Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Learn critical financial fundamentals and be able to more confidently communicate with financial practitioners, understand how to analyze and evaluate financial decisions, and contribute more to the creation of shareholder value.

Sept. 16-18, 2014 / 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Nov. 4-Nov. 20, 2014
Tues & Thurs.
/ 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Jan. 27-29, 2015 / 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Registration opens 2015
Feb. 24-Mar. 12, 2015 / Tues. & Thurs. Evenings
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Creating and maintaining shareholder wealth is a fundamental consideration in today's complex and fast-paced business climate. In order to produce shareholder value, the contemporary corporation must stress the strategic importance of project selection, financing, and the use of cash and other resources.

The goal of our Finance for Non-Financial Managers program is to provide managers and decision-makers who do not possess a strong grounding in finance an understanding of their firm's financial paradigm. Upon completion of this valuable program, participants will gain a detailed understanding of critical financial fundamentals and will, as a result, be able to communicate with financial practitioners with more confidence.


This program serves as an ideal introduction for those managers and executives who have had little or no education or work experience in the field of finance. It has also been designed for those who need to understand the pivotal role finance plays within their organization.

Examples of past participant titles include:

  • Alliant Techsystems (ATK)
    Vice President - Technology

  • CHS Inc.
    Vice President, Insurance Risk Management

    General Manager, NAMSA China

  • St. Jude Medical Inc.
    International Product Manager


  • Develop an understanding of the uses of financial statements for valuation and analysis
  • Understand the key issues affecting financial decisions
  • Gain insights into project selection techniques
  • Explore the determinants of shareholder value and avenues for its enhancement


  • The finance view of the firm and the valuation principle
  • Time value of money and value added financial decisions
  • Accounting basics and the accrual method
  • Using accounting to understand your business
  • Evaluating value added decision rules
  • Identifying value added cash flows
  • Discounted cash flow analysis
  • Value creation from a real world perspective

Executive Education
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
321 Nineteenth Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0438

Charles Caliendo Charles Caliendo, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Murray Frank Murray Frank, Piper Jaffray Chair in Finance and Professor, Finance & Insurance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
John Molloy John Molloy, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Richard Nelson Richard Nelson, Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs, Department of Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Richard Nelson Raj Singh, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Executive Presenter

John McCormick, Chief Financial Officer, Lifetouch Inc.

"Excellent content and presentation. Even if you aren't directly involved in the financing activities at your firm, this class will help you better understand how and why decisions are made. Finance is the language of business and this class helps you to be more articulate in that language."
VP, Insurance Risk Management
CHS, Inc.

"The teachers are terrific, and the environment collegial and without judgment. I have so much more confidence after this course to engage with finance 'vocabulary' within the organization. I am also much better equipped to evaluate financial performance of the business and to make the decisions that drive that performance."
Managing Director

"Finance for Non-Financial Managers was fun, interactive and very informative. Upon leaving the class, I now understand the difference between accounting and finance and everything in between. I better understand various ways to evaluate the strength of a business and why each is just as important as the other, just different. Finance and accounting is just a language to learn."
Executive Director of New Business
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.


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6 weeks prior $3,800
1 week prior $4,000

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