Finance for Executives

Make better decisions with greater confidence

If you’re new to financial decision-making or want a firmer grounding in the discipline, this “finance for non-finance managers” program will dramatically increase your knowledge, deepen your practical understanding, improve your fluency and give you greater confidence in the decisions you make and influence. You’ll also learn to evaluate investment opportunities and develop new insight into how shareholder value is created and the key role executives like you play in the process.

In a highly collaborative and supportive learning environment, you’ll gain new knowledge and understanding in interactive classroom sessions led by senior Kellogg faculty, then spend time in working sessions with your instructors and fellow class members applying theory to practice with a heavy emphasis on real-life executive finance case examples.

Michael J. Fishman / Academic Director

Who Should Attend

  • Executives who make or contribute to decisions with significant financial implications
  • Managers with profit-and-loss responsibility in marketing, operations, human resources, engineering and other nonfinancial areas

Note: No background in finance is required

Key Benefits

  • Contribute more meaningfully to financial decision making
  • Talk numbers with confidence
  • Read, understand and interpret financial statements
  • Evaluate investment opportunities
  • Understand the implications of financial decisions on firm value

Program Content

Interpreting Financial Reports
  • Identify the conceptual underpinnings of corporate reporting
  • Read and understand corporate financial statements
  • Conduct a qualitative assessment of financial performance

Evaluating Investments

  • Understand investment evaluation criteria
  • Estimate cash flows, including the consequences of product cannibalization, shared production facilities and inflation
  • Apply discounted cash flow and multiples-based valuation methods
  • Understand strategic acquisitions

Financial Decisions and Value Creation

  • Expand your knowledge of financial markets
  • Evaluate alternative sources of capital for short- and long-term financing
  • Manage capital structure
  • Estimate the cost of capital
  • Understand how the stock market responds to financial decisions

Optional Offer: Accounting Tutorial

Participants in this program consistently point to the optional, pre-program accounting tutorial as an important value-added component of the program. Led by Professor Powers, the tutorial focuses on financial reports, how to read between the lines and what auditors look for. You can register for this option when you enroll.


Artur Raviv - Academic Director; Alan E. Peterson Professor of Finance

Michael J. Fishman - Academic Director; Norman Strunk Professor of Financial Institutions; Professor of Finance; Faculty Director, EMBA

Marian Powers - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

What Participants Say

“In today's ever changing world, a deeper, broader knowledge of finance and all relevant drivers are critical to seeing and understanding the bigger picture and making an impact on your business. This program and all [the] professors have more than exceeded my expectations! Thank you!”
President Brink's US & EVP - N. America, Brink's Inc.

“This program has been a fantastic learning experience; it has not only significantly improved my understanding of financial statements and financial terms and concepts, but also made me more comfortable and confident in my ability to be a part of the critical financial discussions and decisions in my organization. I am leaving with a higher level of confidence and knowledge!”
General Manager, IGT

“For those of us who don't regularly focus on finance and accounting, the knowledge [from] this program is professional dynamite - really the difference between making sound business decisions (and best guesses), and smart, strategic business decisions. This program exceeded my expectations and changed the daunting into an asset for me in my role.”
Vice President of Corporate Communication, Kiewit

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation

2018 Sessions

April 22-27, 2018

Start: April 22 at 3:45 PM

End: April 27 at 11:45 AM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

September 9-14, 2018

Start: September 9 at 3:45 PM

End: September 14 at 11:45 AM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208