(Hybrid Non-credit Program)
George Mason Executive and Professional Education’s four-month long Chief Risk Officer program is focused on preparing individuals to effectively execute the practices of a chief risk officer in today’s rapidly changing business environment. This includes leading the risk management function as a strategic and aligned partner with all business units as well as enhancing the capacity to protect the reputation of the organization by managing risks and seizing opportunity to utilize risk to increase value for the organization. Recognizing the demands of leaders in the risk sector, this hybrid program is delivered online and includes short onsite visits to Mason’s Arlington, VA campus at both the onset and conclusion of the program.
As a relatively new role, the path to becoming a CRO remains somewhat ambiguous. The explicit set of career experiences to help prepare for being a CRO and effectively executing role practices are diverse and evolving. This ever-evolving role is developing in several key areas including the charge to become:
- A strategist in charge of enterprise wide governance of risk and related opportunities
- A futurist who anticipates and acts on global, economic, and technological distruptions
- An enabler who facilitates change through leadership, collaboration, and continuous improvement
- A systems-thinker who applies design thinking principles for generating effective mission performance
Mason is committed to serving critical leadership roles and recognizes the unique learning paths for both public and private entities in the risk sector. The CRO Program offers two tracks that address industry specific attributes:
- Federal Government
- Commercial Sector
This approach provides focused, personal instruction incorporated with a depth and breadth of topics related to capabilities and competencies that integrate across both sectors. This collaborative, cross-industry program design, creates an environment for participants to network with their colleagues and CRO Advisory Council members who are risk leaders in both the commercial and government sectors.