March 2016: Creating Conflict-Friendly Cultures

All members of HR BioTech Connect are invited to attend our group meeting on March 9th, 2016. Matt Mirisola will be the guest keynote presenter as he delivers the topic “Creating Conflict-Friendly Cultures: Appreciating Conflict & Straight Talk”.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Theme: “Creating Conflict-Friendly Cultures: Appreciating Conflict & Straight Talk”

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 am
Speaker: Matt Mirisola
RSVP and Location: To reserve your seat and to receive location information, please contact Jeanne Nicholson.

Event Description

For many members of HR BioTech Connect, the prospect of seeing their organization experience significant growth can be very exciting. However, it also brings along its own set of challenges. For example, when an organization’s headcount grows quickly, it may become more difficult for employees and managers to develop an interpersonal connection with each other. This often leads to people being overly polite at the expense of being direct, as well as a decline in productive conflict and constructive feedback across teams, as people become less willing to challenge one another directly.

To help our members in this regard, we are pleased to announce that Matt Mirisola, an acclaimed Human Resources consultant and speaker, will deliver a presentation at our next group meeting.

During his workshop, Matt will do the following:

  • Discuss the importance of productive conflict and straight talk to an organization and identify the common obstacles to its expression.
  • Review strategies for creating more conflict-friendly cultures.
  • Share best practices for facilitating more interpersonal connections across an organization.
  • Discuss some effective approaches for managing conflict more effectively.

RSVP Today:

To register for this event and to receive location information, please email Jeanne Nicholson at

Speaker Bio

Matt Mirisola: Matt has been an independent consultant since 1998. His expertise is in leadership development and coaching, management and employee training, and teambuilding facilitation. Most of his work is with biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and a concentration in Behavioral Sciences, Matt’s career started as an Army Intelligence Officer. Six years later, he left the Army to attend business school at Yale’s School of Management for his Masters Degree. From there he joined General Electric Company where he learned from, and worked alongside, leaders in the Human Resources profession for several years. After that he moved to Genetics Institute, where he worked for six years in a number of Human Resources managerial roles, last of which was as Associate Director of Training and Development, responsible for developing and delivering training seminars on a variety of topics, facilitating teambuilding and problem solving meetings, and employee coaching and development.