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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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Oklahoma will see growth, more jobs in 2015,
OSU’s Spears School economist forecasts

Spears School News Staff
  (December 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm)

NOTE: Click here to access all of the presentations by the speakers at the 2015 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference.

Dan Rickman

Dan Rickman

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.
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Take a trip to Greece next September with OSU

Hilary Chapman
  (November 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm)

Inaugural trip to GreeceOklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers OSU alumni and friends an opportunity to travel to Greece on Sept. 3-13, 2015.

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
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OSU Spears School of Business will host
2015 Economic Outlook Conference

Jenna Johnson
  (November 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm)

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.”
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OSU will host 14th annual Accounting and
Financial Reporting Conference in Tulsa

Hilary Chapman
  (November 11, 2014 at 11:23 am)

School of AccountingThe 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.
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OSU to host 10th annual Oil and Gas
Accounting Conference in Tulsa

Hilary Chapman
  (November 11, 2014 at 11:23 am)

School of AccountingThe 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.
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David Brooks, Moira Forbes, Steve Wozniak
featured in OSU’s 2014-15 speaker series

Spears School News Staff
  (August 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm)
David Brooks

David Brooks

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

Moira Forbes

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.
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Governor’s Executive Development Program
to be held at OSU at the end of summer

Krysta Gilbert
  (May 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm)

Governor's Executive Development Program 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.

For more information or to register, visit http://cepd.okstate.edu/openenrollment/governors or contact Beverly Bradley at 405-744-5208 or 866-678-3933 or by email at bev.bradley@okstate.edu.

OSU, Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association
to host ‘Keys to Success’ in Stillwater, May 19-21

Krysta Gilbert
  (April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm)

OMCCA brochureOklahoma State University will host the Annual Conference for the Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association May 19-21 in Stillwater, Okla.

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.

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Professional program helps improve your
business processes and project management

Krysta Gilbert
  (April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am)

Improving Your Business Processes & Project ManagementBusiness 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.

OSU’s Spears School of Business to host
Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Krysta Gilbert
  (February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am)

Women's Business Leadership Conference headerThe 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. 

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Ben Stein speaks at OSU’s Executive Management Briefing in OKC

Spears School News Staff
  (February 6, 2014 at 10:50 am)
Ben Stein spoke Tuesday in Oklahoma City at the Center for Executive Management Briefing, sponsored by the Center for Executive and Professional Development.

Ben Stein

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.

OSU will be hosting conferences for
Oklahoma Municipal Clerks and Treasurers

Krysta Gilbert
  (January 29, 2014 at 10:51 am)

Logo for conferenceOklahoma State University will host the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute and the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Academy in February in Stillwater.

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.  

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Energy Midstream & Marketing Program
to be held at Oklahoma State University

Krysta Gilbert
  (November 27, 2013 at 10:57 am)

Energy Midstream bannerThe 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.”

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Business professionals can learn how to improve
business processes and project management

Krysta Gilbert
  (November 11, 2013 at 8:44 am)

Business Processes and Project Management logoBusiness professionals wanting to gain tools that will advance their business should attend “Improving your Business Processes and Project Management” on Dec. 11-12 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, adjunct instructor for the OSU Department of Management, will be 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 $450 or $790 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.

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OSU presents 2014 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm)
Dan Rickman

Dan Rickman

The 2014 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Metro Technology Center Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma State Econometric Model is used to compile information presented at the conference. It provides data on the probable performance of the Oklahoma economy in the upcoming year. The Model is in its 34th year of development and is the state’s only large-scale econometric forecasting model.

Featured speakers include Dan Rickman, OSU Regents Professor of economics; Deidre Myers, deputy director of economic and workforce policy at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Chad Wilkerson, vice president and branch executive and economist at the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Karen Maguire, OSU professor of economics, and Michael Teague, State of Oklahoma secretary of energy and environment.

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OSU will host 13th annual Accounting and Financial
Reporting Conference in Tulsa on Nov. 15

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm)
Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright

The Spears School of Business School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 13th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 in at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa. The corporate sponsors of the conference include Opportune (Platinum sponsor), BKD CPAs and Advisors (Gold sponsor), and Deloitte (Silver sponsor).

The conference is offered in cooperation with Financial Executives International. Participants receive eight hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.

These conferences bring together nationally recognized experts from the 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.

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Oil and Gas Accounting Conference
scheduled for Nov. 14 in Tulsa

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm)

School of Accounting logoThe Spears School of Business School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 9th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. The sponsors of the conference are Opportune (Platinum sponsor) and Gold sponsors BKD CPAs and Advisors, Deloitte, and Wilsey Meyer Eatmon Tate PLLC. The conference is also offered in cooperation with the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS).

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.

Charlotte Wright, Lanny G. Chasteen Chair and Professor in the School of Accounting, and Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting and Anadarko Petroleum Chair, are coordinating the conference.

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Spears School’s Betty Simkins honored
with pair of outreach excellence awards

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm)
Betty Simkins

Betty Simkins

Betty Simkins, professor of finance and Williams Companies Professor of Business in the Spears School of Business, is the recipient of two prestigious awards. She will be presented the OSU Outreach Faculty Excellence Award on Dec. 4 at OSU Convocation and was the recipient of the 2013 Richard W. Poole Outreach Faculty Excellence Award in August at the Spears School’s faculty/staff meeting.

Applications for both awards were assessed on the applicant’s quality of service, creativity in program content or delivery, quantity of programmatic contributions and impact of involvement and/or program.

“I am delighted and honored to be selected to receive these awards,” Simkins said. “Before getting my Ph.D., I worked in the industry for Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) and Williams Companies. My past work experience has always kept me focused on the importance of connecting what we teach with the real world, whether in the classroom, in my research, or in executive education. OSU’s activities in outreach are essential in accomplishing this, and I am delighted to be actively involved in these important efforts.”

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OSU’s Center for Executive and Professional
Development plans 60th anniversary events

Spears School News Staff
  (October 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm)

CEPD's 60th anniversary logoThe Center for Executive and Professional Development (CEPD) in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is celebrating its 60 years of service with anniversary events in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

In Tulsa, an anniversary event is scheduled from 1:45-3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The celebratory event will follow the Tulsa Business Forums featuring Rick Webb, Senior Vice President of Global Processes for Walmart. The format for the 60th anniversary event will include short presentations by Spears School faculty and a question-and-answer panel as well as networking opportunities.

The Oklahoma City event will be from 1:45-3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The celebratory event will follow the Executive Management Briefings, and will include short faculty presentations, a question-and-answer panel, and networking opportunities.

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Oklahoma State University will host
57th Annual OMCTFO

Krysta Gilbert
  (August 21, 2013 at 8:51 am)

Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials AssociationOklahoma State University will host the 57th annual conference for the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association in October in Stillwater, Okla.

The conference will be held at the Wes Watkins Center Oct. 23 through Oct. 25, with pre-conference sessions beginning on Oct. 22. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, such as legislative updates, healthcare reform, customer satisfaction, and best practices for excellence.  

Some sessions participants have to look forward to are:

  • Living a Life Worth Living, Mike Crawford, chairman emeritus, Crawford & Associates, P.C.
  • Drop Box, Cloud, and Other Low-Cost Solutions, Ryan Rushing, IT director, City of Midwest City
  • Generational Issues – Is There a Difference, Andy Cromer, audit partner, Arledge and Associates
  • Planning for the Future, David Weatherford, attorney, Birmingham, Morley, Weatherford, & Priore
  • Navigating Through HR & Payroll, Chris Wolpert and Linda Wright, sales executives, ADP

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2013-2014 Speaker Series announced
for Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Krysta Gilbert
  (August 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm)
Rick Webb

Rick Webb

Rick Webb and Ann Rhoades are a couple of the renowned speakers who will be visiting Tulsa and Oklahoma City for the 2013-2014 Tulsa Business Forums and Executive Management Briefings, presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.

Each year, these speaker series showcase prominent business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Tulsa and Oklahoma City business communities. Both the Tulsa Business Forums and Executive Management Briefings are coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at OSU.

Rick Webb, senior vice president of global business processes for Walmart, is scheduled to speak Tuesday, Oct. 29. He will address the Tulsa business community at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

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Top-Level State Officials Participate In
Governor’s Executive Development Program

Spears School News Staff
  (August 12, 2013 at 11:39 am)
Governor's Executive Development Program for State Officials

Officials from numerous agencies across the state attended the 8th Annual Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials.

Top-level state employees met July 29 through Aug. 2 for The Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials. The program, held at Oklahoma State University, was an educational opportunity designed for state employees to improve their thinking and decision making, exchange ideas and learn new skills in an interactive setting.

This uniquely designed program was developed around five executive leadership competencies. It was presented by exceptional faculty members, whose specific goals were to improve participants’ ability to lead change, lead people, achieve results, and build business acumen, coalitions and communication.

“The overall program was the single most useful tool I have experienced in all my training over an 18-year career in state government,” said Dana Webb, director of policy and legislative services, Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

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