Upcoming Events

Emma Seppala

September 11, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Emma Seppälä Science Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Stanford University About the talk We have little control over our environment and the challenges that come our way. But there is something we can do about our internal environment: the state of our mind, our ability to handle challenges, and bounce back. In this […]

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Teresa Amabile

October 02, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Teresa M. Amabile Baker Foundation Professor Harvard Business School About the talk Creativity is responsible for all human progress. Unfortunately, powerful forces in most classroom, workplace, and home environments can kill the motivation for creativity. In this interactive session, Harvard Professor Teresa Amabile will describe the science underlying these discoveries, as well as the science […]

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Ann Arbor Center For Mindfullness Logo

November 08, 2019 - November 09, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Chris Germer and Kristin Neff Presented by the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – NOVEMBER 9, 2019 Course Navigation Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer are pioneers in the scientific development of self-compassion. They have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. This Core Skills Workshop allows an opportunity for […]

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Lisa Leslie

November 18, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Lisa M. Leslie Associate Professor of Management and Organizations New York University About the talk Diversity initiatives are prevalent, but not necessarily effective. These initiatives at times not only fail to result in the intended consequence of increased diversity and inclusion, but also produce unintended consequences that undermine their effectiveness. In this presentation, Leslie will […]

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Patricia Hewlin

December 12, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Patricia Faison Hewlin Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour McGill University About the talk The exhortation to be true to oneself is often intended to empower, but it can actually promote apprehension because instructions are rarely provided. Thus, many shy away from what is true to self, take on inauthentic behaviors to fit into their work […]

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Search Inside Yourself, Google Event ,2020

Search Inside Yourself

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

February 13, 2020 - February 14, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Michigan Campus, Ann Arbor MI


Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to learn powerful emotional intelligence skills for high performance and well-being. The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program, developed at Google and based on neuroscience research, teaches attention and mindfulness techniques that build the core skills for effective leadership. The SIY program was designed […]

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Past Events

August 09, 2019 - August 13, 2019

Boston, MA


Global trends, such as population growth, increased migration, and prolonged life expectancies, have produced compositional changes in workforces that make the creation of inclusive organizations important for engaging all employees. Yet other trends, such as continued technological advances and growing gig economy, call into question traditional notions of employment and thus, the maintenance of such […]

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2019 Gathering of POS Scholars at AOM

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

August 11, 2019

7:30-9:00 a.m.

Constitution Ballroom A, Sheraton Boston Hotel


Annual Gathering of POS Scholars at the 2019 Academy of Management Annual Meeting This breakfast experience organized by the Center for Positive Organizations gathers together the community of scholars applying the concepts and theories in the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) in their research. Please, join us for the POS gathering to build community, […]

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July 18, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Melbourne, Australia


The theme of the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology is “Nexus”- meaning connection. The congress will build connections, collaborations and pathways that can help researchers work together to enhance human flourishing. Attendees will experience an exciting scientific meeting with innovative touches and a distinct ‘Aussie’ social program. The Congress’ Invited Speakers, the top names […]

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May 09, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Michigan Ross, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI


Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference May 9-10, 2019 What kind of workplace will you choose to create? Thriving employees are likely to be more committed and satisfied with their jobs, perform at a higher level, become sick less often, give back more to their communities, and get more fulfillment from personal relationships. Discover how to […]

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April 25, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: West Is The… Best! Intercultural Perception In A Globalizing World Talk description: In a globalizing world, how do people view cultures of—and not of—their own? We developed the West Is The…Best! and East Is The…Best! scales to assess intercultural perception. Across 7 Western (U.S., U.K., […]

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April 11, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Dreaming a Different Dream: Pioneering Notions of Money, Meaning, and ‘Free Labor’ in the Financial Independence, Early Retirement Movement Talk description: When navigating their careers, modern U.S. workers must grapple with culturally dominant paradigms to “make money” and “do what you love.” While these motives […]

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March 21, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Humanizing at Work: Coming to see oneself and work colleagues as a human Talk description: The topic of de-humanization (i.e., the process of depriving a person or group of positive human qualities) is an old question that has been posed since the inception of the […]

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Sanjay Saint and Vineet Chopra

March 18, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Dr. Sanjay Saint Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System George Dock Professor, Michigan Medicine Dr. Vineet Chopra Division Chief of Hospital Medicine University of Michigan About the talk At some point in our careers, each of us will struggle with balancing competing demands on our time. Work life can be hectic in any organization, […]

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Search Inside Yourself, Google Event ,2020

Search Inside Yourself, 2019

Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations

February 21, 2019 - February 22, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 East University, Colloquium, 5th Floor, Ann Arbor


Join the Center for Positive Organizations and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to learn powerful emotional intelligence skills for high performance and well-being. The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program, developed at Google and based on neuroscience research, teaches attention and mindfulness techniques that build the core skills for effective leadership. The SIY program was designed […]

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February 21, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: The Hidden Cost of Work as a Business Transaction: Psychological Contract and Emotional Labor Talk description: In the context of work, one of the most important lay theories that people develop concerns the meaning of their employment relationship. A psychological employment contract is an employee’s set […]

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Mandy O'Neill

February 20, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor


Mandy O’Neill Associate Professor of Management Senior Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being George Mason University About the talk What aspect of corporate culture is so deep that it affects our hearts, minds, and the organizational bottom line? In this session, O’Neill introduces the undiscovered domain she calls “emotional culture” and demonstrates how cultures […]

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February 07, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Please note: This event is for invited researchers only. Title: Memories of Change: The Dual-Process Model of Affective Responses to Organizational Change Talk description: Organizational change scholars have suggested that change recipients effectively respond to organizational change, but have yet to examine how their memories of prior organizational changes consciously and non-consciously influence their affective […]

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