Upcoming Events

Benefit Concert 8.29.2015

Benefit Concert: On a Positive Note

August 29, 2015

7:30 PM

Forsythe Auditorium, 1655 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Daniel Fernandes captivates audiences internationally with his warm audience rapport and original lyricism. The Center for Positive Organizations proudly offers his upcoming live concert, featuring a program from original music to Billy Joel and Paul Simon, as your opportunity to simultaneously showcase an uncommon talent while making a difference. All proceeds benefit the Center for […]



Positive Management 2015

November 18, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Nicolaus Copernicus University jointly organize the Third European Conference on Positive Management on 18 and 19 November 2015. The conference will take place in Rotterdam. The theme is Positive Management Applied.

The conference will be organised during the Global Entrepreneurship Week, a yearly event for all lecturers and students in the fields of economics, management and finance. During this week students also enjoy the opportunity to meet many representatives from business in the Rotterdam area. The conference offers students and lecturers an additional opportunity, getting acquainted with the on-going research in positive management.

The program will be structured according to four sub-themes and the presentation of papers.


Recent Events


Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology

June 25, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

At the World Congress, you will have a chance to hear, discuss, and debate the most compelling recent scientific findings and research-based applications of positive psychology. From neuroscience studies to evaluations of positive psychology interventions across life stages, this science is thriving around the globe – and it all comes together at the World Congress for an intensive educational opportunity.


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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 Hayes James was appointed Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School on May 19, 2014. Prior to this prestigious appointment, James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics including decision making under pressure, trust and change management.

Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Pomona College (Calif.). While fulfilling coursework James started in the field of organizational psychology and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. in the subject at the University of Michigan. She served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. James also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.



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 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.



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: 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.



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.



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.



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.



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 […]