The Problem

Debevoise & Plimpton wanted to offer its associates personal finance workshops, with an initial focus on associates who were part of its newly formed 1st Generation Affinity Group. 

Debevoise wanted to partner with an experienced and unbiased educator who could address specific financial situations that may arise for members of underrepresented groups and who could create a safe space to foster discussion and make associates feel comfortable discussing financial concerns.

The Solution

Debevoise’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Manager collaborated with Shahar to pilot a customized personal finance primer to address the unique financial circumstances of 1st Gen law associates.  The session was extremely well received by associates as demonstrated by quantitative and qualitative data collected via an anonymous post-session survey.

With high engagement and positive feedback, Debevoise and Shahar are expanding the program to develop deep-dive workshops on topics, including:

·       Growing Your Wealth:  An Introduction To Investing

·       Managing Your Student Loan Effectively

·       Preparing For The Future:  How To Save For Retirement

Additionally, Shahar and Debevoise broadened the reach of the program to more affinity groups and associates, including doing a tailored session for Debevoise’s entire summer associate class.  The summer session included specific financial strategies that associates could take advantage of during their 3L year and before starting to work full-time.

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The Results

An anonymous survey administered indicated that associates were extremeley satisfied with the personal finance workshops

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from 1st-gen affinity group associates

“Great workshop.  All lawyers should attend”

“The candor and approach was well received. I look forward to more sessions”

“I think this was great and look forward to more sessions”

“It was very comprehensive, which I found to be very helpful”

“I think Shahar presented a complicated subject in an understandable manner”

from workshop for summer associates

"Fantastic.  Most useful presentation from the summer”

“This was amazing.  Very useful and Shahar was a great speaker.  Very happy I came.”

“Shahar was affable, clearly very knowledgeable, and very responsive to questions”

“Today’s session exceeded my expectations.  I appreciate the concrete takeaways”


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