Available dates

May 11—15, 2020
5 days
Berkeley, California, United States
USD 7500
USD 1500 per day


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About the course

Understanding financial information is essential for assessing a company’s health, and making strategic decisions that significantly impact the company’s performance.

How do you analyze and interpret key financial statements? What are the key drivers of value creation? How do you link performance measures to corporate or business unit strategy?

Most business leaders need to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the area of financial information analysis. Armed with the ability to interpret and apply financial information to their decision-making process, executives will enhance their leadership capabilities and profile, as well as the company’s potential for success.

Learn the Language of Finance Understand the building blocks of corporate financial reporting, how to interpret and analyze financial statements and how they relate to each other.

Identify and Create New Value Learn how to identify and capture key drivers of value creation, add value through financial engineering, and link performance measures to corporate and business unit strategy.

Build Credibility and Contribute More as a Non-Financial Executive Capably use financial information for operational and strategic decision-making, to measure and manage costs, and to measure and incentivize business unit performance.


The Financial Data Analysis for Leaders program curriculum covers the following topics:

TOPIC 1 | Financial Statements and Terminology

  • Financial Reporting and Analyzing Primary Financial Statements
  • Using Financial Information and Financial Ratios

TOPIC 2 | Financial Management Types

  • Cost Management
  • Value-based Management

TOPIC 3 | Introduction to Corporate Valuation

  • Accounting for Value
  • Value Creation Drivers
  • Valuation Heuristics

TOPIC 4 | Financial Analysis Frameworks

  • Profitability Analysis
  • Capital Structure & Financial Engineering
  • Growth Analysis

Who should attend

Financial Acumen for Leaders is designed for senior-level executives with a need for a deeper understanding of finance and accounting.

The program is well-suited for non-financial executives, but also serves as a refresher for financial executives.

Trust the experts

Sunil Dutta

Education PhD, Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota MBA, Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota MS, Applied Chemistry, University of Minnesota BS, Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India Positions He...


Panos Patatoukas

Education Ph.D., Accounting and Finance, Yale University, December 2010 Dissertation Title: Essays on Corporate Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis Dissertation Committee: Jake Thomas (Director), Shyam Sunder, Brian Mittendorf, Frank Zhang M.Phil., Management, Yale Univer...


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