About

Purpose

I believe that results – and people – matter

Growing up, my family life was centered around Uniroyal Chemical, Inc. The experiences of living in a manufacturing town had a profound impact on my beliefs of what it means to be part of an organization.

I grew up listening to a whistle signaling shift changes for the crews twice daily, being an ex-pat family in Rome, Italy when my Dad was transferred, and witnessing the devastating effects of a hostile takeover bid and leveraged buy-out on both the town and my family.

As organizations grow or decline, they take along the communities that form inside them – and out. I believe that forward movement is paramount for an organization’s long-term survival.

I believe in helping organizations and the people inside them achieve goals and fulfill the promise of their potential.

I bring these beliefs to my work, every day.

About Lisa Prior

Lisa PriorLisa is passionate about her work (20+ years) as a leadership coach and culture change consultant, serving leaders and highly skilled professionals in healthcare, biopharma, biomedical, academic, financial services, asset management, retail, and non-profit sectors. Lisa understands that leaders at all levels shape the work environment and that leadership and organizational culture goes hand in hand. Lisa’s mission: to enable leaders to bring out the best in themselves and their people so they create win-win relationships with one another and the organization.

Whether working with a biotech startup, an established non-profit or a Fortune 500, organizations move through predictable stages of growth or transition. Using custom approaches to address what is needed, Lisa serves as:

  • Leadership Coach (one-on-one, senior teams, and assessments)
  • Change Consultant (culture, organizational design, and talent development and management) and
  • Expert Facilitator (board discussions, team development, strategic planning)
  • Keynote Speaker (on leadership, teams, executive performance, and culture)

An example of recent consulting work includes:

  • Led culture and organizational design efforts for a Boston-area biotech firm that is revolutionizing the way medicines move from lab bench to patient. Working with key leaders, Prior Consulting helped executives envision culture and values, design organizational models and implement people-related practices that fit with the company’s quick-to-market strategy. This firm recently led a breakthrough cancer drug to market and saw its market cap increase by $1B.
  • Led culture change consulting efforts for a mid-size healthcare organization serving New-England markets. Working with executives, directors and mid-level line leaders, we helped the company assess the gap between today’s culture and the future, and produced a roadmap that integrated the efforts of multiple departments including human resources, marketing, and clinical services.
  • Collaborating with a Wall Street-based hedge fund, Prior Consulting designed and implemented a novel leadership development initiative for a group of high-potential high performing (HiPo) leaders from around the globe to increase delegation to their employees for both development and greater efficiency.

An example of recent coaching work includes:

  • Research coach for the Institute of Coaching as part of a research team, working one-on-one with physicians experiencing stress and burnout using tools of positive psychology.
  • Coaching Supervisor for William James College Executive Coaching Practicum (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) – coaching students in the graduate certificate program through real-life application of coaching theory and approaches in non-profit client systems.
  • Executive coach, team coach and program facilitator for Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Team coach for biopharmaceutical firm pushing the boundaries of oncology science and cures.

Lisa is currently on the Steering Committee of the Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University and brings a unique blend of line management and leadership development experience. At Bank Boston (now Bank of America), she honed her leadership skills as Chief of Staff, Corporate and Community Affairs, where she acted as the business officer for an 80-person, $25 million division of the bank. The group’s best practices won it the US Department of Commerce’s Ron Brown Award for Corporate Responsibility.  She also served in other roles at Bank Boston, including Human Resources Project leader for a major merger. Her research summary of career development strategies was published by Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. Previous to consulting, she was responsible for leading research projects at Harvard University and served as a resident advisor to undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lisa’s most recent publication can be found in the volume, Research in Management Consulting. Lisa is pleased to announce that her new book on career development, “Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won’t Get from Your Boss” will be released in 2017. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fairfield University and Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Boston University.

A lifelong learner, Lisa is certified in numerous leadership assessments and approaches, including the Hogan Assessment, the Leadership Versatility Index, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the Corentus Team Coaching methodology. Most recently, she spent time in Helsinki, Finland and Lisbon, Portugal, earning certifications in cross-cultural communication and quantitative organizational culture measurement. Lisa lives in Newton, MA with her husband and two children and recently completed her first marathon.

Client List

Prior Consulting works with companies and organizations ranging from start-ups to global enterprises. Below is a partial client list.

Leading and Emerging BioPharma and Pharma

  • Adnexus, a Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D Company
  • Archemix Pharmaceuticals
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • Dynogen Pharmaceuticals
  • Karyopharm
  • Infinity Pharmaceuticals
  • Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
  • J&J Innovation Centers
  • OSI Pharmaceuticals (now Astellas Pharma)
  • Sunovion Pharaceuticals
  • Takaeda Pharmaceuticals (formerly Millennium Pharmaceuticals)
  • TESARO, Inc.
  • Verastem Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare and Medical Device Organizations

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Scientific
  • Fenway Healthcare
  • Haemonetics Corporation
  • Walden Behavioral Healthcare

Industrial Companies

  • Analog Devices
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation

Professional Services Companies

  • Analysis Group
  • Parexel
  • Public Consulting Group

Financial Services Companies

  • Acadian Asset Management
  • The Baupost Group
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Citizens Bank
  • Fleet Bank (now Bank of America)
  • Old Mutual Asset Management Company

Professional Organizations

  • Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) / WOMEN Unlimited
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Academic Institutions

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

Pro Bono Clients

  • Clinton Healthcare Access Initiative
  • City of Newton School Committee Strategic Planning Initiative
  • Boston Private Industrial Council (Boston youth employment board)

Retail Clients

  • Staples

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