Framing Your Career & Designing an Effective Job Search

April 3, 2019

Framing Your Career & Designing an Effective Job Search (Debbie Epstein Henry, Chapter 4, Career Development for Women Lawyers, Published by ARK Conferences Ltd, a division of Wilmington plc, April 2019) Think of a framed painting. It’s a square shape and the frame may be gilded and about two inches thick. That’s the image I want you to keep in mind as we explore your career. The exterior perimeter of the frame is your job search. The interior perimeter contains your constraints in evaluating the right career. The painting inside is the career you design.

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Make Your Ask a Give

April 3, 2019

Make Your Ask a Give (Deborah Epstein Henry, 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers – From Women Lawyers, 2019). Asking is uncomfortable. Many of you may be natural at developing relationships, but when it comes time to making an “ask” – whatever that ask may be – you fall short. Part of it may be a fear of failure that you ask for something that you don’t deserve, or someone else deserves it more, or you can’t deliver on it. It also may be a concern about jeopardizing relationships or trying to translate personal relationships into professional ones. Or, perhaps you are shy and not comfortable developing relationships in the first place, let alone making an ask for something that you want or need. Yet, not being able to ask – for that opportunity to represent a client, go on a pitch, or be considered for a job, promotion, leadership role or increased compensation – can impede your success. So how do you get there? Follow these tips and you should be on your way to mastering the art of the ask.

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Ambition: Women Powering Up

November 29, 2018

Ambition: Women Powering Up (Thomas L. Sager and Deborah Epstein Henry, Diversity & the Bar, January/February 2013) Webster’s Dictionary defines ambition as “an ardent desire for rank, fame and power.” That is not what senior executives and managing partners should be looking for in identifying future successors. Those who embrace this definition and use it as the lens through which to evaluate potential leaders are limiting, to an employer’s disadvantage, its talent pool and leadership pipeline. However, if ambition is defined as “an ardent desire to lead and influence the actions of others,” the pipeline opens, especially for women.

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Strategic Networking – Learning to Identify, Connect, and Benefit your Network

November 19, 2018

Do you worry that your network has gone stale? That you’ve let it lapse for too many years? Do you think you need to step up your networking – but you don’t know where to start? Do you feel you’ve exhausted your networking efforts but you haven’t had the success you want or need? If the answer is “yes” to one or more of these questions, then you need a new framework to mine your network and unearth your contacts. By getting organized, conducting outreach, applying discipline, and extending yourself generously, you can tap into your network in a way you never could have imagined. You will also help others, fi nding great reward in reconnecting with old contacts and developing new ones too. Here’s how. Strategic networking – learning to identify, connect, and benefit your network (Debbie Epstein Henry, Chapter 6, New Directions in Legal Services, Published by ARK Conferences Ltd, a division of Wilmington plc, August 2017)

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The Evolving Legal Talent Pool

August 1, 2017

Twenty years ago, a lawyer’s career path was linear and unforgiving. Particularly in the large law firm environment, the expectation was that if you wanted to succeed, you needed to stay on track. That translated to no career breaks, no alternative schedules, and no deviations from substantive practice that would make a lawyer appear anything other than committed and focused on career progression. The Evolving Legal Talent Pool (Debbie Epstein Henry, Chapter 5, New Directions in Legal Services, Published by ARK Conferences Ltd, a division of Wilmington plc, August 2017)

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Debbie Epstein Henry and Lily Ledbetter

I’m honored to have received the Anne X Alpern award in Pittsburgh

May 11, 2017

HARRISBURG (April 4, 2017) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession will present its annual Anne X. Alpern Award to Deborah Epstein Henry, a recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on women, careers and the legal profession.

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Striking the Self-Promotion Balance: Demonstrating your Value Without Being the Obnoxious One in the Room

March 21, 2017

“You know those people at the office meetings and cocktail parties who tell you how great they are. You remember those instances of people bragging and how off-putting it was. In fact, you are struck by how vivid those impressions are and how those moments stay with you.”

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Developing a Healthy Appetite for Risk in Your Career 

September 1, 2016

Developing a Healthy Appetite for Risk in Your Career (Deborah Epstein Henry; Inside, A publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association; (Fall 2016, Vol.34 No.2)

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Women in Law Hackathon at Stanford Law School

June 24, 2016

Our winning team at the Women in Law Hackathon at Stanford Law School (June 24, 2016)

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Responsive Initiative: A Fresh Twist on Innovation

March 21, 2016

Responsive Initiative: A Fresh Twist on Innovation (Deborah Epstein Henry, Best Lawyers, Spring 2016)

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