Debbie Epstein Henry | How To Take Risks, Promote Yourself, and Demonstrate Compassion as a Leader

Debbie Epstein HenryDebbie Epstein Henry is a consultant, podcast host, best-selling author, and public speaker. She is the Founder of DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing. For the last 20 years, Debbie has traveled across the globe to consult with companies, law and professional service firms, nonprofits, bar associations, law schools, and individuals. She’s had engagements in The Hague, the French Senate, London, Vienna, and many other cities.

Debbie’s work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. In October 2020, she launched her podcast Inspiration Loves Company, where she explores how to do better in life, work, and everything in-between.

Debbie is an expert speaker on careers, workplaces, women, and law. She’s a longtime advocate for people in the legal industry who feel buried by their careers. Through her consulting and speaking engagements, Debbie’s empowering those who are historically stigmatized to discover new opportunities and enter back into their profession in a healthy manner.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Debbie Epstein Henry talks about the trends happening in the law industry
  • Why Debbie stopped practicing law — and how she connected with other lawyers in the same position
  • Debbie’s strategies to help lawyers take more risks
  • Why is self-promotion important, and how should you go about it?
  • Conveying value in the workplace
  • How Debbie fosters trust and compassion as a leader while combating stereotypes against women
  • Turning your “ask” into a “give”

In this episode…

The legal profession has a reputation for being overly traditional and, although change comes, it can often feel painfully slow. Under those circumstances, what can progressive, forward-thinking lawyers do to encourage the shift away from conventional, and often outdated, behaviors and policies?

Early in Debbie Epstein Henry’s career, she had a serious health scare. Instead of surrendering to the fear, she used the experience to confront the fragility of life and generate change. Debbie began taking more risks and shaping the career she desired. Once she reached out to lawyers in her local area, she realized she was not alone in her desire for an industry transformation. So, Debbie took a plunge and began following her passion for guiding others through work-life issues — building up her 150-person network to over 10,000 lawyers across the nation.

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman is joined by Debbie Epstein Henry, consultant, podcast host, author, speaker, and Founder of DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing. Together, they discuss work-life challenges in the industry, how to take more risks, and what you can do to bring more value to your firm. Plus, Debbie shares how she’s reshaping the style of leadership and embracing vulnerability.

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