Member Mondays - Meet Deborah Farahmand, Esq.

March 14, 2021
Debbie Farahmand
Akerman LLP
CREWbiz profile

How many years a CREWNY member?
Four years

CREWNY Committee Member:
Member Engagement & Empowerment; and Career Advancement

Fun Fact:
I am a mini muffin master having baked over 10 kinds since the start of quarantine

What advice would you give on how to achieve work/life balance?
I consider myself lucky in that my work is constantly changing and my life is constantly changing and therefore what work/life balance means to me is constantly changing. Keys to achieving my optimal work/life balance are to embrace change, let others help, maintain flexibility and expect that not everything will always go as planned (but having a backup plan never hurts!).

What advice would you give your younger self?
A few pieces of advice that I would give my younger self are: (1) It is not possible to make everyone happy every single day and it is completely acceptable for you to be the person that you make happy on any given day. (2) Sometimes it’s worth it to live in the moment and not worry about the future. (3) Travel! It is much easier to see/experience the world before a career/kids/life happens!

Who or what inspires you? Why? My sons inspire me. Achieving work/life balance, professional success and personal happiness is challenging, but if my two little boys grow up with a strong woman as a role model, I will gladly accept the challenge. My hope is that when my sons are older, they will not have to learn, but will inherently know, how important it is to support, promote and lift up others, especially women, and make sure that everyone has a voice and feels empowered.