Never Too Late to Pivot

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Never Too Late to Pivot

In this episode, Julie Gerberding, M.D., Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health speaks with Deborah Telman, J.D., Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and…
February 15, 2023

Never Too Late to Pivot

Meet Our Guest: 

Deborah H. Telman is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at Gilead Sciences, Inc., responsible for Government Affairs, Policy, Public Affairs, Legal, and Compliance functions. She has over 25 years of experience in providing legal counsel both in-house and in private practice, including experience in global mergers and acquisitions and governance. Deb holds a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of AtriCure, Inc. and City Colleges of Chicago, and a Board Member of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Key Insights: 

Deb’s career philosophy emphasizes the importance of following one’s passion, taking risks, and pivoting when necessary.


Your Career is a Lattice. Deb maintained a focus on following her passion and making an impact, and believes that the zigzag in her career has helped her become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Pivot! Throughout her career, Deb demonstrated a willingness to take risks, pivot as needed, and always keep her priorities in mind. She encourages others that it is never too late to go after what you want.

Great Minds. It is important to collaborate with like-minded individuals, regardless of their background, and build relationships so that you can bring the best value to the company or situation.


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 Deb Telman

Check out Gilead’s website

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