University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Chris White

Adjunct Faculty in Management and Organizations; Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations | University of Michigan

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Chris leads the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. The Center helps leaders build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people through ground-breaking research, educational programs, and organizational partnerships. The Center won the 2012 Research Center Impact Award from The Academy of Management.

At Michigan Ross, Chris co-developed and teaches the MBA class on Social Intrapreneurship, which has since been replicated in other top business schools. He also teaches in the Executive Education program on selling internally. Chris is co-author of a book on the topic entitled Changing Your Company From the Inside Out.

Chris has been leading and consulting to purpose-driven organizations for 15 years. His career has spanned the nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. His work has been featured by outlets including Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, CBS, The Huffington Post, and Talent Management Magazine. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of The Neutral Zone, a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership, and the exchange of ideas.

Session: Leading Positive Change Without Authority

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