february, 2015

26feb8:00 am10:00 amDifficult Conversations: The Biotech Industry


Event Details

Join the MassBio HR Working Group as our panel of industry experts tackle “Difficult Conversations.”

Now more than ever, human resources leaders and management at all levels are being called upon to manage diverse workforce challenges in high pressure, mission critical environments. Communication can break down when human resources or management have to deliver tough news about substandard performance, workplace change, team conflict, or a variety of other problems which can quickly turn an environment toxic, leading to plummeting productivity and decreased morale.

Join our panel of industry veterans as they share their secrets, valuable guidelines and strategies for handling difficult interactions with employees, co-workers, and even your executive team!


  • Patricia N. Manning, PHR, Director of Human Resources, Genocea Biosciences, Inc.
  • Jo Norton, HR Executive Consultant, Interim Head of HR, Sarepta Therapeutics
  • Samantha Sutton, PhD, Founder and Life Innovator, LifeSolutions


  • Michelle Quinn Smith, PHR, Senior Director of Human Resources, Supporting R&D and Global Medical Affairs, Genzyme, a Sanofi Company


(Thursday) 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Broad Institute

415 Main Street, Cambridge MA