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Essentials in Leadership and Management

What: The Essentials in Leadership and Management course is delivered in a highly experiential format that incorporates participant self-assessment results in all seminar discussions and group exercises. This course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of the impact of their leadership and communication styles on their employees as well as their contributions to team assignments in the workplace. The learning environment of this seminar program is unique in that participants are able to receive immediate feedback from subject matter experts to include coaching on how to address common leadership and management challenges. This feedback is directly applicable to address current workplace needs and/or issues facing today’s professionals. 

By the end of the course, individuals will increase learning in the following areas:

1) knowledge of self as leader
2) knowledge of circle of influence and value of networking
3) knowledge of leadership pitfalls and solutions
4) communication styles and skills
5) interaction with peers and subordinates
6) differences in manager and leader roles
7) utilizing resources to solve day-to-day problems

Participants are required to complete pre-course assignments. The program includes a required networking dinner the first evening of the seminar. One executive coaching session will be offered to each participant 45 days after the completion of the program to assess the progress of participants’ leadership action plans.

An official OU Certificate of Completion and 3.0 CEUs will be granted.

Why: More than 1,100 aerospace entities operate in the state of Oklahoma, supporting 15% of all jobs. With the aerospace economic activity reaching nearly $44 billion annually, professionals need to increase the communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and change-management skills that will enable them to successfully lead their organizations as well as be able to network with other professionals.

Lead Instructor:  Lindy Ritz, OU School of Aviation Instructor has over 40 years of experience with the FAA Air Traffic Organization to include her role as the Director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City from 1997 to 2013. In this position, she provided oversight to more than 7,000 federal and contract employees, with an operational budget of $1.2 billion annually. In 2008, Ms. Ritz served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center Operations in Washington, D.C., and as the Acting Vice President, Technical Training for the Air Traffic Organization. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and FAA Senior Executive Candidate Development Program, and has completed graduate programs at the University of Michigan and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Ms. Ritz received a master’s degree in aviation and space from Oklahoma State University in May of 1999. The Air Traffic Control Association awarded her the George W. Kriske Memorial Award in October 2007 for an outstanding career which has added to the quality, safety, or efficiency of air traffic control. In addition, Ms. Ritz also received the first FAA Golden Compass Award for Exemplary Leadership in September 2007. In January of 2018, she was appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma as District 4 Commissioner of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. She serves as a member of the OU Aviation Advisory Board and Assistant Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance in OU’s role as technical lead. This course will also include additional instructors to assist with feedback for the group exercises, discussions, and the case study assignment.

Contact Information: Contact the program administrator, April Millaway Williams with any questions regarding this seminar or the registration process.


OU accepts a maximum of 25 participants for this seminar. We strongly suggest a quick sign up if you want to guarantee a seat. Online registration is now available. Applicants are accepted until the course is full, first-come-first-in. Once the course is full, you may ask to be placed on the waitlist for this course or watch for registration links for future sessions to become available.

Target Audience:  This course is for mid-level and upper-level professionals who hold a management or leadership position within the aviation, aerospace, or defense industries. 

When:  Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16

Where:  NC404, OU School of Aviation, 2113 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069

Cost: $600 for all participants



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Essentials in Leadership and Management
Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16


NC404, OU School of Aviation
2113 Goddard Ave.
Norman, OK 73069