University of Michigan Ross School of Business

2021 Conference Schedule

At the conference, you’ll engage with thought leaders and the latest research on positive business approaches that foster connection. You’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from diverse industries in large gathering sessions and in small learning groups. Finally, you’ll leave with a plan to translate inspiration into action within your organization.

The conference will take place on Thursday, May 13th and Friday, May 14th, with session blocks on both days from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.

Day 1: Thursday, May 13, 2021

  Sessions Speakers
10:00 AM – 11:20 AM Welcome + Opening Sessions Conference Co-Hosts
Connection Monica Worline (Michigan Ross)
A New Lens for Leadership: Learnings in a Complex Year Keith Allman (Masco) + Susan Ashford (Michigan Ross)
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Conversations with Ross Thought Leadership Dave Ulrich + Esther Kyte (Michigan Ross)
Connection Interval I Chris Marcell Murchison (Center for Positive Organizations)
11:20 AM – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Toward a Racially Just Workplace: Three Zones of Action for Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Laura Morgan Roberts (University of Virginia)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Asking for Help When You Need It Wayne Baker (Michigan Ross) + Heather Currier Hunt (IDEO)
Leading with Connection and Leaning on Culture Mike Novakoski (EV Construction)
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Conversations with Ross Thought Leadership Marcus CollinsEsther Kyte (Michigan Ross)
Connection Interval II Chris Marcell Murchison (Center for Positive Organizations)
2:20 PM –
2:30 PM
Break
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Connecting Across Sectors to Expand Equity and Create a Thriving Society La June Montgomery Tabron (W.K. Kellogg Foundation) + Kalane Abbey (Michigan Ross)

Day 2: Friday, May 14, 2021

  Sessions Speakers
10:00 AM – 11:20 AM Turning the People Stuff Inside Out Ashley Goodall (Cisco) + Gretchen Spreitzer (Michigan Ross)
The Co-Creation of Human Connection John Paul (J.P.) Stephens (Case Western Reserve University)
Truth Telling in Tumultuous Times Rich Berens (Root Inc.)
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Conversations with Ross Thought Leadership Morela HernandezEsther Kyte (Michigan Ross)
11:20 AM – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Question & Answer Session Chris Marcell Murchison (Center for Positive Organizations) + Monica Worline (Michigan Ross)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM – 2:05 PM Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It Ethan Kross (Michigan Ross)
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Conversations with Ross Thought Leadership Cindy A. SchipaniEsther Kyte (Michigan Ross)
The Rise of Corporate Activism: Why Now? What Next? Jerry Davis (Michigan Ross)
2:05 PM – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Motivating Teams Under Extreme Conditions Scott DeRue + Lindred Greer (Michigan Ross)
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Conference Close

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