September 14, 2018

8:00-10:00 a.m.

Limited seating, registration required; $50 fee includes breakfast

The Metropolitan, Michigan Room, 233 South Wacker Drive, Willis Tower, 66th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

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An experiential workshop presented by the Center for Positive Organization’s Chris White and Root Inc.’s Chris Williams

You want to build a positive organization, but not all of your colleagues are as excited about the idea as you are. Some don’t know why doing this would be worth the time or effort, while others say they don’t know where to begin. Some simply don’t believe it’s possible. And then there are a few who just don’t understand what you’re talking about, period.

In this workshop, Chris White from the Center for Positive Organizations and Chris Williams from Root Inc. will engage participants in a creative and highly interactive exercise that enables dialogue on positive organizational principles. Participants can in turn use the interactive tool they will experience to educate, engage, and inspire people in their own organizations to lead positively, and create a workplace that brings out the best in people.


Chris WhiteChris White

Managing Director
Center for Positive Organizations, Michigan Ross

Chris White leads the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The Center helps leaders build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people through ground-breaking research, educational programs, and organizational partnerships.

At the Ross School of Business, White co-developed and teaches the MBA class on Social Intrapreneurship: creating positive change without authority. He also teaches in the Executive Education program on building positive organizations, and selling internally. White is co-author of a book on the topic through Harvard Business Review Press, entitled Changing Your Company From the Inside Out.

White has been leading and consulting to purpose-driven organizations for 15 years. His career has spanned the non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. White has received the Ideas Worth Teaching Award for excellence in business education from The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. His work has been featured by outlets including Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, CBS, The Huffington Post, and Talent Management Magazine.


Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Managing Director
Root Inc.

Chris Williams heads up Root’s Chicago team and is charged with the geographic expansion of Root’s footprint. He is a strategic change expert, with a particular passion for culture transformation and strategic onboarding. He has worked with a large range of global and local organizations on initiatives such as enterprise strategy deployment, operational excellence, IT transformation, and culture change. Chris is invited to speak regularly at human resources, learning and development, change management, and onboarding conferences on a variety of topics that all have a common thread: invigorating the power of your people to drive change.

Presenting organizations

Center for Positive Organizations

The Center for Positive Organizations is a world-class research center, based at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, focused on the leadership, strategies, systems, culture, and practices of high-performing organizations that enable people to be their best selves in the workplace.

Since 2002, the Center has been the hub of research on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Our domains of research are positive culture, positive ethics and virtues, positive leadership, positive meaning and purpose, positive practices, and positive relationships in an organizational setting.

Root, Inc.

Root Inc.

The world’s most respected organizations rely on Root to realize positive strategic or culture change. By engaging and activating people throughout the process, Root uses a combination of visual methods, innovation, and human interactivity to achieve measurable and sustainable results. Based on research and evolved over 25 years, we help organizations achieve meaningful change, leaders deliver strategic clarity, and teams close organizational gaps. With a nationally renowned reputation and a bold culture of “whatever it takes,” Root has engaged with a remarkable 2 out of every 3 Fortune 50 companies.

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