Upcoming Events

March 13, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for current members of our Community of Scholars. Not yet a member? Join here: https://myumi.ch/dkxRG.


Scholar presenter: Christopher Law, Texas A&M University Seed generators: Olivia (Mandy) O’Neill, George Mason University Jennifer (Jenny) A. Chatman, University of California, Berkeley Topic: The Emergence of Organizational Culture: A Multiple Case Inductive Study Talk description: Culture is central to organizations and their outcomes. However, we know surprisingly little about how culture emerges because extant […]

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Thriving Accelerator Workshops

Accelerate Engagement

Instructors: Sarah Kurtz McKinnon & Monica Worline

March 14, 2024

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET

In Person, Michigan Ross


Accelerate Engagement Do you want to boost both individual success and team performance? Are you seeking ways to elevate engagement within your organization or community?  Join us for a Thriving Accelerator focused on amplifying individual and team engagement. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of engagement from a scientific perspective, and you will walk away […]

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March 19, 2024

11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET


Antoinette Weibel Professor for Human Resource Management and Director at the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the University of St.Gallen About the talk Most scholars in the realm of positive organizations share a common passion: we all aspire to alleviate some of the suffering in the world. Consequently, we are actively engaged in […]

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April 10, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET

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Scholar presenter: McKenzie Cory Preston, University of Pennsylvania Seed generators: Subra Tangirala, University of Maryland Leigh Tost, University of Southern California Topic: Moral Language as a Double-Edged Sword for Motivating Advantaged Group Leaders to Support Social Issues Talk description: Despite leaders from advantaged groups’ (e.g., White and male) tendency to turn a blind eye to […]

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April 11, 2024

Two time options: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET or 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET

Online via Zoom Meeting: There are two time options available for attending this online event.


Accelerate Compassion Competence in Your Organization Online via Zoom Meeting Eager to elevate healthier working, innovation, and resilience in your team, group, or organization? Join us for a Thriving Accelerator focused on building an organization’s compassion competence. You will enrich your understanding of compassion, enabling you to become a beacon of light amid dark times. […]

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May 01, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for current members of our Community of Scholars. Not yet a member? Join here: https://myumi.ch/dkxRG.


Scholar presenter: Elizabeth Trinh, University of Michigan Seed generators: Michael Pratt, Boston College Heather C. Vough, George Mason University Topic: Anchored or Adrift: An Inductive Study of Stability and Change in the Work Meanings of Leaders Talk description: Organizational leaders are ‘architects of meaning,’ tasked with crafting work environments that facilitate meaningful work for their […]

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Past Events

February 07, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


Robert E. Quinn Co-Founder and Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Positive Organizations; Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Emeritus Professor in Business Administration; Emeritus Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan About the talk Fear is an emotion. So is loneliness. The dread of social isolation is ever with us. It can influence imagination and logic, […]

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February 07, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for current members of our Community of Scholars. Not yet a member? Join here: https://myumi.ch/dkxRG.


Scholar presenter: Nitya Chawla, University of Minnesota Seed generators: Jamie Ladge, Northeastern University Laura Little, University of Georgia Topic: Riding the Highs and Lows: Understanding the Work-Related Implications of Daily Parenting Uplifts and Hassles Talk description: Organizational scholarship has long-acknowledged the unique challenges faced by working parents as they navigate dual identities and responsibilities on […]

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February 06, 2024

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET

In Person at Michigan Ross


Robert E. Quinn Co-Founder and Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Positive Organizations; Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Emeritus Professor in Business Administration; Emeritus Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan Join us to support the development and administration of the “The Robert E. Quinn Award for Positive Change.” If you have ever been touched and […]

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January 22, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET


Erika H. James Dean of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Lynn Perry Wooten Faculty Affiliate, Center for Positive Organizations and President, Simmons University About the talk The next crisis might be here now, or it might be around the corner. In no other time in recent history have leaders in every industry and on […]

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January 10, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for current members of our Community of Scholars. Not yet a member? Join here: https://myumi.ch/dkxRG.


Scholar presenter: Julia Coff, New York University Seed generators: Amy Wrzesniewski, University of Pennsylvania Lindsey Cameron, University of Pennsylvania Topic: Awakening to New Possibilities: Employee Responses to the COVID-Induced Transition to Remote Work Talk description: For many knowledge workers, COVID-19 catalyzed a profound and collective discontinuity in their experience of work. This widespread transition to […]

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December 13, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

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Scholar presenter: Jennifer Brenton, University of Michigan Seed generators: Helen Haugh, University of Cambridge Oana Branzei, Western University Topic: Leveraging Place: Increasing Community Support for Community-Based Enterprises to Create Long-Term Impact Talk description: Community-based enterprises (CBEs) are organizations embedded in communities that aim to address local challenges and contribute to community development. Within research on […]

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December 05, 2023

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

In person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Generous Community in Your Work In this Accelerator, you will: Learn proven tools that will help you and your teams accelerate the flow of resources. Understand the foundational pieces needed to build a culture of generosity within your organization. Increase your personal, professional, and organizational connections, performance, and well-being. Hearty and healthy snack bar available to participants. Instructor […]

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November 16, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET


Laura Morgan Roberts Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia About the talk Join us in conversation with one of the world’s most renowned voices bringing a positive organizational scholarship lens to topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion at work. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts will discuss the headwinds slowing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives […]

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November 16, 2023

12:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

This event is for current Positive Organizations Consortium members


Positive Organizations Consortium Member Forum – Fall 2023 About the Forum Based on the strong Consortium member feedback that you want more opportunities to learn together in person, we are pleased to host an in-person Fall Member Forum on campus at the University of Michigan. We invite each Consortium member organization to bring up to […]

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November 13, 2023

6 p.m. ET

No registration required for this event


Talk Overview: Building and sustaining a good life is a goal shared by all individuals and societies. A good life entails happiness, health, engagement, deep relationships, moral character, and meaning, which is more than the absence of problems. Traditional approaches to a good life largely focus on identifying problems and reducing them. Required is a […]

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November 08, 2023

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET

In person, Ross School of Business


Accelerate Your Professional Relationships In this Accelerator, you will: Gain a foundation for new ways of seeing, understanding, and acting to build connections with others. Learn to take stock of your relational landscape and become more skillful and intentional in its navigation. Leave with new practices to help you tap into wellsprings of capability, strength, […]

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November 08, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter: Yu Tse Heng, University of Virginia Seed generators: Lisa Leslie, New York University Eden King, Rice University Topic: Embracing Silver Linings: Understanding When Menopause Facilitates Women’s Generative Behaviors at Work Talk description: The mid-to-late stage of women’s careers tends to coincide with their menopausal transition, a natural phase of life for women that […]

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