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 professionals” 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.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format through spring 2021. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.


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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; Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research; Norman Strunk Professor of Financial Institutions; Professor of Finance; Academic Director of CPU

Marian Powers - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 38.50 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

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 contact us to schedule an advising session

2021 Sessions

February 1-12, 2021

Start: February 1 at 8:30 AM

End: February 12 at 1:15 PM

Live Virtual Program

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April 19-30, 2021

Start: April 19 at 8:30 AM

End: April 30 at 1:15 PM

Live Virtual Program

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October 10-15, 2021

Start: October 10 at 3:45 PM

End: October 15 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