February 20, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public; reception to follow.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ann Arbor

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Julia Lee Cunningham
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Positive Organizations
Faculty, Stephen M. Ross School of Business (beginning summer 2017)
University of Michigan
About the talk

How would you feel if you could hear your own eulogy while you were still alive? You might be struck by the contributions you made to others’ lives. In this presentation, Julia Lee will introduce relational self-affirmation (via Reflected Best Self Exercise) as a tool for both research and practice. The audience will have the opportunity to think about their own ways of using this tool for gaining self-insights and creating a positive organization.

About Lee

Julia Lee Cunningham is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Management and Organizations Department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She focuses on the motivation of employees to reach their full potential, healthy, and honest behavior in organizations.

Her current work relates to how relational self-affirmation, by highlighting one’s contributions, can lead to positive outcomes. These results are measured at an and creative performance, team level (information exchange and team performance), and organizational level (reduced burnout and turnover).

Cunningham received a PhD and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, a BA in Political Science from Korea University, and was previously a Lab Fellow in the Institutional Corruption Program at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Winter 2017 Positive Links Speaker Series host

Jane Dutton, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations; Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Learning & Professional DevelopmentSanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane and Paul Jones (MBA ‘75), for their support of the 2016-17 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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