September 13, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

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

Scott DeRue
Edward J. Frey Dean, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business
Faculty Associate, Center for Positive Organizations
University of Michigan

About the talk

To set the tone for an inspiring 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series, Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue will answer questions about why and how positive workplaces are essential in solving the global challenges of our generation. DeRue will sit down with Ariana Almas, a +LAB Fellow and second-year MBA student, and answer your questions.

To allow time for a generative discussion, please share your questions when you register for this free event. Already registered and want to ask another question? Send your additional questions to

Need some inspiration for your questions? Read this July 2017 Huffington Post blog by Chris White, “Why Positive Organizations Matter.”

About DeRue

Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business and a faculty associate at the Center for Positive Organizations.

DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles across the school over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program.

With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, DeRue believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact—and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders. He is an award-winning researcher and instructor, and is widely considered a thought leader in business education and action-based learning.

Driven by the Ross mission to create a better world through business, DeRue is committed to Michigan Ross producing ground-breaking ideas that elevate the positive impact of business in society, and developing leaders who drive change and innovation to improve our world.

Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ariana Almas, MBA Candidate

Ariana Almas, MBA Candidate

Ariana Almas

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to positively impact others. In fact, I performed stand-up comedy in my 3rd grade talent show because, at the time, I thought the best way to positively impact others was to make them laugh. Though I still enjoy a good laugh, as I grew older, I began to channel this passion into impacting communities.

In college, I created my own major to study challenges communities face and how to combat those challenges through business, policy, and design. After college, I decided to explore this passion more in-depth by establishing my career in the nonprofit sector. I worked primarily in the workforce development space, having spent the past three years supporting young adults from disadvantaged communities gain access to career opportunities in corporate America.

Now at Ross, I’m focusing my studies on social impact and human capital, in an effort to combine my passions for social justice and workforce development. I supported an international NGO for my Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP), worked with social entrepreneurs and small businesses during Ross Open Road, and completed my internship working on diversity & inclusion projects at Microsoft.

All of these experiences combined have allowed me to explore the many ways in which you can positively impact others. In my mind, there was no better place to pursue these experiences than Michigan Ross, a program that is known for its focus on social impact and for being the birthplace of Positive Organizational Scholarship.


Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director of the Center for Positive Organizations; Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series.


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