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Heidi Webb '79 - Psychology/Education
Whether assisting individuals going through a divorce or advocating for young children with dyslexia, Heidi Webb '79 is passionate about using her education and experience in holistic and novel ways.
Heidi, a force in her own right and the daughter of PAL founder Dr. Gertrude Webb, is the principal attorney at Divorce Consultations and the board chair of the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia (WICD). Part lawyer, part counselor, and part educator, she ascribes to the theory that beginning your journey with a destination, you're more likely to arrive where you intend to go.
In her work at Divorce Consultations, she deconstructs the process of how to approach divorce integrating psychology, the law and financial aspects of people's lives to help them process a path through the quagmire of divorce before they embark on the legal process.
"What I really do is help people reframe their perceptions of divorce, in order to prioritize, strategize and reach their ultimate goals as a restructured family," says Heidi. "It seemed to me in many ways the way people got divorced was sort of broken, or at the very least the Court system around it created problems in its efforts to create solutions."
Heidi never dreamed of becoming a lawyer when she attended Curry, as a double major in psychology and education and a minor in music. She went on to earn a master's degree in education from Harvard University where she concentrated in counseling and consulting psychology. Soon after graduating from Harvard, she was granted a fellowship with the Institute for Educational Leadership and moved to Washington, D.C. It was there that she decided to take the LSATs with her then roommate.
After returning to Boston to attend and graduate from Suffolk Law, she joined her family's law firm, Webb, Webb and Martin, established by her grandfather in 1912. She developed her practice primarily in the area of family law, representing parents and by appointment of the Court, children, as both an attorney and as guardian ad litem. After many years with a traditional litigation caseload, she refocused her energies and now concentrates on her work for Divorce Consultations and WICD.
The work at WICD, (an acronym pronounced 'wicked' by the Webbs), is one way that Heidi carries on her mother's legacy. She has served as board chair since 2007 and as a member of the Board since WICD's inception in 1990, when fellow alum Bill Baldwin '84 founded the organization to make available to younger dyslexic students the opportunities that he hadn't received until he got to college.
Does she believe she gets the character trait of being an innovator from her mother?
"I don't know if it's genetic or contagious or environmental," laughs Heidi. "I guess thinking out of the box was the way the dinner table worked. It was a challenge, in a sense, in our family to maybe not do things as conventionally as you might do them. To be open to how people think, as people think in alternative ways. And Curry was certainly an environment that encouraged that."
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