University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Joan Blades

Past Speaker

Co-Founder, Great Work Cultures Initiative

MM Photo Joan BladesJoan Blades is a co-founder of and She is a Great Work Cultures champion, working with business and academic leaders to raise a big tent, welcoming a broad diversity of respectful work culture practices and leaders to catalyze a new workplace norm of respect and dignity at its core. She is co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line, winner of a Nautilus Book Award, and The Motherhood Manifesto, which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. She is a co-creator of Living Room Conversations, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural, and party lines while embracing our core shared values. She is a software entrepreneur (a co-founder of Berkeley Systems–best known for the flying toaster and game You Don’t Know Jack), nature lover, former attorney/mediator, artist, and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.

Session: The State of Positive Business


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