The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will host the Energy Midstream and Marketing Program Oct. 21-23. The program will be located at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center on the Stillwater campus.
This program will help participants understand the essential steps required for oil and gas to reach potential consumers and the possible obstacles facing distributors. Participants will also be involved in a discussion about the supply and demand of energy products and other influential market factors. This program will provide practical business applications relevant to the industry while enhancing management skills and improving leadership abilities.
“Given the recent downturn in the energy sector, this is an ideal time to discuss leading topics and issues facing the Midstream sector of the energy industry,” said Betty Simkins, professor of finance and Williams Companies Chair in Business in the Spears School. “We have excellent speakers lined up for this year’s program that will be of high interest to industry professionals. The educational opportunities will help companies better prepare to weather these tough times and come through them stronger and more successful.”
The Oklahoma State University Center for Executive and Professional Development at the Spears School of Business will be hosting a Communication Certificate Series for Managers from October to December in Tulsa. This program will sharpen business communication skills and achieve success by learning to deliver clear, persuasive and concise messages.
“This communication series brings a skill set to managers that is needed to thrive and succeed in their managerial roles,” said Jim Pappas, department head and associate professor of management. “Our instructors bring their experience and expertise to these programs, which will help leaders in their daily communication with their team, peers, and superiors.”
All sessions will be held at OSU-Tulsa.
The first session – Enhancing Employee Motivation through Coaching – is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 and is presented by Raj Basu, vice president for academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa and associate professor management in the Spears School. In this session, participants will learn to recognize employee problems, create an environment of continuous improvement, and effectively lead their team through coaching.
The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Department of Management is presenting two seminars in Dallas this September at ISNetworld, 3232 McKinney Ave. The sessions focus on helping participants and companies receive the knowledge to be and continue to be successful in today’s dynamic business environment.
On Sept. 29, Andy Urich will present “The Power of Influence” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. During this seminar, participants will learn the skills needed to establish and continue working relationships with both outside clients and individuals inside the organization. At the end of this seminar, participants will leave with persuasive communication skills and the knowledge of how to use these skills effectively to accomplish work and tasks while still maintaining successful relationships.
The second annual Spears School Golf Classic recently hosted by the Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development brought together business school alumni, donors and friends to raise funds for business student scholarships.
The tournament, once again played at Oklahoma State University’s prestigious Karsten Creek Golf Club, returned after the inaugural 2014 Golf Classic that celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the business education at Oklahoma State University. “The overwhelming desire from last year’s golfers was that we should make the Golf Classic an annual event, so we were excited to host another great day on one of the nation’s best golf courses with our alums, donors and friends,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School.
Twenty-eight teams participated in the four-person scramble as temperatures topped 100 degrees at the home course of the OSU Cowboys on Aug. 7.
The top teams received prizes donated by numerous companies. The winner of the ever popular “ball drop” received a $500 cash prize.
First place: Jonas Brown, Tim Curtis, Thad Davis and Billy Friesen.
Second place: Aaron Eaton, Trenton Eaton, Kevin Sheehy and Aaron Wilson.
Third place: Terry Faggans, Jon Frederickson, Jerry Moeller and Darrell Sadler.
Longest dive: George Seibold
Closest to the pin: Steve Davenport
Ball Drop: Scott Morgan
The Golf Classic was made possible thanks to the contributions of several sponsors including Manhattan Construction Group, Phillips 66, and Stock Exchange Bank (Sliver sponsors); Mass Mutual Financial Group (Bronze sponsor) and Wallace Engineering (Hole sponsor). Prizes and gifts were provided by PING, Monster Energy, Coca-Cola, Pope Distributing, Eskimo Joes Promotional Products and Wilson Chevrolet.
It’s time to venture the greens again as Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development host another Spears School of Business Golf Classic this year following the 100th Anniversary Golf Classic hosted this past year.
This year’s Spears School Golf Classic will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, The Golf Classic is a great way to connect with OSU alumni, faculty, and students before the fall semester begins.
Other than playing the usual game of golf, there will also be a ball drop. Participants can pay $10 per ball for a chance to win $500. How the ball drop works is for each ball someone buys, their name is put on it and it is put in a bucket. Then, when all of the balls are in the bucket, they drop all of the balls out of the bucket and the ball that goes in the hole or comes closest to the hole wins the $500.
Renowned speakers Gen. Keith Alexander and Ann Compton will be speaking in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, with Bill Warren joining them in Oklahoma City and Francis Shammo joining them in Tulsa, as part of the 2015-16 Executive Management Briefings and Tulsa Business Forums. The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University presents these events along with corporate sponsors.
Every year, the speakers’ series showcases prominent business, political, and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities. The Executive Management Briefings and the Tulsa Business Forums are coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development.
“We are delighted to bring an impressive group of speakers to Oklahoma who will discuss a wide range of topics,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The great response we get from businesses and individuals allows us to attract high-quality people, such as these individuals, to share their thoughts with our constituents.”
Presented by the Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the OSU Spears School of Business, the Energy Conference will allow participants to learn about a variety of topics from highly qualified energy professionals pertaining to different areas of the industry.
“It is an honor to again serve as moderator for this conference and to help facilitate the discussion among this all-star panel of energy industry experts,” said Griff Jones, president and chief executive officer of Twin Eagle Resource Management in Houston.
The Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University will be offering five professional development seminars this upcoming summer in Tulsa. The programs are a variety of topic areas to help participants develop their professional skills and careers.
On May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, Andrew Urich, Spears School of Business associate professor of management and director of student development for the Eastin Center for Talent Development, will present “Professional Image: Position Yourself for Success.” In this seminar, participants will learn how to maintain a professional image and work on personal marketing strategies by developing their own personal brand.
The Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials is the perfect opportunity for state employees to improve their knowledge and skills. The 10th Annual Governor’s Executive Development Program will be held July 27-31 at Oklahoma State University.
This uniquely designed program was developed around five executive leadership competencies for top-level state officials. It is presented by exceptional faculty members, whose specific goals are to improve participants’ ability to lead change, lead people, achieve results and build business acumen, coalitions and communication.
“Wonderful program! Whether you are new to the state or have been around for a while, a new executive or experienced, there is a lot to be taken away from this program. Very glad to be a part of it.” said Daron Hoggatt, State Use Program Administrator for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services in the Central Purchasing Division.
The Oklahoma State University Speakers Series is bringing Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and chief scientist at Fusion-io, to the Stillwater campus on Monday, April 6, from 3:45-5 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Wozniak, along with Steve Jobs, helped shape the computing world as we know it by designing the first line of Apple computers, Apple I, in 1976, which later led to the creation of Apple Computer Inc. Since then, Apple Computer has been a leader in many technological advances, such as the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
The speaker series programs bring international business and political leaders, authors and policymakers to the Stillwater community. The OSU Speakers Series is sponsored by the SGA Speakers Board, the OSU President’s Speakers Series, and the Spears School of Business.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the OSU Student Government Association and the OSU President’s office to host Steve Wozniak in a unique question-and-answer setting,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “Apple Computer is a company at the forefront of technology and innovation, and we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to OSU students and the Stillwater community to hear Mr. Wozniak’s insights on the future of computer technology and its impact on business and the world.”
Admission is free for OSU students, faculty and staff with an OSU ID. Tickets are $10 for the public to attend the Stillwater event. Participants wishing to purchase tickets for students (K-12th grades) may do so for $5 per ticket or for a flat fee of $100 it’s possible to send 50 students.
For information on the presentation or tickets, call Krysta Gilbert at 405-744-5086 or email email@example.com.
The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development are presenting a pair of seminars that will equip employees and managers on the prevention of computer security threats.
Hacking Back I: Data Security for Employees and Hacking Back II: Data Management for Managers will be held at OSU-OKC in Oklahoma City on March 25 as part of the Management and Professional Development Seminars series presented by the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School. Hacking Back I will equip employees with specific actions to prevent computer security threats. Hacking Back II will teach managers how to be aware of and evaluate computer security threats.
“The focus of these seminars is on story-telling and creating an awareness of what really is going on with hacking and computer security. Functional, practical and entertaining with a technology made easy approach makes for an enjoyable time,” said Jim Burkman, the instructor for both Hacking Back I and Hacking Back II.
Registration for the Spears School Golf Classic is $300 per player through March 31, and $375 after that date. Space is limited so don’t delay in registering online at http://cepd.okstate.edu/golf/. Proceeds from the event will go to the general scholarship fund for use by Spears School students.
The Spears School hosted the 100th Anniversary Golf Classic at Karsten Creek last August. It was planned as a one-day scramble but due to the overwhelming response from business school alumni and friends a second day was added, and more than 210 people participated.
“We had a great time reconnecting with alumni and friends last year, and we were pleasantly surprised at the response from everyone who participated as we celebrated the 100th year of business education at Oklahoma State University,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The overwhelming desire from last year’s golfers was that we should make the Golf Classic an annual event, so we are looking forward to another great day on one of the nation’s best golf courses with our alums, donors and friends.”
As in last year’s Golf Classic, the three teams with the best scores will receive prizes. Golfers will have the opportunity to participate in games throughout the day on the course, including the popular Roll the Dice, Hole-in-One and Ball Drop.
The event is brought to you by Stock Exchange Bank (Sliver sponsor) and Mass Mutual (Bronze sponsor). Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, please visit http://cepd.okstate.edu/golf/ or contact Kelle Scott at 1-866-678-3933.
Learning how to strategically use big data in today’s business world will be the focus of the Big Data Conference on April 7 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Also, those attending will be given the option to hear Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, at the Executive Management Briefings.
The Big Data Conference is offered by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. A supporting gold sponsor is Stinnett & Associates and a silver sponsor is ISNetworld.
The conference will explore the management and strategic impact big data can have on a company or organization. Speakers and participants from across the nation will explore various issues such as data capture, data management, data analysis and the strategic use of information for decision-making that drives success in businesses and organizations.
The 24th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference will be March 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is presented by the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum (OIWF), the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.
Lou C. Kerr, chair of the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum and president and chair of The Kerr Foundation, Inc., was key to securing the speakers for the conference.
“It is my hope our OSU/OIWF Conferences and our agenda be packed full of substance and opportunity,” Kerr said, “and that each participant is introduced to vibrant examples of cutting edge information that is worthy of their time and attention.
In this unique experience, visitors will travel to Athens, Mykonos, Delos and Santorini. The trip will include visiting the stadium where the first Olympic Games took place, a tour of the Acropolis, viewing Athens from the vantage point of Lycabettus Hill, ferry trips to Hydra and Santorini, touring the ancient island of Delos, sailing to an active volcano at Santorini, and tasting wines produced by Santorini Vineyards.
Travelers will have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends all while visiting the beautiful sites of historic Greece.
Karen Hughes, who served on the staff of President George W. Bush in the early 2000s, was recently added as a featured speaker for the upcoming Oklahoma State University Executive Management Briefings and Tulsa Business Forums, presented annually by the OSU Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.
Hughes, former counselor to President George W. Bush (2001-2002) and currently worldwide vice chair for the New York City public relation firm of Burson-Marsteller, will speak March 11-12, 2015 on “The CEO’s of Leadership” as she breaks down what it takes to be an exceptional leader: Clarity, Example and Optimism.
Hughes will be the featured speaker during a luncheon presentation from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Executive Management Briefings at the Cox Business Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. She will also appear from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 12, at the Tulsa Business Forums at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development present the Business Engagement Series for Thought Leaders (BEST Leaders). The series will be held in Oklahoma City and focuses on innovative leadership trends and developing strategic decision-making skills.
Andrew Urich, Spears School of Business associate professor of management and director of student development, Eastin Center for Talent Development, will start the BEST Leaders program on Feb. 4 with “Critical Thinking and Innovative Decision Making.” Urich says participants will become conscious of their thought processes and become better equipped with the tools and ideas to improve how they think.
“There are many definitions of critical thinking but I think the term refers to thinking that is logical and rational, but most importantly it helps individuals create value for themselves and their organizations. The BEST series was a very rewarding experience for me in Tulsa and I look forward to the opportunity to work with professionals from Oklahoma City,” said Urich.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is expected to see continued job growth in 2015, Oklahoma State University economist Dan Rickman said Tuesday during the 2015 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference.
The conference is hosted each December by the Center for Applied Economic Research in OSU’s Spears School of Business. This year’s conference, held at the Metro Technology Centers at Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City, included discussions of economic conditions and prospects for Oklahoma and the United States.
Rickman projects that over 30,000 jobs will be added to the Oklahoma workforce during the 12-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The majority of those jobs are expected to be in administrative and support services and durable goods manufacturing (with more than 5,000 new jobs created in each sector). Over 4,000 jobs are expected to be created in each of health services and the sector including accommodation, food services, leisure services and hospitality employment.
In this unique travel experience, visitors will experience Athens, Mykonos, Delos and Santorini. The trip will include visiting the National Archeological Museum, a tour of the Acropolis, viewing Athens from the vantage point of Lycabettus Hill, ferry trips to Hydra and Santorini, walking along an active volcano at Santorini and a tasting of wines produced by Santorini Vineyards.
Socrates said, “Wisdom begins in wonder” and this trip will allow travelers to gain wisdom from the historic site of Greece while reconnecting with old friends and making new friends in an ancient and beautiful part of the world
The Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will present the 2015 Oklahoma Economic Outlook report on Dec. 2 at the Metro Tech Centers–Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the conference from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Oklahoma State Econometric Model is used to compile the report, which provides information on the probable performance of the Oklahoma economy in the upcoming year. The OSU econometric model is in its 35th year of development and is the state’s only large-scale econometric forecasting model.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Education and the Oklahoma Economy.”
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 14th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.
The conference is endorsed by Financial Executives International (FEI). The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with participants receiving eight hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.
This conference brings together nationally recognized experts from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), as well as a number of corporate finance executives and public accounting professionals to discuss current issues in the field of accounting and finance.
Charlotte Wright, professor and Anadarko Petroleum Chair in Accounting in OSU’s Spears School of Business, and Robert Cornell, department head and Wilton T. Anderson Chair in the School of Accounting, are coordinating the conference in conjunction with the 10th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 20 at the Hyatt Regency.
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 10th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 20 in Tulsa.
The conference will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa. Conference participants can earn four hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.
This conference brings together nationally recognized experts from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the American Petroleum Institute (API), corporate finance executives, and professional accountants to discuss current issues related to oil and gas accounting. The conference is offered in cooperation with the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS).
Charlotte Wright, professor and Anadarko Petroleum Chair in Accounting in OSU’s Spears School of Business, and Robert Cornell, department head and Wilton T. Anderson Chair in the School of Accounting, are coordinating the conference offered in conjunction with the 14th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 21 at the Hyatt Regency.
David Brooks, Moira Forbes and Steve Wozniak will be the featured speakers visiting Oklahoma for the 2014-15 Executive Management Briefings and Tulsa Business Forums, presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.
Each year, this speaker series showcases distinguished business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities. Both the Executive Management Briefings and the Tulsa Business Forums are coordinated by OSU’s Center for Executive and Professional Development.
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and commentator on the PBS NewsHour and NPR, will be speaking Nov. 4-5. He will be providing insight on the impact of business and politics.
Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, will speak March 11-12, 2015 on the impact of “Leading through Power Change.”
Steve Wozniak, chief scientist of Fusion-io and co-founder of Apple Computer, is scheduled to speak April 7, 2015. He will meet with the Oklahoma City and Tulsa business communities while participating in a question-and-answer session.
The Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials is the perfect opportunity for state employees to improve their knowledge and skills. The Ninth Annual Governor’s Executive Development Program is scheduled July 28 through Aug. 1 at Oklahoma State University.
This uniquely designed program was developed around five executive leadership competencies for top-level state officials. It is presented by exceptional faculty members, whose specific goals are to improve participants ability to lead change, lead people, achieve results and build business acumen, coalitions and communication.
“This program provides state leaders a vehicle to create a dynamic culture to better serve Oklahomans,” said Lisa Smith, executive director for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.
The program features sessions from senior faculty members from OSU, the University of Oklahoma, and American University in Washington, D.C. Faculty presenting the sessions include Raja Basu, Matt Bowler, Ken Eastman, Lee Manzer, Alexis Smith, Tracy Suter and Craig Watters from OSU; Ryan Bisel and Nim Razook from OU, and Patrick Malone from American University.
The Governor’s Executive Development Program offers an outstanding educational experience that helps participants improve the ways they think and make decisions. The program facilitates the exchange of ideas in an interactive setting and provides the best speakers and information possible with the merging of resources from OSU and OU.
“A fantastic learning experience,” said Jake Smith, compensation and classifications manager at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, after attending the conference in 2013. “Collectively, this was the best group of speakers I have ever heard at a conference. There is no doubt I’m leaving a better leader than I was when I arrived.”
Registrations received by June 13 are $2,700 per person. Registrations received between June 14 and July 7 are $2,950 per person. Price includes instruction, refreshments, two lunches, an opening night reception and electronic program materials. Participants can receive hard copies of the program materials for an additional $50.
The conference theme for this year is “Keys to Success,” and it will be held at the OSU Student Union. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, such as human resources, records management and legislative updates.
Sessions that participants have to look forward to:
- Leading Change, Matt Bowler, associate professor of management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University
- Fraud and Embezzlement, Gary Jones, CPA, CFE, Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector
- Court Clerk Survival Techniques, Pam Spinks, Director of Professional Development, Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group
- Municipal Appeals, Mark Osby, Yukon/Mustang City Prosecutor, Union City Municipal Judge
- Records Management with DPS, Gina Terrell, Department of Public Safety
“It is our continued intent to provide professional training and networking for each municipal court as well as provide a stream of pertinent information and tools,” said OMCCA President Candy Schwarz. “Our goal is to assist each clerk in whatever way possible, including improving the knowledge of their own responsibilities and obligations to their municipality. This conference will provide clerks, new or seasoned, educational training required for the betterment of their own municipality.”
A 21st Century jukebox and Italian dinner will be hosted on Monday evening for all conference participants. The musical evening will include dueling pianos and singing.
Registration by April 30 is $195 per member of OMCCA or $295 for nonmembers. Registration after April 30 is $220 for OMCCA members or $320 for nonmembers. Hotel accommodations are reserved by participants.
For more information, contact Anna Smith or call 866-678-3933.
Business professionals wanting to gain tools that will advance their business should attend the Improving Your Business Processes and Project Management Seminar on April 23-24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa campus.
Participants will learn the basics of business process improvement and then have the opportunity to apply the lessons through a project management practical exercise. Program participants will benefit from the two-day event by learning how to lower business costs, reduce errors, use resources efficiently and establish better customer service. After the seminar, participants will find themselves more engaged at work by applying these concepts to business processes.
The program will focus on measuring the results of work and how to monitor and adjust new processes. The one-day process improvement seminar paired with the one-day project management and practical application seminar provides business professionals and their organizations with a powerful framework of business process and project management.
Marc Tower, an adjunct instructor for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, is the seminar leader. He has spent the last nine years helping companies operate more effectively.
Registration for the first full-day of the program is $395 or $695 for both days of the program, Process Improvement and Project Management and Practical Application. To register or learn more information, visit www.cepd.okstate.edu/openenrollment/improving or call 866-678-3933.
The 23rd Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference will be held March 5, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. It is presented by the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum (OIWF), the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.
Lou C. Kerr, Chair of the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum and President and Chair of the The Kerr Foundation, Inc. was key to securing the speakers for the conference.
“The OSU Women’s Conference offered in cooperation with OIWF is an exciting conference that usually involves more than 300 participants in the Tulsa community and the state,” Kerr said. “It is an opportunity to hear some individuals who have been very successful in their careers and are willing to share the keys to their success with our local women business and professional leaders. We encourage young professionals to attend.
Ben Stein, economist, author and actor, spoke Wednesday in Oklahoma City at the Executive Management Briefing, sponsored by the Center for Executive and Professional Development. Click to watch a video posted by NewsOK.
The conferences will be held at the Wes Watkins Center on Feb. 17-21. The Institute and Academy conferences are advanced educational programs designed to develop technical skills and administrative, financial and leadership abilities.
The Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University is bringing the energy industry a seminar focused on the marketing of natural gas and crude oil in the midstream sector.
The Energy Midstream and Marketing program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 4-6, at the Oklahoma State University Student Union.
“We are currently experiencing a dramatic rise in the U.S. midstream sector because of the energy renaissance. This is an excellent time for OSU to offer this new cutting-edge conference to meet the needs of the marketplace,” Betty Simkins, OSU faculty coordinator for the program, said. “This program should be of high interest to any professional desiring to learn more about the midstream sector of the energy value chain, especially those with five years of experience or less.”