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Influence without Authority: Creating a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up

  • 01 Feb 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 140, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105


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February 1, 2018

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Influence without Authority:Creating a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up        

Organizations are often based in conformity and people are afraid to go outside normal patterns. Positive deviance describes uncommon behaviors or strategies that have research based positive outcomes and will move individuals and the organization to a better place. Jennifer Evans is a positive deviant who—without authority—has positively influenced the culture at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Through her story, we will discuss the tendency of organizations to resist positive deviance and explore how you can become a positive deviant, recognize and support it in others and use it to motivate and develop staff. A positively deviant lens offers a rich opportunity to build a positive culture—from the bottom up.

In this session, we will...

  • Describe how having a positively deviant lens can support positive change
  • Reflect on how positive change can spring from those with low authority and minimal resources
  • Commit to one experiment to directly express PD or support the PD in others
5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close


Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


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Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday January 26th

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Refunds after Friday January 26th at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

About the Presenter:




Jennifer Evans M.Ed., is an organizational change agent and Director and Chief of Inspiration at Positive Deviance Lab. She is a motivational speaker and coach with 30 years’ of experience managing programs and developing people. Prior to her position at the UM Ross School of business, Jennifer managed faculty on two college campuses and as a trainer, she developed and delivered training programs nationwide. Jennifer also advised graduate students in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University. And as a special education teacher she customized education programs to support families and nurture the growth of young handicapped children.


Jeneen McNally, President of Speak So They Listen, LLC is a Corporate Trainer, Coach, Interviewer, and Business Developer. She is also the Director of Sales for the University of Michigan Operations Leadership Workshop.

She coaches and presents workshops about how to "Speak So They Listen"...speaking and presenting so you are listened to AND understood in: 1-1 conversations, meetings, and giving presentations.  

ATD Competency Model:

Outline the process of CPLP certification

Relate the CPLP certification to their professional career development aspirations and goals

Identify resources to support their interests in the CPLP application

Reflect on their professional competencies for talent development

Network. Learn. Grow.

Creating a World that Works better.

Ann Arbor ATD  P.O. Box 130131  Ann Arbor, MI 48113

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