Debbie Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law. Since the late 1990s, she has crisscrossed the globe and spoken to thousands of people who want to improve the trajectory of their careers and make their workplaces more hospitable for all employees. 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 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 many more.
Debbie is 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 the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers. Debbie 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 which she ran 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, in 2011, she joined forces with two colleagues to co-found Bliss Lawyers, a company that employs high caliber attorneys to work on "secondments" where the attorneys 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 attorneys employed for clients nationally, from New York to California.
Debbie has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal "Women of Distinction”. In May 2017, Debbie 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. She volunteers her time with a number of non-profits including the Forum of Executive Women where she is a Member of the Board and Co-Chair of the annual Leadership Symposium. Debbie is Chair of Brooklyn Law School Women’s Leadership Circle which runs a national women’s law student and alumnae initiative. She is also a Member of the New York City Bar Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession. Debbie received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. A native New Yorker, she lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, Gordon; they have three sons. For more information, please visit www.debbieepsteinhenry.com.