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October - December 2021

Certificate program

In-person sessions hosted by Explorer Pipeline in Tulsa, OK


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 Certificate Program will help you reflect on the leadership style that works best for you, your team and your organization.


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 leadership, change management and decision making, which will be a key focus of one of the emerging leaders sessions. The program concludes with organizational development and integrating elements to help you contribute to the success of your organization, which includes critical thinking and business analytics.


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Registration Information


Multiple registration discount: $2,350 per person with 3 or more people from the same company


Fee includes assessments, case studies, instruction, materials, refreshments and lunch each day. Call for special pricing if you have 8 or more participants attending from the same company.


Who Should Attend?

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


Digital Badge - Emerging Energy Leaders

As a participant in the program, you will 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 knowledge learned throughout this program.


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


  • Agenda

    October 5 & 6

    Emerging Leader: Recognizing the Leader in You


    October 5 | 9am-4pm

    Authentic Leadership | Abbey Davis

    Competencies Gained:

    • Courage
    • Develops Talent
    • Self-Awareness

    October 6 | 9 am-12pm

    Leading Change | Dr. Matt Bowler

    Competencies Gained:

    • Builds Networks
    • Persuades
    • Strategic Mindset

    October 6 | 1-4pm

    Decision Making — Fire or Strategy | Dr. Mac McCrory

    Competencies Gained:

    • Optimizes Work Process
    • Drives Results
    • Decision Quality


    October 28 & November 4

    Emerging Team: Diversity and Inclusion/Communications and Resolving Conflict


    October 28 | 9 am-12pm

    Waking Up to Unconscious Bias | Dr. Alexis Smith Washington

    October 28 | 1-4pm

    Achieving Inclusion Amidst Unconscious Bias | Dr. Alexis Smith Washington

    Competencies Gained:

    • Collaborates
    • Values Differences
    • Builds Effective Teams


    November 4 | 9 am-12pm

    Crucial Communications | Dr. Bryan Edwards

    Competencies Gained:

    • Action Oriented
    • Manages Complexity
    • Communicates Effectively


    November 4 | 1-4pm

    The Manager as Conflict Resolver | Dr. Raj Basu

    Competencies Gained:

    • Instills Trust
    • Drives Engagement
    • Interpersonal Savvy

    December 7 & 8

    Organizational Development: Being a Leader/Business Analytics


    December 7 | 9am-4pm

    Critical Thinking: Leading Innovation | Dr. Andrew Urich

    Competencies Gained:

    • Cultivates Innovation
    • Self-Development
    • Organization Savvy

    December 8 | 9am-4pm

    Business Analytics | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty

    Competencies Gained:

    • Drives Vision and Purpose
    • Strategic Mindset
    • Drives Results
  • Instructors

    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 four-time recipient of the Jack Allen Award for Teaching Excellence 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.

    Dr. Matt Bowler is director of the OSU MBA program, an associate professor of management and holds the Ralph & Peggy A. Brenneman Professorship 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 B.S. 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.

    Dr. Goutam Chakraborty holds the SAS Professorship of Marketing Analytics and is director of the M.S. in Business Analytics and Data Science program at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has held managerial positions with a subsidiary of Union Carbide in the U.S., and with a subsidiary of British American Tobacco in the U.K. Dr. Chakraborty 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 has co-authored the 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 (with honors) in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, PGCGM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Iowa.

    Abbey Davis is director of the Eastin Center for Career Readiness and an adjunct instructor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Before joining OSU, Abbey worked as a full-time corporate HR professional specializing in the areas of talent development, organizational development, performance management and compensation. Abbey received her bachelor’s degree in human resources and MBA from OSU. In 2016, Abbey was recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumni for the Spears School of Business.

    Dr. Bryan Edwards is the associate director of research in the Eastin Center for Career Readiness, Joe Synar Chair and professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, specializing in human resources management and organizational behavior. Dr. Edwards is an expert in selection, training, performance management, leadership, organizational development and team effectiveness. He earned his Ph.D. in I/O psychology from Texas A&M University and is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Dr. 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. He is a  trainer certified by the National Multicultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and is certified as a True Colors™ facilitator.

    Dr. Alexis Smith Washington, holds the William S. Spears Chair in Business, is an associate professor in the Department of Management, and is the senior inclusion officer in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Washington received her doctorate in organizational behavior at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Her areas of expertise span workplace issues such as gender and diversity, social identity management, interpersonal influence, as well as bias and discrimination. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research examines the impact of social identities such as gender, race and sexual orientation on the ways individuals manage their professional image at work, as well as organizational factors that facilitate the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented minorities. Her research has been published in publications  such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Research in Organizational Behavior. In line with her research interests, Dr. Washington provides consulting and coaching for managers interested in improving their competencies in areas such as emotional intelligence, diversity and  inclusion, professional identity and employee development.

    Andrew Urich, J.D., is an associate professor of management, Eastin Center Chair and director of student development for the Eastin Center for Career Readiness 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, in the 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.

  • Program Policies

    Certificate: Participants will earn an Emerging Energy Leader Certificate after completion of the 9 sessions (over a six-day timeframe). Earn 25.2 hours of CPE Personal Development credit, 7.2 hours of CPE Behavioral Ethics credit, 3.6 hours of CPE Communications & Marketing credit, and 7.2 hours of CPE Information Technology credit, for a total of 43.2 hours CPE credit and 3.6 CEU’s.

    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 cancelling your registration or transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or CEPD will send you an email confirming your cancellation and refund if applicable.

    For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, please contact the director, Julie Weathers at 405-744-5208 or

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