Stone cairn on the labyrinth at The Lodge at Woodloch

Debbie Epstein Henry, Best-Selling Author - September 13th - 15th

Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law.  For 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured her work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and many more.  Debbie runs the DEH Speaker Series, offering programming with thought leaders in NYC and by webcast, drawing more than 1,000 participants per quarter.  She is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011 and the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS.  Debbie’s international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and in London and Vienna and elsewhere abroad.  She built a national network of over 10,000 lawyers and from there, she co-founded Bliss Lawyers, a company that employs high caliber attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house and law firm clients.  Debbie 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.  She has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal‘s "Women of Distinction.”  In 2017, Debbie received the Anne X. Alpern Award.  She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.  A native New Yorker, Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband; they have three sons.

Friday, September 13th

Make your Ask a Give


Asking is uncomfortable.  Some may be good at building relationships and others may be awkward or shy but when it comes to making an “Ask" -- whatever that Ask may be – most of us fall short.  Part of it may be a fear of failure:  that you ask for something you don’t deserve or someone else deserves more.  It also may be a concern about appearing self-serving or overstepping or jeopardizing relationships.  Or, perhaps you are introverted and not comfortable developing relationships in the first place.  Yet life is often about asking.  Among family and friends, not being able to ask for that opportunity, introduction, new role or responsibility will limit your fulfillment and impact.  At work, not being able to ask to be considered for a promotion, leadership role or increased compensation, will impede your success.  So what’s the secret to Asking?  It’s Giving.  It begins with listening and getting to know a person’s needs, interests and challenges.  The more you know, the greater your ability to help or make an introduction to someone else who can help.  When you adopt a spirit of generosity, more opportunities will come to you, obviating the need to make an Ask or resulting in your Ask benefiting more than just you.  When you Make your Ask a Give, your Ask will not only propel your life forward but also the lives of others.


Saturday, September 14th

Developing a Healthy Appetite for Risk in your Life


The research increasingly supports the value of risk-taking and failure to gain greater fulfillment and success in life.  But, how do we get there?  In this session, we will delve into how to develop a healthy appetite for risk and how to confront the fear of failure to gain more meaning and impact in your life.  We will explore how to take pivotal risks and reap the rewards.  We will also uncover how to strike the elusive balance of pushing yourself appropriately out of your comfort zone while not being reckless.  We will discuss how to anticipate fallout, confront the worst possible scenario and focus on resiliency as a means to propel you forward.  Through personal anecdotes and candid conversation, you will leave the discussion with steps to give you the confidence to dream bigger and pursue more to achieve the satisfaction and purpose you both want and deserve.