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Our commitment to developing and providing transformative educational experiences does not stop with a degree. The changing world of business requires leaders who continually evolve to meet new challenges. Professional and Executive Education at Gies College of Business provides continuing education that empowers senior executives, managers, and all lifelong learners to achieve their potential.

We offer certificates, noncredit workshops, digital badges, and custom solutions for enterprise partners. 

Online Courses, Certificates, and Badges

Not every learner wants to earn a degree. Some are looking to upskill or reskill; others want to pursue noncredit courses as a first step toward earning more advanced credentials. We have the online learning expertise and infrastructure to serve these lifelong learners with professional and executive education. Our stackable options provide direct access to Gies online content and allow all learners to choose their point of entry and their path on the continuum, from skill development to degrees. This flexible, stackable structure makes a Gies education accessible for all lifelong learners.

Certificate in Business Management and Administration

MBA Essentials Certificate Course
Starts August 6, 2020

Gain skills in strategic leadership and innovation, process improvement, marketing management, and managerial accounting.

Skills iCademies

Skills iCademy: Business Analytics
Open Enrollment

The Business Analytics iCademy provides foundational and advanced resources to help ease the burden you face when learning data analytics.

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals

Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals
Open Enrollment

This course is designed to help accounting professionals develop an analytical mindset and prepare them to use data analytic programming languages like Python and R.

Enterprise Partnership Programs

Our Enterprise Partners program offers employers the opportunity to advance their workforce through customized online and on-site educational experiences. For employees, the program helps accelerate their careers. For employers, it advances the organization. We invite you to partner with us to access customized, high-quality, and engaging content to cultivate your employees’ business skills. From information about the fundamentals of business to disruptive technologies, we provide the global workforce access to the highest quality, stackable, in-demand content.

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Dr. James C. Leonard
MD President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Carle Foundation

Gies News and Events

How to assess risk, review insurance coverage during pandemic

Jul 27, 2020, 08:11 AM by Aaron Bennett
It has taken the COVID-19 crisis for many businesses to re-evaluate the amount and types of commercial insurance they should buy. Many recently found that their policies don’t cover pandemic-related losses, says Gies Professor Lynne McChristian.

It has taken the COVID-19 crisis for many businesses to re-evaluate the amount and types of commercial insurance they should buy. Many recently found that their policies don’t cover pandemic-related losses, according to Gies Professor Lynne McChristian.

“Understanding risk is at the core of good business decision-making, yet we have much to learn," said McChristian, director of the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research at Gies College of Business. "We never think bad things are going to happen to us or in our lifetimes. The mistake that many companies make is thinking in terms of how little insurance do I need, when the question should be ‘What is my vulnerability?’” 

McChristian is the latest expert to share their perspective as part of the College’s COVID-19 Global Challenges in Business webinar series. Her session, “Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage,” is available hereMcChristian explained enterprise risk management is interdependent and includes financial, operational, and business risk. The range of risk exposures is immense, including natural and man-made disasters, supply chain losses, and cyber risk.

Business interruption insurance, for example, is designed to cover loss of business income during a shutdown period and extra expenses due to a covered peril.

“Business interruption policies are added on to standard coverage, such as commercial multi-peril and business owners policies, yet only about one-third of US businesses purchase them. They will pay out during a pandemic only if virus and bacteria are not excluded. Going forward, the key is first knowing what your risks are, then correctly estimating the time it would take to recover if a catastrophe hit your business. There are resources to help you figure that out,” McChristian said.

She suggests using an insurance provider as a risk advisor who can help answer these questions about preparing for the unexpected:

  • What are your risk exposures?
  • What controls do you have in place to minimize the downside?
  • Do you have the right systems to track and measure risks?
  • Do you have the right people and skills to manage the risks?

McChristian also advises that companies should keep their eye on potential COVID-19-related legislation, including the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, and the Business Continuity Protection Program, introduced by insurance trade groups, which would be run by FEMA.

“This series continues to share important advice from our Gies faculty experts to help you respond to the business risks of coronavirus and better succeed through it,” said Brooke Elliott, Associate Dean of Online Programs and EY Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Gies.