Previous Speakers

Finding and Using Your Strengths To Be A Better Leader s / Presented by Kenneth Eastman, Ph.D.

Kenneth Eastman, Ph.D.

Kenneth Eastman, Ph.D.

This session will explore how you can become more productive and effective by leveraging your talents. Content will involve how being purpose-centered, internally directed, other-focused, and externally open can achieve greater outcomes for yourself and others. After this session, participants will have a greater understanding of their strengths, how to better use their strengths at work, and how to “lift” your performance with others. This session includes the StrengthsFinder assessment for each participant.


Energy Finance and Economic Analysis / Presented by Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

You will learn about the energy industry and be better prepared to understand and handle decision-making using leading tools and techniques. You will gain a working vocabulary of industry related concepts and terminology. The content will be based on lectures and case studies and will prepare you for interaction with financial professionals in the energy industry. You will analyze several case studies about actual companies operating in the energy industry. Case studies are unusual in that for some situations, there may be no fixed right or wrong answers. An answer can be justified based on sound assumptions and factual information can be viewed as correct and a right answer that is not justified can be incorrect.


The Energy Value Chain / Presented by Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

Betty Simkins, Ph.D.

The seminar is to provide business professionals with a comprehensive introduction to the oil and gas industry with a focus on how value is added in the energy value chain. The energy value chain involves the process of linking specific functions from input to output (i.e., from upstream, midstream, through downstream) to enhance the economic value of the business throughout the value chain. As a result, you will gain an understanding of how each segment of the energy firm’s activities add value along the energy value chain. This will also help you better understand their own role in the value chain and how it relates to others in your company and to the industry.


ABC – Always Be Charming : Business Etiquette Essentials
Instructors – Andrew Urich, J.D. and Ken Eastman, Ph.D.

 Andrew Urich, J.D.

Andrew Urich, J.D.

 Ken Eastman, Ph.D.

Ken Eastman, Ph.D.

The key to getting ahead is getting along – with everyone with whom you work. Sure people are annoying but we need to learn how to coexist with them anyway. We also need to make sure that we are not subconsciously irritating our coworkers. In this webinar you will learn skills that will help you meet the expectations of polite business society. Our goal is to help you dazzle others and build productive business relationships.


Goal Setting and Accountability by Lee Manzer

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D.

Effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace are essential attributes of employees in your organization. This webinar will assist you in setting and achieving your goals for your own benefit and the benefit of your company. We will also discuss how to hold yourself and your employees accountable for goals.


Basics of HR: Legal Aspects and Selection: Choosing the Right Person by Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

This session will discuss the basic legal aspects of human resources you need to know as a manager. You will learn how to recruit, hire, discipline and terminate employees in a legal manner. You will discuss how to protect you and your organization from the damaging effects of bad employment decisions and how to deal with difficult employment law and employee relations issues such as staying in compliance, policy manuals and interviewing.


Performance Management—Tying Performance to Goals by Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

Bryan Edwards, Ph.D.

This session will help you understand performance evaluation as an on-going process to your management duties. You will discuss how to complete evaluations in an effective manner, give constructive feedback to your employees, how to find strengths and weaknesses of your employees and how to help them improve in an effective development plan.


Project Management by Margaret White

Margaret White, Ph.D.

Margaret White, Ph.D.

This session will discuss the key project management concepts and the project management process. You will learn how to define the project, set expectations, estimating and scheduling the work, working with budgets and executing the plan while measuring the progress as you go.