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In this episode, Julie Gerberding, M.D., Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health speaks with Leslie Norwalk, Esq. about gender biases, sponsorships, and testifying for…
November 30, 2022

Continue to Be Curious

Meet Leslie Norwalk:

Leslie Norwalk serves as Strategic Counsel for Epstein Becker & Green. She sits on the boards of directors of Arvinas, ModivCare, Neurocrine Biosciences, NuVasive, and several privately held health care corporations. Leslie is also a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. Previously, Leslie served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Wellesley College and a J.D. from George Mason University. 


Key Insights:

Leslie Norwalk provides career insights, as well as a perspective on the implementation of Medicare Part D. 


Testifying for CMS. Leslie had to testify before Congress on multiple occasions. She recommends answering questions as straightforward, truthfully, and informationally as possible. Remember that your audience is broader than the person asking the question.

Ignore the Bias. As a rule, Leslie tries to ignore the fact that there is gender bias. However, she still knows it exists, and always tries to be the most prepared person in the room.

Sponsorship. Leslie thinks sponsorship may be as important if not more important than mentorship. To get on her first board of directors, someone sponsored Leslie and introduced her to the right people.


This episode is hosted by Julie Gerberding, M.D. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


Relevant Links:

Read more about Leslie Norwalk

Read “Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Recognized by 2023 Best Lawyers for Excellence in the Legal Profession”


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