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Oklahoma State University’s ISyTE Academy
teaches students about information technology

Ariel West
  (June 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm)

ISyTE students got the opportunity to visit ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 and ONEOK.

ISyTE students got the opportunity to visit ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 and ONEOK.

High school students from across the state of Oklahoma experienced the word of information technology at the eighth annual Information Systems Technology Exploration (ISyTE) Academy at Oklahoma State University in June.

During the weeklong academy, 25 Oklahoma high school students learned about information technology and career opportunities in the field of MSIS. They built the hardware of a computer, installed an operating system and secured and networked their computers together to complete modules. The students also visited major companies ConocoPhillips and ONEOK to take a glimpse into the life of an information technology professional. Continue Reading

OSU and OU to host 22nd annual
Executive Education Partnership Program

Spears School News Staff
  (April 29, 2016 at 9:53 am)
The 22nd Annual Executive Education Partnership Program will take place in Stillwater.

The 22nd Annual Executive Education Partnership Program will take place in Stillwater.

The Executive Education Partnership Program will be held July 25-29  at the Oklahoma State University Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the Executive Education Partnership Program partner organizations are teaming up for the 22nd year to provide this week-long educational program. This business/academic partnership allows bridges to be built between the educational and business communities while being presented by expert faculty in their respective fields.

The Executive Education Partner Program offers an educational experience designed to improve decision-making and critical-thinking skills. It is an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn new skills in an interactive setting. This program pools resources from OSU and OU to deliver a top-excellence program with an advisory board of 13 business members to ensure relevance and quality.

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OSU to host 10th annual Energy Conference
in Oklahoma City on May 11

Spears School News Staff
  (April 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm)
OKC_Energy_Brochure_16Corporate leaders, policy makers and academicians will address a broad spectrum of issues concerning the nation’s energy industry at the 10th annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference May 11 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The day-long conference (8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.), titled “The Current Energy Environment: Expectations and Opportunities,” is presented by the Department of Finance and the Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University in association with the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma. The conference moderator is Griff Jones, president and chief executive officer of Twin Eagle Resource Management in Houston. 

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OSU Cyber Security Conference on April 5
will include experts from around the world

Gabby Woodley
  (March 29, 2016 at 10:17 am)

OSU Cyber Security ConferenceCyber security is one of the hot topics of 2016, and Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Cyber Security Conference will include some of the world’s foremost experts on April 5 in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The conference, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., will bring national and international experts to the state. In addition, participants have the option of joining the Executive Management Briefing featuring Gen. Keith Alexander from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Cyber Security Conference speakers and topics include:

  • “A Role for Corporate America in Today’s Cyberwar” by Matthew Harper, director of Information Security for Devon Energy Corporation;
  • “Get Ahead of Cyber Crime” by Terry Jost, partner/principal in the Advisory Risk Department of EY, Dallas;
  • “Security and Privacy Implications of Smart Objects on Infrastructure and Developing a Security Mindset,” by Monique Morrow, chief technology officer, Cisco Systems, Zurich, Switzerland;
  • “Financial Presentation on Cyber Security,” by Kent Nabors, chief information systems officer, MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City;
  • “Rethinking the Challenge of Security” by Sabine Schilg, vice president, Security Division for IBM, Armonk, N.Y.;
  • “Understanding and Applying Threat Intelligence” by Ken Westin, security market specialist at Splunk, Portland, Ore.;
  • “An Intelligence Analyst’s View of the Current Threat Landscape,” by Allison Wikoff, intelligence analyst/security researcher for the Dell SecureWorks, Atlanta.

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OSU Spears School of Business to host
former head of U.S. Cyber Command

Gabby Woodley
  (March 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm)

Gen. Keith Alexander

Gen. Keith Alexander

The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business is proud to present Gen. Keith Alexander for the 28th annual Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City on April 5 and the 30thannual Tulsa Business Forums on April 6.

Gen. Alexander will speak on “A Road Map to Freedom: The Strategy of Effective Cyber Security” at each event.

Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City

When: April 5, 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City

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OSU Spears School of Business offering
BEST Leaders program in Oklahoma City

Terry Tush
  (January 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm)

BEST Leaders seriesThe Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business is proud to offer the Business Engagement Series for Thought (BEST) Leaders certificate program in Oklahoma City.

The BEST Leaders program focuses on engaged and thought-provoking topics to advance leaders in decision-making, company performance, efficiency and effective management. Participants will learn how to align interests with the goals of the company, use data to aid decision-making and improve company performance, increase productivity and manage effectively in various environments.

Speakers for this program include Andrew Urich, associate professor of management and Director of Student Development at the Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School Business; Kenneth Eastman, dean of Spears School; Lee Manzer, professor of marketing in the Spears School, and Goutam Chakraborty, Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman Professor in the Department of Marketing in the Spears School.

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OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series
hosted throughout 2016 by Chesapeake Energy

Gabby Woodley
  (January 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm)

OKC Leadership Development  Certificate SeriesOklahoma State University Spears School of Business faculty is proud to offer leadership development programs from March to December in Oklahoma City, hosted by Chesapeake Energy on their campus in Oklahoma City.

This series recently won a national award by the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) for its concept in partnering the Spears School with Chesapeake Energy to provide professional development for Chesapeake employees on-site and for professionals in the community.

The Leadership Development Certificate Series is designed to prepare, motivate and build business leaders. The seminars include discussion, assessments and/or case studies so concepts are put into practice during sessions and participants are able to return to the workplace better able to implement the information presented.

Featured speakers include Raj Basu, vice president for academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa and an OSU associate professor of management; Lee Manzer, professor of marketing; Lex Smith, assistant professor of management; Tracy Suter, associate professor and Jordan Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Andrew L. Urich, associate professor of management and director of student development in the Eastin Center for Talent Development.

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OSU Spears School of Business presents
Professional Development Seminars in Tulsa

Gabby Woodley
  (January 20, 2016 at 10:33 am)

Professional Development Seminars in TulsaThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is pleased to be offering its Professional Development Seminar series in Tulsa this spring and summer. The series is offered by the OSU Department of Management, the School of Marketing and International Business, and the Center for Executive and Professional Development.

The first two seminars of this series will be March 29 with Matt Bowler from the Department of Management and Lee Manzer from the Department of Marketing. The next seminar will be April 29 with Andrew Urich from the Department of Management, followed June 7 by Kim McCrackin from the Department of Management.

The Professional Development Series is designed to give participants better management styles and improved networking and verbal and written communication skills after attending.

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Professional Development Seminars offered
to Oklahoma City business professionals

Gabby Woodley
  (January 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm)

Professional Development Seminars in OKCThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is excited to offer a series of professional development seminars in Oklahoma City.

The Professional Development Seminars are designed to help participants strengthen their professional profiles while also developing new skills. Participants will receive up-to-date and relevant information that can be used in the workplace every day.

Speakers for this series are Kim McCrackin, coordinator of the Learning Services Center and instructor of business communications at OSU-Tulsa; Matt Bowler, associate professor with the Department of Management; Raj Basu, vice president of academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa and associate professor of management, and Mac McCrory, adjunct instructor in the Department of Management.

Programs will be held at the OSU-OKC campus. The schedule and seminar topics are as follows:

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Ex-White House correspondent Ann Compton
to speak in Tulsa, Oklahoma City in February

Spears School News Staff
  (January 12, 2016 at 10:47 am)

Ann Compton

Ann Compton

Ann Compton, legendary ABC News’ White House correspondent (1973 to 2014), will be the featured speaker for the upcoming Oklahoma State University Tulsa Business Forums and Executive Management Briefings, presented annually by the OSU Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.

Compton, a distinguished and highly respected veteran of the White House press corps, will speak on the topic of “Inside the White House, Current Events and the 2016 Presidential Election.” She offers audiences a historical perspective of the presidency and the biggest stories of our time, today’s events making headlines and the 2016 presidential election.

Compton will be the featured speaker during a luncheon presentation from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Tulsa Business Forums at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. She also will speak at the Executive Management Briefings from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The Spears School of Business is pleased to be offering this nationally acclaimed program for the 30th year in Tulsa and the 28th year in Oklahoma City. The series, made possible only through the support of corporate sponsors, provides an opportunity to interact with many of the world’s most influential business and political leaders in an effort to enhance quality leadership in Oklahoma.

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OSU conference highlights big data analytics
in energy, finance, medical and retail sectors

Krysta Gilbert
  (January 6, 2016 at 10:17 am)

Big Data Analytics ConferenceOklahoma State University’s second annual Big Data Analytics Conference will be Feb. 23. The conference will be from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

The conference will explore the management and strategic impact big data can have on a company or organization. The sessions during the conference will cover issues such as data capture, data management, data analysis and the strategic use of information for decision-making that drives success in business.

Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management, Watson/ConocoPhillips Chair, and Regents Professor of MSIS, and Goutam Chakraborty, Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman Professor in the Department of Marketing in the Spears School of Business at OSU, are the faculty coordinators for the conference.

“This exciting conference is meant for all managers and professionals involved in or interested in analytics,” Sharda said. “We have designed it to be relevant to all industries and as an opportunity to explore hot topics and how to leverage the use of analytics for the organization and your career.”

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OSU Spears School of Business will host
Economic Outlook Conference in December

Jenna Johnson
  (November 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm)

Dan Rickman

Dan Rickman

The Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will present the 2016 Oklahoma Economic Outlook report on Dec. 8 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 36th year of development and is the state’s only large-scale econometric forecasting model.

Dan Rickman, OSU Regents professor of economics in the Spears School, will present his report on the 2016 economic outlook for the state of Oklahoma.

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Spears School’s outreach branch receives award
for Leadership Development Consortium

Dollie Elliott
  (October 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm)

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 8.04.31 PMOklahoma State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Development’s Leadership Development Consortium has been chosen as the recipient of the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s 2015 National Distinguished Non-Credit Program Award.
The award will be presented during the Association for Continuing Higher Education 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting annual luncheon in St. Louis, MO on Nov. 10.

The Center for Executive and Professional Development serves a vital role in the economic growth of Oklahoma by providing more than 220 executive and professional development programs to more than 16,500 individuals each year. The Center’s programs give businesses the opportunity to expand skill sets through interactive session, helping companies succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. Continue Reading

Oklahoma State University offering
Energy Midstream and Marketing Program

Jenna Johnson
  (September 18, 2015 at 8:42 am)

Energy Midstream and Marketing brochureThe 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.”

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Spears School of Business will be offering
Communication Certificate Series for Managers in Tulsa

Jenna Johnson
  (September 15, 2015 at 7:51 am)

Communications Certificate Series for ManagersThe 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.

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Spears School’s Andy Urich will be presenting
Management Development Programs in Dallas

Jenna Johnson
  (September 14, 2015 at 11:27 am)

Andy Urich

Andy Urich

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.

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Spears School’s second annual Golf Classic
raises funds for student scholarships

Dollie Elliott
  (August 13, 2015 at 8:55 am)

2015 Golf Classic040The 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.

2015 Golf Classic 1st Place

First place team: Jonas Brown, Billy Friesen, Thad Davis and Tim Curtis

2015 Golf Classic 2nd Place

Second place: Kevin Sheehy, Aaron Wilson, Trenton Eaton and Aaron Eaton

2015 Golf Classic 3rd Place

Third place: Jerry Moeller, John Fredrickson, Terry Faggins and Darrell Sadler (not pictured)

2015 Golf Classic Longest Drive

Longest drive: George Seibold

Closest to the pin:

Closest to the pin: Steve Davenport

Ball drop winner:

Ball drop: Scott Morgan                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                     
Team awards

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.

 

Individual awards

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.

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OSU Spears School of Business
to host Annual Golf Classic

Jenna Johnson
  (July 29, 2015 at 11:18 am)

Golf Classic from 2014

Participants await the festivities to begin at last year’s Golf Classic.

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.

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OSU’s Speakers Series 2015-2016 announced
for Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Rachel Peters
  (July 27, 2015 at 10:05 am)
Alexander

Gen. Keith Alexander

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.

Ann Compton

Ann Compton

“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.”

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Oklahoma State University to present
annual Energy Conference on May 20

Jenna Johnson
  (May 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm)

Energy Conference-OKCThe Oklahoma State University Ninth Annual Energy Conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Cox Business Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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.

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OSU offers professional development seminars
in Tulsa throughout summer of 2015

Jenna Johnson
  (May 6, 2015 at 8:48 am)

CEPD Tulsa summer seminarsThe 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.

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Governor’s Executive Development Program
will be held at Oklahoma State in July

Jenna Johnson
  (April 15, 2015 at 9:48 am)

Governor's ExecutiveDevelopment ProgramThe 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.

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OSU to host Steve Wozniak on campus

Spears School News Staff
  (March 23, 2015 at 8:33 am)
Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

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 krysta.l.gilbert@okstate.edu.

OSU presents Hacking Back I & II programs

Jenna Johnson
  (February 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm)

Spears logoThe 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.

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The Spears School will host Golf Classic
to benefit student scholarships

Dollie Elliott
  (February 17, 2015 at 10:35 am)

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 10.33.59 AMThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will again host alumni and friends of the school at its annual golf scramble Friday, Aug. 7, at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

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.

OSU’s Spears School of Business
will host Big Data Conference

Jenna Johnson
  (February 2, 2015 at 9:50 am)

Big Data ConferenceLearning 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.
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Women’s Business Leadership Conference
scheduled for March 4 in downtown Tulsa

Jenna Johnson
  (February 2, 2015 at 9:43 am)

Women's Business Leadership ConferenceThe 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.
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Take a trip to Greece in September with OSU

Spears School News Staff
  (February 2, 2015 at 9:34 am)

Inaugural trip to GreeceOklahoma State University alumni and friends have an opportunity to visit Greece on Sept. 3-13, 2015 through the OSU Spears School of Business.

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.
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Former adviser to President George W. Bush
joining the lineup for OSU’s 2015 speaker series

Dollie Elliott
  (January 30, 2015 at 9:17 am)
Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes will be speaking at both the Executive Management Briefings (March 11) and the Tulsa Business Forums (March 12).

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.
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OSU presents BEST Leaders series

Jenna Johnson
  (January 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm)

BEST Leaders seriesThe 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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