Episode 74. Debbie Epstein Henry – Take Smart Risks

EP 74 Debbie Epstein Henry

Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, best-selling author, public speaker, consultant and podcast host on careers, workplace dynamics, women and law. Debbie runs DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing and consults with and speaks at private retreats, public events and conferences for companies, law firms and other professional service firms as well as non-profits. Her international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and in London and Vienna and other cities abroad. For more than 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured Debbie’s work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The National Law Journal.

In 2020, Debbie launched a podcast, Inspiration Loves Company, where she explores how to do better and be better at life, work and everything in-between. She delves into issues including courage, women, technology, learning, race, entrepreneurship, careers, happiness, leadership, balance and more.

Debbie runs the DEH Speaker Series, offering quarterly programming by webcast with New York Times best-selling authors, TED speakers, and thought leaders. In 2007, she conceived of the Best Law Firms for Women initiative, a national survey she developed and ran for a decade with Working Mother to annually select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Debbie is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011 and the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS. By 2008, her public speaking, press exposure and advocacy enabled her to build a national network of over 10,000 lawyers. From there, in 2011, Debbie co-founded Bliss Lawyers, a company employing high caliber attorneys to work on temporary engagements for inhouse legal department and law firm clients. In 2020, Bliss Lawyers was acquired by Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent.

Debbie volunteers her time with a number of non-profits. She is President and chairs the Board of The Forum of Executive Women, a nomination-only, membership organization of the top 500 women in business in the greater Philadelphia region. Debbie also chairs Brooklyn Law School Women’s Leadership Circle which runs the Women’s Leadership Network, a national women’s law student and alumni initiative.

Debbie has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal‘s “Women of Distinction.” In 2017, she received the Anne X. Alpern Award, presented annually to a female lawyer who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. Debbie received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. She recently moved back to the New York area where she lives with her husband; they have three sons.

Favorite Quote:

“Every movement reveals us.” — Michel de Montaigne

Quote from interview:

“You want to pay a lot of attention to what does interest you…is there a market need? Are you the type of person to fill whatever niche it is? What are other people seeking you out to do? That’s enormously valuable because you’re then assessing, what am I bringing to this?”

R.O.G. Takeaway Tips:

  • Create hospitable work environments. 
  • Take smart risks.
  • Make your ask a give.


Coming Next:

Episode 75: We will be joined by Shirley Powell, Senior Vice President of Communications and Industry Relations at Cox Automotive.


Debbie Epstein Henry, Sheep Jam Productions, Host Shannon Cassidy, Bridge Between, Inc.`

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