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Tina Chang

Emerging Industries | Technology
Chairman, CEO and owner
SysLogic | Brookfield

Five years after joining SysLogic as its first employee in 1996, Tina Chang was appointed chief executive officer of the Brookfield-based information systems consulting and services firm. She is now also chairman and sole owner of SysLogic. During her 26 years with the company, she has led the spinoff of three startups, SysSpark LLC, Cyberspect LLC and WillBridge Ltd. She has won numerous awards for her leadership and serves on the boards of Weyco Group and Strattec Security Corp. and numerous nonprofit organizations.

Education: Bachelor’s, UW-Madison

First job: “I did a stint as a hand model for jewelry catalogues. It made me recognize we all have unique and natural strengths we can play up and compete on.”

Two business leaders you’d like to have dinner with: “MC Hammer. I’d love to hear his personal story of how he made it big, lost it big, and what he would do differently (or not) if he could do it all over again. (And) Jeff Bezos. We started our businesses in the same year (one of us obviously did better). I would go year by year to understand who and what influenced him to make the next move, and what tradeoffs he had to make, both personally and professionally, along the way.”

Favorite restaurant: “Elsa’s on the Park. I order the Daisy Mae Burger with homemade chips 100% of the time.”

Toughest business challenge: “Running and leading a business as a female in a male-dominated business world. I’m still working through it.”