Module 3:  Building and Leading
High-Performing Teams

  • The session will take place at VALO Park (formerly Tegna / Gannett headquarters), 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, in Rooms C & D in the Conference Center.
  • There are three entrances to the building from Jones Branch Drive.  Guests should enter through the Service / Employee Entrance.
    • Coming east on Jones Branch Drive, the parking entrance is the third on the right once you see the VALO Park building.
    • Coming west on Jones Branch Drive, the parking entrance is the first on the left.
    • There should be Event Parking signs to follow to the garage entrance.
  • Click here to download directions to VALO Park.
  • Parking: There is free parking in the garage directly behind the building.
  • When you get to the garage, tell the guard that you are attending the ACC event (and if there is no guard, press the red button and say you are with the ACC Event).  After parking, walk out of the garage directly across from where you drove in.  You will go through an outdoor courtyard and enter VALO Park from the rear.  Go down the stairs (or take the elevator) and check in with the guard, who will direct you to the right room.

Friday, November 3rd - The program session will run from 8:30am to 4:30 p.m.  Continental breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m.

  • Alexander Caillet, CEO, Corentus, Inc.
  • Eric Margolin, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CarMax, Inc., and Jim McMillan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Pew Charitable Trusts, are the members of the Board of Advisors who will contribute to this session.
  • Robert Calabrese, Principal and Co-Founder, Business Visions Group will facilitate.



  1. Read all of the articles and complete the Personal Reflection Questions below.
  2. Bring a copy of or draw your own “organizational chart.”
  3. Meet with your cohort and complete the assignment below.
Click here to download a Word version of this Briefing Sheet
into which you can type your responses to the following questions.


  • Do you lead or belong to one or more work group and/or team? What words would you use to describe them?
  • What do you believe are the key ingredients to create high performing groups or teams?
  • How does your legal department create a high performing climate?
  • How would you describe your own engagement at work? What is contributing to your engagement level right now?
  • How would you describe the “psychological safety” of your company overall? Your legal department? The work group and/or team that you lead or belong to?
  • How would you describe the “state of mind” or mood of your company overall? Your legal department? The work group and/or team you manage/lead (if applicable)?
  • How would you describe the level of accountability being exhibited by the members of the groups and/or teams you belong to? When accountability is broken, do you have a constructive approach to dealing with it?
  • How would you describe the levels of trust and respect that exist in the groups and teams you belong to? What is contributing to these levels?


Meet to discuss the following before Classroom session

  • Share your “organizational chart” with your cohort members. What are your core roles and responsibilities? How do you define “success” in your role?
  • Share your key takeaways from any of the pre-reading.
  • Discuss selected Personal Reflection questions.

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