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Debi Yadegari

Founder & CEO of Villyge, an Employer-Paid Benefit for Working Parents

Episode 153: The Former Wall Street Lawyer Paved A New Path for Working Mothers


Debi Yadegari is the Founder and CEO of Villyge. Her experience juggling a challenging legal career and breastfeeding as a new mom was the muse for Villyge, and why Debi is so dedicated to providing parents with the workplace support they need to pursue their professional goals while also balancing the responsibilities of new parenthood.


Debi traded her brief case for a diaper bag in 2005 and has been supporting working parents ever since. Today, she is the leading authority on lactation accommodation law and a trusted expert on all matters working parenthood. She is a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to Fox Networks, Working Mother Media, and various HR syndicates. Most importantly, she is a working mother of five (ages 3, 9, 12, 13 and 15).


Prior to joining the esteemed ranks of motherhood, Debi developed a distinguished legal career. She began her career as a Corporate Associate in Big Law, where she specialized in security offerings within the capital markets. Subsequently, she served as Counsel to the Investment Banking Division of a leading international investment bank. While practicing law, Debi also offered pro bono legal assistance to the New York Legal Assistance Group.


Debi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she double majored in economics and political science, and her Juris Doctor from George Washington University. Debi is a Certified Lactation Counselor with the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and lives on Long Island, with her supportive husband and five children.


For more on Debi and her work, visit Villyge's website, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


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