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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Resourceful Change

January 26, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Scott Sonenshein (www.ScottSonenshein.com) is an Associate Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he teaches course in change and leadership. His studies examine the resourceful actions of employees to advance organizational and social/ethical change. He has conducted research in settings ranging from fashion to food trucks, banks to booksellers, and entrepreneurs to environmentalists. This work illuminates the skill, agency, and motivation of individuals to contribute to change and the corresponding organizational practices that foster these outcomes. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Negotiating Genuinely–Mindfully and Strategically Leading with Emotions

February 16, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Shirli Kopelman is a leading researcher, expert, and educator in the field of negotiations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Kopelman is also Faculty Director of Business Practice at the Center for Positive Organizations and Executive Director of the International Association for Conflict Management. Her research focuses on a positive process of mindful and strategic alignment of emotions, and its power to transform social exchange beyond an instrumental negotiation task to co-creation and generation of extraordinary success and wellbeing. Kopelman received awards for her cutting edge negotiation research and for her outstanding achievements in the classroom.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Create Micro-moves for Organizational Change

March 23, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Karen Golden-Biddle is the Questrom Professor in Management and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University School of Management. She currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Karen received her BA from Denison University and her MBA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Her research and educational interests focus on organizational and system transformation with a special focus on understanding peoples’ collective efforts for change that tap front line experience, engage discovery to imagine desired possibilities, and foster human agency in bringing about real and desired change.

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Positive Links Speaker Series: Create Opportunity from Crisis

April 13, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Lynn Perry Wooten is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross undergraduate students inside and outside of the classroom. She teaches organizational behavior, nonprofit management and strategic consulting courses. Professor Wooten conducts research in four primary areas: (1) positive organizing routines; (2) diversity management; (3) crisis leadership through resilience and organizational learning; and (4) educational and leadership development of undergraduate students. Her research appears in academic journals, monographs, and popular press outlets.

Erika James is the Sr. Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. She conducts research in two primary areas: crisis leadership and workplace diversity, with an emphasis on women in leadership. Her research appears in numerous academic journals and popular press outlets.

Professor James joined the Darden faculty in 2001. Prior to her Darden appointment she served on the faculty at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and the Goizuetta Business School at Emory University, and was a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Business School.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Engage in Job Crafting

December 15, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Reception Immediately Following

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Amy Wrzesniewski is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale University’s School of Management. Professor Wrzesniewski earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, and has won awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research focuses on how people make meaning of their work in challenging contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual contexts, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Cultivate Positive Identities

November 17, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is an author, professor, researcher, leadership development coach and organizational consultant. She is the Professor of Psychology, Culture and Organization Studies in Antioch University’s Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change. She is also a core faculty affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. A thought leader in the areas of authenticity, identity, diversity, strengths, and value creation, Laura co-edited Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations (with Jane Dutton). Laura earned her MA and Ph.D. (Organizational Psychology) from the University of Michigan and BA (Psychology) from University of Virginia.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Cultivate Hope–Found, Not Lost

October 20, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Oana Branzei is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and Visiting Professor with Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations. Oana holds a doctorate from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Nebraska. Her academic projects explore the pro-social functions and positive impact of business, from social enterprises and social change initiatives to cross-sector innovation and community eco-systems. Her first edited book was published by Emerald in 2011.

Neil Hetherington began his career in project management at Tridel Construction, Canada’s largest condominium developer. In September 2000, he made a career change by joining Habitat for Humanity Toronto; at the time as the youngest CEO of a Habitat affiliate in the world. During his tenure, Habitat for Humanity Toronto accelerated its building program from an average of 1 home every two years to 45 annually. The Habitat Toronto ReStore operations increased revenue by over twelve times.

Until his resignation in late 2014 Neil has been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity New York City where he lead Habitat’s hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts, hosted the Carter Work Project and its new strategic plan including the the opening of its first ReStore and approval for the largest Habitat high rise development in North America.

He can be seen regularly happiest on the construction site building with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally having served in over dozen countries.

Neil holds degrees or certificates from University of Western Ontario – Huron College, Seneca College, Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia – Darden Business School. He obtained his MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School in 2013.

Neil was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2005. He has received the distinguished alumni of the year awards from each of Huron University, Royal Saint George’s College, Western University and Seneca College. He was awarded Queen Elizabeth’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals in 2002 and 2012.

Neil is the grandson of the late General Arnold Brown, the international Leader of The Salvation Army. He is an active pilot and sailor. He enjoys furniture making and in his spare time plays tennis terribly, snowboards poorly and bikes slowly.

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Michigan Symposium on Global Human Rights & Labor Standards

October 10, 2014

7:45 AM - 4:00PM

Michigan Ross School of Business


To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR), we plan to host a symposium at the Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor on Oct 10, 2014 with a theme of role of universities in facilitating social responsibility in global supply chains. The symposium will cover the challenges of ensuring social responsibility in the globally dispersed supply chains of today, historical approaches universities have taken, current industry best practices and challenges and brainstorm what ought to be the role of a university and how could they fulfill that role more effectively. The audience for the conference will include faculty/students/licensees/and members of labor standard committees from other schools.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ross School of Business, the Law School, the School of Public Health, the Ford School of Public Policy, the Erb Institute, and the Human Rights Initiative at the University of Michigan.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: Lead an Ethical Organization

September 22, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Blau Auditorium, 1st Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


David M. Mayer is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, and the Faculty Co-Director for the Center for Positive Organizations at Michigan Ross. He conducts research, teaches, and consults in the areas of leadership and ethics. His research focuses on how leaders help create an environment that can discourage unethical behavior and promote helpful behavior. Drawing on this research, Dave works with individuals and organizations to improve their ability to lead ethically and to help improve the interpersonal dynamics of their employees. His research has been published in the top scholarly journals focusing on leadership and ethics such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology, and he is currently an associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He has worked with a variety of companies on these issues such as the Ethics Resource Center, Giant Eagle, Humana, Lockheed Martin, Personnel Decisions Research Institute, P.H.I. Consulting Group, Schwan’s, and SunTrust.

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: CPO Executive-in-Residence Fred Keller

June 16, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Fred P. Keller grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His father had a successful tool and die business (Paragon Tool and Die Company) and was a major philanthropist in Grand Rapids. Keller, Jr. earned degrees in engineering and business and started his own company, Cascade Engineering in 1973. He and his engineering business are nationally recognized leaders in sustainability.

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Positive Business Conference

May 15, 2014 - May 17, 2014

The Ross School of Business


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is the leading center of excellence globally for positive business. We believe that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. On May 15-17, 2014, join us for the inaugural Ross Positive Business Conference. Together, we will explore the most inspiring and […]

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Positive Links Speaker Series Session: On Purpose: Lessons in Life, Health, and Work from the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia

April 08, 2014

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross Building, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Dr. Strecher has been a Professor in the UM School of Public Health since 1995. He founded the Center for Health Communications Research and has been leading investigator on over $45 million in grant-funded studies. With the University, Dr. Strecher founded HealthMedia Inc. in 1998, an Ann Arbor-based company that develops and disseminates award-winning tailored health interventions to millions of users. In 2008 HealthMedia Inc. was purchased by Johnson & Johnson. Currently, as Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Strecher is helping the University of Michigan disseminate research to the real world, improving the public’s health nationally and globally.

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