2015 Conference Schedule

At the Positive Business Conference you will explore the latest thinking and research about positive business; participate in practical workshops on positive business practices across functions, from marketing to management to finance; and hear how companies are leveraging the power of purpose to realize better business results. 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 14th, and the final session will wrap up by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th. Keep checking back for exciting announcements of additional sessions between now and the conference!

Day 1: Thursday, May 14, 2015

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:30AM Registration + Continental Breakfast
9:30AM – 11:30AM Welcome + Opening Sessions Dave Mayer + Gretchen Spreitzer, Conference Co-Hosts (Michigan Ross)
The Future of Positive Business Alison Davis-Blake (Michigan Ross)
Purpose and Positive Business Robert E. Quinn (Michigan Ross)
Feeding Your Passion with Purpose Jill Ford (City of Detroit)
Creating Joy in Your Workplace Rich Sheridan (Menlo Innovations)
11:30AM – 12:30PM Lunch
12:30PM – 2:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session A (Choose One)
Boost Strength and Resilience by Cultivating Positive Identities Jane Dutton (Michigan Ross)
Positive Lean in Health Care William Lovejoy (Michigan Ross)
Positive Business through the Co-Creation Paradigm: Implications for Practice Venkat Ramaswamy (Michigan Ross)
Using the Positive Leadership Game to Kickstart Your Own Positive Organizations Gretchen Spreitzer (Michigan Ross)
Entrepreneurs as Value Creators Stewart Thornhill + Jim Price (Michigan Ross)
Menlo Innovations Factory Tour Menlo Innovations
Ross Art Collection Tour: The Work Environment as a Creative Space
2:00PM – 2:30PM Refreshment Break
2:30PM – 4:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session B (Choose One)
Control Your Own Destiny: Leadership Development through Mindful Engagement Sue Ashford (Michigan Ross)
Inspiring Employees through Radically Transparent Finance Wayne Baker (Michigan Ross)
Building Stronger Brands by Creating Brand Love Rajeev Batra (Michigan Ross)
Positive Management and Employment Law Dana M. Muir (Michigan Ross)
Improve Consumer Welfare and Business Performance through Choice Architecture Scott Rick (Michigan Ross)
Menlo Innovations Factory Tour Menlo Innovations
Ross Art Collection Tour: The Work Environment as a Creative Space
4:00PM – 4:30 PM Refreshment Break
4:30PM – 6:15PM Positive Business Project: Day 1 Anna Moloney + Allison Swimmer (Michigan Ross)
Passion + Purpose = Performance? Jenn Lim (Delivering Happiness)
7:15PM – 10:00PM Dinner at the University of Michigan Museum of Art


Day 2: Friday, May 15, 2015

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00AM – 11:00AM Transforming a Company from Within Christie Wong Barrett (Mac Arthur Corporation)
Hello, Goodbye: Endings as Positive Opportunities Chris Marcell Murchison (HopeLab)
The Mindful Multinational Golbie Kamarei (BlackRock)
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist Christine Bader (Change Agent)
Positive Business Project: Day 2 Anna Moloney + Allison Swimmer (Michigan Ross)
11:00AM – 11:30AM Refreshment Break
11:30AM – 1:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session C (Choose One)
Responsible Global Supply Chain Management Ravi Anupindi (Michigan Ross)
Leading Positive Change Kim Cameron (Michigan Ross)
Negotiate Genuinely Shirli Kopelman (Michigan Ross)
Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid Ted London (Michigan Ross)
Menlo Innovations Factory Tour Menlo Innovations
Positive Practices Panel Anna Moloney + Allison Swimmer (Michigan Ross)
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM – 4:45PM Positive Lean: Inspiring Efficiency from Within Wally Hopp (Michigan Ross)
Technology Innovation and Positive Organization M.S. Krishnan (Michigan Ross)
The 3Cs of Positive Cause Marketing: Company, Cause, and Customer Aradhna Krishna (Michigan Ross)
Positive Investor Relations Gregory Miller (Michigan Ross)
Changing Your Company from the Inside Out Jerry Davis (Michigan Ross) + Kevin Thompson (IBM Commerce, Mobile and Social) + Chris White (Michigan Ross)
Finale + Dinner to Go
5:00PM – 7:00PM Post-Conference Meet-Up “Challenging Policies that Derail Positive Business Practices Sue Bingham (Great Work Cultures)



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