University of Michigan Ross School of Business


Meaningful Engagement in a Fragmented Time: Connecting with Self, Others,
and Society

Every day, organizations around the world set out to do good work—solving complex problems and positively impacting their communities. But how has this unprecedented time of disruption affected leaders and employees? How are they engaging in their work, and with each other?

Studies show that in 2020, U.S. employee engagement levels fluctuated more than ever before, affected by the ongoing pandemic, political tensions, and racial unrest. However, the research is clear that meaningful connection to self, others, and society is critical to sustaining positive and high-performing workplaces.

Although the current climate has posed many challenges, it also leaves room to reengage and reimagine organizational strategies. Companies have the opportunity to adopt creative and more agile work methods; renew discussions surrounding DEI; implement a stronger commitment to racial justice; and improve employee engagement.

Leaders have the potential to create supportive structures, practices, and cultures that foster connection, while employees have the potential to self-discover and drive a mindful and meaningful connection to their work. All can act in harmony to connect with an organization’s purpose-driven mission.

Join us for this year’s virtual conference, where we’ll share practices, tools, and real-world examples for how to build stronger, more connected teams and companies. At the virtual 2021 Positive Business Conference, we’ll recognize, celebrate, and learn from experts and each other on how to create more mindful employees, deeper organizational engagement, and awareness surrounding the positive role of business within our global community.

The Positive Business Conference

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.

Virtual attendance is limited to ensure high-quality experiences for all, so early registration is recommended. We encourage group attendance to experience the most content and to help enact positive initiatives coming away from the conference. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email

About Michigan Ross

Michigan Ross is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening, Online, and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and customized executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

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Click here to register for the 2021 Positive Business Conference.

Conference Schedule

See the 2021 conference schedule here.