2016 Conference Schedule

At the Positive Business 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. 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 12th, and the final session will wrap up by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13th. Keep checking back for exciting announcements of additional sessions between now and the conference!

Day 1: Thursday, May 12, 2016

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:30AM Registration + Continental Breakfast
9:30AM – 12:00PM Welcome + Opening Sessions Conference Co-Hosts
Ravi Anupindi +
Cathy Shakespeare (Michigan Ross)
Positive Business 3.0 Alison Davis-Blake (Michigan Ross)
What Matters Most: Living and Working with Purpose Vic Strecher (U-M School of Public Health)
Using the Flourishing Triangle to Build a Great Place to Work Jane Dutton (Michigan Ross)
The Business Value of Social Responsibility Alex Edmans (London Business School)
Better Decisions for a Better World Joe Arvai (Michigan Ross)
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM – 2:30PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session A (Choose One)
Responsible Value Chain Management Ravi Anupindi (Michigan Ross) + Sean Ansett (At Stake Advisors Ltd.)
More than a Mantra: Decision-Making for the Triple Bottom Line Joe Arvai (Michigan Ross)
Control Your Own Destiny: Leadership Development through Mindful Engagement Sue Ashford (Michigan Ross)
Creating a “Giver” Culture: Tools for Action Wayne Baker (Michigan Ross)
How to Start a Social Enterprise Michael Gordon (Michigan Ross)
Impact and Finance Gautam Kaul (Michigan Ross)
Turning Organizations Positive Robert E. Quinn (Michigan Ross)
Enabling Sustainable Performance Gretchen Spreitzer (Michigan Ross)
Positive Entrepreneurship and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Stewart Thornhill (Michigan Ross)
2:30PM – 3:00PM Refreshment Break
3:00PM – 4:45PM Purpose From Within: What are Today’s Employees Seeking From Companies? Susan Hunt Stevens (WeSpire) + Paloma Lopez (Kellogg Company) + Jeana Wirtenberg (Transitioning to Green)
Facilitated by Rebecca J. Rosen (The Atlantic)
Positive Business Project: Day 1 Rachael Moreton + Allison Swimmer (Michigan Ross)
Positive Business Blitz Terry Nelidov + Jonathan Grice (Michigan Ross)
4:45PM – 5:15PM Refreshment Break
5:15PM – 6:15PM Positive Change in Business Today: A Google Perspective Jim Miller (Google)
7:15PM – 10:00PM Dinner at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Day 2: Friday, May 13, 2016

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00AM – 11:00AM Purpose + Profit Shannon Schuyler (PwC)
Leadership and Culture: Enhancing the Triple Bottom Line Fred Keller + Mark Miller (Cascade Engineering)
Developing Leaders Who Make a Positive Difference in the World Scott DeRue (Michigan Ross)
11:00AM – 11:30AM Refreshment Break
11:30AM – 1:00PM Ross Thought in Action Workshops: Session B (Choose One)
Good Business: How Treating Workers Well Can Boost Your Bottom Line Achyuta Adhvaryu (Michigan Ross)
Creating a Positive Organizational Culture and Implementing Positive Practices Kim Cameron (Michigan Ross) + Jandi Kelly (Michigan Ross)
Awakening Compassion at Work Jane Dutton (Michigan Ross) + Monica Worline (CCARE)
Respecting Human Rights David Hess (Michigan Ross)
Negotiate Genuinely Shirli Kopelman (Michigan Ross)
Innovation and Growth Through Positive Business at the Base of the Pyramid Ted London (Michigan Ross)
Leading Positive Change Without Authority Chris White (Michigan Ross)
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM – 4:15PM Positive Business Project: Day 2 Rachael Moreton + Allison Swimmer (Michigan Ross)
Connecting Consumers Hank Mercier (Method)
Connecting Investors: The Missing Link Between Sustainability and Impact Joshua-Marc Tanenbaum (Tau Investment Management)
Connecting Communities David Griswold (Sustainable Harvest)
Connecting the Dots: Patagonia’s Journey Toward Responsibility Vincent Stanley (Patagonia)



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