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July - December 2021

Self-paced Elearning with live, virtual Q&A sessions


As an emerging leader, transitioning from an individual contributor to a managerial role with more responsibility can be a challenging career step. New managers are eager to face these challenges and this multi-day 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.


Registration information

$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, and instruction.

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Sessions are available for CEU credit.


Program formatAll sessions will be released on July 1, 2021. The interactive modules will be available until the live Q&A zoom session. There will be a live ZOOM session with the instructor and participants for each topic on the indicated date. The participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss how you will use what you learned. Each session emphasizes practicality and implementing behaviors and new techniques learned in your job.


Certificate – Participants will earn an Emerging Leader in Manufacturing Certificate after completion of eight sessions. This certificate is worth up to 2.4 CEU’s (24 hours) for eight sessions. Individual sessions are worth .3 CEU credits.


Digital Badge - 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 Leaders in Manufacturing Digital 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.


Take Online Sessions On Your Own Time prior to Date Noted on Each Topic, Zoom in with Group at 10 a.m. on Identified Date, and Interact and Share.


  • Sessions

    July 15 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Shifting Gears from Managing to Leading

    The key is for managers to shift most of their management responsibilities to their employees, to leave more time to lead. Empowerment enhances a manager’s power and this session encourages for management to encourage employees to move into self-leadership.


    Dr. Matt Bowler

    Competencies Learned:

    • Situational adaptability
    • Interpersonal savvy
    • Persuades

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    July 29 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Mentoring and Coaching for Outstanding Performance

    The need for coaching is helpful to increase employees’ performance skills. Personal influence and emphasis of behaviors, not just attitudes are important. Effective goal setting and understanding emotional and social needs are keys to success as well. Mentoring can make an important difference in improved performance.


    Dr. Raj Basu

    Competencies Learned:

    • Persuades
    • Instills trust
    • Manages conflict

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    August 12 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Managing Confrontations

    Confrontations are about in-the-moment face-to-face accountability. Confrontations comprise the very foundations of accountability and when they are handled poorly, they result in failed promises, missed expectations, lack of accountability and bad behavior. In this session, you will learn how to identify the expectation-performance gap, learn to motivate others and obtain commitments to the future which will move toward action plans and changes to the future.


    Dr. Bryan Edwards

    Competencies Learned:

    • Ensures accountability
    • Manages conflict
    • Courage

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    September 1 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Managing Difficult People in Difficult Situations

    At times, you may deal with people who are difficult to get along with. These people include direct reports, supervisors, clients, customers, vendors, friends, and even family. You will learn practical skills to help you effectively manage challenging people and situations.


    Dr. Mac McCrory

    Competencies Learned:

    • Action oriented
    • Drives results
    • Drives vision and purpose

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    September 23 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Outperforming the Competition through Employee Engagement

    In this session, learn more about types of employee engagement, the business case for employee engagement and introduction to behavior management. There are leadership behaviors that can drive engagement and setting expectations is key.


    Abbey Davis

    Competencies Learned:

    • Ensures accountability
    • Develops talent
    • Drives engagement

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    September 28 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Authentic Leadership: Know Thyself to Lead Thy Team

    This workshop will focus on components of Authentic Leadership and how this leadership philosophy is more important now than ever. Components will involve self-awareness, relationship transparency, balanced processing, and an internalized moral perspective.


    Abbey Davis


    • Decision quality
    • Being resilient
    • Manages ambiguity

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    October 7 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Productive Power of Quality Communications

    This session is designed for individuals who want to increase their effectiveness and ability to work with people through a better understanding of the communication process. You may better understand communication styles, strategies, obstacles, verbal messages and interactions, speaking and listening, nonverbal messages, power and politics. Ultimately through this session, you will hope to better understand and have improved communications.


    Dr. Mac McCrory


    • Communicates effectively
    • Builds networks
    • Demonstrates self-awareness

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    October 21 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Project Management

    Addressed in this session will be the roles and responsibilities of a project manager and helpful scheduling and reporting tools and techniques. The session will address project initiation, project planning, project execution, monitoring and controlling and completion.


    Dr. Stephanie Royce

    • Directs work
    • Manages complexity
    • Plans and aligns

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    November 4 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    Leading with Fairness

    This session reviews four types of fairness that are important to employees: outcome fairness, process fairness, interpersonal fairness, and information fairness. The presentation concludes by providing leaders with recommendations on leading with fairness and also points out that employees tend to respond unfavorably when they observe their leaders treating third-parties unfairly. 


    Dr. Lindsey Greco


    • Collaborates
    • Values differences
    • Builds effective teams

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    November 18 | 10 a.m. (Live Question and Answer session)

    From Traditionals to Gen Z

    For the first time, five generations are converging in the workplace…Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. To understand the defining events of each generation which helps drive the core values, will result in a better understanding of the generations and how best to communicate and understand expectations of each generation.


    Dr. Bryan Edwards


    • Values differences
    • Builds effective teams
    • Collaborates

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  • Instructors

    Raj Basu, Ph.D., is on the Management faculty in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Additionally, he is the faculty advisor for President’s Leadership Society at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa. Prior to returning to faculty, Dr. Basu served 15 years as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for OSU –Tulsa. Dr. Basu researches and teaches in the areas of leadership, employee performance, coaching, team performance, conflict management, and negotiations. He received his MBA from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

    Matt Bowler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management and MBA Director 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. Dr. Bowler earned his BS in management and MBA from Missouri State University and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Kentucky.

    Abbey Davis is currently the 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.

    Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research in the Eastin Center for Career Readiness, Joe Synar Chair and Associate 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. Dr. Edwards earned his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Texas A&M University and is an active member of Academy of Management, Society for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Lindsey Greco, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Her interests include counterproductive work behavior, social identity at work, and research methods; her research currently appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Greco received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

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

    Stephanie Royce, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor and director of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Royce earned a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University. She has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, process improvement and project management.

  • Advisory Board

    Eneida Guerrero, HR Manager, AAON, Inc.

    Doug Wichman, Director of Manufacturing, AAON, Inc.

    David Brock, Western Hemisphere Completion Procurement Leader, Baker Hughes

    Darla Heller, Vice President, Economic Development, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce

    Sherry Alexander, Director of Business Development, MidAmerica Industrial Park

    Scott Fry, Director of Workforce Development, MidAmerica Industrial Park

    Jenny Cothran, Manufacturing Extension Agent, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance 

    Anthony James, General Manager, Pratt Industries 

    Colin Jones, Director, Slim Haney Machining Inc.

    Elizabeth David, Inventory Control Manager, TD Williamson Inc.

    Tammie Kolker, Executive Assistant, Economic Development, Tulsa Regional Chamber

  •  Program policies

    If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than three days prior to the program, you are welcome to send a substitute. A refund is available given notification no later than four days prior to the session. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208  or

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