February 16, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Michigan Education Association


Working Together to Build Personal and Organizational Resilience

Leaders struggle to keep organizations alive in rapidly changing environments. Global tensions, divisive discourse, economic uncertainty, workforce shortages, disrupted supply chains, the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other significant developments have created one of the most challenging periods in our lifetime. Driven by these developments, businesses increasingly weigh in on social issues. In 2021 People + Strategy published an issue on Employee Activism to guide us through these challenges:

Of course, the challenges of 2020/2021 are not our first rodeo. Another recent example is the automotive industry crisis of 2008-2010. The struggle to adapt and survive was clearly illustrated by the players in the automotive industry. Using examples from automotive, healthcare, hospitality, and higher education, this session will review these 2008-2010 and 2020-2021 challenges to understand how working together builds personal and organizational resilience. By applying these techniques, leaders in any industry can recognize and seize opportunities to improve and sustain superior performance for their organization while reimagining the workplace. There is a need to adapt to evolving employee expectations today and in the future.

Chris Emmons


Chris Emmons Ph.D., SHRM-SCP Performance Learning Strategist, Adaptive Strategy

Chris graduated from Wayne State University’s Master’s Program in Industrial Relations a few years after Mark Kahn founded the program in 1978. Kahn introduced MAIR students to LERA (known then as the Industrial Relations Research Association). At this time, Kahn created opportunities for MAIR students to meet with Doug Fraser and Irv Bluestone. Both labor leaders were closely involved with the students in the program. Chris’ first managerial role was in the early 80s at Burroughs Corporation (the Plymouth Plant) working with the UAW.

After working in large corporations for several years, Chris founded HR Pros, an HR outsourcing organization based on a model of collaboration with dozens of Detroit area consultants and contractors. HR Pros was active in Greater Detroit for 15 years. When one of Chris’ clients introduced her to Lawrence Technological University, she accepted an assignment to teach Chinese MBA students in Toronto and Vancouver. This began Chris’ third age career so she closed HR Pros to teach and to obtain her PhD. Chris currently consults and serves as faculty in graduate business programs. Chris was published in the 2021 People + Strategy issue on Employee Activism:

Michigan Businesses Weigh in on Crisis, Democracy and Social Issues

Driven by crisis, businesses increasingly weigh in on democracy and social issues. As we begin a new chapter of corporate engagement with politics, we need to explore how HR leaders, CEOs and board directors are navigating this new reality.

Upon registration, Chris will contact you personally to welcome you to the session and provide a copy of her article published in 2015: Ford Motor Company’s Positive Adaptation to the Challenges of the Automotive Industry Crisis. When this article came to Alan Mulally’s attention last year, he contacted Chris personally to discuss the links between the trademark approach Mulally developed – Working Together Management System – and Chris’ Positive Adaptation Process and Knowledge-Sharing Relationships. This LERA January 2023 presentation is the result of that discussion.

Registration and Pricing

$10 members

$20 non-members

($50 is the annual member dues fee for Detroit LERA; if you would like to join or renew, you may pay your member dues online here.)

Space is limited! Please submit your booking (below) by February 16th to let us know you plan to attend. You will be able to pay right now with a credit card, or select “pay with check” to pay later.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Mark Cousens at or 248-355-2150. 



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Non-Member Ticket $20.00

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