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Profile of a Donor: Deborah Broyles, Reed Smith


Deborah J. Broyles is a generous supporter of BASF’s diversity pipeline programs. She specializes in Employment and Labor Law at Reed Smith LLP. A native of Massachusetts, she has practiced in San Francisco for 18 years.

BASF: You made a multi-year pledge to support our diversity pipeline programs. Why do you donate to the BASF Foundation?

Deborah Broyles (DB): I feel it is a well-run organization that provides me with a meaningful way to give back to the community.

BASF: What program are you most interested in supporting and why?

DB: The Law Academy. I think BASF does a tremendous service with its college and law school Deborah Broylesprogramming for underserved and ethnically diverse youth in the Bay Area.

BASF: Do you have a personal story to share about your own involvement with these programs?

DB: When I first relocated to the Bay Area from Massachusetts in 1993, I participated in BASF’s Lawyers in the School program where I had the opportunity to speak with grammar school children about life as a lawyer. More recently, I’ve participated in the Law Academy where I spoke with high school students about college and law school. Having come from a challenging background that is very similar to many of these children’s lives, these programs are very near and dear to me.

BASF: What would you be if you weren’t a lawyer?

DB: I’ve always aspired to be a writer. But since I don’t seem to have the discipline, I’m not planning to give up my day job.

BASF: What is your proudest accomplishment (professionally and/or personally)?

DB: That there are several young lawyers who consider me a mentor, an example, and a friend.

BASF: Do you have a favorite quotation?

DB: “Lifting as we climb.” This quote comes from civil rights and suffrage activist Mary Church Terrell. In her 1898 address before the National American Women’s Suffrage Association on “The Progress of Colored Women” she stated, “And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of the responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope. Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance.”

If you would like to join Deborah in her support of VLSP or the BASF Foundation’s diversity pipeline programs, send your check to Director of Development Sue Cox at the BASF Foundation, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. You can also make your gift or monthly commitment at Thank you!.

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