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Barry Salzberg delivers Brooklyn Law School commencement speech

Focuses on life lessons and the benefits of a legal education

On 28 May 2014, DTTL Global CEO Barry Salzberg delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Brooklyn Law School, in Brooklyn, New York.

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In his speech, Barry talked about the value of his own education at Brooklyn Law, which provided him with the ability to think through tough problems, challenge traditions, and develop and defend a point of view. Barry called out his educational experience at Brooklyn Law as a defining factor in enabling him to perform at such a high level throughout his 37-year career at Deloitte. 

Barry also talked about the ‘renaissance’ that Brooklyn has been experiencing of late, and the fact that in 2012 there were 19,000 new businesses created in Brooklyn. With start-ups always needing legal advice, Brooklyn Law School graduates are perfectly positioned to fulfill the legal needs of local entrepreneurs.

A survey by Deloitte revealed that the millennial generation are more inclined to be entrepreneurial than older generations. Barry said, “Regardless of whether you start a business, I hope you develop the spirit of an entrepreneur. You can be an entrepreneur within any kind of organization. I call it ‘intrapreneurship’. Look for unmet needs. Dare to be different when it’s called for.”

He concluded his speech by offering three lessons:  First, never be afraid to ask for help. Second, never be afraid to offer help. And third, never be afraid to be yourself.  

View the commencement speech here.

Barry Salzberg Commencement Speech to Brooklyn Law School

Photo of Barry Salzberg courtesy of Brooklyn Law School.

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