Deborah Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on women, careers and changing workplaces. Since the late 1990s, Debbie has crisscrossed the globe and spoken to thousands of leaders, professionals, women and students who want to improve the trajectory of their careers as well as make their workplaces more hospitable for all employees to thrive. Debbie consults to companies, law firms and other professional service firms, non-profits and individuals. Her international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and London, Vienna, Toronto and Montreal. For nearly 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, The American Lawyer and others.
Debbie's public speaking and writing with respect to women, careers and changing workplaces spans a range of subjects including retention, promotion, networking and business development, sponsorship, women's initiatives, workplace culture and structure, leadership, compensation, risk, self-promotion, flexibility, parental leave, re-entry, generational differences, transition and work/life balance. She honed her expertise in these subject areas as the author of LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance, the #1 best-selling American Bar Association Flagship book for 2011 and as co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers.
Debbie is a serial innovator. After practicing law as an unhappy litigator, in 1999, Debbie founded Flex-Time Lawyers LLC to provide consulting, training and speaking services on women's issues, the legal profession and work/life balance. In 2006, she conceived of the Best Law Firms for Women Initiative, a national survey she developed with Working Mother to annually select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Flex-Time Lawyers successfully ran the Best Law Firms for Women initiative with Working Mother for a decade. By 2008, Debbie's public speaking, press exposure and advocacy enabled her to build a national network of over 10,000 lawyers. From there, she joined forces with two colleagues to co-found a second company, Bliss Lawyers, that employs high caliber lawyers to work on "secondments" where the lawyers work on temporary engagements for in-house legal department and law firm clients. Bliss has expanded to also handle temp to perm and direct hire placements and the company has lawyers employed for clients from New York to California.
Debbie served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Jacob Mishler in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She practiced law at the law firms of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP before deciding to leave practice. Debbie has received several awards including being named a Philadelphia Business Journal "Women of Distinction". In May 2017, she will receive the Anne X. Alpern Award, presented annually to a female lawyer or judge who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. She donates her time to a number of non-profits including the Forum of Executive Women where she co-chairs the annual Leadership Symposium and serves on the Membership Committee. Debbie is also a Senior Advisor to the Task Force for Talent Innovation, a Member of the New York City Bar Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and a Liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. A native New Yorker, Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs and she and her husband have three sons.