Deborah Dong, BSBA’86, LAW’07

in Alumni, Alumni Profiles, B&L
April 6th, 2012

Deborah Dong AlumnaAfter a successful tenure at a large nationally-known law firm as a technology attorney, Deborah Dong started her own law practice based in Boston. Drawing on Deborah’s earlier experience as an information systems manager and telecommunications analyst, she counsels software, Internet, clean tech, and financial services clients in the protection of their intellectual property rights; she also negotiates tech licensing and distribution agreements. When not practicing law, she volunteers her business skills to local preservation and historical organizations, attends Red Sox and BU hockey games, and plays the piano and guitar. Deborah can be reached at

The greatest truth in management: It’s vital to build relationships and trust.

My first job was: Selling Levi’s jeans at the Chestnut Hill Mall.

The last book I read was: Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance
in Sport and Life by BU SED Professor Amy Baltzell.

I’ll retire when: I feel I have nothing left to contribute.

No one has influenced me more than: One of my first bosses, Tom Blady. He
taught me the importance of self-improvement, mentoring, and team building.

The moment I knew I didn’t know it all was when: I’m constantly reminded of this!

When I was in the School of Management, I wish: I had spent more time just
hanging out with classmates.

My last meal would be: This amazing garlic, soy sauce, and chicken dish that my
father James Dong (SMG ’56) created. I never get tired of it.

The easiest part of my job is: Listening to my clients’ business and technology
ideas. That’s also the most fun part.

If a film were made of my life, I’d be played by: Sandra Oh.

The most difficult part of management is: Aligning personal goals with
organizational goals.

My next venture will be: It’s too early to tell.

My favorite place to go on vacation is: Maui.

Most people don’t know that: I’m a huge Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
movie buff.

Every day I make the time to: Play a bit of music and refocus.

Running a successful organization takes: Teamwork and respect.

The soundtrack of my life includes: Bowie, Bach, Broadway tunes, and ’80s rock.

Nothing tells more about a person than: How that person treats people who are not in a position to help him or her.

My guilty pleasure is: Designing and making jewelry.

If I could change one thing about the world, it would be: To empower others
with the courage to take the next step.

I’m happiest when: Solving a problem: business, legal, or otherwise.

What’s changed most in business is: Globalization’s influence on the
multiculturalism of individuals in the workforce.

The wisest investment I ever made was: My ongoing education at SMG,
LAW, and beyond.