Kathryn Heinze (L) and Sara Soderstrom (R)

December 04, 2018

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

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

Kathryn Heinze
Associate Professor of Sport Management
University of Michigan
Sara Soderstrom
Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies
University of Michigan

About the talk

In this engaging session, Kate Heinze and Sara Soderstrom will explore the definition of impact, with a specific focus on community partnerships. Purpose-driven collaborations at the community level are central to developing the win-win solutions that can contribute to the good life—doing well for business and strengthening the communities where they do business. Building off academic research, Heinze and Soderstrom share cases that highlight different approaches to building strong partnerships.

About the speakers

Kathryn Heinze
Kathryn Heinze is an Associate Professor of Sport Management and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Positive Organizations. Her research seeks to understand organizational and institutional change. In particular, she examines tactics, strategies, and processes by which individuals and organizations respond to and lead social and cultural change in their fields and industries. Heinze studies theses dynamics in a variety of contexts, particularly those related to sport and health/wellness. She earned her MA and PhD in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan.

Sara Soderstrom
Sara Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment at University of Michigan. She is core faculty at the Erb Institute and a faculty associate at the Center for Positive Organizations. In her research, Soderstrom aims to contribute an organizational perspective on how society develops solutions to critical global sustainability challenges. She studies how individuals within organizations mobilize others, develop coalitions, and access key decision makers when they are trying to implement sustainability initiatives.

Soderstrom completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. Prior to her graduate work at Kellogg, Soderstrom worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and led a business transformation team at Auto Club Group. She holds MSE degrees in Chemical & Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from U-M.


Mari Kira, Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer, Department of Psychology


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Organizational Learning, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ’87) Drews, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2018-19 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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