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Carlson School of Management

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Finance for Non-Financial Managers - Carlson Executive Education

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May 14—16
3 days
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
USD 3900
USD 1300 per day
Nov 5—7
3 days
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
USD 3900
USD 1300 per day


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.

Creating and maintaining shareholder value is a key focus in today's business. In addition, as practitioners, it is critical that people understand how finance works within their organization from the investment and expense side of the equation. It is critical that people are able to understand how finance can be used as a tool to manage and run the business in order to use it to their advantage and a key strategic driver of the organization.

The goal of the Finance for Non-Financial Managers program is to provide leaders and decision-makers who do not possess a strong grounding in finance, an understanding of how money works inside their organization and how money can be used in making decisions. This program is filled with instruction and case studies and topped off with a financial simulation to ensure participants practice their new-found knowledge.

Upon completion of this program, participants will gain critical skills in financial fundamentals and have the ability to understand how money flows within their organization, as well as communicate implications with more confidence to drive business results.

Learning outcomes:

  • Read, understand and interpret financial statements
  • Make decisions using capital budgeting
  • Identify the business impact of changes in cash flow
  • Apply value creation principles
  • Understand financial metrics used by stakeholders to evaluate the health of the organization

Who should attend

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.


Rick Nelson Senior Lecturer Finance Education BS 1980 Finance University of Minnesota MBA 1987 Finance University of Minnesota Expertise Teaching faculty member not active in research Rick Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of Undergraduate Finance Programs, Department ...
John Molloy Senior Lecturer Finance Education MS Business 1998 Finance University of WisconsinMadison BBA 1991 Accounting and Finance University of WisconsinMadison Expertise Current Activities
Seasoned business executive with 30+ years of expertise in areas including operations, financial management, business planning and analysis, acquisitions and more. Established track record of success in manufacturing, technology, and service companies ranging from startups to midcaps. Strategic, ...


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