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Jackie Stavros

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JACKIE STAVROS, DM, passion is working with others to create purpose and meaningful results for positive change. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, conversations, and leading. She is professor and management consultant in the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University. She is a Faculty Athletic Representative at LTU, where she enjoys working with student athletes to empower them to navigate and advocate for themselves. She inspires them with lifework. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in management, organization development, leadership, and strategic management.

She has worked across all sectors and in over 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to affect the lives of thousands or people and hundreds of organizations improve capacity to thrive, engage in whole system strategic planning, and increase performance. She is on a mission to co-create a global movement of conversations worth having to recognize each other’s humanity and create organizations and communities that work for everyone. She is co-founder of CWH Institute Inc and serves on several advisory boards. Her research is grounded in AI, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help others understand how their conversations influence their wellbeing and ability to succeed. She is a keynote speaker on positive approaches to leadership, strategy, management, conversations, and change.

She has co-authored many articles, book chapters, and books with two most popular: Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement ( and Learning to SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement ( Her work has been featured in Forbes, SmartBrief, Detroit’s Live in the D, People & Strategy, and leadership and training blogs and podcasts. She earned a Doctor of Management in Capacity Building Using an Appreciative Approach: A Relational Process of Building Your Organization’s Future at Case Western Reserve University. She holds an MBA in International Marketing from Michigan State University and BA in Marketing from Wayne State University.

Jackie lives in Brighton, MI with her husband Paul and her lovable dogs, Rex and Bo! She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, playing board games, or visiting the local farmers markets