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A bridge between education and business

July 25-29, 2022 | In-person at Spears School of Business


Are you wondering what you can do to help develop top management in your organization? You are invited to send leaders from your company to attend this one-week executive development program.


The Executive Education Partnership is a customized, executive education program developed with input from the organizations participating as partners. This business/academic partnership allows bridges to be built between the educational and business communities. Senior faculty from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma serve as on-site “hosts” and ensure continuity and provide extra opportunities for one-on-one consultation with participants.


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The Challenge

Organizations are facing a transformation of their competitive, economic, and cultural environments. Executives like you must demonstrate the strategic capability and creative leadership necessary to gain the confidence of a changing workforce.


The program

You are invited to join in this state-of-the-industry program designed to prepare you for the challenges you face in today’s business environment. The program is a collaboration of Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and 13 major state corporations and organizations. It represents a high level of commitment not only from the comprehensive state universities but also from the organizations willing to pursue the development, delivery, and administration of a top-quality educational experience.

A representative from each organization serves on the Executive Education Partnership Advisory Board to ensure that the curriculum and instruction are the most relevant possible. The program draws on faculty from a variety of fields to enhance the business performance and organizational effectiveness of successful business men and women. You are actively involved in your self development throughout this program. Simulations and peer feedback link the learning sessions with decision making and strategic planning in your own organization.


The benefits

The Executive Education Partnership Program offers the following benefits:
1. An educational experience designed to improve the way you think and make decisions
2. An opportunity for you to exchange ideas and learn new skills in an interactive setting
3. A pooling of resources from OSU and OU to deliver a top-quality program and an advisory board to ensure relevance and quality


Participants-who should attend

The program will be most beneficial for executive and upper-level managers like you who have at least 5 years of management and supervisory experience and who are assuming greater responsibilities. It will be particularly helpful as you confront the challenges of managing multifunctional resources in project implementations and work toward improving your overall leadership effectiveness in strategy execution.


What you will learn

The curriculum of the Executive Education Partnership Program is designed to equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to lead in today’s rapidly changing business environment. This program will help you with the following:
1. Broaden your perspective of your role as a manager
2. Build an understanding of the changing structure of your organization to make it more competitive
3. Increase your understanding of the special functions and responsibilities of business in society
4. Improve your analytical and decision-making skills at a strategic level
5. Increase your ability to work effectively through team building


  • Agenda

    Registration Information:
    Fee: $5,250 per person
    Includes instruction, food, program supplies, shirt, group photo, electronic program materials, and certificate of completion (90% or more program completion)

    Apply by June 17, 2022. Early enrollment is encouraged. A waiting list will be started when the program reaches capacity. For the benefit of participants, sponsoring organizations and the program, the committee seeks to admit people with comparable management responsibilities but who have diverse skills and experiences.

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    Monday, July 25

    9:45 am – 10:15 am Registration
    10:15 am – 12:15 pm Using Personality Patterns to Improve Communication | Kristen Partridge, OU
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Business Ethics | Dr. Dan Ostas, OU
    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Problem Solving | Dr. Marc Tower, OSU
    5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Dinner
    6:45 pm Business Simulation Introduction | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU

    Tuesday, July 26

    8:00 am – 12:15 pm Being a Self-Aware Leader EI 360 | Dr. Alexis Smith Washington, OSU
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch

    1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Leading Change/Change Management | Dr. Matt Bowler, OSU
    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Business Simulation | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU
    5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Dinner
    6:45 pm Business Simulation | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU

    Wednesday, July 27

    8:00 am – 10:00 am Using Evaluations and Motivational Skills to Create a High Performance Work Environment | Dr. Michael Buckley, OU
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
    10:15 am – 12:15 pm Negotiations | Dr. Bret Bradley, OU
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Your Personal Leadership Assessment Report | Dr. Bret Bradley, OU
    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Hospitality Event
    5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Dinner
    6:45 pm Business Simulation | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU

    Thursday, July 28

    8:00 am – 10:00 am Executive’s Guide to Mentoring | Dr. Raj Basu, OSU
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
    10:15 am – 12:15 pm Business Simulation | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Business Simulation | Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, OSU
    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Keynote Speaker: Sid McAnnally, President and CEO of ONE Gas
    5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Reception

    Friday, July 29

    8:00 am – 10:00 am The Essence of Leadership: Strategies for Influencing Others | Dr. Andrew Urich, OSU
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
    10:15 am – 12:15 pm Strategic Thinking: Value Focused and Evidence Based Decision Making | Dr. Andrew Urich, OSU
    12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Business Simulation Industry Reports | Program Participants
    3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 pm – 5:45 pm Summary of Program and Certificates | Dr. Raj Basu, OSU, and Dr. Dan Ostas, OU
    4:30 pm Program adjourns

  • Session Descriptions

    Emotional Intelligence (the ability to effectively identify and engage emotion) and Self-Awareness (the ability to accurately perceive ourselves and our impact on others) have become two of the hottest topics in executive development. Emotional intelligence (EI) and self-awareness (SA) are indicators of highly effective leaders. This presentation is devoted to enhancing participants’ self-awareness through Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI). Participants are guided through reflective and competency-building discussion and exercises.

    This session provides an opportunity to discuss ethical issues that arise in organizational settings by employing a series of interactive case studies. Best practices for corporate compliance programs are examined. The session also surveys the regulatory environment and proposes techniques for managing ethical and legal issues to better meet organizational goals.

    Decision making and teamwork are essential leadership skills. The simulation will broaden your understanding of target market selection and positioning of brands in that market, value creation in product design, cash fl ow planning, profitability analysis, and strategic planning and management. The overall experience will stimulate you to consider the effects of your decisions on the organization. A spirit of team dynamics, competition and integration of concepts learned are skills you can take back with you and apply immediately to your organizational setting.

    Your employee’s productivity is most directly impacted by your ability to mentor him or her. This session will focus on your ability to influence others during discussions, informal negotiations and personal interactions. Learn to break through the barriers that often block your message. You will develop the power necessary to be an effective and well-received messenger, learn to avoid conflicts and confrontations and use bargaining power to your advantage. These goals are achieved by identifying important factors that impact your ability to persuade and connect with others around you.



    Change is pervasive. Change is challenging. With the correct formula for leading and managing change, change can be exciting and profitable. This seminar introduces participants to the complexities and processes of change from the individual to the industry level. Change can come in the form of growth, restructuring, mergers, divestitures, and re-engineering. After attending this seminar, participants will understand how change affects individuals, departments, and companies. Participates will receive tools for assessing change readiness, planning for change, implementing a change process, dealing with resistance to change, and evaluating change initiatives.

    The evidence is clear – top performers have strong negotiation skills. However, the evidence is also clear that great negotiators are made, not born. In this session we will discuss the fundamentals of negotiating such as preferred negotiating styles, our goals, the other party’s underlying needs and interests, and the use of leverage. A simulation will allow attendees to put into practice the skills discussed.

    Often, individuals as well as organizations find themselves with decision-making problems—trying to solve the same problems with the same solutions. You will discover how to tap individual creativity to help redefine and refocus problems and solutions—how to become a creative problem solver/critical thinker. The techniques of creative problem solving will address conflict resolution, group decision-making, delegation, and leadership roles.

    Both organizations and individuals profit from the ability to create value. Leaders have the ability to make smart decisions, solve problems and maintain profitable relationships. This program focuses on the vital role that mindset and thinking play in the development of these skills. Participants will be encouraged to challenge the status quo and question conventional wisdom. In short, the goal of this session is to help you become conscious of your thought processes and to give you tools and ideas to improve the way you think—to empower you to create more value.

    Profitable relationships are the key to any successful enterprise. This session will help you develop the skills necessary to establish and maintain a productive working relationship with both outside clients and individuals within your organization.

    It is really quite amazing. Individuals come to work motivated to perform and we always seem to do whatever we can to wring that motivation out of them. We do this by implementing practices which are less than optimal in capitalizing on that motivation. In order to remedy this issue, we must first understand how this happens, what we might do to avoid this problem, and those strategies which will enable us to capitalize on that motivation individuals bring to work. Performance evaluation will be used as an illustration of how we can motivate individuals to become the best contributors possible.

    Superior organizational communication is a source of added value in high performing companies. This interactive exercise relies on familiar psychological profiling to help participants recognize personality traits that help or hinder group communication. Participants will identify strategic ways of tailoring both verbal and non-verbal communication methods to match personality types, helping their organizations save time, manage conflict, and build stronger interpersonal relationships that ultimately shape organizational culture.

    Aristotle said that “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” and indeed the best leaders have a deep and accurate understanding of their own personal strengths and weaknesses. This session builds on the self-assessment you will do before class. During the session you will receive the results, hear the instructor describe what they mean, have time to think about them, and finally share and hear from others about what they mean and how to capitalize on the feedback going forward.

  • Instructors

    Raj Basu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Management, Spears School of Business, OSU

    Matt Bowler, Ph.D., Director of the MBA Program and Associate Professor of Management, Spears School of Business, OSU
    Bret Bradley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Michael F. Price College of Business, OU
    Michael R. Buckley, Ph.D., JC Penney Company Chair of Business Leadership, Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology, Michael F. Price College of Business, OU
    Goutam Chakraborty, Ph.D., SAS® Professor of Marketing Analytics, Spears School of Business, OSU Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman Professorship and Professor of Marketing, Spears School of Business, OSU
    Abbey Davis, Ph.D. Candidate and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Eastin Fellow for the Department of Business Administration, OSU
    Dan Ostas, J.D, Ph.D., Professor of Legal Studies and James G. Harlow, Jr. Chair in Business Ethics, Michael F. Price College of Business, OU
    Kristen Partridge, Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students, OU
    Alexis Smith Washington, Associate Professor of Management and Senior Inclusion Officer, Spears School of Business, OSU
    Marc Tower, EdD, Assistant Dean for Innovative Education and Growth, Spears School of Business, OSU
    Andrew Urich, J.D., Professor of Business Administration. and Eastin Center Chair and Director for Student Development, in the Eastin Center for Career Readiness, Spears School of Business, OSU

  • Advisory board

    David McLaughlin, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Training, American Fidelity Group

    Brooke Townsend, Director, Community Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

    Katie Mangus, Senior Manager-Talent Operations, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

    John Moore, Learning and Development Manager, CITGO

    Jim Doskow, Director, Federal Aviation Administration

     Nici Duncan, Vice President, Human Resources, High Touch Technologies

    Brad Bules, Manager of Operations, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

    Candace Byington, Managing Consultant, Organizational Development, ONE Gas

    Scott McGhee, Organizational Development Manager, ONEOK, Inc.

    Scott A. Bilger, Managing Counsel, Phillips 66 Company

    Maclain Cosby, Employee Development Manager, Civilian Training, Tinker Air Force Base

    Wakita Oliver, Employee Development Specialist, Civilian Training, Tinker Air Force Base

     Ashley Bjornsen, Senior Human Resources Manager,The Toro Company

  • Program policies

    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 program manager, Kelle DeBord at 405-744-5208 or Request a brochure/schedule on the 2022 programs by sending an email to

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