Dr. Lynn Wooten of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will present “Legacies of Excellence” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at Hope College in the Maas Center auditorium in conjunction with national Black History Month.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The presentation will seek to inspire students to higher levels of leadership and excellence by examining the positive impact that African American people and communities have had in the United States and the world in all areas, including education, business, medicine and politics.

Wooten is associate dean of undergraduate programs and a clinical associate professor of strategy and management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In her role as associate dean, she is responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross undergraduate students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities and leadership development. She was previously the co-director of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the Ross School of Business.

Her current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Human Resource Management and Organizational Dynamics. She has also written a book on crisis leadership, “Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis.”

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Society of Human Resource Management and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many organizations including Whirlpool, Google, General Motors, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Executive Leadership Institute, Trinity Health, Michigan Department of State and General Dynamics. She is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Wooten received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, her Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and her doctorate from the University of Michigan.  She is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack and Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.

The event’s sponsors include the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Black Student Union and campus-wide GROW (Growing Relationships through diverse Opportunities to strengthen involvement in an ever-changing World) initiative.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.