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Finance and Accounting for Non-financial Executives

Finance and accounting seminar

Make decisions that positively impact the bottom line

This three-day seminar will provide you with a better understanding of the numbers side of business. The curriculum introduces essential accounting and finance concepts for managers without a financial background. Learn key principles and build a solid foundation for interpreting and analyzing financial data. Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to apply what you have learned at work and make effective decisions based on your organization’s financial information.

Upcoming Seminar Dates

September 28-30, 2020 – Online
If you are registered for this seminar, please check your email for updates from your program manager James Zheng.

May 11-13, 2021 – In Person

  • Learn to communicate clearly about concepts such as profitability, financial strength, and how to project future growth.
  • Understand the basic concepts and techniques of financial analysis to make better business decisions and get better results.
  • Learn to assess the risk of an opportunity and determine a minimum acceptable return.
  • Evaluate and choose the best financing options for your company.

Understanding Financial Statements

  • Key concepts including assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenses.
  • How to use the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement to understand
    a company’s financial position and performance.
  • Framework for basic financial statement analysis including ratio analysis.

Using Accounting Data in Decision-Making

  • Finding the best data to use when analyzing an important business decision.
  • Finding relevant cost data for common decisions — e.g. adding or dropping a product, product pricing, etc.

Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis and Business Risk

  • How cost structure decisions affect profit potential and business risk.
  • Using cost-volume-profit analysis to make cost structure choices.

Performance Evaluation

  • Alternative frameworks for evaluating performance.
  • Setting strategic objectives, measuring performance, and defining targets using the Balanced Scorecard.

Financing the Business

  • Alternative sources of capital, including equity financing, loans and trade credit.
  • Selecting the best financing mix taking into account risk, taxes, timing, and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Financing options to handle seasonal demand.

Investment Analysis

  • Organizing the capital budgeting process.
  • Setting the minimum acceptable rate of return on an investment.
  • The impact of inflation, taxes, allocated costs, and other factors on an investment decision.
  • Understand NPV and IRR, and how they are used to evaluate projects.

According to a study from a team of researchers at Brigham Young University, the Foster School of Business Department of Accounting ranks first worldwide in contributions to financial accounting research. The study ranks accounting programs by topical area based on the number of articles published in top journals.

David Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Chair of Accounting Department,
Professor of Accounting, Julius Roller Endowed Professorship

Professor Burgstahler specializes in managerial accounting, financial reporting and disclosure, earnings forecasts, statistical methods in auditing, econometrics. He has been at the University of Washington since 1981.

Jarrad Harford, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Finance and Business Economics
Professor of Finance, Paul Pigott-PACCAR Professor in Business Administration

Professor Harford specializes in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, payout policy, and corporate governance. He has authored numerous articles on these topics and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Economics. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the IS MBA Award for Teaching Excellence.

Frank Hodge, Ph.D.
Orin & Janet Smith Dean of the Foster School of Business
Professor of Accounting

Professor Hodge specializes in financial reporting and statement analysis and how individuals make investment decisions using accounting information. In 2010 he was awarded the Wells Fargo Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching and the Foster School of Business TMMBA Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2014, he won the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dates and fees Registration
September 28-30, 2020 – Online
Register now
Deadline: September 18, 2020
May 11-13, 2021 – In Person
Register now
Deadline: April 27, 2021

Payment must be made by check, credit card, or submit a purchase order for later invoice.

It is strongly encouraged that you register early as space is limited. See discount and cancellation policies.

Like our in-person courses, online courses from Executive Education are designed and led by Foster School faculty and taught using the same evidence-based research and application. Students will participate in discussions, breakout sessions, and direct interactions with our faculty. Courses are conducted via Zoom, which facilitates real-time interface between students and faculty via webcam and text-based chat.

In addition to the faculty, your program manager will provide guidance throughout the course. You will be contacted by the program manager via email and provided with materials to read prior to class.

Schedule at a glance

Class Schedule each day
8:45 a.m. Join Online Class
9:00 – 11:10 a.m. Class
11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Class

Bank of America Executive Center (BAEC)
University of Washington Main Campus
4275 NE Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195
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Parking for our classes is offered in the Central Plaza Garage at 15th Ave NE and NE 41st Street. You will receive a parking code from the program manager via email prior to the start of the class.

Directions for accessing the Central Plaza Garage and the BAEC building.

Commuter info
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Disability accommodation
The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Please see this reference about submitting accommodation requests.

Class materials and homework
You will be contacted by the program manager via email and provided with materials to read prior to class.

Continuing Education Credits
Participants are eligible to receive 1.65 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this seminar. You must request tracking of your CEU credits when you register. More information about CEUs.

Schedule at a glance

8:00 – 8:20 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:20 – 11:45 a.m. Class
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Class
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch provided
12:45 – 4:30 p.m. Class
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch provided
12:45 – 3:00 p.m. Class
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