Stanford Pediatrics TEAM Academy

Training Effective & Authentic Managers

Program Overview

Stanford Pediatrics TEAM Academy is a 6-month professional development program for new and newly emerging managers in the Department of Pediatrics. This program is designed to equip staff with the skills needed to be effective managers, leaders, mentors, and coaches for their staff teams. The program includes a combination of skill building workshops, HR fundamentals, and mentored conversations with experienced managers.

Participants will stay together as a cohort for the 6 months of the program in order to build connections across the department and to develop support networks that will last beyond the end of TEAM Academy.

By the end of this program, participants in TEAM Academy will be able to:

  • Apply the core skills required of effective managers.
  • Reflect on one’s strengths and areas for growth and apply skills learned during the program to real life situations.
  • Network with other new staff managers and foster cross-departmental connections.

Who It's For

  1. New staff managers who supervise* at least 1 other staff member and have started supervising within the past 2 years.

  2. Staff who indirectly supervise other staff or manage teams with oversight responsibilities and where managerial skills would be helpful in their role.

  3. Staff who their supervisor expects will become a supervisor of staff within the next year.

*To "supervise" a staff member means you meet with them regularly for performance management, provide feedback and mentoring, complete their performance appraisal, and are listed as their supervisor in Stanford HR records.

Time Commitment

Members of the Spring 2024 cohort of TEAM Academy will spend 4 hours together per month for the 6 months of the program in the skill building workshops, HR fundamental sessions, and mentored conversations.

We strongly encourage participants in TEAM Academy to spend time each month practicing applying concepts learned in TEAM Academy in their work in order to practice new skills in their roles.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of TEAM Academy, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for participation in this professional development program.


  • Mon Oct 16: Application Opens
  • Sun Nov 5: Application Closes
  • Fri Nov 10: Decisions Sent
  • Fri Nov 17: Decisions Due
  • Wed Jan 10: Program Starts
  • Wed Jun 26: Program Ends

Dates & Cost

  • Orientation: January 10
    (11am - 1:30pm)
  • January 17
  • February 7 & 21
  • March 6 & 20
  • April 3 & 17
  • May 1 & 15
  • June 5 & 19
  • Graduation: June 26 
    (11am - 1pm)

There is no cost for participation in TEAM Academy.

TEAM Academy Application (Spring 2024)

Please complete an online application to apply for the Stanford Department of Pediatrics TEAM Academy for Spring 2024.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, November 5, 2023.

Program Curriculum

The TEAM Academy Curriculum Includes 3 Curricular Tracks:

Skill Development Workshops

Opportunity for staff to learn the skills needed to be effective managers, coaches, mentors, leaders, and supervisors. 

Interactive sessions focused on equipping participants with skills they can integrate into their roles as managers immediately after each session.

Session topics include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Cultivating a Growth Mindset
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
  • Power & Positionality
  • Coaching Skills
  • Mentoring & Sponsoring Others

HR 101 Didactics

Learn the basic knowledge and tools every new manager needs in order to manage the “nuts and bolts” of our roles.

Session topics include:

  • Wage & hour basics
  • Managing disability & maternity leaves
  • JIFs
  • Talent acquisition
  • Onboarding

Mentored Conversations

Small group mentored conversations with experienced staff managers within the Department of Pediatrics. 

The goal is to give new staff managers the opportunity to learn from experienced managers about their journeys and to reflect on what they have been learning in TEAM Academy each month.

What Program Participants Say

What did program participants get out of participating in TEAM Academy?

Building Their Network

"I gained insights from the people in Pediatrics and made connections. Both things gave me tools that were needed and helped boost my confidence."

"The networking and being able to bounce ideas/problems off of other people."


Diverse Presenters & Mentors

"The Presenters and Mentors were welcoming, informative and very knowledgeable. They took time to present each session with good examples and break out sessions were pretty interactive."

"I enjoyed learning from the diverse group of presenters."

Safe Space for Mentorship

"The part I enjoyed the most was the cohort we formed and the mentorship we got from the TEAM Academy! As a staff who just joined Stanford one year ago, meeting my peer group and getting support/mentorship from people who are more experienced is super important and valuable. I appreciate the TEAM Academy provided me such as a great/safe space to get to know people and learn."

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