Mason launches cutting-edge C-suite programs

Posted: February 27, 2018
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For more than 30 years, George Mason University has provided professional development and continuing education opportunities to individuals and organizations seeking to leverage Mason’s curricula and research expertise to advance their professional missions and goals. This year, George Mason’s Executive and Professional Education is launching several C-suite focused programs that are the first of their kind to be offered by a higher education institution.

Mason’s intention is to identify C-level positions that have either been created in the last five years or have evolved significantly during that time period. Chief Talent Officer, Chief Data Officer and Chief Learning Officer programs are among those available for individuals currently serving in or on a path to move into these positions. These new programs have been designed to be highly responsive to market demands for multidisciplinary leadership positions, and were developed with significant input from advisory councils including experts in the field. C-suite leaders serving on those councils are not only helping mold the curricula for the programs, but will also be stepping into the classroom as faculty to share their first-hand experiences with participants. Among those is Kimo Kippen, VP of Global Workforce Initiatives and former Chief Learning Officer at Hilton who will help bring industry expertise and insight into our Chief Talent Officer program.

“With the ever-changing nature of C-level positions and no clear existing career path that leads to them, the C-suite programs are the culmination of Mason’s efforts to build the formalized standards and competencies that these strategic roles need,” said Roy Hinton, Associate Dean for Executive Programs in Executive and Professional Education.

The program tracks will offer professionals and participating organizations opportunities to connect to a diverse network of professionals, providing prospects for cross-industry education and relationship building. Partnering organizations also gain access to Mason’s network of faculty and research resources to support their evolving business needs.

“Mason is uniquely positioned to deliver these opportunities to interested stakeholders, with our proximity to Washington, D.C., the nation’s center for government activity, and our location in Northern Virginia, a fast-growing economy and business hub.” Hinton said. “More significantly, these programs are part of Mason’s commitment to continually innovate learning and respond to the needs of our community.”

Learn more about our C-suite programs at

By Angelina Jarrouj

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