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Dave Ulrich
Co-founder and Partner, The RBL Group

Dr. David Ulrich is a world-renowned authority on leadership and designing organizations for the future. Recognized as a top thought leader in management, he is a three-time Thinkers50’s Most Influential Management Guru, an HR Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and was ranked the No. 1 Businessweek management educator and guru, as well as the No. 2 Executive Excellence management guru.

An expert in strategic human resources management, Ulrich leads the world’s largest global study of HR practices and inspires leaders and organizations to bring out the best in people. He has consulted and done research with more than half of the Fortune 200, and was named by Forbes as one of the world’s top five business coaches. He is a co-founder of the consulting firm The RBL Group and has taught game-changing management and HR techniques to hundreds of top executives during his career as a faculty member for Ross’ top-ranked Executive Education Program.

Ulrich is the author of more than 200 articles and 25 books about leadership and HR. One of his latest books, 2010’s The Why of Work, reached No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Business Books List.

He serves on the board of directors for Herman Miller, the board of trustees for Southern Virginia University, and is a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.

Ulrich holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a PhD in business from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay, Dundee, in Scotland.

Student Speakers

Samuel Shapiro // BBA '14 // BBA, MAcc and MsE Student Speaker

Born and raised in Farmington Hills, Mich., Sam has been a die-hard Wolverine since his first football game at the age of 6. His curiosity and interest in helping others with their business challenges inspired him to join the TAMID Israel Investment Group early on in his freshman year. After co-heading the Michigan chapter’s consulting branch, he went on to become one of TAMID’s first National Managing Partners, where he organized the consulting practices on 15 different campuses nationwide. Sam was also able to blend his interest in film and entrepreneurship by co-founding Frosted Films, a videography startup, where he produced footage for a wide range of projects such as family events, concerts, and fashion shows. He is excited to join PwC’s Advisory practice in Chicago as an associate technical consultant.

J. Marcus Naramore // MBA '14 // MBA Student Speaker

A Wyoming native, Marcus graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Prior to coming to Ross, he taught high school language arts in Denver, Colo., as a Teach For America Corps Member. At Ross, Marcus served as vice president of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Club, a fellow on the First Step Fund, and the DJ for The Bus. After graduation, he plans to move to New York City or San Francisco and pursue a career in technology marketing. Marcus hopes to someday start his own company where snowboarding and concerts are frequent team-building events. He owes everything he’s done to his father, mother, and three sisters, along with all the friends who have ever encouraged him to take a chance on something ambitious.