Positive Links Speaker Series
Rising to the Moment: Leading and Working with Compassion Now
September 24, 2020
10:00-11:30 a.m. ET
Virtual panel discussion
Free, registration required to obtain login information
About Positive Links
The Positive Links Speaker Series, presented by Michigan Ross’ Center for Positive Organizations, offers inspiring and practical science-based strategies to build and bolster thriving organizations. Attendees learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders.
About the panel
As the global pandemic drags on and people around the world struggle to find a “new normal,” so many of us find illness, disease, and loss piling on top of natural disasters, financial ruin, and the long-term suffering wrought by systemic racism and injustice. While we feel called to rise to the moment, it’s no wonder that many of us begin to feel hopeless or helpless to do so. This event is designed to renew our capacity to imagine and enact compassion in the face of the widespread suffering we find all around us.
Join us for an exploration of a science-based view of compassion that meets this moment. We bring together a number of experts who study compassion in organizations with practitioners who are leading for compassion now. Each of our panelists will feed our imagination with stories and fuel our capacity for action with small, actionable strategies that you can use right now. Focused on building our capacity for action, this unique panel structure will leave you with a replenished toolkit full of small moves that will help you find ways to rise to the challenges of leading, learning, and teaching with compassion now.
Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Emerita Professor of Business Administration and Psychology
Lecturer, Ross School of Business
Al'ai (LA) Alvarez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Program Director of Emergency Medicine
Senior Director of Organizational Culture and Strategy for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tiffany D. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Professor of Management
Assistant Professor of Management
Positive Organization Design and Culture Consultant
Anne Birgitta Pessi
Professor of Church and Social Studies & Docent in Wellbeing Sociology
Reader in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior
A gift from Rising to the Moment
This gift of ideas was co-created by the contributors to Rising to the Moment. Each contributor offered a story to illuminate what compassion looks like in 2020. These stories are fuel for the imagination, just as they are active ingredient for change.
Each contributor also used a story to illustrate small moves that awaken compassion now. They are captured here, available to anyone, and ready to be put to use. While easy to underestimate, the power of small moves is in their ability to adapt to any context, expanding our repertoire of possibility. Naming these small moves helps elaborate the deep skills involved in rehumanizing one another as we face such widespread and unprecedented suffering.
Positive Links Speaker Series Sponsors
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks 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 2020-21 Positive Links Speaker Series.
This Positive Links is presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management.
- Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University
- Compassion 2.0
- Mindful Futures Network
- Positive Relationships at Work (PRW) Microcommunity