Christopher WhiteManaging Director, Center for Positive Organizations

    Creating Positive Change Without Authority: How to Navigate Organizations to Get Things Done

    Want to make a difference in your organization? In this interactive session, Chris White, Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organizations and co-author of Changing Your Company From the Inside Out, will provide a framework for advancing the initiatives that are important to you, your company, and the world — even when you are not in charge. Drawing on research and real world examples, this session will address how best to time your efforts, how to identify allies, how to make the case, and how to organize your initiative to be successful.

    Chris White leads the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. The Center helps leaders build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people through ground-breaking research, educational programs, and organizational partnerships.

    At the Ross School of Business, White co-developed and teaches the MBA class on Social Intrapreneurship: creating positive change without authority. He also teaches in the Executive Education program on building positive organizations, and selling internally. White is co-author of a book on the topic through Harvard Business Review Press, entitled Changing Your Company From the Inside Out.

    White has been leading and consulting to purpose-driven organizations for 15 years. His career has spanned the non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. His work has been featured by outlets including Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, CBS, The Huffington Post, and Talent Management Magazine. White serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Neutral Zone, a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership, and the exchange of ideas.