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Finance and Accounting for Non-financial Executives

Learn to make decisions that positively impact the bottom line

Today it has become even more critical to understand the key concepts and techniques of financial analysis to make better business decisions for optimal results. Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives provides professionals with an understanding of the numbers side of business. In this certificate program you will learn how to use financial information in real-life management situations.

This three-day seminar introduces essential financial management techniques for effective decision-making and provides a solid understanding of corporate finance. It equips professionals with a comprehensive working knowledge of financial principles and a strong foundation in financial management analysis. You will learn to interpret crucial financial data in ways that will enable you to improve your personal effectiveness and make a more productive corporate contribution. This program will give you the opportunity to meet with peers, share experiences and expand their business knowledge.

Upcoming Seminar Dates

December 3-5, 2018

Before this course, I lacked a complete understanding of cash flow concepts and the tax benefits of borrowing money. Now that I understand theories like ROIC and net present value, and can speak the same lingo as our finance director, I make stronger business decisions and keep the flow of capital funding our projects.
Randy StewartDistrict Sales Manager, Albertsons Inc.
  • Learn to communicate clearly with financial experts so you can understand 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.

Organizations that sponsor employees in the Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives seminar benefit from improved productivity gains through better financial analysis, elimination of guesswork and improved accuracy of decisions, better interaction between financial and non-financial staff, and more informed decisions about strategy, revenue generation and investments.

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.

Customize this seminar for your company
We can tailor this seminar to meet your key strategic business needs. That way, your employees stay focused on your mission and goals as they learn from University of Washington faculty. We can create in-house versions of any of our three seminars in Finance and Accounting, Business Communication Strategies and Leadership. Or work with Executive Education staff to develop a new program specifically for your company. For more information, call UW Executive Education at 206-543-8560.

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.
Professor of Accounting, Gerhard G. Mueller Endowed Professor in Accounting
Julius Roller Endowed Professorship
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

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.
Professor of Finance, Marion Ingersoll Endowed Professor
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

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.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Herbert O. Whitten Professor

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.

Program Fee: $3,300
Payment must be made by check, credit card or submit a purchase order for later invoice. Discounts may apply.

Winter Registration

Registration deadline
The registration deadline is November 23, 2018, but it is strongly encouraged that you register early as space is limited.

Register Now

For more information
Phone: 206-543-8560

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