University of Michigan Ross School of Business


What if organizations saw possibilities and not just problems? What if we looked past perceived restraints and revealed our true potential? What if we blew the lid off “what is” and marched boldly toward what could be?

Discover the incredible transformation that has already taken place at organizations large and small at the Positive Business Conference. Courageous intrapreneurs and leaders at these companies increased purpose, passion, performance—and profit—and they are eager to share their stories and secrets with you. The theme of this year’s event is “Positive Leadership: Practices & Inspiration,” as our driving purpose is to spread knowledge and foster a community of leaders to make the world of work a better place.

The annual conference is held at Michigan Ross, the leading center of global excellence in positive business. Ross faculty pioneered positive organizational scholarship and continue to lead research that applies positive business practices across all functions, from accounting to marketing to supply chain management and more. At the conference you’ll engage with these thought leaders and their extraordinary research and hear from executives from Microsoft, KPMG, Whole Foods, PepsiCo, DTE Energy, and many more. Finally, you’ll return to work with a plan to translate inspiration into action.

The Positive Business Conference

At the 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.

Attendance is limited to ensure high-quality experiences for all, so early registration is recommended. We encourage group attendance to experience the most content and to help enact positive initiatives coming away from the conference. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for driving positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. Michigan Ross’ mission is to develop leaders who can solve global problems and contribute to the betterment of the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improve business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and customized executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.



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Click here to register for the 2018 Positive Business Conference.

Conference Schedule

See an overview of the 2017 conference schedule here.