She attended The United States Military Academy at West Point, earning degrees in Spanish and Chinese. She was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army for seven years, serving time in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and left with the rank of Captain in September 2014. She has held a multitude of positions in the U.S. Army, from providing ground and aviation-related intelligence to troops, to leading and preparing 105 soldiers for a combat deployment.
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