Center Based at Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College
This press release was just issued today…it was an amazing day with a college that US News and World report named “the most up and coming college in America.” Big cheers to Lindsey Godwin and Mary Grace Neville, two of our proud graduates from the PhD program in organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University that are now leading the way, together with their faculty colleagues and Dean Wes Balda, at Champlain College’s new center for Appreciative Inquiry. From President Don Laakman’s opening to the dedication with the Vermont community, my family, and the faculty and students of Champlain, it was a magical day!
I am so proud of Case Western Reserve University–the birthplace of appreciative inquiry–and I was thrilled and honored today by the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College with the dedication of the first academically based Center for Appreciative Inquiry, totally devoted to the advancement of the theory and practice AI’s life-centric approach to knowledge and collaborative design of the future.
This all came about because of a transformative gift by CEO Bob Stiller. I started working with Bob some 14 years ago, along with Judy Rodgers, in the days when Bob was leading Green Mountain Coffee Roasters into an era of phenomenal growth and becoming a leader in the sustainability movement with leadership in Fair Trade coffee, greening operations, and community citizenship. It was one of my first well researched examples of the concept of sustainable value. It was the first time the twin combination–the AI Summit and the sustainability agenda–were woven together in a way that created an amazing synergy. Read more