According to Dana McDonald, the secret to success in the business world and life in
general is “working hard, keeping perspective, managing priorities and understanding
who your ‘customer’ is. No matter what your job or position is, keep that customer
happy,” she says.
Dana graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in human environmental studies, major in family life and minor in small group and interpersonal communications. Following her time at Southeast, she earned her Juris Doctorate with honors (while working full-time) from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is employed as an in-house attorney at Under Armour, Inc.
Dana says the most rewarding part of her profession is working with a team of business professionals to push a business initiative forward while protecting the interest of the company.
“Southeast helped transition me to the ‘real world’ by making me accountable for performance and rewarding me for hard work,” she says. To current and future Southeast students, she encourages, “Explore a variety of opportunities for using your degree, keep an open mind and plan for the future. Your priorities will change as you arrive at different life stages. Realize your perspective on the ideal career when you’re 22 years old may be different when you reach 35.”
Dana says her favorite memories of Southeast include her participation in the Baptist Student Ministry on campus.
“I made some really wonderful friends through my participation in the ministry. I also enjoyed the area – Cape Girardeau is a great part of the country, and I do miss it!” she says.
Dana’s future plans include continuing her legal work at Under Armour and watching her children grow into happy people with rewarding lives.
Dana currently resides in Baltimore, Md., with her husband, Lance, and two children, Benjamin and Lyla. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her children, taking advantage of all the wonderful and diverse daytrip locations near Baltimore and relaxing with friends.