University of Michigan Ross School of Business

2017 Conference Schedule

At the Positive Business Conference, you’ll engage with thought leaders and the latest research on positive business approaches that yield extraordinary results. You’ll network with like-minded individuals from diverse industries and participate in practical hands-on workshops. Finally, you’ll leave with a plan to translate inspiration into action when you return to your organization. The agenda will include many opportunities for informal connections to be made between participants.

The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11th, and the final session will wrap up by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12th. Keep checking back for exciting announcements of additional sessions between now and the conference!

Day 1: Thursday, May 11, 2017

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:30AM Registration + Breakfast
9:30AM – 11:00AM Welcome + Opening Sessions Conference Co-Hosts
Jane DuttonTed London (Michigan Ross)
The Global Impact of Positive Business Scott DeRue (Michigan Ross)
The Power of Work’s Higher Purpose in Driving Employee Engagement and Business Results Bruce N. Pfau (KPMG) + Robert E. Quinn (Michigan Ross)
11:00AM – 11:30AM Refreshment Break
11:30AM – 1:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session A (Choose One)
Control Your Own Destiny: Leadership Development through Mindful Engagement Susan J. Ashford (Michigan Ross)
Positive Leadership and Positive Performance Kim Cameron (Michigan Ross)
Leading With Emotions Shirli Kopelman (Michigan Ross)
The New Rules of Entrepreneurship Jim Price (Michigan Ross)
Leading Positive Business through Co-Creation of Developmental Impact Venkat Ramaswamy (Michigan Ross)
How Positive Leaders Sustain Their Energy for High Performance Gretchen Spreitzer (Michigan Ross)
Everyday Courage: Creating Positive Change Without Authority in Organizations Chris White (Michigan Ross)
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM – 3:15PM Bridging the Issues that Divide Us Achyuta Adhvaryu + Andy Hoffman + Ted London (Michigan Ross)
Facilitated by Wally Hopp (Michigan Ross)
3:15PM – 3:45PM Refreshment Break
3:45PM – 5:45PM The Power of Corporate Citizenship to Create Positive Business Mary Snapp (Microsoft Philanthropies)
The Revitalization of Detroit—A Story of Commitment, Creativity, and Partnership Maurice Cox (City of Detroit) + Susan Mosey (Midtown Detroit, Inc.) + Jerry Norcia (DTE Energy) + Keith Owens (Michigan Chronicle)
Facilitated by Jerry Davis (Michigan Ross)
6:45PM – 10:00PM Dinner at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Day 2: Friday, May 12, 2017

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM – 11:00AM Creating a Stronger Culture Through Diversity and Inclusion Danielle Mastrangel Brown (Intel)
What’s the Big Idea? Brian FlanaganJonathan Grice (Michigan Ross)
The Power of Positive Partnerships Dr. Mehmood Khan (PepsiCo)
11:00AM – 11:30AM Refreshment Break
11:30AM – 1:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session B (Choose One)
Creating a “Giver” Culture: Tools for Action Wayne Baker (Michigan Ross)
Positive Organizational Change from the Bottom-Up Kim Cameron (Michigan Ross) + Jennifer Evans (Michigan Ross)
Awakening Compassion at Work Jane Dutton (Michigan Ross) + Monica Worline (EnlivenWork)
Industrial to Digital: The Employee Experience Mary Hinesly (Michigan Ross) + Amy Young (Michigan Ross)
Learning from Oceania William S. Lovejoy (Michigan Ross)
Positively Motivating Yourself and Others Dave Mayer (Michigan Ross)
Creating a Positive Organizational Culture Robert E. Quinn (Michigan Ross) + Jeffrey Bednar (Brigham Young University)
Improve Consumer Welfare and Business Performance through Choice Architecture Scott Rick (Michigan Ross)
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM – 4:00PM Achieving Extraordinary Positive Business Results with Mental Models Melissa Kirmayer Eamer (Amazon.com)
Positive Business Project Rachel Heydlauff + Rachael Moreton (Michigan Ross)
Building Positive Business in a Rapidly Changing World Walter Robb (Whole Foods Market)
Facilitated by Chris White (Michigan Ross)
4:00PM – 4:15PM Conference Close

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Conference Schedule


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