Amazon, Whole Foods, Microsoft Executives to Headline Annual Positive Business Conference at U-M Ross School of Business


The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today announced details of its 4th annual Positive Business Conference, which will take place May 11-12 in Ann Arbor. More than 400 business leaders, professionals, executives, and academics are expected to attend sessions on driving purpose, spreading knowledge, and fostering a community of leaders. The theme of the event is “Positive Leadership: Practices and Inspiration.”

The conference will feature main stage sessions led by Michigan Ross faculty, as well as interactive workshops showcasing academic research as it applies to positive business leadership across all agencies.

A variety of executive speakers will be sharing stories and business strategies, including: Danielle Mastrangel Brown, vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Intel, Melissa Kirmayer Esmer, vice president of customer experience for Amazon, Walter Robb, chairman of Whole Foods Kids Foundation, and Mary Snap, president of Microsoft Philanthropies.

“As companies around the world are increasingly utilizing their influence beyond the business realm, we look forward to bringing together a diverse group of business leaders at this year’s Positive Business Conference to share stories of transformative change in the workplace,” says Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. “As the most powerful force for economic and social impact, business has the power to drive positive change within an organization and in the community. Harnessing this power, the conference will allow attendees to explore a variety of positive business practices and leave with the direction needed to bring a positive business story to life in their organization.”

In addition, submissions to the 2017 Positive Business Project, an annual contest celebrating organizations that deliver change through positive business practices, will be honored at the event.

Registration for the conference is currently open, with individual tickets selling for $795 (group and other discounts are available). More information can be found here.

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