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Center for Executive and Professional Development

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing

Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing
Please check back for information on the upcoming 2019 Seminars!

July – November 2018 | Tulsa, OK

Sessions available for CPE and CEU credit

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 multiday certificate program, offered over several months, will help you reflect on the leadership style that works best for you and your employees.

As you grow as a leader it is important to have self-awareness and build your individual business skills in addition to your leadership skills. You will also focus on developing, managing, and communicating within your team. The organizational development sessions will integrate elements to help you achieve your professional and organization’s goals.

Who Should Attend

High potential employees moving into a supervisory/management role and managers with less than five years of management experience.

Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing

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Raj Basu, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management at Oklahoma State University. He researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building and change management.

Matt Bowler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and teaches management topics, including leading change, building social capital, leadership, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations and management skills.

Abbey Davis, MBA, is an instructor for the OSU Spears School of Business Management Department and the People Development Partner at The Charles Machine Works Inc., in Perry, OK. She helps create, implement and support employee development initiatives and serves as a coaching resource for leaders. Abbey received her bachelor’s degree in management with a concentration in human resources in 2008 and earned her MBA in 2011, both from OSU.

Ken Eastman, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Spears School of Business and has conducted many noncredit seminars in national and regional organizations. His research interests are mainly in the areas of leadership and organizational politics.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is the Joe Synar chair and associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business. He is an expert in selection, training, performance management, leadership, organizational development, and team effectiveness.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is a professor of marketing at Oklahoma State University and is a nationally-recognized expert on service implementation. He has several years of practical experience as a chemist, sales representative, and marketing research assistant for Dow Chemical Company.

Ms. Kim McCrackin, MA, is the coordinator of the Learning Services center and an Instructor of Business Communications at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. She has been teaching writing at the university level and in private language institutions for over 14 years.

Mac McCrory, Ed.D., spent 30 years at Oklahoma State University building and directing the nation’s first wellness center, focusing the center’s programs on quality customer service. He is former Vice President for Business and Industry Relations at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. Dr. McCrory is an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business and currently teaches OSU graduate courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a certified trainer by the National Multicultural Institute in Washington D.C. and is also certified as a True Colors ™ facilitator.

Alexis Smith-Washington, Ph.D., is an assistant 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.

Andrew Urich, J.D., is an associate professor of management, Eastin Center Chair and Director of Student Development within the Eastin Center for Career Readiness at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. He is a lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the areas of influence, negotiation, and ethics.

  • Program format – series of 10 sessions, each lasting one day, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • LocationOSU-Tulsa, 700 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74106. Specific room locations will be noted upon registration.
  • Price – $250 per session per person or a discounted fee of $2,000 for all 10 sessions per person (20% discount). For 3 or more attendees from the same company registered for all 10 sessions, $1,800 per person (28% discount). Fee includes assessments, case studies, instruction, materials, and refreshments each day.
  • Certificate – Participants will earn an Emerging Leader in Manufacturing Certificate after completion of 8 of the 10 sessions.
  • Cancellation Policy – If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 10 days prior to the program, you are welcome to send a substitute. A refund is available given notification no later than 11 days prior to the program. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or

Supervisory Program: Understanding Your Changing Role

Matt Bowler, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Communicates effectively | Interpersonal savvy | Persuades

July 12, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Supervisory Program: Mentoring and Coaching for Outstanding Performance

Raj Basu, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Communicates effectively | Interpersonal savvy | Persuades

July 26, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Fine-Tuning Your Business Writing

Ms. Kim McCrackin

Competencies met: Business Insight | Communicates effectively | Demonstrates self-awareness

August 9, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Selecting Strong Talent for Your Organization

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Attracts top talent | Builds effective teams | Decision quality

August 22, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Productive Power of Quality Communications

Mac McCrory, Ed.D.

Competencies met: Communicates effectively | Persuades | Action oriented

September 6, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Driving Results with Employee Engagement

Abbey Davis

Competencies met: Action oriented | Communicates effectively | Drives Engagement

September 20, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

From Traditionals to Generation Z: Leading Generations at Work

Ken Eastman, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Collaborates | Values differences | Builds effective teams

October 4, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Developing Effective Attitudes in the Workplace

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Interpersonal savvy | Manages complexity | Builds networks

October 17, 2018

9 am – 12 pm

Men, Women & Gender "Rules" at Work

Alexis Smith-Washington, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Ensures accountability | Drives engagement | Plans and aligns

November 1, 2018

9 am – 12 pm


Raj Basu, Ph.D.

Competencies met: Manages conflict | Interpersonal savvy | Persuades

November 13, 2018

9 am – 12 pm