New podcast brings together Michigan Ross professors (like Kim Cameron) and Michigan coaches for conversations on team building, leadership, and what it takes to win

March 29, 2019

The University of Michigan Athletic Department and the Executive Education program at Michigan Ross have teamed up to produce a new podcast, “Beyond the Wins and Losses.”

Each Thursday for the next eight weeks, host Bruce Madej, senior advisor to U-M Athletics Director Warde Manuel, will be joined by industry experts such as Kim Cameron, professor emeritus at Michigan Ross [and co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations]; Scott DeRue, Edward J Frey Dean at Michigan Ross; and Melanie Weaver-Barnett, chief executive education officer at Michigan Ross. Together they’ll talk with U-M student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to discuss the relationship between sports, academic study, and success. The goal of “Beyond the Wins and Losses” is to give listeners insight into the value of sports as a tool in society, business, and everyday life.

Former NHL player and legendary U-M ice hockey coach and player Red Berenson joins the first podcast of season one to discuss his journey in sport, his strategy in preparing student-athletes to succeed, and his methods for creating high-performing teams and culture.

Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein, softball coach Carol Hutchins, and men’s and women’s swimming coach Mike Bottom will join future episodes of the podcast. U-M alumna and high jumper Dr. Nicole Forrester, Executive Associate Athletic Director, life coach Greg Harden, and track and field All-Americans Erin Finn and Ben Flanagan also will be featured.

“We value the term student-athlete at the University of Michigan,” said Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “Athletics allow an individual the opportunity to work as a team to achieve a goal and so much more. These podcasts will offer insight into how sports can help individuals in their careers and, more so, in their lives.”

“The Executive Education program has a history of working with coaches and athletes of all levels,” said Weaver-Barnett. “We believe sports teach many of life’s most important lessons, and our professors, including Kim Cameron, have worked with the coaching staffs and athletes to develop strategies for different aspects of the sports culture.”

Michigan Ross is no stranger to the intersection of business and sports. In fact, Michigan Ross Executive Education collaborates with NFL Player Engagement to design a four-day, customized NFL Business Academy, a program that was initiated in 2014, and organized its inaugural two-day Sports and Organizational Dynamics Conference in February 2018. The second-annual conference will be held in June.

“Beyond the Wins and Losses” can be accessed and downloaded on TuneIn, iTunes, and Stitcher. It also is available to stream at

Listent to episode one:

This article was originally published as a Ross News Blog post.