November Message from the Dean

Dear colleagues,

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving break. I am thankful for each of you and your contributions that help to make Michigan Ross one of the top business schools in the world. I also want to thank you for the many ways that you support each other and members of our community. A very special thank you to those of you who are supporting our Holiday Sharing Program benefiting families in need who are affiliated with the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Especially in the face of the continuing crises around the globe that affect members of our Michigan Ross community in many different ways, it is heartening to see people here being so generous and reaching out to help others.

This time of year is an important reminder of how much we have to be thankful for here at Michigan Ross. First, I want to highlight the success of our new partnership with the Financial Times. The first monthly article came out on Nov. 13 and made the front page — above the fold on the print version. This is a great vehicle to raise awareness of Michigan Ross across the global business community, especially given the strong reputation and excellent reach of the FT in Europe and Asia. Special thanks to Erik Gordon and the rest of the faculty team – Marcus Collins, Jerry Davis, Tom Lyon, and Sarah Miller – for their excellent work partnering with the FT on this.

Second, I want to share that the Convatec Digital Learning Studio’s Smart Stage was named AV Magazine’s Education Project of the Year at their London conference. The AV Awards recognize excellence among the people, projects, companies, and technologies within the audiovisual industry. A huge congratulations to the faculty and staff of our digital education studios.

In other news, we celebrated 60 staff at the Service Milestone Luncheon on Nov. 3, organized by the Staff Recognition Committee. We honored those with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 years of service. I want to especially recognize Tao Gong for 30 years of service and Patti Lamparter and Debie Gurkin for 40 years. Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their dedication and the many ways they have been supporting Michigan Ross over the years.  

This month, Michigan Ross hosted a number of events centering around impact. On Nov. 2, the Erb Institute held the Michigan Business Sustainability Roundtable Networking Lunch, bringing together faculty and staff from Michigan Ross and the School for Environment and Sustainability, as well as major donors, to work on developing a shared vision for a just and sustainable Michigan. On Nov. 15, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted a Native American Heritage Month Conference, which included engaging conversations among panelists and attendees across multiple disciplines and focused on the challenges faced by tribes in the United States when conducting business on tribal lands. That same day, the Zell Lurie Institute hosted the Women Who Fund Forum, which brought together traditionally underrepresented people in the venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurial spaces to address gender disparities in those communities. These are just a few examples of the impressive work going on at Ross that creates economic and social value.  

Looking forward to the end of the calendar year, I want to remind everyone about the upcoming Ross Holiday Party on Dec. 7 in the Tauber Colloquium. Our talented events team is hard at work organizing it for faculty and staff. Please join us for festive cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and RSVP by Dec. 1. At the party, we will also have a gift-wrapping station organized by the Ross Holiday Sharing Program. This is where you can help us wrap the gifts for the holiday gift drive. If you haven’t yet signed up to donate to local families to fulfill their holiday wish lists, there is still time.

As always, I continue to host weekly open office hours for students, faculty, and staff. In December, the in-person office hours for faculty and staff will be held in the Davidson Winter Garden on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 3:15-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 4:15-5 p.m.

The monthly virtual office hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 2:15-3 p.m. If you would like to attend the virtual office hours, please contact Heather Cooper (hmcooper@umich.edu) for an invite with the link to join. In addition, don’t forget to check back on our Mission In Action page, accessible from iMpact, where we share updates on important developments around the school. 

As 2023 comes to a close, I look forward to all the coming year has to offer and wish everyone a festive holiday season. The new year, 2024, will mark the 100th anniversary of our school. There are a series of celebratory events planned for our Centennial, so look for more information on this in the coming months.

Kind regards,

Sharon

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