The Member Experience

Consortium programming throughout the year is designed to include engaging learning events, resources, and community-building opportunities. As a member, your learning journey includes:

Annual In-Person Member Forum

In May, we host Consortium members for a full-day, immersive, action-based forum. Our theme-based forums include interactive workshops facilitated by world-class researchers and topic experts, member discussions, idea exchanges, resources, and opportunities for community building and networking. For an inside look at past forums, view our photo albums here.

Here’s a look at our most recent themes and itineraries:


Throughout the year, we host a series of webinars to share effective strategies, practical insights, and practices that are actionable and scalable for effectively enhancing personal and organizational thriving. Our presenters include current Consortium members as well as world-class researchers.

Recent webinar topics include:

  • Positive Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Zoom Fatigue, Emotions, and the Science of Recovery
  • Effective Conversations
  • Accelerating Growth
  • Positive and Inclusive Organizations
  • Finding Purpose
  • Embracing Change
  • Putting People First During a Crisis

Consortium Peer Groups

Consortium Peer Groups provide more time to fully connect and have meaningful discussions with other members who are also applying positive practices within their organizations. Members have the opportunity to actively engage with the same cohort bi-monthly to discuss important topics, debrief on speaker sessions, and share new ideas with one another.

Each cohort is led by an expert executive coach from OptimizeU Partners who facilitates generative, authentic, and powerful group discussions. Coaches maximize and bring the most value to the time you spend together.

Action Groups and Support Networks

When we find a common passion and interest among our members around specific topics, such as managing through a crisis or creating positive on-boarding experiences, we launch an action group and support network. We facilitate group working sessions to further develop our shared knowledge of how to navigate these challenging situations.

In summer 2020, nearly 20 Consortium organizations participated in an action group to create our Positive Practices Playbook of strategies to reimagine thriving workplaces in the time of a global pandemic.

Collaborations with World-Class Researchers

At our heart, the Center for Positive Organizations is a research center. As such, we have deep relationships with 70+ researchers and connections with nearly 600 POS scholars from across the globe. We can help facilitate individual introductions for our members with specific researchers to explore potential collaborations.

Connections with Students

Our education programs bring together the University of Michigan’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students to learn, identify, and employ POS principles and practices to build high-performing organizations that enable people to thrive. Consortium members can engage directly with our students to learn from and with them.

Magnify Immersion Program Organizational Partner

  • A Magnify student team can help unlock the positive potential in your organization. The team will observe your organization in action, conducting field research to uncover what is working well and where there is potential to thrive.
  • Sample past organizational partners include: DTE Energy, Henry Ford Health System, Pet Supplies Plus, and others.