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OSU, OU present 14th Annual Executive Development Program for State Officials

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lee Manzer will be speaking on "Creating a Culture of Accountability" at the 14th Annual Executive Development Program for State Officials.

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University and the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma are partnering to offer the 14th Annual Executive Development Program for State Officials. The program will be held in Oklahoma City on July 15-19. The four-and-a-half-day program will be held at The University of Oklahoma, Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business.

The Executive Development Program is designed around five executive leadership competencies: business acumen, leading change, leading people, results driven and building coalitions/communications. The program is designed for cabinet secretaries, agency directors and top-level executives within state government and other organizations.

“This collaborative program is a wonderful learning opportunity for anyone involved in state government,” said Shelley Zumwalt, director of public affairs for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, and 2018 graduate of the Executive Development Program for State Officials. “I challenge anyone to walk away from this week without a better understanding of themselves and how to be a more effective leader.”

The session topics and instructors for the program are:

  • “Creating a Culture of Accountability” with Dr. Lee Manzer, OSU;
  • “DiSCover Your Leadership Strengths” with Dr. Matt Bowler, OSU;
  • “Building Powerful Communication Skills” with Ellen Buettner, OU;
  • “Using Evaluations and Motivational Skills to Create a High Performance Work Environment” with Dr. Michael Buckley, OU;
  • “Organizational Problem Solving Using Action Learning” with Dr. Patrick Malone, American University;
  • “Unconscious Bias” and “The Strength of Difference: Toward a Positive, Diverse and Inclusive Workplace” with Dr. Lupe Davidson, OU;
  • “Emotional Intelligence: Competencies of Star Performers” with Dr. Lex Smith Washington, OSU:
  • “Succession Planning: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders” and “Managing Confrontations” with Dr. Bryan Edwards, OSU;
  • “Leading with Fairness” with Dr. Lindsey Greco, OSU;
  • “Developing Influence in Public Sector Organizations” with Dr. Raj Basu, OSU

More information and details on each session can be found online.

The benefits of attending this program are numerous. To name a few, an educational experience designed to improve the way participants think and make decisions, an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn new skills in an interactive setting and a pooling of resources from OSU and OU to deliver a top-quality program.

An early bird registration of $2,700 per person is open until June 14. Any registration between June 15 and July 5 will be $2,900. Each registration includes instruction, refreshments, three lunches, certificate and all electronic program materials.

For more information or to register, contact Krysta Gilbert, assistant program manager in the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5086 or on the website

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