University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Chris Marcell Murchison

Past Speaker

Vice President of Staff Development & Culture, HopeLab

Chris Murchison Head Shot 2Chris Marcell Murchison guides HopeLab’s efforts to create an organizational culture that values learning, innovation and joy. Since joining HopeLab in 2005, he has led a strategic staff expansion to support a portfolio of work focused on the support of resilience in everyday life. He also has led the development of principles and practices that embed HopeLab’s values into the everyday operations of the organization.

In 2014 Chris was named the first Visiting Leader at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he advises, connects and convenes faculty and students to explore practical applications of positive organizational scholarship. This post reflects Chris’s respect and passion for catalyzing high-performing resilient, thriving individuals and workplaces.

In his 25-year career in the public, private and higher-education sectors, Chris has focused on student, staff and organization development. Prior to joining HopeLab, he was with Charles Schwab Corporation in San Francisco, where he was Director of Talent Management and Development after first serving as Senior Manager in Schwab Technology Education, overseeing the creation of career development and management development programs. His experience also includes nine years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Academic Program Coordinator from 1991 to 1996 and Manager of the Staff Internship Program from 1996 to 2000. Chris began his professional career as the Director of Residential Leadership in St. Lawrence University’s new First-Year Program from 1988 to 1991.

Chris is also an avid volunteer. He was a member of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003, serving as Vice Chair from 1999 to 2003, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Joe Goode Performance Group, a renowned San Francisco-based dance theatre company. Chris has also run, biked, danced and baked to raise over $25,000 (and counting) for various charities.

Chris received his B.A. in Biology, with honors, from Earlham College in 1985 and his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, with honors, from the University of Vermont
in 1988.

 Session: Hello, Goodbye: Endings as Positive Opportunities

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