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Building & Managing a High Performing Team is intended to help leaders at all levels in the biotech and biopharma industries improve how well they participate in and lead teams. The course focuses on principles that enhance leaders’ collaboration skills and help them to better model effective collaboration for others. Participants will consider how to address some of the typical dysfunctions and challenges that can diminish a team’s effectiveness.


  1. Thursday, May 25th, 2023 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST (Online)
  2. Thursday, June 1st, 2023 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST (Online)
  3. Thursday, June 8th, 2023 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST (In Person at MassBioEd’s Office)

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts during the last session. Class will start at 10:00 AM. We will have breaks in between.

This course will be held online and in-person. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result (72 hours prior) will be required. Coffee and lunch will be provided during the in person session.


Session 1-2 (Online):

Session 1:

  • Collaboration Principle: Constructive Conflict is Essential
  • Collaboration Principle: Psychological Safety Matters
  • Collaboration Principle: Seek Win-Win
  • Collaboration Principle: Balance Advocacy & Inquiry
  • Leader as Collaborator

Session 2:

  • High Performing Teams – Success Factors
  • Building a New Team
  • Stages of Team Development
  • Leader as Lynchpin
  • Stakeholder Management

Session 3 (In Person):

Session 3 :

  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Disagree & Commit
  • Fostering a One-Team Culture
  • Leader as Teambuilder
  • Maximizing Team Performance
  • Meeting Effectiveness
  • Framework for Continuous Team Improvement


Matt Mirisola
Human Resources Consultant

Matt has served as a leadership coach and consultant for over 20 years, providing training to biotech and pharmaceutical companies. His expertise is in leadership development and coaching, management and employee training, and teambuilding facilitation. Most recently, Matt served as Associate Director of Training and Development at the Genetics Institute, where he was responsible for developing and delivering training seminars on a variety of topics, facilitating teambuilding and problem-solving meetings, and employee coaching and development. Previously, he worked alongside human resources leaders at General Electric Company. He began his career as a Military Intelligence Officer for the United States Army. Matt earned his Master of Public Policy & Management degree in Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Behavioral Sciences from the United States Military Academy at West Point.