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ROSSTALKS connects faculty and alumni in events held around the world. Each year hundreds of alumni gather to network and engage around the latest topics in business. 

Questions? Contact rossevents@umich.edu

Check out a recap of past ROSSTALKS:

New York City – September
“The Emotions Behind Financial Decisions”

The inaugural ROSSTALKS was a two-day event, featuring luncheons sponsored by PwC and Citi, and an evening reception in Manhattan. Scott Rick, assistant professor of marketing, presented his research on the key motivators behind financial decision-making and how it impacts relationships.


Palo Alto – October
“Michigan Ross by the Numbers”

ROSSTALKS traveled out west where Dean Alison Davis-Blake discussed Ross’ standing as a world-class institution, highlighting our employee recruitment, rankings, and media coverage. This event was in conjunction with the West Coast Forum and included alumni attendees as well as current students.


Chicago – November
“A Conversation with Sam Zell”

This special ROSSTALKS presentation featured special guest, real estate mogul, and U-M alum, Sam Zell and Dean Alison Davis-Blake. The Q&A style discussion focused on the topic of entrepreneurship. The event, held at the Waldorf Astoria, was sponsored by KMPG.

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Los Angeles – January
“The Latest in Design Thinking”

ROSSTALKS traveled back to the west coast as we held our first event of 2016 in Los Angeles. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, associate professor of management and organizations, presented what he identifies as “psychological bricolage,” a concept focused on ways to spark creative thinking by making better use of the resources already available.

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Mumbai – February
“Ecosystem Innovation”

We took ROSSTALKS to India when M.S. Krishnan, associate dean of Global Initiatives and professor of technology and operations, presented his take on the evolution of business, and how it is tied to major trends including big data and cloud computing.

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Washington D.C. – March
“Taking Leadership to New Heights”

This ROSSTALKS event took place in our nation’s capital, where Scott DeRue, management professor and incoming dean, discussed how you can reach your highest potential professionally and personally. Using his journey climbing Mt. Everest as an example, DeRue further explained how that experience taught him some valuable learning lessons.

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Shanghai – April
“Value Chain Climbing by Emerging Market Firms”

ROSSTALKS traveled overseas again when Brian Wu, associated professor of strategy and faculty director of Michigan Ross’ China Initiatives, presented his research on value distribution, market dynamics, and the management of global value chains.

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Detroit – May
“Detroit vs. Silicon Valley”

Jerry Davis, management and organizations professor, concluded the first installment of ROSSTALKS with a presentation on why Detroit is the ideal place to launch your startup venture. This luncheon event was sponsored by Deloitte and took place in one of the city’s most recognizable locations, the Renaissance Center.

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Contact Alumni Relations

Contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Caitlin Johnson at 
rossalumniengagement@umich.edu, to discuss engagement opportunities.