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September 12-23, 2022

In-Person- Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma City / Online


Improve your knowledge and skills and broaden your perspective in your role as a leader. Leaders from all public agencies are under increased pressure to produce results. With limited resources and flexibility, how can public executives achieve such improvements? You are invited to attend The Executive Development Program for State Officials, uniquely designed for top executives. The program is a collaboration of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.

Who Should Attend?

The program is designed for cabinet secretaries, agency directors, and top-level executives within state government and other organizations.


This program is designed around the Executive Leadership Competencies:

  • Business Acumen
  • Leading Change
  • Leading People
  • Results Driven
  • Building Coalitions/Communication


Registration Information

$2850 registration fee ($2650 for early bird ending on August 15, 2022) per person.
Registration fee includes in-person and online instruction (faculty videos, discussions and chats through a Learning Management Software and interaction with faculty during face-to-face instruction) and all electronic program materials, 2 continental breakfasts and 2 lunches (during in-person sessions), and other materials.


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  • Program information

    Who Should Attend?

    The program is designed for cabinet secretaries, agency directors, and top-level executives within state government and other organizations.


    The Executive Development Program offers the following benefits:

    • An educational experience designed to improve the way you think and make decisions

    • An opportunity for you to exchange ideas and learn new skills in a virtual and interactive setting

    • A pooling of resources from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma to deliver a top-quality program


    Within the five core competencies, participants will be able to develop and enhance the following:

    • Understand the scope of the executive

    • Be able to develop and implement decisions and understand the potential impact of decision-making

    • Understand organizational change and how it affects others

    • Identify a sense of strengths and development areas in specific behaviors, which can help you achieve goals

    • Become aware of cultural and environmental changes that will affect the future of the agency

    • Identify the keys to relationships, communication and interpersonal team building, and inter-organizational cooperation to implement programs effectively

    This is a Blended Program (22 hours of in-person and online instruction)

    This in-person and online blended program will be held through the weeks of September 12th through September 23rd. This format will include an all-day in-person learning experience on September 12th, online self-paced eLearning through a Learning Management Software for the dates of September 13-16 and September 19-22, and completed with a final in-person day on September 23rd. Participants will be expected to answer discussion/review questions and participate in discussions to help facilitate the learning process.

    The program also includes an optional project component for participants to complete in the six months following the program. Participants will identify a project with the help of their supervisor that is founded on the program’s executive leadership competencies. Participants who complete the project component will receive an Advanced digital badge from OSU and OU.

  • Agenda
    September 12 | Location: Oklahoma City

    8:00 am - 9:45 am | Using Personality Patterns to Improve Communication | Presenter: Kristen Partridge
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Coaching Skills for Leaders | Presenter: Raj Basu
    12:00 pm – 12:45 pm | Lunch
    12:45 pm – 2:45 pm | Powerful Communication Skills | Presenter: Ryan Bisel
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Creating and Leading an Inspiring Employee Centric Team | Presenter: Pearl Sumathi


    September 13-16 | Location: Online

    Self-Paced Learning: Using Evaluations and Motivational Skills to Create a High-Performance Work Environment (2 hours) | Presenter: Michael Buckley
    Self-Paced Learning: Evidence Based Management (2 hours) | Presenter: Matt Bowler


    September 19-22 | Location: Online

     Self-Paced Learning: Ethical Leadership in the Public Sector (2 hours) | Presenter: Maribeth Kuzmeski
    Self-Paced Learning: Driving Organization Performance for Government Through Employee Engagement (1.25 hours) | Presenter: Abbey Davis


    September 23 | Location: Oklahoma City

    8:00 am – 12:15 pm | Organizational Problem Solving for State Initiatives Using Action Learning | Presenter: Patrick Malone
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch
    1:00pm – 3:00 pm | DiSCover Your Leadership Strengths | Presenter: Matt Bowler
    3:15 pm – 4:30 pm | Executive Panel
    4:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Reception and Certificate Presentation

  • Session Topics

    Creating an Inspiring Employee Centric Team

    Pearl Sumathi, OSU

    This session will discuss how to methodically build a purpose driven team by taking an empathetic approach. Human-centered design (HCD) is a problem-solving process grounded in empathy and the needs of the people for whom the process is designed. By adopting this framework, managers can create a collaborative process of managing a team with practices and processes that keeps the needs of employees in its center and invigorate and empower employees to reach their full potential.


    Coaching Skills for Leaders

    Raj Basu, OSU

    Coaching is an effective and important tool for enhancing employee performance. Explore how you can use role modeling, goal setting, and constructive performance feedback to improve your employees’ learning, motivation, and performance.


    DiSCover your Leadership Strengths

    Matt Bowler, OSU

    Personality aside, individuals have their own styles of responding and adapting to work settings and other people. The best leaders understand why and how people act the way they do. Use the DiSC model to gain this crucial knowledge. DiSC is a widely used self-discovery tool and model of human behavior that people use to understand why and how they and others say and do things based on their style tendencies. Once people understand these behavioral styles, they can gain new and valuable S.O.S. insights — awareness of Self, Others, and Situations they encounter.

    Driving Organization Performance Through Employee Engagement

    Abbey Davis, OSU

    According to a recent Gallup poll, only 33% of employees are engaged at work in the United States. Their research also states that work groups who perform in the top quartile of employee engagement, outperform bottom quartile units by 22% in profitability and 21% in productivity. With this significant of an impact on bottom line results, how can we better leverage employee engagement to drive organizational performance? In this session, participants will learn more about the strategic advantages employee engagement can offer and what leaders can do to foster an engaged workforce.


    Ethical Leadership in the Public Sector

    Maribeth Kuzmeski, OSU

    This interactive, insightful and entertaining session will share common ethical issues and common causes of those issues. Attendees will gain guidance on upholding the obligation to act in the public interest while meeting professional responsibilities. Common responses and actions to ethical issues in the workplace will be discussed as well as the foundational knowledge of the moral dimensions of business helpful for recognizing, interpreting and reacting to ethical issues. Topics in the session include professional standards, values and norms, and ethical theories.

    Evidence Based Management

    Matt Bowler, OSU

    We like to think that we are objective decision makers who rely on facts to make rational decisions. Research, however, indicates that actually, our decisions are much more subjective and irrational than what we imagine. Most of us tend to follow best practices, previous experiences, personal beliefs, etc., to make our decisions – things that may be completely irrelevant to the decision we face. Evidence-based management entails people thinking more scientifically. To become better decision makers, we need to think critically, identify the best available information, and hold our subjective biases in check. In this seminar, we will examine the perils of decision-making and work on techniques that will allow us to make more objective and rational decisions.


    Organizational Problem Solving for State Initiatives Using Action Learning

    Patrick Malone, American University

    This session provides a unique opportunity for state leaders to tackle real-time agency problems using action learning. Using reflective questioning in addressing organizational challenges, attendees develop and refine the leadership competencies necessary to lead effectively in the workplace. Individuals and/or teams then put forth carefully conceived, practical action plans for real-time agency challenges. All the while, individuals hone personal leadership skills and build an interconnected fabric of professionalism that enhances the performance and learning culture of their respective organizations.


    Powerful Communication Skills for Leaders

    Ryan Bisel, OU

    This session explores leadership communication from the perspective of crafting effective messages, role modeling and listening with intensity. Using principles of organizational culture, trust, and justice, this session reveals how leaders can strategically craft messages that maximize employee buy-in and explores the effect of leadership communication as a reflection of organizational values.

    Using Evaluations and Motivational Skills to Create a High Performance Work Environment

    Michael Buckley, OU

    Individuals come to work motivated to perform and yet organizations demotivate employees by implementing practices that are less than optimal in capitalizing on that motivation. In order to remedy this issue, there must first be an understanding of how this happens, what can be done to avoid this problem, and strategies that enable the capitalization on individual’s motivation. Performance evaluation will be used as an illustration of how to motivate individuals to become the best contributors possible.
    *Additional zoom sessions with faculty may be added as needed or requested by participants.


    Using Personality Patterns to Improve Communication

    Kristen Partridge, OU

    Superior organizational communication is a source of added value in high performing companies. This interactive exercise relies on familiar psychological pro_ ling 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 con_ ict, and build stronger interpersonal relationships that ultimately shape organizational culture.

  • Instructors

    Dr. Raj Basu,Associate Professor, Department of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University


    Dr. Ryan Bisel, Professor, Organizational Communication, Department of Communication, The University of Oklahoma


    Dr. Matt Bowler, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Director of the OSU MBA Program, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University


    Dr. Michael Buckley, JC Penney Company Chair of Business Leadership, Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology, Michael F. Price College of Business, The University of Oklahoma


    Abbey Davis, Director, Eastin Center for Career Readiness, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University


    Dr. Maribeth Kuzmeski, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Marketing and International Business, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University and President, Red Zone Marketing


    Dr. Patrick Malone, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University, Washington, D.C.


    Kristen Partridge, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students, The University of Oklahoma


    Dr. Pearl Sumathi, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University

  • Program Policies

    Please indicate if you will need any special services, assistance, or accommodations to participate in the program. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, contact 405-744-5208 or emailing

    Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be received in writing from the sponsoring organization. A full refund will be made for cancellations received by August 19, 2022. Cancellations received after that date may be charged fees based on expenses already paid in the participant’s behalf. Substitutions may be made until Sept. 2, 2022.

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