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Trust: What Makes It/What Breaks It

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

To be eligible for the AWIS registration rate, you must be a MASS AWIS student chapter member
or a MASS AWIS member registered with National AWIS with paid Massachusetts chapter dues.

(Membership status will be checked after registration.)

co-organized with the Boston Chapter
of the

with Susan Morris, Med, CPCC. ACC
President, Morris Consulting Group, LLC

Trust is perhaps the most important element of a successful workplace and is crucial at all levels of an organization. A high-trust workplace cultivates a supportive and safe work environment, fostering individual career success, high-performing teams, and productive organizations. Businesses that have a high trust environment are more profitable; low trust costs businesses money and time. How do we build trust? What erodes trust? What does it mean to be trustworthy? These questions will be the focus for the presentation and panel discussion. During a presentation by Susan Morris, a coach specializing in working with women professionals in STEM, participants will review a definition of trust that is a combination of character and competence, discover behaviors that build or erode trust, and learn strategies to repair distrustful relationships. The panelists will share stories about how important trust is to their relationships in their roles as team leaders, managers, or executives. STEM professionals at all levels are invited to learn strategies to build, maintain, and repair trust to enhance collaboration and drive productivity in the workplace.

5:30pm – 6:15pm Registration & Networking
6:15pm – 6:30pm Introduction
6:30pm – 7:20pm Workshop
7:20pm – 8:00pm Panel Discussion, Q&A and Conclusion
8:00pm – 9:00pm Networking

(Registration is on our partner website. Limited to 120 registrants.)

Registration Fee
MASS AWIS or HBA members $35 · Pfizer, Broad, or AMAG Pharma employees $35
Non-members $65

Online registration deadline: October 16, 2016
(Walk-in registration only after this date)

Speaker & Moderator (Bio Below):

  • Susan Morris: Consultant, business coach, instructional designer, workshop facilitator and international speaker targeting pharmaceutical R&D scientists and technical experts.

Panelists (Bios Below):

  • Angela Bassa: Director, EnerNOC
  • Payal Agrawal Divakaran: Principal, .406 Ventures
  • Sneha Patel: Director, Compensation/HR, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
  • Rob Sarisky: Chief Business Officer, FORMA Therapeutics

Info and questions about the event? Contact Jennifer Lee (jlee@formarx.com; 718-781-7655 )
Need help with registration? Contact events@hbanet.org or 973-575-0606 ext 3

Thanks to our sponsors for this conference!


Susan Morris

Susan Morris has over 30 years of experience as a business coach, organizational consultant and instructional designer specializing in the professional development needs of pharmaceutical R&D scientists, technical experts and functions who partner with R&D. Susan believes that scientists are brilliant scientifically but may not have the same level of brilliance when managing and leading others. Identifying the gap between scientific expertise and “people” expertise is the arena for Susan’s consulting and coaching.

In her role as consultant to pharmaceutical global, cross-functional discovery and development project teams, Susan worked with teams in the UK, France, Belgium, Canada and Germany. These team engagement include building new teams, assessing performance of experience teams, and identifying challenges and solutions for underperforming teams. Susan focused her coaching on strengthening the performance of new team leaders, using videotape as a feedback tool for coaching new team leaders as well as customized 360° assessments

Susan has designed and delivered interactive training solutions that improve skills in communication, managing and leading functional groups and global teams. following the principles of adult learning where adults learn best when they are actively involved in their own learning, Susan’s classroom workshops, webinars and blending learning options are enhanced with case studies, simulations, training games, and multiple practice sessions so that participants get theory and practice on their new performance skills.

Susan is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute. She has coached pharmaceutical individual contributors, supervisors, managers, and senior executives. Her clients coaching goals include reaching their fullest career potential and overcoming management and leadership competency deficits

Susan has consulted to Vistakon, IRI, Aventis, Merck, Astra-Zeneca, Apollon, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Gencell, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Abbott Labs, Wyeth, Pfizer, Sepracor, Sanofi-Aventis, Shire, Novartis, Cephalon, Enzon, Roche and Millenium pharmaceutical R&D, domestic and global product teams. Susan has partnered with Omnicare, PharmaNet, invivodata, Covance and other CRO’s.

In the last five years, Susan has established herself as an international speaker on issues related to women in STEM and advancing their careers. She has spoken to for the New York Academy of Science, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Association of Women in Science as well as the Drug Information Association and the Project Management Institute chapters.

Angela Bassa

Angela Bassa leads the data science group at EnerNOC, a Boston-based company that use energy intelligence software to change the way the world uses energy (https://www.enernoc.com/about). Her team made groundbreaking advances in cloud infrastructure and energy analytics maximizing real-time data insights on a global scale. Angela also serves on the technical advisory board for Mirah, a Boston-based MedTech start-up focused on making behavioral healthcare more objective and data driven. Angela’s previous projects have received numerous accolades including the Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Big Data and Analytics Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. Angela discovered data science while studying mathematics at MIT. She has 15 years of experience in complex data analysis in academic, commercial, and industrial applications.

Payal Agrawal Divakaran

Payal is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she supports the team in investing, board involvement, and portfolio management. .406 Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$650M under management. The firm invests in enterprise-oriented startups in sectors including healthcare IT, cybersecurity, data/analytics, and cloud infrastructure. Payal is currently involved with Axial Healthcare, CloudHealth, Lexumo, Jisto, Nomad Health, and Redox.

Prior to joining .406, Payal was at Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. Prior to her entrepreneurial stint and also while in business school, Payal spent time in Corporate Development at Eventbrite.

Prior to HBS, Payal was an Associate at Spectrum Equity, a technology growth equity investor in Boston with $5.7B under management. She sourced and executed on deals in the software, information services, data/analytics, security, and internet spaces. Payal started her career pursuing technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan in NYC.

Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT. She is a Boston native, having grown up in Waltham and Dracut. Payal and her husband, who is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, currently live in Cambridge.

Sneha Patel

Sneha Patel is the Senior Director of Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources Operations in the Talent, Team & Culture group of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based commercial biotechnology company.  She leads the compensation and benefits function for this fast-growing company.  Prior to Ironwood, Sneha worked at Genzyme for 10 years, where she built the international compensation and benefits function for emerging markets in Asia and Latin America.  She started her career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a consultant helping multinational companies support global mobility, followed by a career in human resources at PepsiCo, where she managed the company’s global equity platform. Sneha is committed to fostering transparency and creating a culture that is honest, fair and values excellence. A graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Sneha enjoys hiking, running and yoga and spends her free time at her child’s soccer games and cooking with family and friends.

Rob Sarisky

Dr. Sarisky brings to FORMA over 25 years of oncology business and scientific expertise. He most recently served as Vice President of Oncology Business Development and Licensing within Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company. Prior to joining Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Sarisky held positions of Vice President of External Research and Early Development within Johnson & Johnson, Sr. Director of Immunology Research at Centocor, and Director of Virology at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Sarisky received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Scranton, a Ph.D. in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, completed his postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Lehigh University. He has authored more than 120 publications and patents and served on the Editorial Board for two scientific journals. He has been active in the academic community by serving on the University of Pennsylvania Executive Advisory Committee for the HHMI Graduate Training in Medical Sciences, the University of Miami Innovation Corporate Advisory Council, the University of North Carolina Innovation Transfer and Development Initiative, adjunct Professor for Drexel University School of Medicine and an Advisory Board member for Indiana University’s Biotechnology Program.

Trust: What Makes It/What Breaks It


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Broad Institute
Monadnock Room, 2nd Floor, 415 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Boston
(973) 575-0606
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