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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Professional Development Seminars in Oklahoma City


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February – May 2016

These professional development programs are offered by Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business faculty or instructors. These seminars will help you strengthen your professional profile while also developing new skills. Participants will receive up-to-date and relevant, practical information which can be applied in the workplace the next day. Enroll in these seminars now and upgrade your management skills and improve your leadership abilities.

Benefits to the participant

Participants will learn

  • Tips on creating effective written communication
  • Actions to help influence and manage others
  • How to identify the rolls, skills, and expectations of managers
  • Skills for coaching and mentoring others
  • Ways to help enhance employee performance

Benefits to the organization

Participants will discuss how to improve

  • Their leadership style through coaching and mentoring techniques
  • Their professional business writing skills
  • The decision making process
  • Improved employee engagement and performance

Time Management

Dr. Mac McCrory

In today’s world professionals must balance the demands of both work and personal life. This seminar focuses on proper planning, decision-making, and goal setting to prioritize your life goals and learning to attain short-term objectives to achieve these goals.

Decision Making

Dr. Mac McCrory

Most decisions appear to be made quickly, mostly because we follow a plan or standards that have been developed by previous decisions. However, the decisions that deviate from standard policy seem to be the more difficult ones, as well as the ones that take the longest. A presentation on decision making will evaluate the critical factors in our decision making processes, both as individuals and as a team, as well as examine how communication effects this process, both negatively and positively.

May 25, 2016
Time Management: 
9 am – 12 pm
Decision Making:
1 pm – 4 pm 

Enroll in this Course

Raj Basu, Ph.D., is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. As the Chief Academic Officer of the university, he has overall responsibility for operations, development, and promotion of all academic programs. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, team building, and change management. He also speaks nationally and internationally to firms in the aerospace, energy, financial services, technology, manufacturing, government, and non-profit sectors.

Kim McCrackin is the Coordinator of the Learning Services Center and an Instructor of Business Communications at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. She earned her B.S. in education and M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University. For the past fourteen years, Kim has been teaching writing at the university level and in private language institutions. She also spent two years in Mexico where she taught business communications courses to employees in multinational companies. In addition to her teaching experience, she has held administrative positions in educational institutions for eleven years.

Matthew Bowler, Ph.D., holds the Don R. Brattain professorship and is 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 two children. He enjoys time with family, competing in endurance events including triathlons and marathons, any outdoor activity, and traveling.

Mac McCrory, Ed.D., spent 30 years at Oklahoma State University building and directing the nation’s first wellness center. The focus of the center’s programs was on quality customer service. He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business in the Spears School of Business. Dr. McCrory is former Vice President for Business and Industry Relations at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He currently teaches OSU graduate courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dr. McCrory also serves as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Humane Society. Dr. McCrory received his Doctor of Education degree in Health Science from Oklahoma State University. He graduated with honors and is a member and past president of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He is a retired Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force and received the Air Force Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is co-founder and CEO of Development by Design, Inc. DbD focuses on helping individuals and teams reach their fullest potential. He coaches small and large teams to achieve their dreams. He also is a motivational speaker on a variety of topics, including Leadership and Team Building, Communication, Conflict Management, Quality Aging, Exercise Behavior, Care for the Caregiver, Time Care ™, and Stress Ease ™. He has spoken at over 250 state and national conferences.



This program is designed for managers, leaders, or front-line employees from organizations at all stages and sizes with various backgrounds.
  • Program format – series of four sessions, each lasting one day
  • CPE credits/CEU credits available
  • LocationOSU-OKC, 900 N Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
  • Price – $350 per person per session
  • Cancellation Policy – If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 10 days prior to the conference, you are welcome to send a substitute. All guarantees have been submitted to the hotel, so refunds are not attainable. A refund is available given notification no later than 11 days prior to the conference. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 1-866-678-3933 or