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Certificate Series in OKC

Designed to prepare, motivate and build business leaders for their future professional endeavors,  OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series is offered in Oklahoma City in cooperation with  Chesapeake Energy. Expert instruction from Oklahoma State University provides timely and powerful leadership seminars for business professionals and innovators with follow-up question-and-answer sessions.


Please check back for updated information for seminars planned in 2021.

Program Details

There are five sessions for the OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series and participants must attend all sessions to receive the certificate and CEU credit. All seminars are live, virtual sessions at this time.


Participants can earn up to 26.4 hours of CPE for personal development.


All presentation materials will be provided to attendees on the day of the program. Please contact the Center for Executive and Professional Development for additional accommodations.


  • Program Topics

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  • Instructors

    Raj Basu, Ph.D., is associate professor of management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. 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. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. Dr. Basu received his MBA from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

    Abbey Davis is currently the director of the Eastin Center for Career Readiness and an adjunct management instructor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Before joining OSU, Abbey worked as a fulltime corporate HR professional specializing in the areas of talent development, organizational development, performance management and compensation. She has supported internal business clients with these specializations in both energy and manufacturing industries. 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. Outside of the Eastin Center and teaching, Abbey also stays connected with students through the Spears mentoring program and serving on the OSU MBA Advisory Board.

    Lex Smith Washington, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management and holds the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Smith Washington received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A. B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Dr. Smith Washington’s focal research areas span workplace issues such as gender and diversity, as well as bias and discrimination. Currently, Dr. Smith Washington is working on projects that examine 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 bias and discrimination. Dr. Smith Washington has immense experience in working with many companies in delivering information and assisting managers with their assessment of emotional intelligence to help individuals improve their work interactions to guide thinking and behavior, adapt to their environment, and achieve their goals.

    Andrew L. Urich, J.D., is an interesting and enthusiastic communicator who helps people get what they want. He is an associate professor of management and director of student development, Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he served as a member of the Executive MBA faculty of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from 2004 until 2012. He is the recipient of university and regional faculty outreach excellence awards as well as outstanding teacher awards.


    Lee Manzer, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of marketing in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has several years of practical experience as a chemist, sales representative and marketing research assistant for Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Manzer is a national recognized expert on service implementation. In addition, he has presented hundreds of seminars on topics such as attitude change, accountability and creating a service culture for a variety of national organizations and associations.

  • 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 conference. 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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