2017 Fourth Global Forum | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
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The Fourth Global Forum brought together 300 participants from 31 countries, including representatives from business, academia, and nonprofit organizations. Participants worked together to discover how flourishing enterprise—at the individual, organizational and system levels—can improve productivity and bottom-line results. Using the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, they focused their efforts on one of four design areas: Impact Investing, AIM2Flourish, Quantum Leadership, or the Future of Management Education. Design sessions were interspersed with inspiring keynotes that challenged participants to transform their organizations.

One of the highlights of the 2017 Forum centered on AIM2Flourish with the awarding of the inaugural Flourish Prizes. These 17 prizes recognize business innovations that support the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Business leaders, professors, and students from around the world joined to celebrate the ways in which these companies are making a difference in their communities. Two of our Flourish Prize winners—Adam Ziv of Buza Ice Cream and Tyler McMahon of SmartPaani—were featured in an IdeaStream interview.

Keynote Speakers

  • David Cooperrider, Fairmount Santrol – David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management
  • Chris Laszlo, Faculty Executive Director of the Fowler Center and Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management
  • Barbara Fredrickson, Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tom Robinson, President and CEO of AACSB International
  • Jonathan Halperin, Head of External Affairs at Greyston Bakery
  • Jeff Hoffman, Entrepreneur
  • Jenniffer Deckard, President/CEO of Fairmount Santrol, Ltd.
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Julie Reiter, Vice President of Human Resources and Sustainable Development for Clarke
    • Chavalit Frederick Tsao, Chairman of IMC Pan Asian Alliance Group
  • Shinzen Young, Mindfulness Teacher and Neuroscience Research Consultant


  • Jon Berghoff, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute


Company Teams

  • Clarke – St. Charles, Illinois, USA
  • Facilities Management Services – Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Fairmount Santrol – Cleveland, Ohio USA
  • IMC Group – Singapore
  • Inspera Health – Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Keller Williams Realty – Norfolk, Nebraska USA
  • KeyBank – Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • REV – San Francisco, California, USA
  • VCA Animal Hospitals – Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Vigor – Portland, Oregon, USA

Organizational Teams

  • AACSB International
  • Leading for Wellbeing
  • New Paradigm Leadership/Tri-Center Meeting
  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)
  • Humanity’s Team Conscious Business Initiative
  • Fordham University – Gabelli School of Management
  • Humanistic Management Center

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