Kim Cameron – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Kim is a Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and he is a Professor of Education at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Kim’s past research on organizational downsizing, organizational effectiveness, corporate quality culture and development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 70 articles and seven books: Coffin Nails and Corporate Strategies (Prentice Hall), Developing Management Skills (Prentice Hall), Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture (Addison Wesley Longman), Organizational Decline (Ballinger), Organizational Effectiveness (Academic Press), Paradox and Transformation (Ballinger), and Positive Organizational Scholarship (Berrett-Koehler). His current research was funded by the Templeton Foundation and focuses on virtuousness in organizations such as forgiveness, humility and compassion and their relationships to success. He is actively engaged in developing a new field in organizational studies entitled Positive Organizational Scholarship—the examination of extraordinarily positive dynamics in organizations and the factors that unleashed the highest in human potential. Kim holds a B.S. and M.S. from Brigham Young University, and he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Click Here for Kim’s Speaker One Sheet.
Bob Quinn – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bob is the Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professor in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Bob is interested in the process of positive change. He seeks to understand processes that lead to increased individual and collective capacity. He has published 16 books. Quinn is a fellow of both the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy. His recent books include Deep Change, Change the World, and Building the Bridge as You Walk on It. He combines both a research and an applied orientation. He has 25 years and has been involved in the design and execution of numerous large-scale change projects. He teaches in both the M.B.A. and Executive Education Programs at the University of Michigan and is known for innovative instructional efforts. Bob earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Cincinnati. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in sociology from Brigham Young University. Click Here for Bob’s Website.
Anjan Thakor – St. Louis, Missouri
Anjan is the Senior Associate Dean and the John E. Simon Professor of Finance at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Northwestern University, and UCLA. Present and past clients include Allison Engine, Anheuser-Busch, Borg-Warner Automotive, Brown Shoe, Bunge, CIGNA, Citigroup, Dana, Enterprise Car Rental, Landscape Structures, Lincoln National, Nestle-Purina, Reuters, RR Donnelley, Ryder Integrated Logistics, Smurfit Stone, Spartech, The Limited, U.S. Department of Justice, Waxman Industries, Whirlpool, and Zenith Industrial. Anjan is a prolific writer and editor with over 75 articles published. His books include Competing Values Leadership; Contemporary Financial Intermediation; The Value Sphere; Becoming a Better Value Creator; Designing Financial Systems in Transition Economies; and Credit, Intermediation and the Macro Economy. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Click Here for Anjan’s Full Bio.
Michael Thompson – Provo, Utah
Michael has consulted on organizational change efforts with many companies around the world, as well with public and non-profit institutions. He is Associate Dean at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University where he oversees curriculum, academic programs, and students. He teaches graduate courses in management communication, leadership, and knowledge management and is a recipient of the Marriott School’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Michael’s research has focused on the role of knowledge management and effective communication in organizational change and he is co-author of Becoming a Master Manager, a skills textbook used in MBA programs internationally. He earned his Ph.D. in rhetoric and organizational communication and his M.A. in technical communication from Rensselaer Polytech Institute. He also earned a B.A. in Classical Greek from Brigham Young University.
Shawn Quinn – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shawn specializes in designing and facilitating organizational change processes, with particular emphasis on aligning vision, strategy, technology and human systems. Shawn has worked with firms in a variety of segments and locations and holds a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Shawn is a National Training Labs (NTL) certified facilitator. Click Here for Shawn’s Full Bio.
Katherine Lawrence – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Katherine is an independent scholar, collaborating with individuals and groups as a researcher, writer, educator, and facilitator. Katherine’s research and teaching interests include collaboration, the improvisational mindset, creativity and innovation, the Competing Values Framework, and communities of practice. While she was a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information, she studied organizational challenges facing large, multidisciplinary, distributed development teams. Katherine earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan. During her PhD program, she co-authored Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen (Jossey-Bass, 2002) with Jeff DeGraff. Before moving to Michigan, Lawrence worked as an educational technology developer, graphic designer, and wildlife documentary production manager. She also holds an Ed.M. from Harvard and a B.A. from Yale.
John DeGraff – Madison, Wisconsin
John is a Managing Partner for the Competing Values firm. He offers over 25 years experience as a marketing professional, as well as his skills in building brands, guerilla marketing, innovative new products, strategic planning, e-commerce and turnarounds. John’s early career was defined by his role as a young leader and creativizer who realized that innovation was the surest pathway to growth. A specialist in consumer packaged goods, he went on a fifteen year innovation rampage by bringing 150 new products to market. At Gerber Baby Foods, to keep up with his aggressive innovation process, he was promoted to lead an elite team to streamline Gerber’s new product process. This team accomplished the unthinkable—retooling Gerber’s new product cycle, from three years in development, into a six month jumpstart. This approach generated the highly successful Gerber Graduates, Gerber Tropical (the first Hispanic line of baby food), Gerber Pure and Simple, and Gerber Formula, along with a company record of 43 products in just one year. The end result of this innovation was enormous growth for Gerber Baby food; the company attained an industry record 71% share of market. John’s other notable successes include inventing the first multi-pack microwave popcorn in Wal-Mart for Weaver Popcorn, popularizing Trail’s End fund raising program for the Boy’s Scouts, developing Jones Dairy Farms foodservice precooked line of products, and sparking Kellogg’s new venture program with Whitney Yogurt. Click Here for John’s Full Bio.
Michael Tschirhart – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michael is the global lead for Advanced Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Research and Development at Visteon Corporation’s InnovationWorks. He directs concept development for advanced HMI systems, leads the company’s global advanced user research activity and guides intellectual property development in HMI. He is a seasoned conference and symposium presenter in design, innovation and advanced product development topics. Michael teaches courses in human factors, technology, and innovation and his research interests include creativity, innovation and business applications of psychology. Prior to Visteon, Michael held management and professional positions in market research, organizational development and quality at Ford Motor Company. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and a Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Michigan. Michael has taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Don Mroz – Boston, Massachusetts
Don has extensive experience in Change Management, Organizational Learning, Leadership Development and Strategy. He brings an integrated understanding of the technical, human and systems aspects of organizations to his consulting engagements. Some of his recent clients have been WellChoice, KPMG, Chick-fil-A, FPE Automotive, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges Law Firm. He has particular interests in working with groups and organizations interested in learning and cultural change, and has been working with organizations of all sizes for the past 25 years. Don also spent 2 years working within Mazda Motor Manufacturing developing and launching their Leadership Development Program. He has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute, and was an adjunct Professor at The University of Michigan-Dearborn for 6 years where he taught Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Organizational Learning, Strategic Planning and Professional Staff Development as well as Consulting Skills, before moving to the East Coast. Don now lives on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
Aneil Mishra – East Lansing, Michigan
Aneil is a Professor and the Director of Executive Education at Michigan State University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations. He previously served on the business school faculties of The Pennsylvania State University and Wake Forest University. Aneil currently teaches in several executive programs at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, provides executive coaching at Duke Corporate Education, as well as at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Aneil worked for the General Motors Corporation as a human resource specialist and manufacturing engineer. Aneil’s interests include the dynamics of trust within, and across, organizations, and how to lead effective organizational change. He has consulted and conducted research on these issues with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including AlliedSignal, Kodak, Deutsche Bank, General Motors, SC Johnson, Oshkosh Truck Corporation, and Two Men and a Truck International. His research has been cited over 800 times in scholarly publications including Sloan Management Review, Human Resource Management, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Aneil is a member of the Academy of Management, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and served as a past editorial board member of Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education from 2001 – 2005. Click here for the Media Kit for Aneil’s most recent book, Trust is Everything: Become the Leader Others will Follow.
Aileen Huang-Saad – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Aileen is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Michigan (UM) and Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the UM College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for developing the BME department’s first graduate design course that takes students through the innovation value chain in the classroom environment. Students work with UM physicians in developing innovative solutions to medical challenges and are responsible for manufacturing prototypes and developing prototype commercialization plans. Aileen was recently awarded the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award for her work in developing and implementing this course. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, she worked in industry gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing. Aileen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Henry C. Osti – Miami Beach, Florida
Henry is the Managing Director of Osti & Associates. He offers over 25 years of general management consulting and line management experience with the proven ability to deliver dramatic results. He has helped companies meet a range of business challenges from startup, to accelerated growth and turnaround, to merger and acquisitions. Prior to founding Osti & Associates, Henry spent five years with the management-consulting firm CSC Index. He was a principal there and helped build the merger & acquisition practice. Additionally, he was with General Motors Corporation for seven years. At General Motors, he held various general management and engineering positions, including engineering design, analysis, manufacturing, and marketing. He was selected as a General Motors Fellow. Henry is also a two-time recipient of the General Motors Innovation Award for creativity and innovation in product and process design. His expertise in product line optimization, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation has been recognized in national business publications such as Information Week, Computerworld and The Seven Levels of Change. He has advised senior managers and client teams in North America, South America and the Pacific Rim. Clients’ industries include technology, software, paper, chemicals, consumer products, manufacturing and health care. Henry holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and is also certified as a trainer and facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Kirton Adaptive-Innovative Thinking Style Assessment.