DEH Speaker Series

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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 nearly 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!

The first DEH Speaker Series event for any person or organization who wants to attend in person or by webcast is free, with no commitment to join. If you’ve previously attended or participated by webcast in Flex-Time Lawyers LLC or Law & Reorder events, your participation is still free.

  • 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). Once you attend or participate by webcast in your first free event, you can pick and choose the events you want to attend for a fee of $50 per event or you can choose to purchase a $150 membership fee that will cover your attendance for four consecutive events, including the first free one you attend. 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 or $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. You can download the corporate invoices that will provide a variety of choices for membership including in-person only, in-person plus webcast and webcast only.
  • 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.


The Science of Well-Being & How to Be Happy

November 14, 2018 from 12-2:00 PM EST and by webcast

Location:  Shearman & Sterling LLP, 599 Lexington Avenue (Between East 52nd & 53rd Streets), New York, NY

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TOPIC:  The Science of Well-Being & How to Be Happy.

There’s no shortage of advice on how to build a happier life.  Yet Dr. Laurie Santos’ exploration of the topic is particularly compelling and sets her apart.  Indeed, she has struck such a chord that her course, Psychology and the Good Life, has become the most popular class taken in Yale University’s history.  At this event, Laurie will present scientifically-validated strategies for living a more rewarding and happier life.  She will introduce misconceptions we have about what makes for a satisfying life.  She will reveal how our minds lie to us about what will make us happy, suggesting that some of the things we think matter most for our happiness simply don’t.  With probing questions posed by author and workplace expert Debbie Epstein Henry, Laurie will share some of the psychological biases and features of our mind that lead us astray.  She will uncover how such biases make it hard for us to see what makes us happy and cause us to seek out the wrong sorts of things -- a phenomenon she refers to as miswanting.  Laurie will leave us inspired, after imparting the psychology research that shows what we really should strive for to live a happier and more fulfilling life.


Dr. Laurie Santos is Head of Silliman College and is Professor of Psychology at Yale University.  She is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices.  Laurie is also knowledgeable in how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life.  Currently, Laurie’s big project is to positively influence the culture of Yale University by teaching happiness and well-being.  She created a course so meaningful that it became the most popular class taken at Yale in over 316 years.  In her course, Psychology and the Good Life, Laurie teaches her students about behavioral change through positive psychology.  She wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less and increase social connections.  Laurie believes that those positive habits will decrease mental health issues on campus and create happier and more motivated students.  She was named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10", and a TIME magazine “Leading Campus Celebrity”; her TED Talk has over a million views.  Laurie’s numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship include the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University.
Please note that for in-person attendees, we expect this event will close out so RSVP early if you would like to attend.  We will also keep a waiting list to enable last minute seating due to cancellations.  Along these lines, please be sure to let Renee Green know as soon as possible if you no longer plan to attend so that someone else can attend in your place.  In-person RSVPs must be received by October 31stIf you RSVP for the webcast, Renee will be in touch with login instructions as the date approaches.  To minimize transmission problems, please convene colleagues to participate in conference rooms for the webcast rather than login individually.