U-M Management Conference 2018: Developing the Leaders and the Best

The U-M Management Conference provides a forum for the university’s managers, at all levels, to learn best practices, hone managerial skills and increase self-knowledge. It includes a keynote, breakouts and a closing session.


The Future of Work is all About Employee Experience

Keynote Speaker:

Jacob Morgan

We invest a great deal of time and money to improve employee engagement, yet our efforts often seem to miss the mark. How can that be? Jacob Morgan, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the future of work and employee engagement, uses his ongoing research of 252 organizations to show how short term “adrenaline shot” programs such as job sharing or working from home, aren’t necessarily the answer. He will demonstrate how the world’s top organizations are redesigning work around their people by focusing on three environments: culture, technology, and the physical workspace. He will share why employee experience is the next big area of investment, what the top organizations are doing, and how you can go about creating an Experiential Organization.

About Jacob:

After graduating with honors in business management economics and psychology, Jacob was excited to join the corporate world. At his first job he was told that he’d be traveling the country, meeting with executives and entrepreneurs, and doing all sorts of exciting work. A few months in, he was stuck doing data entry, cold calling, and PowerPoint presentations. One day the CEO came out of his nice corner of office, handed Jacob a $10 bill and said “I’m late for a meeting, go grab me a cup of coffee, and get something for yourself as well.” That was the last corporate job he ever had.

Today Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work and employee experience. He is the best-selling author of three books: The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), and The Collaborative Organization (2012). Jacob speaks at over 40 conferences a year on topics ranging from AI and automation, management and leadership, the future of work, the 4th industrial revolution, employee experience, the internet of things, and other related themes. He also provides advisory and thought leadership services to various organizations around the world.

Jacob is also the founder of “The Future If,” a global community of business leaders, authors and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen.

Lee Meadows presents - Leadership: Funnier now Than it was 2 Days ago!

Closing Session:

Leadership: Funnier now Than it was 2 Days ago!

Closing Speaker:

Lee Meadows

Gone are the days when some of the predictably funny behavior that employees brought to the workplace was indicative of a linear, sequential approach to getting work done. Leadership was by the book and employees behaved according to the numbers. While things did occur, the leader could always fall back on the Employee Handbook for guidance and decision making. Hard to believe that 18 years ago, we called that ‘work’ in the 20th century! The 21st century has provided the greatest jolt to linear guidance and the specter of employees represents a range of mindset and behavior that is, essentially, setting the tone for the next 30 years. As Leaders, what are you going to do about it? Come and find out how this wide spectrum of employees will provide leaders with some of their best challenges and some of the funnier moments in the work world of the future.

About Lee:

Lee E. Meadows, Ph.D. is a professor of management at Walsh College and consultant with over 30 years of experience working for and consulting with leading organizations on a variety of management issues.

He is the author of the business leadership fable: Take the Lull by the Horns: Closing the Leadership Gap.

Dr. Meadows has worked in training and organizational change for a variety of companies. As an independent consultant specializing in management development, leadership skills, team building, diversity training, multi-generational training and corporate motivational speaking; he has consulted with numerous small, mid-size and large companies, police agencies, state and local government agencies, several k-12 school districts as well as mid-size and large universities.  

As an HR professional, his practical experiences include having worked at Michigan State University, General Motors, the Kellogg Foundation, EDS/A.T. Kearney, Consulting Services, Con-Way Transportation Services and Davenport University Eastern Campus.

He has a strong background in human resources and is on the forefront of identifying trends that will impact the profession.

A sought-after keynote speaker, he brings insight, experience and humor to his platform presentations.

Program Note:

Food items will be provided during this event. If you have a dietary restriction or food allergy and would like to request an accommodation, please contact Learning & Professional Development Project Coordinator LisaAnn Throne at lthrone@umich.edu or 734-647-9425 at least 10 days prior to this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time to arrange and that all requests may not be fulfilled.

Curriculum Area

  • Conferences and Special Events


Code: SEC1802

Presenter: Jacob Morgan, Varied

Cost: $299

Offered by Learning & Professional Development

Code: SEC1801

Presenter: Jacob Morgan, Varied

Cost: $199

Offered by Learning & Professional Development