Executive Coaching Testimonials

“Landed a Medical Device Job”

“Direction & Strength in Transition.”

“Introduction- overview of Lisa Sasso”

“Gets Balance from Lisa!”

“On-boarding into a new Medical Device Role”

“Got a Raise”

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Maria Shepherd
Board Member | Advisor | Med Tech | Digital Health | Strategy | Pricing | Reimbursement | Go To Market | Market Development | Drug Delivery | Diagnostics | Disrupt Markets | Drive Share | Deliver Results

“I have known Lisa Sasso for 25+ years since she was promoted to my position of Market Research Manager at USCI-CR Bard (Cardiology Division) when I was promoted to product management in BARD’s GI Division. I saw her success at Radi Medical Systems, Inc. where she was one of the few female President/CEO’s of a Cardiology company. She grew revenues from $0-28 million prior to the acquisition of Radi by St Jude Medical . She is respected in the Medical Device Industry.

When Lisa became the 2nd President of the Medical Device Group of Boston (MDG) she also started Medical Device Partners, her Executive Coaching business. Lisa used her passion for the industry, added structure and organization, and grew membership for MDG. Lisa served 18 years on the MDG Board of Directors, and subsequently was appointed a Board Emeritus; the only person that has been given that title. She also continues to help MDG as a leader, recruiting speakers and participating in forums. Lisa was the driving force behind MDG’s successful Transitioning into and within the Medical Device Industry program, which ran for more than ten years. It was a very popular networking meeting for MDG and brought in 100+ people at each event. I had the opportunity to participate in one of those programs several years ago as a special guest.

Over the last sixteen years, Lisa has continued to grow her Executive Coaching Company. She is a Certified Executive Coach (CPCC and PCC). Lisa has helped many people in the Medical Device Community with their job search/transitioning, on-boarding and also with climbing the corporate ladder. If you are looking for a coach to move into or within the Medical Device Industry, I can recommend Lisa Sasso.”

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Lauren Sinay
Reporting Business Analyst, Greater Boston

“I highly recommend Lisa Sasso as an Executive Coach. Here is why –
About three years ago, I began Laser Coaching sessions with Lisa twice a month. I look forward to taking stock of what transpired since our last session, and then feeling inspired to do better by our next one.

Laser coaching focuses on a few things per session, depending upon what’s going on with you. Of course, life during the Covid-19 Pandemic was more limited than usual and could be depressing. But I have found that during the Pandemic and its aftermath, Lisa has been profoundly comforting, insightful, and ready with helpful suggestions.

Since beginning coaching, I have evolved into a more self-confident person. While I no longer work full-time, I have developed a love of teaching ESL. I also feel better about focusing a little more on me, after a lifetime of working and taking care of others. I am more candid and able to talk about feelings. Finally, I am definitely more hopeful about my future. Thank you, Lisa!”

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Joe Portley
Lights Out Production | Manufacturing Cost Transformation | Technology Implementation | Sourcing Effectiveness | Operational Excellence

“It was my pleasure to work with Lisa over a 3-month period late last year. I have found her to be an excellent coach. She listens to what you have to say and is full of ideas on how to move forward. She has a tried & tested coaching process that she uses which got me thinking laterally in a way I was not thinking before. I am certainly in a better place now with my consulting value proposition than I was before I started working with Lisa. I highly recommend Lisa Sasso.”

Tammy Clark

Tammy Clark

“Lisa Sasso helped me go from unemployed to gainfully employed at Smith-n-Nephew in only 3 months. Lisa connected with me when I was at my lowest mentally, professionally, and personally. She supported me and listened the first day. From there, she pointed out strategic ways to help me. She was always available, especially as some things in my life were happening in the moment and I needed feedback. I was able to return to the workforce with confidence with her coaching. I highly recommend coaching with Lisa. If you want a coach that specializes in helping Medical Device Professionals. She is the right person!”

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Dr. Bob Failla
Governance, Risk, and Compliance at Citadel

“Selecting Lisa to be my career coach was a process. I determined my criteria, searched, and compared Lisa to other executive career coaches prior to selecting a few to interview. Lisa stood out in comparison to several others.

In our first conversation I was impressed that Lisa was going to hold me accountable for goals I was going to have to set. This proved to be important. Lisa also communicated the realities of job searching in 2022, and immediately, brought resources to bear on my resume and LinkedIn profiles, and helped me practice interviewing.

I was happy I chose Lisa to help me in my job search and recommend you do the same with yours. Lisa has excellent command of the 2022 job environment, and she will give you the skills you need to be successful.”

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Sherri White
Senior Regulatory Manager – RAC US – MSE in Bioengineering at Johns Hopkins University

“I really enjoyed working with Lisa. Lisa has a methodological approach to managing career transitions that really helps her clients deeply understand their professional and personal goals. Lisa grasps the challenges her clients face as she has herself led a successful medical device business. Lisa goes above and beyond to provide value to her clients by being fully engaged in every encounter, making connections in the industry, providing qualified resume advisors, and following up with relevant opportunities. Lisa’s focus on values and goals empowers her clients to set the right goals and achieve them. Personally, I set a very aggressive and detailed goal for a career transition, and because of having Lisa by my side as I worked towards that goal, I found a job that was a perfect fit. Through my time working with Lisa, I’ve learned how powerful it is to have a written goal with strategic actions, and how helpful it is to have a coach push and challenge your thinking.”

Keith Faucher

Keith Faucher
Sr. Director Device Development and Innovation
Aura Biosciences

“Lisa and I met during an MDG meeting over 5 years ago and I had the privilege of her serving as my Executive Career Coach. At the time I felt like my upward growth was limited and was trying to figure out my next career move. I really enjoyed Lisa’s coaching approach where we started with several self-assessment exercises that helped me to understand my core values and skills. Armed with that knowledge, she guided me to consider different paths that I could explore and to develop actionable goals to help me succeed along my chosen path. Lisa’s coaching helped me to decide to pursue an MBA and has aided the progression of my career.

Lisa is a highly skilled and caring professional who wants to do everything to help you succeed. I would not hesitate to work with her again and highly recommend her as an Executive Career Coach.”

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Betsy Ballew
Clinical Trial Associate Manager at Smith & Nephew

“Lisa was an absolute joy to work with! She helped me to regain balance in my life, refocus my priorities, and set goals. I was able to accomplish so many things that I would have likely never taken the time for prior to working with her. Lisa continuously encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue what I felt would help me to be successful. I am in a much better place after working with Lisa and especially because of her ongoing support and guidance over the 9-month timeframe. Lisa is a wealth of knowledge and has been very successful in life – which positions her to help people like myself to be successful!”

Rodan G

GTM | Strategy and Growth | Digital

“It is a pleasure to recommend Lisa Sasso to my LinkedIn network. Over the course of the past few years, I have worked with her as my advisor and personal coach. In all our conversations it always felt as if I am talking to an old friend who is always rooting for me. She is a trusted partner whom I rely on for a direct, honest and effective feedback. She is a treasure to anyone who seeks her guidance and coaching.”

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Andrea Cahill
Senior Systems Engineer at Boston Scientific / Board of Directors at Boston Medical Development Group

“I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa over the past 6yrs in the Medical Development Group of Boston, including 2 years we spent together on the MDG Boston Board of Directors. Prior to my involvement with MDG, Lisa spent many years growing the non-profit organization, serving on the Board, serving as President, and hosting annual networking/career development events that were always well attended. All in all, I have been grateful to have an experienced mentor like Lisa to help me transition into roles of increasing responsibility and leadership within the organization. Lisa’s dedication and passion for the medical device industry has made her a pillar of the organization and the community she helped to build. Without her years of service, MDG Boston would not have grown into the community it has become within the Boston area. Her passion for the medical device industry has expanded to helping individuals globally as an Executive Coach focused on the medical device industry, where she now helps individuals to enter the medical device industry and/or grow their professional careers. After working with Lisa through MDG Boston and hearing very positive reviews from her clients, I’d recommend Lisa as a coach.”

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Betty Lou A.
Director of Business Development at TAMM Net, Inc.

“Lisa and I met during an unprecedented time in our country when face to face networking events were cancelled indefinitely. I was incredibly grateful for all the social media networking apps and services like LunchClub, LinkedIn, and medical webinars because I met Lisa over LinkedIn. Lisa and I became fast friends because of our passion for helping others achieve their career goals. She immediately connected with a few professionals I referred to her and has been an incredible resource. She is a consummate professional who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to seasoned Medical Device professionals or anyone in the Medical industry. She is a great listener, compassionate, trustworthy, and focuses on helping others than herself. She recently raised over $3.8K in honor of her mother for the Alzheimer’s Association through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s-TEAM CAMILLE. In addition to being an Executive Coach, Lisa is a previous CEO/President of a Medical Device company. She brings a wealth of credibility and experience to executives in the medical device industry. If you are looking for an executive career coach or help in your career journey, I highly recommend Lisa.”

Pavel Hradecky

Pavel Hradecky
Life Science Data Management

“Lisa Sasso is a highly skilled and experienced coach. She supports clients at all professional levels but particularly those who are in career transition. Lisa draws on her vast technical, organizational and personal experience as a certified coach and a medical device executive and company founder. She is a hardworking and dedicated person and my interests and goals were always top on her mind. In addition, Lisa was also very effective in helping me define my personal objectives. Together we identified the right path to accomplish my goals and to overcome obstacles that may come along the way. I highly recommend Lisa Sasso as an executive coach. Lisa truly cares about her clients.”

Maria Shonyo

Maria Shonyo
GO-TO-MARKET HEALTHCARE CONSULTANT | Market Research & VOC | Product Management & Launch | Content Development | Case Studies & White Papers | Market Analysis & Strategy | Business Development |

“I first met Lisa over 15 years ago when I joined Medical Development Group (MDG), an organization for medtech professionals in which she served as President. I was drawn to her ability to easily form connections on both a personal and professional basis. I learned we had a common background in cardiology and subsequently worked with her on medical device consulting projects. Lisa combines her vast experience in the medical device industry with her exceptional insight and passion for life. She is a caring, thoughtful person whom I am honored to consider a trusted colleague and friend. I would recommend Lisa as an executive coach to anyone looking to enrich their career as well as their personal life.”

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Jay Carter
Surgical & Airway Endoscopy Territory Manager at Boston Scientific

“My experience working with Lisa was great. She helped me better define my professional and personal goals, align my values with the work I do on a daily basis. While working with her I was able to make key network connections in the medtech industry, receive high praise for my performance from supervisors and received a job offer. I highly recommend working with Lisa as she will help you to identify your greatest strengths and maximize your full potential.”

Steven Colbert

Steven A. Colbert, PhD, PE
Driving Process Optimization for Start Up Medical Device Companies
Douglas, Massachusetts

“I’ve known Lisa Sasso for roughly 12 years. In that time, Lisa has shown herself to be an excellent presenter and a truly caring coach. Her holistic approach to goal setting helps ensure a healthy, multi-facetted outcome for her clients. I would highly recommend Lisa for anyone seeking to navigate or enter the Medical Device field.”

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Bill Bachrach
Senior Vice President, Operations at NWL,
West Newbury, Massachusetts

“At the time I decided to work with Lisa, I wanted to use transfer my experience in the passive components, sensors, power electronics, and test and measurement industries into the medical device and/or health care industries. I went to meeting where Lisa presented what she does as a coach and I knew I needed Lisa’s experience and help to guide me to where my experiences best fit in. I went to monthly meetings and conferences, spoke with individuals, and the references Lisa had provided me. We would meet once a week to review and analyze what I had accomplished the previous week and what are my objectives for the next week. If you are looking for a new opportunity in the medical device field and need help penetrating this industry, I would recommend highly Lisa as a coach. Please feel free contact me if you need further information.” 

Alyce Nelson

Alyce Nelson
Interim VP Quality at Lung Biotechnology Inc
Sudbury, Massachusetts

“I have had the good fortune of knowing Lisa for 4 years now. During that time I have heard her speak and sought her out for coaching support while transitioning to a new opportunity. As a medical device executive, leadership coach, and public speaker myself, I can assure Lisa is both knowledgeable and experiences as a Medical Device executive, speaker, and coach. Lisa speaks form the heart and engages her audience inspiring them to action and opportunity. She brings that same passion to her coaching, always seeing the best in you, and inspiring you to move forward. Whether you engage Lisa as a speaker or coach, you will not be disappointed. She gets results.”

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Kris Rydholm Överby
Program Director på MinnesotaSwede
Stockholm County, Sweden

“Lisa is a visionary entrepreneur, with an exemplary work ethic. These leadership characteristics made great contributions to business development.”

Edward Hogan

Edward Hogan
Marketing | Business Development | Strategy
Greater Boston

“I’ve worked with Lisa during my recent job search. She is very earnest and supportive, and helped me realize how important it is to have goals and stay positive. If you’re looking for a coach, I highly recommend Lisa.”

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Marilyn Santiesteban
Assistant Director Graduate & Alumni Career Services, Bentley University.

“Lisa is smart, successful, driven, charismatic and selfless. She is absolutely committed to making sure each person – whether they are staff, coaching client, or attendee – receives utmost value from her work. She gives so much of herself, while focusing on others. She is a consummate professional – you can depend on her. Whatever Lisa undertakes will be outstandingly successful.”

Kelly Burke

Kelly Burke
Program Manager Product Development at AngioDynamics

“I would definitely recommend working with Lisa. My coaching sessions with Lisa have truly provided me growth professionally and personally. I started working with Lisa at the final stage of interviews with a new company, and continued with her through my first several months. I found her thoughtful questions and practical suggestions very beneficial; and can honestly say that after every session I was glad we had spoken. Lisa’s insights and feedback have helped to grow my confidence that as a professional I am able to bring true value to an organization, and that my combination of skills can be applied in many ways. I have also gained insight to more openly quantify what is important to me in balancing my life’ professionally & personally.”

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Cheryl Landes
Technical Writer | Editor | Marketing Content Writer | Researcher | Findability Expert | Travel Writer

“I learned about Lisa’s coaching services during the 2018 Annual Networking Event: Transitioning Into and Within the Medical Device Industry, sponsored by MDG Boston at Regis College. Lisa moderated a panel that shared tips for breaking into the industry. When she offered a free half-hour consultation at the end of the event, I signed up. Our conversation went well, and we felt that we could work well together. Lisa’s coaching work focuses on balancing our professional and personal spaces. This is important in leading healthy, happy, fulfilled lives. Her coaching style is easygoing, but she is not afraid to speak up when she feels her clients need some thought-provoking advice or a gentle push to get something done. Through my work with Lisa, I have learned a lot about myself and my values. This education has helped me in my business, professional interactions, and personal life. I have worked with several coaches throughout my career, and Lisa is among the best. I highly recommend her.

Geoff Moody

Geoff Moodie
Director, Bio Compatibility, Eurofins

“I highly recommend executive coaching with Lisa. Lisa’s approach is not formulaic, but rather is based on a careful consideration of the client and what they would like to achieve with their career. She provides valuable perspective based on her successful experiences in corporate leadership balanced with a drive to get the most out of life, be it in our outside of the workplace. She is very good at recognizing areas which need improvement as well as how to play to ones strengths, all while maintaining an attitude of encouragement. Most of all, clients come away with a much better understanding of themselves, which I personally found vital to my own professional development.”

Clint Frary

Clint Frary
Investment Consultant at Scottrade

“I would highly recommend coaching with Lisa. She helped me to broaden my thinking in order to think more ‘outside the box’ for what I might be able to do. I had some ideas that I’d never developed, and she encouraged me to work in that direction. She was able to introduce me to an acquaintance of hers that could further the development of this venture. She’ll encourage you to approach problems with a positive outlook, and minimize negative thinking. She’s a very good listener, and keeps track of your discussions, and will often relate back to prior information to help you move forward. She always comes across as honest and sincere, and truly wanting to be a helpful influence.”

Brigit Mohny

Birgit Mohney
Marketing Consultant at Global Marketing Services

“I attended two of Lisa’s Goal Setting workshops, one over the phone and one in person, and I worked with her as a coach at a time I felt at a crossroads. In each case, I walked away with deeper insights about my personal and professional preferences, which helped me make better career and life choices.

Lisa’s workshops and “homework” assignments used a structured approach that made me “dig deeper” into my true likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. I also liked her holistic approach that takes both heart and mind into consideration.

I recommend Lisa’s coaching services to anyone faced with personal or professional uncertainty, change, or personal transformation.”

Teri Marion

Terri Marion
Product Management | Marketing | Engineering | Operations

“Looking for someone to help you achieve your next goal or survive your next challenge? Big or small, Lisa can help. Though I’ve known Lisa professionally for many years, it was during a period of intense personal and professional upheaval that I first became a client. After an initial discovery interview where we discussed my desired areas of focus, we quickly got to work with regular meetings and phone calls. The resulting journey of self-discovery helped me to envision and then to achieve many of the changes that I sought in my life. With Lisa’s gentle guidance and assistance as an accountability partner, I gradually gained a better understanding of the path that I’d traveled and the adjustments–mostly minor–that I wanted to make in my life.

The most challenging and life-changing work that I did with Lisa involved integration of my core values into my daily actions. I was amazed that I’d never really thought about or documented the qualities that are most important to ME. Without this important understanding, how could I possibly hope to make decisions that were right for ME? Lisa guided me through this transformational process – both as a coach and as a powerful example of a value-centered mother, wife, professional, and friend. And for her assistance, I will be always grateful.

Bottom line, I highly recommend Lisa and her services.”

Matthew Glass

Matthew Glass VP / Director of Manufacturing & Operations | Solutions-Oriented | Continuous Improvement Mindset

“I engaged with Lisa as a career coach with a particular focus on the medical device field in the Greater Boston area. From our first exploratory session, I knew I made a great decision. Her understanding of the industry, not just from the corporate side, but from the personnel side was both broad and deep. Lisa introduced me to several highly influential people, who in turn worked their networks to afford me access to key decision makers with whom I’d never have been able to connect on my own. Beyond her fantastic network, she was a kind a caring coach, helping me work through some stumbling blocks and challenges to achieve goals we set out early on in our work process.

Along with such excellent career-based interactions, I felt like Lisa made a personal investment in me, not just in helping me with my efforts in searching out interesting opportunities, but in looking in the mirror beyond work-related matters. I thoroughly enjoyed our time working together and look forward to an ongoing professional relationship over the years.”


Patricia K. Mills
Strategic Account Manager, Universal Medical

“I used Lisa’s Coaching services in the past and I found the sessions extremely worthwhile. Lisa’s communication style and delivery of information is right on target and encompasses full circle. She takes in account not only the business side of life but reinforces the need for balance in home and work. With her vast amount of experience in the medical profession she was able to provide insight and guidance to me that proved very worthwhile. I would highly recommend Lisa for her invaluable coaching services.”

Glen Bunnell

Glen Bunnell
Chief Financial Officer

“I have had the pleasure to work with Lisa Sasso as my career coach for the last several months. Lisa was wonderful to work with. She epitomizes the word coach, having a unique ability to support, prod, challenge, and get the best results from those that she works with. She has a very deep network that she was always willing to share to help me make connections and move my resume “to the top of the pile” in specific situations. Lisa was very supportive in my search, but she also knew how to push to make me think deeper about what I could do differently with specific searches that would help me stand out. Each time I applied for a job or went in for an interview, I thought of that advice and strove to go the extra mile to stand out from the crowd. I received very positive feedback when I did that and have made significant progress in my search as a result of Lisa’s coaching. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking to move their career forward and looking for someone that will support and challenge them to be their best.”

Francois Nadeau

Francois Nadeau
Project Director, TransferTech Sherbrooke

Lisa was my coach over the last year and was able to be there for me both professionally and personally. During that time, with her support, I was able to make key decisions and orient myself on the next big steps in my career and my personal life. It is always a pleasure to work with Lisa.

Randall Chinnock

Randal B. Chinnock
Medtech Consultant & Mentor; Founder/Director Southbridge Tech Incubator

Lisa brings to her coaching assignments a track record that most entrepreneurs should envy. She grew a medical device startup from 0 to an impressive exit, and along the way learned invaluable lessons that her clients need to know. She also brings many years of experience working as a coach for executives and individual team members. Starting with her templates – refined through scores of assignments – she helps clients hone mission statements, vision statements, foundational values, business roadmapping, and time management – right down to “get these 3 things done each day, and you will achieve your bigger aims”. Her “fill-in-the-blank” methodology is designed to help her clients assemble compelling business plans for potential investors and other stakeholders. Lisa has a direct leadership style that is very effective. She leads with fact-based decisions, and always maintains a congenial manner. She is a creative leader who is not afraid to challenge conventions with out-of-the-box solutions. The fact that she co-founded a medical device company and guided it all the way to a successful exit indicates that she is the rare leader who can be effective in multiple stages of a company’s lifecycle.” 

Nick Breault

Nick Breault
Vice President, Operations, Oxford Performance Materials

I would strongly recommend working with Lisa. She is knowledgeable and supportive during the coaching process. I was able to gain insights on the things in my life that mattered to me most. This experienced has helped me to focus on my work life balance and key in on the aspects of my career I enjoy and where I excel. The coaching exercises helped me gain a better perspective on my current situation. Working on strategies with Lisa helped me to expand my network and open up new and exciting career opportunities for me!

Marie Cloutier

Marie Cloutier
Enterprise Account Manager / Sales Representative in Healthcare IT / medical device sales

I had already known Lisa Sasso for several years through her work in the Medical Development Group when I decided to work with her as my coach, as I was in transition and needed some guidance to help me land a new position. When we started, I’d hoped she would give me all the correct answers that would ensure I got my dream job. But what I discovered through my time with Lisa was that most of the answers were already within me. She provided me with both space to think and feedback to move forward. She helps you to keep your feet firmly on the ground, while you dream big, by serving as an accountability partner, keeping you on whatever path you define. That means that you need a solid foundation below you in all facets of your life – physical environment, recreation, significant other/romance, health, friends & family, money, as well as career – in order to achieve true and lasting success. She has a natural talent and ability to connect with people. She asked the questions that helped me see a deep place where I discovered my own truths, from which point I could make a solid plan to move forward in each of those facets. She also showed me how to coach myself, to stay focused and on track with the various goals we’d set, yet assured me that she would be there to provide support and guidance whenever needed. I’ve become much more self-aware – about my health, about my support systems, about my expectations and my limitations, and I thank her for helping me think about those things on a regular basis. I am grateful for her time and generosity of spirit, as well as her friendship!

Jan Pyro

Jan Thomas Pyro
Medical Device R&D Program Manager

I had the opportunity to work with Lisa for several months as part of my transition into the medical device industry. She was a great source of guidance not only regarding specifics of the industry and local companies, but also to ensure that I was striving for a mix of goals to ensure balance of career, family, health, and personal interests. I’m also thankful to Lisa for helping me establish valuable industry connections who have generously offered feedback and advice to help me fine tune my approach. She naturally wanted to understand the big picture and then find ways to help me succeed.”  

Regina Au

Regina Au
New Product Planning/Strategic Planning, BioMarketing Insight

“Lisa has demonstrated her leadership skills from the creation of the US subsidiary of Radi Medical Systems to growing the business in becoming a major player in the hemostasis and pressure wire market in cardiology. Lisa started the company as the sole employee and under her leadership grew the company to about a 100 people. The company was later acquired by St. Jude Medical, a major medical device company. I had the pleasure of working with Lisa at Radi Medical Systems and observed first hand her passion, commitment, and perseverance in overcoming any challenge in making the company a success. She is a valuable mentor to any entrepreneur or management team. I would recommend her as an executive coach and leader.

Working with Lisa as my peer coach through the International Coach Federation was outstanding. As a seasoned coach, she was able to assist me in expanding my thinking about how to best promote the gift and talents I can offer through my consulting services. She is intuitive, firm, direct and very knowledgeable in creating powerful accountability that helped me to bring my work to the next level.”

Yvette Durazo

Yvette Durazo, M.A., ACC
Helping Organizations Reduce Risk with Proven Workplace Culture Strategies

Working with Lisa as my peer coach through the International Coach Federation was outstanding. As a seasoned coach, she was able to assist me in expanding my thinking about how to best promote the gift and talents I can offer through my consulting services. She is intuitive, firm, direct and very knowledgeable in creating powerful accountability that helped me to bring my work to the next level.”

Bruce Horwitz

Bruce Horwitz
Founder, TechRoadmap Inc., the bridge between the engineer and the Intellectual Property world

Lisa’s involvement with the Medical Development Group was immediately directed to the member-facing roles. Soon after joining, she was elected to the Board of Directors and volunteered to be one of two Co Chairs of the Program Committee, bringing in speakers and panelists to inform and educate members at our two regular monthly meetings. Lisa increased her commitment to MDG by running for and being elected as Vice President and then President for 2 successive terms. Under her leadership MDG grew from 200 to over 450 paying members. After passing on the Presidential baton, Lisa has remained an (elected) member of the Board of Directors for the past four years. In addition to the general contribution to the organization that every Board member makes, Lisa initiated, and for the past 6 years actively ran and coordinated, what has become an annual and most popular event, our “Transitioning into the Medical Device Industry” networking forum.

Sulo Musyaiu

Sulo Musyaju
Finance Executive

As a fellow member of MDG leadership team, I had the opportunity to observe Lisa’s tenacity and contagious enthusiasm in action. She asks tough questions. She is always ready and willing to take on a new challenge. I see Lisa as an extremely thoughtful and committed leader. I would recommend her as a motivational speaker, a leader and an Executive Coach to other Medical Device professionals needing help with their career and businesses.”

Kevin Franck

Kevin Franck
Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & New Product Planning
Frequency Therapeutics

“I had the pleasure of working with Lisa as my coach during a career transition time. Lisa encouraged me to me slow down and do proper due diligence examining all aspects of my life before delving into work-related questions. She helped me set challenging but realistic personal and professional goals tailored to my situation. Lisa provided good context and consideration as ultimately committed to a new employer. Through a combination of structure and flexibility, Lisa made herself available as needed. She remained enthusiastic and supportive throughout our engagement.”

Alex Segal

Alex Segal
Content Development Specialist at MEDITECH

I have known Lisa for the 1.5 years I have been a member of and volunteer at the Medical Development Group (MDG). I have seen her coaching skills firsthand during various educational forums and networking events where she has skillfully kept groups focused on the event’s goals. I was so impressed with her coaching and leadership skills that she was one of the main reasons I decided to join the MDG.

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Michael Krieger,
President, End Business Consultants, Co-Founder, Health Innovators

“Lisa is an intelligent and compassionate motivational speaker and executive coach that focuses on helping professionals develop in the medical device and life sciences fields. Whether you attend one of her regular speaking engagements at associations like MDG Boston or become one of her coaching clients, she ensures that everyone’s personal and professional life is enhanced. I highly recommend hiring her if you are looking to produce exceptional results in your life and career.”

Jim Ellsworth

Jim Ellsworth
Point Green Technologies

“I met Lisa a few years ago thru the Medical Device Group. And recently decided to employ Lisa’s talents as a coach and am very glad I did. I was happy to find that she is very flexible and works hard at finding the right material to focus on. This makes best use of time. I think you will find as I did that Lisa will help you thru different aspects of career coaching, daily organization, and motivation. Whatever fits your needs best. Being honest in the discovery meeting is important to get on the right track and that is easy with Lisa. You will find yourself right at ease working with her. It is Lisa’s nature is to connect people. She is that person, from setting up the big family get togethers to putting together networking meetings thru MDG to helping connect you to where you want to go.”

Nancy Feeney

Nancy Feeney,
Care Manager, Arosa

“I have been able to prioritize my daily, weekly, and monthly schedule better with the skills Lisa has helped me with. Lisa was very easy to work with even during difficult personal struggles. I have not only been able to schedule personal time for me, but also have been able to meet the demands of my busy schedule. Our time together has benefited me greatly. I look forward to future goal setting and positive life altering decisions to be made. Thanks Lisa, for all of your support!”

Julia Rita-Di Pietro

Julia Rita-Di Pietro,
Program Manager, College and Workforce Readiness Training and Development, Non-Profit Administration

“I am so thankful for having had Lisa as my coach. I received so much from our time together.

Lisa was key in helping me move forward in both my career and also my personal life. She really helped me identify the random, disjointed thoughts that were rattling around in my head, and clarified them so I could create a plan and define specific actions.

I grew and learned a lot during my time working with her. Lisa is a skilled, executive coach. She helped me to identify my goals and put a framework around meeting them. Most importantly, Lisa is incredibly caring and has such an authentic character that you can easily open up and know that you are sharing with someone who genuinely cares for you and helps you to reach your goals – and beyond.”


Darcy Martin,
Sales Account Manager, Clariant Masterbatches

“Lisa was able to give me strength and direction when I needed it the most. Her methodical approach allowed me to organize my thoughts on my current life situation and allowed me to clearly see a direction that I wanted to go in that was not only suitable for me, but for my ever growing family. Because of her help and guidance, I have continued being a successful full-time working mother and am thriving at both. I strongly recommend using Lisa if you feel that your path is becoming muddled by indecision or lack of direction. Lisa and the business she has built are never far from my mind.”

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Marc Levine
Product and Business Development Executive

“Lisa provided me with great support as an executive coach during a career transition. She helped me with setting the right goals and making sure I was balancing the professional and personal parts of my life. She also made sure that I stayed on track with my networking activities, Lisa is a great person who really knows how to connect with people at multiple levels. She is always positive and enthusiastic and that rubs off on people around her. In addition, Lisa is well connected in the medical device community and introduced me to many great people in that field helping me to expand my network. I highly recommend Lisa as an executive coach and would not hesitate to contact her to explore how she can help you.”

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Nancy Knettell
CEO, Signet Medical Systems

I first met Lisa Sasso at a speaking event at MDG over a year ago where she was leading the discussion “How to Transition into the Medical Device Industry.” In speaking with her I was impressed with her knowledge of the key players in the Medical Device business space. I was also impressed with her real world CEO level experience as well.

My goal at the time was both business development and trying to up-level my skill set as a business owner. I could see immediately that Lisa’s concrete experience could help me to grow my business and my customer base to build my company to a successful one.

Lisa has not only helped me with finding a market for my company but she has helped me to keep moving forward to improve my business acumen. I would highly recommend Lisa as an excellent executive coach and a highly effective and informative speaker.”


Joseph Berkowitz
Director of Sales, Selec Tech Inc.
VP Business Development, Medical Development Group of Boston

“Lisa Sasso is a dynamic individual, accomplished professional who has an amazing ability to connect people. I have seen Lisa tackle an array of roles demonstrating success, consummate professionalism and excellence with every undertaking. Lisa has the ability to utilize different skill sets in harmony and has an uncanny knack to make connections with a variety of people in a variety of ways. I am constantly impressed with her ability as a coach, mentor and executive. Her aptitude and passion for everything she does truly set’s Lisa head and shoulders above the rest. I would highly recommend Lisa as a coach, mentor and professional. Her encouragement, example and her guidance has made a tremendously positive impact on my professional and personal life.”

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Maureen Brennan
Clinical Manager, Neoventa Medical

Lisa Sasso’s experience and success in business is impressive and the reason I wanted to work with her however, it is her passion and enthusiasm that I am most impressed with. Lisa is a consummate professional who is completely and unselfishly using her experience and knowledge to mentor professionals. Her experience and personal successes are only exceeded by her desire to help others to achieve their full potential in both their business and professional lives. I am pleasantly surprised by the progress I have made in the past 6 months working with Lisa. I highly recommend Lisa Sasso as a business coach.”

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Ken Williams
Sales/Clinical Manager, Radi Medical Systems, Inc.

I was hired as a founding member of Radi Medical Systems, Inc (Radi) in 2000 by Lisa Sasso. My experience prior to this position was as a director of multiple departments running a Cardiovascular Program in Southern California.

During my five year tenure at Radi I reported directly to Lisa Sasso first as a Clinical Sales Representative and then as Clinical Sales Manager. Lisa’s mentoring helped me to excel in the Clinical Sales position and her leadership made the decision to move my family from CA to MA to join the Radi management team an easy one. It was Lisa’s vision that a Clinical Sales model would be the right approach for the company, and it ultimately grew into the hiring profile for Radi. She shared her passion for the product(s) and organization with her team, the Swedish parent company, and customers. Lisa was not afraid of hard work, in fact many of the key physicians were initially trained by Lisa, and she garnered the respect of those in industry, competitors and partners alike.
Lisa built a high performance team driven by her leadership and coaching of the Sales and Marketing Departments. I have never worked for a harder working individual with the utmost integrity in conducting business on a day to day basis. Lisa’s strategic approach lead to growth at Radi from a basement start-up to over a 30 million dollar organization. Working for Lisa Sasso changed the direction of my life due to her mentoring, coaching and friendship for over the past 12 years.

I would whole heartedly recommend Lisa Sasso as a Company Leader, A Visionary and an Executive Coach. Lisa’s positive approach and drive greatly influenced me as well as many other clinical specialists and seasoned sales professionals.”

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Patti Clark
Finance & Accounting, CIMCON;
President Medical Development Group (MDG)

I hired Lisa last year to be my coach, to help me grow my confidence, assist with balancing out my life (which is challenging), and help me define future goals and most of all accomplish them.

I met Lisa several years at The CEO Place in Auburndale and loved her enthusiasm for life!! Then several years later, we reconnected at MDG in Newton when she was President and we have remained in touch ever since.

I have to say that Lisa has a love for life!! Within the last year, Lisa and I have really connected on a personal level and professional love. She is a wonderful mom, wife, friend and coach!! As a result of coaching with Lisa, my confidence has accelerated!! I needed someone to guide me and reassure me that I was doing to right thing and if I wasn’t to please let me know….. Lisa did just that.

She assisted me in a better way of working with my managers and handling situations thrown my way!!! She was available when I needed it…..whether it was dinner time or playtime, she made sure she was 100% there, if at all possible!!!

I would HIGHLY recommend Lisa as a Coach and a true friend!!!

Thank you for helping me grow as a person!! 

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John Wlassich
Vice President, Medical Development Group of Boston; President Medical Development Group (MDG)

Lisa and I worked together for the Medical Development Group from 2007 – 2010. Lisa was a major contributor to the Medical Development Group becoming the premier professional society in New England focused on the medical technology professional. She prioritized tasks and did not allow herself to be distracted by tasks off the critical path. In her interactions with others, Lisa was always gracious and clear. Lisa is an asset to any organization.

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Joyce College
Partner, Medical Development Partners, LLC, President Medical Development Partners, LLC

Passionate, stimulating and energized all accurately describe Lisa. I have had the opportunity to work with Lisa as a colleague and partner of a consultancy for the commercialization of medical devices and on the Board of the Medical Development Group (MDG), an organization for professionals in the medical technology industry. As President for both the consultancy and MDG, Lisa provided creative leadership with vision and clarity to maximize results. Lisa has a unique talent for bringing out the best in people while helping them achieve their highest potential. I highly recommend Lisa as an Executive Coach.

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Sharon Herrman
District Manager – Medical, JD Partners, LLC.

The path of a career transition into a new industry has its share of frustrations, punctuated by the seemingly chance events that bring new people into your life with the insight, experience and caring to light the way. Lisa Sasso is one of those people who did just that for me as I was exploring the medical device industry.

The first time I heard Lisa speak was at a Medical Development Group’s networking meeting on Transitioning into the Medical Device Industry. The technique Lisa used to facilitate the session was the most effective I’ve seen in identifying commonalities between, and connecting attendees currently in the field with those looking to network and learn from them.

Lisa’s sincerity and authenticity in relating her personal career transition from a non-medical field was so encouraging that I waited in line to speak with her after her presentation. I came away convinced that I had found the right field, and subsequently became connected with the medical device field…as well as with the Medical Development Group.

Have I mentioned that I travel 3 hours to participate in MDG events? As an organization that has benefited from Lisa’s contribution as a past President and current Board member, MDG serves as a unique resource, truly focused on the career and business advancement of those in the field.

I would urge anyone interested in a career transition or in building their business or contacts within the medical device industry to reach out to Lisa sooner rather than later!”

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Edward Berger
President, Medical Development Group

“I have worked closely with Lisa for more than five years as a member of Medical Development Group leadership. She is a consummate professional, simultaneously thoughtful and action-oriented. She brings deep commitment and contagious enthusiasm to every task she takes on, and she is always willing to go the extra mile for the organization. These same qualities have made her an outstanding business leader, mentor and coach. Her contributions to MDG have been invaluable.”

Susan Yakima

Susan Shatzer
Owner Susan Shapes Success

I have personally known Lisa for 23 years and I have tremendous respect for her as a coach, entrepreneur and business professional. Her experience and training combined with her passion and integrity have helped her to thrive and to be the successful woman she is today. That is why I hired Lisa to be my coach.

She is highly qualified to coach entrepreneurs and empowers me to look deep inside myself for some answers. She is a great sounding board and an amazing brainstorming agent. Lisa is also a relentless accountability partner for the things I want to do and accomplish in my life.

I was not surprised Lisa went from Corporate to Coaching. She cares about helping people dream bigger, reach their personal and professional goals and honor their values. She is very giving of her time and knowledge and has been both a coach and a mentor to me. I truly appreciate all of the support and advice she has given me through the years and have enjoyed being coached by her for the last 6 months.

I would highly recommend Lisa Sasso as an Executive Coach. If you are looking for a very personable coach that is client focused and results oriented give Lisa Sasso a call – (she will hold your feet to the fire).” 

Heinz Bachmann

Heinz Bachmann
Founder, CustomRF

Over 2 years and counting I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lisa as a fellow volunteer in the Medical Development Group. As President and board member, speaker and hands-on organizer, Lisa was key to the many informative MDG events that I attended. Drawing on her executive and business talent Lisa offered excellent help and advice, especially in the marketing area, that I then put to use in my business. I highly recommend her.

Vera Thomas

Vera Thomas
Owner Coactivelounge – Olten, Switzerland

I highly recommend Lisa as a professional and personal coach. She coaches straight from the heart. I have been impressed by Lisa’s exceptional human qualities. She is such a kind, caring, loving and friendly person. She was excited about all of my goals and genuinely committed to supporting me in my professional endeavors and being there for me. As a co-active coach herself, I knew that she would understand where I was coming from. She definitely did, with lots of empathy! Thank you Lisa.”

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Joe Afryl
Divisional Sales Manager – Midwest South, Radi Medical Systems AB

Lisa is a truly outstanding individual and excellent leader who created a spirit of success and a successful team culture within the organization. She was dedicated to her people and guided them to grow and accomplish ever greater challenges. She fostered a collaborative approach which recognized everyone’s contributions. Her analytical skills were matched by her strong market knowledge and exceptional customer relations. I would be excited to work with Lisa again.

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