Where Does DEI Go from Here?

Positive Links Speaker Series
Presented by the Center for Positive Organizations (University of Michigan)


Event Details:

Where Does DEI go from Here?

Laura Morgan Roberts

Thursday, November 16, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Free, registration required to obtain login information


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About the Event: 
Join us in conversation with one of the world’s most renowned voices bringing a positive organizational scholarship lens to topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion at work. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts will discuss the headwinds slowing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives amid an uncertain economy and efforts to dismantle diversity programs through court rulings and legislation. Laura emphasizes that leaders will benefit from a focus on an overarching goal, that of creating four freedoms that are central to creating conditions necessary for all workers to flourish. Laura will share how to foster these four freedoms at work – the freedom to be, the freedom to become, the freedom to fade, and the freedom to fail – and how doing so can make organizations more welcoming and safer for everyone. Laura will share practical and powerful approaches, including encouraging individual allyship, implementing strengths-based development programs, and enabling flexible work, and how these approaches can more evenly distribute these four freedoms, reducing rates of disengagement and burnout, especially for those in marginalized groups.

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Additionally, we thank Ann Arbor SPARK and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the Academy of Management for their Positive Links Speaker Series promotional partnerships.

About the Positive Links Speaker Series: 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 Roberts:
Laura Morgan Roberts, PhD, is the founder of The Alignment Quest Enterprise LLC and Frank M. Sands Sr. Associate Professor of Business Administration (with tenure) at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. With family roots in Gary, Indiana and Washington, DC, Laura earned a BA in Psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and an MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, Antioch University, and Georgetown University. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, diversity, leadership, and career development as a faculty affiliate of the University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, Simmons School of Management, and AVT (Copenhagen).

Laura Morgan Roberts researches the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. Her work on diversity, authenticity, and leadership development has been recognized by Thinkers50 (Talent Management Top 10 Thought Leader); LinkedIn (Top 10 Voice in Equity); ThinkList #Amplify; and the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Award for Societal Impact. Laura has published research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strengths-based development, workplace equity, and inclusion. Her co-authored article, Toward a Racially Just Workplace, was featured among the top 12 articles in Harvard Business Review’s 100-year history. She has also co-edited three books: Race, Work and Leadership (2019 Axiom Business Book Award winner); Positive Organizing in a Global Society; and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations. A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Review, she is regularly quoted in global media outlets. Laura serves on the Boards of The Partnership, Inc., and the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia.

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