Oklahoma State University offers Certificate in
Management and Leadership Seminars

Hannah Barron
  (February 9, 2018 at 9:54 am)

The Oklahoma State Spears School of Business will be offering the second Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership in Oklahoma City. These seminars will span March 27-Nov. 14 and will be held at the OSU-OKC campus.  The session on April 19 will be held at the OAEC Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

This Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership program helps participants learn to build and work effectively with teams, communicate effectively with individuals inside and outside an organization, and learn to resolve various types of conflict within the workplace. Participants will gain practical skills in managing projects while making agile decisions on behalf of a team and organization. These sessions are taught by faculty in the OSU Spears School of Business.

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Actress Kim Coles, Cindy Morrison headline
OSU Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Hannah Barron
  (February 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm)

Women's Business Leadership ConferenceActress Kim Coles and Emmy Award-winning television journalist Cindy Morrison are among the speakers highlighting this year’s 27th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is partnering with the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum as well as the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation to present the conference.

Coles is a multi-faceted actress, comedian, author and speaker who has delighted audiences all over the world for over 32 years, including appearing in ground-breaking television shows like Living Color and Living Single. Morrison spent 20 years as a television news anchor and investigative reporter in Oklahoma City and Tulsa before starting SocialVention, a company that teaches brands how to strategically use social media.

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Health Data Shootout competition targets
solutions for post-traumatic stress disorder

Spears School News Staff
  (February 6, 2018 at 8:14 am)

Health Data ShootoutThe Center for Health Systems Innovation’s Institute for Predictive Medicine and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University are hosting the Health Data Shootout Feb. 20 through March 14.

This year’s competition allows OSU undergraduate and graduate students to seek health care solutions for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health problem that tends to occur after severe trauma or a life-threatening event. Unlike post-traumatic stress (PTS), PTSD is a clinically-diagnosed condition where the duration and intensity of the symptoms are more severe. Although eight million American adults in a given year suffer from PTSD, the problem is especially prevalent among veterans.

The Health Data Shootout is an opportunity for OSU students of any major and from any campus to group up in teams up to five people. As part of an interdisciplinary team, students will apply their diverse skills and knowledge to develop innovative insights and impactful solutions to a nationally recognized panel of experts.

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Words of Wisdom with Dr. Lee Manzer series
targets Stillwater business professionals

Hannah Barron
  (January 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm)
Lee Manzer

Lee Manzer

Lee Manzer, professor in the OSU Spears School of Business, is presenting a professional development series in Stillwater for business professionals in the surrounding region.

The series will feature three presentations, running from March to May.

Through his unique style of storytelling, Manzer will show participants how to apply lessons learned to their career and remember the message for life. These seminars are designed for anyone interested in developing their business skills as an individual contributor, manager or CEO/owner.

“With storytelling and warmth, Dr. Manzer makes a deep and lasting impression on everyone who attends his seminars,” said Marty Piel, Ditch Witch Regional Parts Manager-Training. “He has been a part of professional development in the Ditch Witch training curriculum for years and I’m excited that more people in this area will be given the opportunity to learn from him during this exciting series.”

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Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
attracts 21 vets from across United States

Terry Tush
  (January 25, 2018 at 10:51 am)

Veterans from across the United States will travel to Oklahoma State University to participate in the ninth annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), a 10-month program that includes an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial boot camp on the Stillwater campus Feb. 17-24.

Twenty-one military veterans representing all five branches of the United States military will travel to Stillwater to participate in the “boot camp” that empowers the veterans to turn their business idea into workable business models. The program is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow.

“Our aim is to empower veterans through entrepreneurship to create their own futures,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of outreach programs for the OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, which coordinates the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. “We impress upon them the significance of being entrepreneurs.

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Nationally recognized analytics experts
to speak at Big Data Analytics Conference

Hannah Barron
  (January 23, 2018 at 11:17 am)

Big Data Analytics ConferenceNationally recognized authorities in the field of data analytics will be speaking at the 4th Annual Big Data Analytics Conference from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Presented by Oklahoma State University, the conference brings Oklahoma and regional professionals interested in analytics together to network with each other as well as learn from some of the world’s top practitioners.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of speakers, including George Blankenship, former executive of Tesla Motors, Apple Computer, and GAP Inc. He will be speaking on the “Future of Innovation” at the Executive Management Briefing breakfast, which is optional to attend for Big Data Analytics Conference participants. The Executive Management Briefing is from 8:00-9:45 a.m. prior to the Big Data Analytics Conference. The briefing is sponsored by OSU and 28 corporate sponsors.

“This conference is a great opportunity for all organizations interested in strategically using big data,” said Mark Nance, Chief Data Officer of American Fidelity. “If you are interested in exploring analytics applications and learning from national experts on maximizing the use of big data then this is a great conference to attend.”  

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Dandy Dozen:
accelerateOSU Business Plan Competition
reveals 12 Finalists

John Helsley
  (January 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm)

Oklahoma State business students aren’t just learning about business; they’re planning and creating businesses.

And competing at business. Already.

That’s always apparent in the annual accelerateOSU Business Plan Competition, and the 2018 edition now heads toward next month’s finish with 12 finalists, determined by a judging panel of local professionals and entrepreneurs.

More than 50 OSU student teams wrote and submitted 10-page business plans for the competition, which was trimmed to the 12 finalists, split into two categories of six each: Main Street and High Tech. The finalists advance to the live Shark Tank-styled presentation set for Feb. 16 at Backstage in Stillwater, with top prizes ranging from $2,000-$8,000. The full finals event schedule will be released soon.

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Kris Ventura’s path led to OSU, where he’s taking
lessons from Spears Business to his golf game

Terry Tush
  (January 3, 2018 at 7:51 am)

You don’t need to tell Kris Ventura it’s a small world. The Oklahoma State University senior was living it each day he walked into his Corporate Social Responsibility class during the fall semester. The 22-year-old was born in Mexico, spent most of his teenage years in Norway and has already traveled to nearly 30 countries, but he was caught off guard when clinical assistant professor of management Jose Sagarnaga began sharing about his background in class.

He was surprised to learn the OSU professor earned his doctorate degree from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private university located in Puebla, Mexico – where Ventura was born and raised, and still considers home.

After class a few days later, Ventura approached Sagarnaga, sharing with him – while speaking Spanish (one of three languages he speaks fluently) – that he grew up in Puebla. A friendship was born as the two connected on a number of issues, including reminiscing about their time in Puebla before Sagarnaga, a fan of OSU’s golf program, realized that Ventura was a member of the Cowboys nationally ranked men’s golf team.

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Spears School, Chickasaw Nation program
receives Best Custom Program Award

Hannah Barron
  (December 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm)

From left, Marisa Dyess, Sarah Williams, Lindsey Kirksey and Julie Weathers with the Center for Executive and Professional Development were recognized with the Best Custom Program Award at the 40th Annual Conference on Management and Executive Development.

The Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University was recently presented the Best Custom Program Award for its design and implementation of the Chickasaw Leadership Academy Platinum Level Executive Development program at the 40th Annual Conference on Management and Executive Development.

Organizations from 34 states and eight countries – the United States, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine – were represented at the conference. Selection of the Best Custom Program was voted on by peers attending the conference after being narrowed to three programs by a voting committee.

“I congratulate the CEPD team for their excellent work in partnering with the Chickasaw Nation on this program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. “Our Spears School faculty and CEPD do a great job of providing professional development to organizations and businesses to the state and region, and we are proud of this accomplishment.”

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Oklahoma State team earns grant, to attend
VentureWell E-Team Program workshop

Terry Tush
  (December 18, 2017 at 8:07 am)
OSU students ShawnDea Dunzy and Dilli Dhakal

OSU students ShawnDea Dunzy and Dilli Dhakal were invited to attend a workshop in Boston Jan. 11-13 as part of the E-Team Student Grant Program.

A pair of Oklahoma State University students have been invited to participate in the 2018 cohort of the E-Team Student Grant Program, sponsored by VentureWell.

The Lightning Strike Mitigation Material team of ShawnDea Dunzy, an entrepreneurship and management major in the Spears School of Business, and Dilli Dhakal, a master’s student in material science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU-Tulsa, was awarded a $5,000 grant that will assist in taking its entrepreneurial idea to market.

Dunzy and Dhakal will travel to Boston to participate in a three-day workshop Jan. 11-13 with nine other teams from across the United States. Lightning Strike Mitigation Material is one of 10 teams receiving a Stage 1 grant, which assists with training through the early stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition and hands-on workshops to move their innovations forward.

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Chesapeake Energy will be the host
for 2018 OSU Leadership Development Certificate Series

Hannah Barron
  (December 7, 2017 at 8:20 am)

OKC Leadership Development Certificate SeriesIn 2018, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is hosting a Leadership Development Certificate Series in collaboration with Chesapeake Energy for the Oklahoma City area. The 2018 series will have four seminars open to the public: Jan. 24, April 24, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13 at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City.

The series is designed to prepare, motivate and build business leaders. “Chesapeake Energy is excited to partner with Oklahoma State University to bring these relevant programs to the Oklahoma City business community,” said Tom Massey, Talent Management and Leadership Development, Chesapeake Energy. “The OSU faculty provide excellent information that participants can take back to their job, department and company to help improve their own and their team’s performance.”

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Bryan Edwards: Keeping the peace,
even in the workplace

Hannah Barron
  (November 30, 2017 at 9:42 am)

Bryan EdwardsEveryone faces confrontation within the confines of their workspace. It’s unavoidable, as employees have different opinions and outlooks on how they think things should run. But how should employees handle confrontation? Everyone has seen examples of how not to handle themselves when confrontations arise. There are those who ignore confrontation, those who accept it and have no intention of finding a solution, and those who take frustration out on others. All are perfect examples of incorrect reactions.

Oklahoma State University associate professor Bryan Edwards utilizes experience and research to help teach people how to effectively manage confrontations. He specializes in human resource management and organizational behavior, and Edwards’ research interests include training and development, performance management, and organizational change and development.

“Managing confrontations poorly or failing to hold people accountable is all because you get emotional, and the tips I have is to prevent you from getting emotional and angry,” said Edwards, the Joe Synar Chair and associate professor of management in OSU’s Spears School of Business. “Sometimes you prepare to have a confrontation and you’re well prepared but then it turns into something different, so you’ve got to be very adaptable in the sense that you could get angry or the other person could get angry.”

Edwards covers topics such as how to effectively manage your confrontation, hold others accountable and how to master performance discussions. He approaches these topics from an encouraging and positive angle.

Everyone experiences conflict but companies don’t thrive in the midst of emotional strife. Edwards guides employees through different steps to help navigate their emotions and ultimately keep the peace while still being an effective manager and leader for the organization.

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CEO of Generation Citizens visits OSU, Spears Business

Spears School News Staff
  (November 15, 2017 at 8:32 am)
Scott Warren

Scott Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, visits with OSU students and faculty.

Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.

Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.

Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.

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Heriot Watt professor visits OSU, Spears Business

Spears School News Staff
  (November 10, 2017 at 10:44 am)
Babak Taheri visits OSU

Jose Sagarnaga, director of the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE), visits with Babak Taheri and Jeff Simpson, director of the OSU Study Abroad Office.

Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.

Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.

Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.

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Oklahoma State University, University of Nevada, Reno
to offer Certificate in Gaming Leadership

Hannah Barron
  (November 3, 2017 at 8:15 am)

Certificate in Gaming LeadershipThe Spears School of Business is offering a Certificate in Gaming Leadership at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa from Jan. 22-25, 2018.

Faculty from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the University of Nevada, Reno will provide participants with unique educational experience in leadership and gaming management. A Certificate in Gaming Leadership will be awarded following completion of the 27.75 hours of instruction. These sessions can also be counted toward the Certificate in Gaming Management offered by the University of Nevada, Reno.

“We are excited to host this inaugural program at our flagship property, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa,” said Mark Fulton, chief operating officer of Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “This professional education opportunity is important in developing effective management teams that have both the technical and leadership capabilities to sustain continued growth in the industry. It strengthens the gaming management community and provides gaming leaders with the additional knowledge and skills for further growth and success.”

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Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference
to discuss future Amazon production center

Hannah Barron
  (October 30, 2017 at 8:50 am)

The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.

The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business.

Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be speaking on the future of the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter.

Dan Rickman

Dan Rickman

“We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.”

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OSU School of Accounting presents annual Accounting Conferences in Tulsa

Hannah Barron
  (October 4, 2017 at 9:53 am)

The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will be hosting the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 16-17 in Tulsa.

“The School of Accounting is thrilled to bring these industry experts to Oklahoma and the accounting and business community,” said George Krull, interim head of the School of Accounting. “These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn and network with other professionals who are facing the same issues.”

This conference is for all professionals involved in accounting and financial reporting. Attendees will earn five CPE credits by attending the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and eight CPE credits including two hours of ethics by attending the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference.

“I’m excited by all of the excellent information that these national industry experts will be bringing to the conference,” said Dan Gillam, Oil and Gas Accounting Conference chair and moderator. “Conference attendees will learn technical and invaluable information on pertinent issues related to the current conditions of the industry.” Continue Reading

accelerateOSU Pitch and Poster
Competition announces Top 3 winners

Ariel West
  (October 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm)

Teams prepared a five minute pitch along with a poster to present to a panel of judges at the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition.

Oklahoma State University student groups of hipsters, hackers and hustlers rehearsed their pitches and refined their business ideas to compete in the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition hosted by accelerateOSU.

The competition divided student groups in to three tracks: Hipsters (STEM or high-tech products), Hackers (application or web-based solutions), and Hustlers (physical products or retail). Each team was required to create a poster and present their pitch to the judges.

“I am so glad we brought the Pitch and Poster Competition back to OSU,” said Haley Keith, coordinator for accelerateOSU. “It was accelerateOSU’s first time hosting it and we wanted to make sure that the high-energy entrepreneurial buzz was felt throughout the competition. The students came up with some pretty amazing ideas that rounded out the three tracks, Hipster, Hacker, and Hustler. It was such a joy to see the students come together to share their ideas and prepare to pitch. We look forward to watching them grow and compete again this spring in the Business Plan Competition.”

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New OSU downtown entrepreneurial building
unveiled with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ariel West
  (September 29, 2017 at 9:16 am)

The Riata Center – Downtown will serve not only OSU students, but also the Stillwater community.













A new venture has opened in downtown Stillwater that will join Oklahoma State University students and the Stillwater community for entrepreneurial success.

On Sept. 19, OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Riata Center for Entrepreneurship – Downtown Stillwater, 619 S. Main St. Speakers included OSU President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Justin Minges, and School of Entrepreneurship department head Bruce Barringer.

“Whether they realized it or not, everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony was supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Stillwater community,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of the Riata Center. “We chose to launch the Riata Center – Downtown Stillwater location to increase our ability to educate and assist members of Stillwater’s growing entrepreneurial community. We want to engage the community and assist in developing a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will be a hub for networking and educational resources.” Continue Reading

OSU speaker series announced for Tulsa, OKC

Hannah Barron
  (August 2, 2017 at 11:19 am)
Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace, Tim DuBois, George Blankenship and Moira Forbes will be the featured speakers for the 2017-18 Tulsa Business Forums and Oklahoma City’s Executive Management Briefing speaker series, presented annually by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business along with corporate sponsors.

These programs bring in distinguished business leaders, authors and policymakers to speak 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.

“Along with our corporate sponsors, we are very excited to bring business and government leaders to both cities each year,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. “We are fortunate to have a distinguished group of individuals who will discuss the emerging news and issues with the Oklahoma business community.”

Tim DuBois

Tim DuBois

The schedule for the 2017-2018 speaker series is as follows:

Tulsa Business Forums

Nov. 1, 2017 – Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m., Mabee Center.

Feb. 7, 2018 – Tim DuBois, president of Tim Dubois Music, award-winning, Grammy nominated songwriter, producer and music executive, 12-1:30 p.m., Downtown DoubleTree Hotel.

April 17, 2018 – Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, 12-1:30 p.m., Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

Executive Management Briefings in Oklahoma City

Moira Forbes

Moira Forbes

Nov. 1, 2017 – Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, 4-5:30 p.m., National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

March 8, 2018 – George Blankenship, former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc., 8-9:45 a.m., National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

April 18, 2018 – Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, 12-1:30 p.m., National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

George Blankenship

George Blankenship

Registration is $200 a person for the series or $2,750 for a table sponsorship for the series. Full sponsorships include special events with the speaker among many other benefits.

For more information about the Tulsa Business Forums, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Mandy McKinney at or call 918-594-8244 or 405-744-5208.

For more information about the Executive Management Briefings, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Kelle Scott at  or call 281-755-3773 or 405-744-5208.

OSU entrepreneurship student selected
to Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee

Ariel West
  (July 24, 2017 at 8:53 am)
Josh Masterson, entrepreneurship student.

Entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson was appointed to the Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee.

Josh Masterson has a passion for entrepreneurship, and his next venture just happens to be taking a place on one of the most prestigious committees in the nation.

His passion for aiding the underserved was echoed in Enactus, a global organization that encourages students to use entrepreneurship to help others. The Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship student traveled to Nicaragua not once, but twice, created the OSU Enactus chapter and competed in the Enactus Regional Competition in Dallas, all in less than a year. After those accomplishments, the next step was to get on the national Enactus USA Student Advisory Committee to develop more connections for OSU entrepreneurship.

“The OSU Enactus chapter is less than a year old, so I was surprised I was chosen to be on the Student Advisory Committee,” Masterson said. “Serving on the committee will be a great honor and will allow the OSU Enactus chapter to develop more relationships with other college chapters. I will be a link between colleges and Enactus headquarters, so that’s going to be a cool experience.” Continue Reading

Communication Certificate Series
for Managers coming to Tulsa

Hannah Barron
  (July 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm)

Communication Certificate SeriesThe Communication Certificate Series for Managers, presented by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, is scheduled from October to December in Tulsa, Okla. Participants who attend all six sessions will earn a business communications certificate.

Managers will sharpen their business management communication skills through interactive exercises and case studies during seminars. This series helps participants achieve success by learning to deliver clear, persuasive, and concise messages and enhance their communication skills.

The Communication Certificate Series for Managers is a six-part series.

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OSU offering Innovation Series for Business

Hannah Barron
  (June 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm)

Innovation 2017 headerThe Spears School of Business will be hosting an OSU Innovation Series for Business at the OSU-OKC campus from July to September.

This series was created to help successful businesses stay competitive through innovation. The seminars will help participants learn how to continuously seek opportunities to create value in their organization. It is designed for leaders at all levels in any organization.

“Innovation is such an important piece of any business’ success,” said Bruce Barringer, department head in the School of Entrepreneurship in Spears Business. “Our faculty will provide practical and essential information on how organizations can use innovation to continue to thrive and excel in their industry.”

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Living Out of the Box Enactus club at OSU
aids the world through social ventures

Ariel West
  (April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am)

OSU entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson (back) visited Nicaragua, which inspired him to take action.

Oklahoma State University School of Entrepreneurship students have taken a giant step toward their goal of helping the world.

Students from the OSU Living Out of the Box Club wanted to create a social change in the world through entrepreneurship. The club’s founder, entrepreneurship student Josh Masterson, was inspired during a trip to impoverished Nicaragua and wanted to make a difference. The club was modeled after OSU entrepreneurship social venture Life Out of the Box, founded by Quinn Vandenberg and Jonathon Button, who support and advise the LOOTB Club.

“It was honestly baffling how poor this culturally rich country was,” Masterson said. “I got there and met the Nicaraguan people and fell in love with the community. There is so much potential in Nicaragua for commerce and growth, so I wanted to contribute in some way. I came back from the trip and created the Living Out of the Box Club for OSU students, and our first project was creating a social venture in Nicaragua where we partnered with Kiva Microfunds, a micro-lending organization, to get Nicaraguan cacao businesses up and running.” Continue Reading

Eight OSU student teams make finals for
Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

Ariel West
  (April 25, 2017 at 9:35 am)

Eight Oklahoma State University student teams have made it to the final round of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship’s inaugural Business Plan Competition.

The teams will present in a live pitch competition hosted by the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch April 28 at Backstage in downtown Stillwater.

“The goal of the competition is to showcase OSU’s innovative technology and resources while highlighting the collaboration and innovation of the student teams,” said Haley Kurtz, event coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch. “We wanted to host a competition for all OSU students from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, and show that entrepreneurial ideas help promote economic development.”

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OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovations
receives $500,000 to expand ROK-Net program

Spears School News Staff
  (April 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm)

ROK-Net logoOklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in efforts to improve health care across the nation.

CHSI is a joint partnership between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“We are honored to receive support from the trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said William Paiva, director of CHSI. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.”

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OSU Entrepreneurship introduces ‘Fail Up
Night’ promoting discussion about failure

Ariel West
  (April 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm)

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is turning the tables on failure and opening the discussion for understanding with Fail Up Night on April 26.

Fail Up Night is the latest program from the Riata Center, designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that trials are an opportunity to learn and grow.

“We wanted to find a way to remove the negative stigma about the word ‘failure’ and get the conversation going because it’s a normal everyday occurrence for entrepreneurs,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of outreach programs for the Riata Center. “Understand and accept that mishaps are going to happen when you are starting a business or trying something new. Entrepreneurs need to learn how to fail fast. It’s trial and error, and a lot of the times failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but an opportunity to try something different. You learn and grow from it, and you will become a better entrepreneur for it.” Continue Reading

OSU student team scores again, receives $11,000
at Oregon New Venture Championship

Ariel West
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:12 am)

MITO Material Solutions’ Haley Kurtz and Kevin Keith pose with Richard Gajan (right).

For the second week in a row – and the third time in the last three months – Oklahoma State University student startup team MITO Material Solutions was among the top winners at a collegiate pitch competition. This time, MITO placed second at the Oregon New Venture Championship hosted by the University of Oregon.

MITO is composed of MBA student Haley Kurtz, chief executive officer, and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith, chief operating officer, and are coached by assistant professor of Entrepreneurship Richard Gajan in the Spears School of Business and professor Ranji Vaidyanathan of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

MITO received $10,000 in investment prizing for placing second and $1,000 for winning the Palo Alto Software Best One Page Pitch. Continue Reading

Certificate Series for Emerging Leaders
in Manufacturing Hosted by OSU

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 11:10 am)

The 2017 Certificate for Emerging Leaders in Manufacturing, hosted by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business, will take place at the OSU-Tulsa campus between June and October.

This multi-day certificate program will consist of 10 sessions and will help emerging leaders reflect on the leadership styles that work best for them and their employees. The program includes individual leadership, organizational and team development sessions. Continue Reading

SAS Analytics Day brings in national
and regional experts to Oklahoma State

Alyssa Wahrman
  (April 19, 2017 at 9:19 am)

SAS Analytics DayThe seventh annual SAS Analytics Day will be May 5 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center at Oklahoma State University. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

SAS Analytics Day will bring in national and regional speakers to share their expertise and knowledge with the Oklahoma business and analytics community. The primary goal of this conference is to link OSU’s master’s in business analytics’ students with members of the local and regional business community to help students grow their professional network.

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