Wharton on Financial Management

The Wharton School

The Wharton School


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Who should attend

This program is for a diverse group of finance leaders from varied industries, backgrounds, and geographies, all of whom are dealing with the complex challenges of the health and economic crises.

Job titles or roles may include:

  • CEO, CFO, COO, President
  • Strategic planning and/or business development executive
  • Controller or other corporate finance position
  • General manager, vice president, or executive director
  • Leader of a privately owned business, especially one that is negotiating with lenders or investors

About the course

Wharton on Financial Management, a new six-week Wharton LIVE series, provides access into the minds of Wharton’s world-class finance faculty and their unique perspectives on the current state of business. A rotating line-up of Wharton professors, each of whom has spent a career studying and interpreting financial trends and data, discuss how to best prepare for the future. This series will teach you how to think about the challenges and opportunities, your business will face in the short term and long term, and how to best position your company to survive the crisis and thrive post-crisis.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

By attending this program, you will:

  • Understand the health and economic effects of states’ reopening policies
  • Understand the effects on the current cost of capital
  • Learn how to think about future cash flows in uncertain times
  • See how the Fed’s and the Treasury’s response to the crisis impacts corporate credit
  • Explore how to value and finance innovation in the current environment
  • Learn how to analyze foreign investments and risk

Wharton on Financial Management will explore the lessons we can learn from past financial catastrophes and relate those lessons to today to address key questions related to financial decision making. By helping you critically examine your finance operations and business cash flow over the next 6 to 24 months, you will be better prepared to analyze potential risk exposure and think through the implications of your company’s financial decision making.

This Wharton LIVE series is offered as a virtual, fully immersive structured learning experience that can be put to immediate use. Core learning takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., followed by a facilitated question and answer discussion.

The program will be led by Wharton Finance Professor Michael Roberts, an award-winning professor who has over 25 years of research and expertise in the field. He will be joined by other Wharton faculty who are experts in finance, risk, and crisis management.

Session topics will include:

  • Coronavirus policy responses: Insights from the Penn Wharton Budget Model
  • Cost of capital
  • Forecasting cash flows
  • Implications of changes in fiscal and monetary policy
  • Managing liquidity
  • Valuing and financing innovation
  • International financial decision making in the COVID-19 era


Itamar Drechsler

Biography Itamar Drechsler joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Finance in July 2009. Professor Drechsler's primary research interests include asset pricing, macro finance and derivatives markets. He is interested in how investor learning and uncertain...

Kent Smetters

Education 1995 Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University 1992 M.A. Economics, Harvard University 1990 B.S. Computer Science, Ohio State University 1990 B.S. Economics, Ohio State University Florian Scheuer and Kent Smetters (Under Review), Could a Website Really Have Doomed the Health Exchanges? Mu...

Vincent Glode

Vincent Glode joined the Finance Department at the Wharton School in July 2009 after earning his PhD in finance from Carnegie Mellon University.  His research is mainly theoretical and studies how financial intermediaries create and allocate surplus in the economy.  His papers have been published...

Karen Lewis

Education PhD, University of Chicago, 1985;  BA, University of Oklahoma, 1979 Affiliations Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1991present. Senior Fellow, Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2010 present. Academic Positions Held Cur...

Michael Roberts

Michael R. Roberts is the William H. Lawrence Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Roberts earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California ...

Luke Taylor

Education PhD and MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 2009; AB, Princeton University, 2001 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2008present. Other Positions Business Analyst, McKinsey and Company, 20012003 Ryan Heath Peters and Luke Taylor (Forthcoming), Intangible Capital and th...

Kevin Kaiser

Kevin Kaiser joined the finance faculty at INSEAD in 1992 where he is currently Professor of Management Practice and Director of the Transition to General Management programme. Kevin is also Director of the ABN Amro Managing for Value Research Fund at INSEAD, and is active in conducting and shari...

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