Executive Guest Speakers

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Gilbert Tong

First Vice President
Resident Director
Merrill Lynch

Gilbert is a First Vice President and Resident Director of the Beverly Wilshire office of Merrill Lynch. With over 24 years of industry experience, Gil works primarily in managing wealth for owners of middle market privately held businesses.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Gil held many leadership roles, most recently at Morgan Stanley where he held the roles of Santa Monica, Burbank, and Malibu Branch Manager as well as Sales Manager for the Los Angeles Complex. He pioneered the first Los Angeles Diversity Panel for Morgan Stanley and arranged many charitable outreach efforts for the employees of the firm. Currently, Gil Co-Chairs the Los Angeles Asian Leadership Team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and leads integration efforts for the Firm’s Southern California Asian employee network.

Holding a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation, Gil has worked extensively with local charities in board and advisory capacities for groups such as the Asian Pacific Community Fund, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the California African American Political & Economic Institute, and the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. He has experience in advising foundations and endowments, along with knowledge of planned giving vehicles. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles and the Southern California Mediation Association Foundation.

A graduate of UCLA, Gil is married to his wife Grace and they have three children, Christian, Caleb and Amelia. In his free time, he enjoys participating in long distance triathlons.


Day 2 - Tuesday, July 19, 2017


Deborah A. Buhles

Vice President
Comcast Corporation

Deborah A. Buhles serves as Vice President, Administration at Comcast Corporation. In this position, Deborah is responsible for developing and managing programs for facilities for the Philadelphia campus, including operations and optimizing space planning, corporate travel and relocation. 

Before joining Comcast in 2003, Deborah served as corporate travel manager and manager of innovation for supply chain   management for Capital One in Glen Allen, VA. Prior to that, she served as a purchasing agent for Computer Task Group in Buffalo, NY. 

Deborah holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE) at the Global Business Travel Association from Cornell University and an alumna of the Executive Leadership Development Program sponsored by the National Associate of Multi-Ethnicity in Cable (NAMIC), Comcast’s Executive Leadership Forum and Betsy Magness Leadership Institute sponsored by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).  She serves on the board as Secretary of the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., as a Director on the board for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc., and is an Advisor for the Philadelphia chapter of NAMIC.


Day 3 - Tuesday, July 20, 2017


Don Liu

Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Target Corporation

Don H. Liu is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Target Corporation.  In this role, reporting directly to Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for all of Target's legal and government affairs and risk and compliance functions.

Prior to joining Target, Mr. Liu was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Xerox Corporation.  Previously, Mr. Liu was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Toll Brothers, Inc. and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of IKON Office Solutions, where he was also IKON’s Corporate Compliance Officer and Chair of IKON Diversity Council.  Before joining IKON, Mr. Liu was Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal Officer of Aetna U.S. Healthcare (and its predecessor entity, U.S. Healthcare).  Prior to becoming in-house counsel, he worked as an associate at two New York City law firms from 1987 to 1992, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions – first at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and then at Richards & O’Neil (now Bingham McCutchen). 

He served as a Law Clerk to Justice Stewart G. Pollock at the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

His professional affiliations include being a former member and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (a non-profit organization promoting diversity in the practice of law); former Vice Chair of the  Asian American Diversity Advisory Council and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Diversity Council, Comcast Corporation; a former member of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County; a former member of the New York Stock Exchange Commission on Corporate Governance; a former member of the Board of Directors of Association of Corporate Counsel; a founder and a member of the Advisory Board of MoreBank (an ethnic community bank); a member of the American Law Institute; a former member of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health System (a Catholic hospital chain); a former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; and former Chair of the In-House Counsel Committee of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. 

He is the recipient of America’s Top General Counsel Honor from NYSE Euronext’s Corporate Board Member, National Law Journal - America's 50 Outstanding General Counsel recognition, the Legend in Law Award from the Burton  Foundation and The Library of Congress,  the Pinnacle Award from the Asian American Business Development Center, Inside Counsel magazine’s Transformative Leadership Award, Connecticut Law Tribune’s Legal Department of the Year – In-House Counsel Management Award, MCCA/America Lawyer Media Diversity Award, the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, the Spirit of  Asian America Award from the Asian American Federation, the Diversity Award from ABA’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity, the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the ICON Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Founders Award from the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Achievement Award from Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, and the Business Leadership Award from the Korean American Coalition.  

Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Liu and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1972.  He received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion from Haverford College with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.  He earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.