DEH Speaker Series

Click here to download the 2019 corporate invoices for the DEH Speaker Series.  You can also download the individual invoices for the DEH Speaker Series.

I run a quarterly speaker series in New York City and by webcast called the DEH Speaker Series.  The events are typically hosted by large law firms and take place weekdays, over lunch.  I’ve run hundreds of these events for 20 years.  The events usually draw 100 - 200 in-person attendees and the webcast audience includes companies, law firms and non-profits worldwide, attracting up to 1,000 participants for each event.  The topics vary and generally fall into three categories:  careers/workplaces, women and law.  The program formats range from one-on-one interviews with thought leaders to keynotes, facilitations, panel discussions, workshops, breakout sessions and more.  Many law firms purchase corporate memberships so that their lawyers can participate in the quarterly events in person and by webcast.  The events are often used to supplement company and firm internal professional development, women’s initiatives and/or diversity programming.

More information about my past guests and hosts

I’ve been fortunate to attract numerous thought leaders and New York Times best-selling authors including Anne-Marie Slaughter, Claire Shipman, Gretchen Rubin, Sallie Krawcheck, Lisa Belkin and many more.  I also regularly host prominent general counsel and law firm leaders.  My events have been hosted by many distinguished New York City law firms including Allen & Overy; Chadbourne; Cleary; Clifford Chance; Cravath; Davis Polk; Debevoise; DLA Piper, Fried, Frank; Hogan Lovells; Kaye Scholer; Kirkland & Ellis; K&L Gates; Kramer Levin; McDermott; Milbank; Morgan, Lewis; Orrick, King & Spalding; Patterson; Paul, Weiss; Proskauer; Schulte; Shearman & Sterling; Sidley; Simpson; Skadden; Stroock; Sullivan & Cromwell; Wachtell; Weil; White & Case; and, Willkie.

Become a paid corporate or individual member of the DEH Speaker Series!

Most DEH Speaker Series events sell out due to the enormous popularity of the quarterly guests.  For event registration, typically, we can only confirm spots for our members.  If you are a first time attendee and you are not yet ready to purchase a membership, we are happy to add you as a non-member to our waiting list.  We will be back in touch as the event date approaches to let you know if we can confirm your spot.

  • An individual membership to the DEH Speaker Series runs for a total of four consecutive quarterly events, including the first event you attended or participated in (regardless of whether you missed events in between). You can also pick and choose the events you want to attend for a per event fee. Individual memberships are non-transferable, meaning that only the individual who joins can use the membership and attend or participate by webcast in the DEH Speaker Series. Law firm lawyers are encouraged to submit their membership invoices for reimbursement as law firms typically reimburse for membership as a business development and/or professional development expense. You can download the individual invoices for a $150 individual membership entitling members to four consecutive events or a $50 per event fee.
  • A corporate membership to the DEH Speaker Series allows employers to rotate program attendees. The same or different representatives of the employer can attend each of the four events. Corporate memberships are an excellent resource for law firms with committees, lawyers or administrators who want to keep abreast of issues relating to careers, workplaces, women and law. Due to conflicting schedules and varying interests in topics, the corporate membership affords employers the luxury of maximizing use of the membership by sending the same or different representatives to attend.  To join the DEH Speaker Series and select from a variety of membership options including in-person only, in-person plus webcast and webcast only, click here to download the 2019 corporate invoices.
  • In addition to the four consecutive events, the DEH Speaker Series provides members with a distribution of topical articles, access to dynamic guest speakers, information about legal industry trends, and prospective business referrals and job opportunities. It also contributes to a cause that is effecting positive change for women in general and the legal profession.


Brave, Not Perfect

March 27, 2019 from 8-10:00 AM EDT and by webcast

Location: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave. (Between E. 44th & E. 45th St.), The Grand Ballroom, New York, NY

Co-Hosted by: DLA Piper

DLA Piper has graciously offered to provide a copy of Reshma’s book and breakfast for all in-person attendees.

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TOPIC:  Brave, Not Perfect. Do you ever feel crushed under the weight of your own expectations?  Do you often lose sleep ruminating over a tiny mistake or worrying about what someone else thinks of you?  Do you run yourself ragged trying to do it all at home and at work, with a smile and not a hair out of place?  Have you ever passed up an opportunity – a new relationship, new job, or new challenge – because you’re afraid you won’t immediately excel at it?  Is failure simply not an option?  If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re not alone.  As women, we’ve been taught from an early age to play it safe.  Well-meaning parents and teachers rewarded us for being quiet and polite, urged us to be careful so we don’t get hurt, and steered us to activities at which we could shine.  Meanwhile, boys were expected to speak up, get dirty, play rough, and climb to the top of the monkey bars.  In short, boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.  At this event, Reshma Saujani, New York Times best-selling author and Founder of Girls Who Code, will show us how to end our love affair with perfection and rewire ourselves for bravery.  With probing questions posed by author and workplace expert Debbie Epstein Henry, Reshma will share the findings of her book, Brave, Not Perfect, motivated by her TED talk on the subject that had over four million views.  Drawing on her own personal journey and hundreds of interviews with girls and women changing the world one brave act at a time, Reshma will inspire us with an array of powerful insights and practices to make bravery a lifelong habit and enable us to be the architects of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.
DISTINGUISHED GUEST: Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding.   Girls who Code has become a movement, reaching almost 90,000 girls of all backgrounds around the country.  A lifelong activist, Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress.  She is the author of three books:  New York Times best-seller, Girls Who Code; Brave, Not Perfect; and, Women Who Don't Wait In Line.  Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.  Reshma has been recognized for her work by many organizations including being named one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News and one of Forbes’s Most Powerful Women Changing the World, among others.  She serves on the Boards of She Should Run, which seeks to increase the number of women in public leadership and Overseers for the International Rescue Committee.  Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog, Stanley.

Radical Candor

May 16, 2019 from 12-2:00 PM EDT and by webcast

Location: Clifford Chance US LLP, 31 West 52nd Street (Between 5th & 6th Ave.), New York, NY

Clifford Chance US LLP has graciously offered to provide a copy of Kim’s book and lunch for all in-person attendees.

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TOPIC:  Radical Candor.




DISTINGUISHED GUEST: Kim Scott is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity and the co-founder of Radical Candor LLC. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Additional information is available at Follow her on Twitter @kimballscott.