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Certificate Program for Emerging Energy Leaders

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Please check back for the 2020 Emerging Energy Leaders Program

Oklahoma City, OK

Hosted by: Ascent Resources logo

As an emerging leader, you are transitioning from an individual contributor to a managerial role with more responsibility. This is a challenging career step. New managers are eager to face these challenges and this six-day program and selected webinars, offered August-October 2019, will help you reflect on the leadership style that works best for you and your employees.

As you develop a better understanding of yourself, you will also learn how others perceive you. In these challenging economic times, it is important for you to gain an understanding of financial statements and analysis, which will be a key focus of one of the emerging leaders sessions. The second part of the program focuses on learning how to build a team, valuing others and leading change. The program concludes with organizational development and integrating elements to help you achieve your career and organizational goals.

Digital Badge - Emerging Energy Leaders

As a participant of this program, you will also be eligible to receive a Digital Badge. Program completion is required in order to receive the OSU Emerging Energy Leaders Badge that can be added to your portfolio. The badge will note the sessions covered and will serve as a validation of accomplishments, skills, and quality you have learned throughout this program.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, the participant must attend at least 90% of the program.

Emerging Energy Leaders

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Who Should Attend?

High potential managers with direct reports with usually less than five years of management experience.

August 28 - 29 | The Emerging Leader

September 17 | Avoiding Pitfalls of Group Decision-Making (Webinar)

  • Decision Quality
  • Cultivates Innovation
  • Collaborates

September 25 - 26 | The Emerging Team

October 15 | Effective Communications & Presentations (Webinar)

  • Communicates Effectively
  • Courage
  • Interpersonal Savvy

October 23 - 24 | Organizational Development

Raj Basu

Dr. Raj Basu helps managers become leaders and achieve optimal performance from employees. Dr. Basu is an associate professor of management at Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association and is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XVIII. His research has been published in multiple academic journals. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building and change management. He is a three-time recipient of the Chandler-Frates & Reitz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the MBA program, the Greiner Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Richard Poole Award for Excellence in Outreach. Dr. Basu received his MBA from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Matt Bowler

Dr. Matt Bowler is the Director of the MBA Program and an Associate Professor of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has worked with and given talks to companies including Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy, ONEOK, ConocoPhillips, CREC, Guardian Security (CSG), Lexmark, SMC Corporation, PharmaFab, Sleep Centers of Oklahoma, and PointBank. Dr. Bowler focuses his research on leadership, change, social networks, compensation, influence and citizenship behaviors in organizations. He teaches management topics, including leading change, building social capital, leadership, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and management skills. He has received multiple teaching awards from the OSU MBA Student Association. Dr. Bowler earned an MBA at Missouri State University, where he also acquired a BS in management. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Kentucky and was on the faculty at the University of North Texas for four years. Before entering academia, he spent time in Guatemala managing a relief organization that provides surgical and construction services to rural Mayan villages. Dr. Bowler lives in Jenks, OK with his wife and three children. He enjoys time with family, competing in endurance events including triathlons and marathons, any outdoor activity, and traveling.

David Carter

Dr. David Carter is the Greg Massey Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business where he teaches corporate finance with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet applications, entrepreneurial finance, and commercial bank management. Dr. Carter has won several awards for his teaching, including the Regent’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching award given by OSU and is the 2019 Richard W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence Award winner in the OSU Spears School of Business. He is active in a variety of professional organizations and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Finance Association. Dave has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Carter worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Questar Pipeline Company.

Goutam Chakraborty

Dr. Goutam Chakraborty is the Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman Professor of Marketing and Director of M.S. in Business Analytics at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has held managerial positions with a subsidiary of Union Carbide, USA, and with a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, UK. Goutam has presented numerous programs and workshops to executives, educators, and research professionals in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and Middle East. He has published in many scholarly journals such as the Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Research, and Industrial Marketing Management. He coauthored books Text Mining and Analysis: Practical Methods, Examples, and Case Studies Using SAS® and Contemporary Database Marketing: Concepts and Applications. He has chaired several national conferences including the Direct Marketing Educator’s Conference and the M2007 Data Mining Conference. He earned his B. Tech (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, PGCGM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Iowa.

Durand Crosby

Dr. Durand Crosby is the Chief Operating Officer with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a board member with the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, and an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He has published articles and given presentations on numerous topics, including: employee engagement, professional ethics, mental health law, customer service, and creativity and innovation. In addition, he has also drafted numerous pieces of legislation and served on various legislative subcommittees regarding Forensic Law, Mental Health Law, and Children’s Law.

Maribeth Kuzmeski

Dr. Maribeth Kuzmeski teaches an integrated marketing course at Oklahoma State. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Kuzmeski is a sought after female speaker, and rated a Top 25 C-Suite Speaker by Meetings & Conventions Magazine. She trains organizations on marketing, sales, and persuasive communications strategies. Her list of past audiences she has trained and consulted with include Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial-minded corporations, financial services firms, women’s organizations, and industry associations. She brings an evidence-based approach to her audiences enabling them to learn from what has been researched, is working elsewhere, and can be applied to their own businesses and lives. She also is the President of the business development firm, Red Zone Marketing. Dr. Kuzmeski has written 7 books including the bestseller The Connectors. She has also written a book with her daughter, The Engaging Child: Raising Children to Speak, Write, and Have Relationship Skills Beyond Technology. She is a media contributor appearing on NBC, FOX, USA Today, The New York Times, Fox, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. She also hosts a popular podcast featuring inspiring businesswomen, The Female Insight Zone. She also has her own charitable foundation supporting women in business, The Red Zone Leadership Foundation. Dr. Kuzmeski has a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, an MBA from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Jeff Paul

Dr. Jeff Paul is an Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Oral Roberts University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. He has taught multiple classes at the undergraduate and MBA levels including fundamentals of management, entrepreneurship, decision making, leadership, international business, organizational behavior, human resources management, sports business, and leading/managing energy organizations. Jeff earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MBA from Arizona State University.

He gained additional management experience in the call center industry. Jeff returned to academia at Oklahoma State University to obtain his Ph. D. in business management with a specialization in organizational behavior. He spent a year at Illinois State University before rejoining the University of Tulsa as an Assistant Professor of Management and Energy. His research focuses on leadership, teams, entrepreneurship, and Autism in the workplace. After four years at TU, he worked as vice president of strategic planning for a public oil and gas exploration company in San Antonio, TX where in addition to corporate planning he oversaw administration and human resource efforts.

Alexis Washington

Dr. Alexis Smith Washington is an associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. She has over five years of experience conducting applied research in organizational behavior, which spans workplace issues such as gender, diversity and status, politics and influence, as well as the design and utility of health and safety training interventions. Her projects include the effectiveness of political skill, impression management, mentoring and emotional expression. She has published in The Academy of Management Perspectives and the Journal of Applied Psychology among other research publications. Dr. Smith received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University.

Andrew Urich

Dr. Andrew Urich is an associate professor of management, Eastin Center Chair and Director of Student Development within the Eastin Center for Talent Development at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. In addition, he served as a member of the Executive MBA faculty of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2004 until 2012. Dr. Urich received a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He taught at OSU-Kyoto, Japan during the 1992-1993 school year and has led more than 23 travel and study abroad classes focusing on the topics of creativity and innovation in business. Dr. Urich is a lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the areas of influence, negotiation, and ethics and is a recipient of the Greiner Outstanding Teacher Award, the University Outreach Faculty Excellence Award and many other teaching awards.


All sessions will be hosted by Ascent Resources at: 3501 NW 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK


The daily schedule will be 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The link for the online webinars will be sent directly to participants at selected times during the program.

Registration Fee and Materials

$2,550 per person or $2,350 per person if 3 or more participants register from the same company. Fee includes assessments, case studies, webinars, instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch each day.

Call for special pricing if you have 8 or more participants attending from the same company.


Participants will earn an Emerging Energy Leader Certificate after completion of the 10 sessions (over a six-day timeframe). This certificate is worth up to 46 CPE credits.