Widowed at 30, Dong went to South China to find work, and initiated as a saleswoman at Gree Electric. Her balance of hard work and her diligence paid off as she was elected director of the sales department in 1994. She became president in 2001, and since then Gree Electric has become the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company. Under her current leadership, Gree Electric is developing new technology, helping Chinese manufacturing evolve from “made in China” to “created in China.”In 2013, she was named one a Forbes Asia “Woman in the Mix” for business. The New York Times declared her “one of the toughest businesswomen in China. She has published two books, including an autobiography titled “Regretless Pursuit “ which was a bestseller in China . The book was also made into a television series on China Central Television.