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

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October 20, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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


The Positive Links Speaker Series 2014-15 season features contributing authors of How To Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.

Positive leaders are able to dramatically expand their people’s—and their own—capacity for excellence. And they accomplish this without enormous resources or huge heroic gestures. Leading scholars describe how this is being done at organizations such as Wells Fargo, Ford, Kelly Services, Burt’s Bees, Connecticut’s Griffin Hospital, the Michigan-based Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, and many others. Like the butterfly in Brazil whose flapping wings create a typhoon in Texas, you can create profound positive change in your organization through simple actions and attitude shifts. Please join us to learn how.

Free and open to the public.

Oana Branzei is Associate Professor of Strategy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and Visiting Professor with the Center for Positive Organization Scholarship and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. 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, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity New York City, began his career in project management at Tridel Construction, Canada’s largest condominium developer. In September 2000, he made a radical career change by joining Habitat for Humanity Toronto; at the time as the youngest CEO of a Habitat affiliate in the world. During his time at the helm, 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.

Neil joined Habitat NYC as its Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He can be seen regularly building with Habitat for Humanity both locally and internationally.

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 recently completed his MBA at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School.

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 badly, runs and bikes slowly.

The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Paul F. Jones, Ross School of Business MBA 1975, for his generous gift in support of the 2014-2015 Positive Links Speaker Series.  

If you’d like to attend, please take a moment to sign up.