2014 Conference Schedule

Content at the Positive Business Conference will be frequently interactive, and as inspiring and practical as possible. The agenda will be punctuated with opportunities for informal connections to be made between participants.

The conference will start at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 and conclude at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Keep checking back for exciting announcements of additional sessions between now and the conference!

Day 1: Why Positive Business?
Thursday, May 15, 2014

  Sessions Speakers
10:00AM – 12:00PM Registration
11:00AM – 12:00PM Lunch
12:00PM – 2:00PM Welcome + Intro Conference Hosts
What is Positive Business? Alison Davis-Blake
Building Positive Business in a Rapidly Changing World Sheryl Connelly (facilitated by Chris White)
2:00PM – 2:30PM Refreshment Break
2:30PM – 4:30PM Achieving Your Highest Organizational Purpose: The Positive Leadership Learning Game Bob Quinn + Gretchen Spreitzer
5:00PM – 9:00PM Dinner at the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom + The Positive Business Awards Lucy Colgan + Elana Weil


Day 2: How to Build a Positive Business
Friday, May 16, 2014

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM – 10:15AM Positive Leader Briefings
Creating a Vision of Greatness Ari Weinzweig (Zingerman’s)
Being Well and Doing Well Tim State (Humana)
International Peace through Chocolate! Sarah Endline (sweetriot)
Audacious Sustainability Goals Drive Culture Shift and Business Success Dan Hendrix (Interface)
10:15AM – 10:45AM Refreshment Break
10:45AM – 12:15PM Ross Faculty Workshops (Choose One)
Inspiring Employees Through Radically Transparent Finance Wayne Baker
Negotiate Genuinely Shirli Kopelman
Positive Business at the Base of the Pyramid Ted London
Positive Lean in Health Care Bill Lovejoy
Leading with Values Dave Mayer
Co-Creating Positive Businesses Venkat Ramaswamy
Positive Legal Strategies George Siedel
Positive Accounting: Beyond Regulation Cathy Shakespeare
Entrepreneurs as Value Creators Stewart Thornhill
12:15PM – 1:15PM Lunch
1:15PM – 2:45PM Ross Faculty Workshops (Choose One)
Responsible Global Supply Chain Management Ravi Anupindi
Building Stronger Brands by Creating Brand Love Rajeev Batra
Intrapreneurship: Inspiring Social Innovation at All Levels of the Organization Jerry Davis
Building a Positive Business by Facilitating High Quality Connections Jane Dutton
Beyond Damage Reduction: Creating True Sustainability
Andy Hoffman
Impact and Finance Gautam Kaul
Positive Management and Employment Law Dana Muir
Positive Leadership Bob Quinn
2:45PM – 3:15PM Refreshment Break
3:15PM – 4:30PM Positive Leader Briefings
Crafting Roles that Bring Out the Best in People Ralph Johnson (McKinsey & Company)
Four Steps to Transforming Customer Relationships Bob Fregolle (Procter & Gamble)
Youth-Driven Spaces: A Positively Deviant Approach to Youth Voice, Leadership & Authentic Decision Making John Weiss (The Neutral Zone)
Beyond Lazy Thinking: A Discipline for Positive Business Strategy Fred Keller (Cascade Engineering)
4:30PM – 5:30PM The State of Positive Business Joan Blades + Judith Samuelson + Thomas P. Lyon, facilitated by Lynn Wooten
6:30PM – 10:00PM Dinner at the University of Michigan Museum of Art


Day 3: Taking Action Toward Positive Business
Saturday, May 17, 2014

  Sessions Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM – 10:15AM The Power of Positive Business Kim Cameron
Positive Business in Action: Youth for Understanding Michael Hill + Daryl Weinert
The Future of Positive Business in Your Company: Developing a Blueprint for Positive Action (Part 1) Andy Hoffman + Stewart Thornhill
10:15AM – 11:15AM Refreshment Break + Blueprint Activity
11:15AM – 11:45AM The Future of Positive Business in Your Company (Part 2) Andy Hoffman + Stewart Thornhill
12:00PM – 1:00PM Developing Successful Businesses that Make a Positive Difference in the World Tom Gardner + Alison Davis-Blake (facilitated by Chris White)
1:00PM – 2:00PM Finale + Lunch
1:30PM – 6:00PM “Where Do We Go From Here?” — Positive Business Post-Conference Open Space

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