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Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Learn critical financial fundamentals to confidently communicate with finance partners and understand how to analyze and evaluate financial decisions. 

Program Details

In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About the Program

Mastering core financial fundamentals is essential to every role across an organization. In this fast-paced class, you will learn to analyze and evaluate financial decisions that contribute to your company’s value. Finance for Non-Financial Managers provides professionals who have limited financial experience or education a financial perspective to empower them to operate in their organizations more effectively.


Through lively discussions, case studies, and a simulation, you will develop a strong fundamental understanding of finance. You will gain a detailed understanding of budgeting, cash flow, and metrics of financial health to help you make more effective business decisions regardless of your role.

Learn how you can customize this program for your organization.


  • Executives who make or contribute to decisions with significant financial implications
  • Managers with profit-and-loss responsibility in marketing, operations, human resources, engineering, or other non-financial areas
  • Individuals who do not have a background in finance
  • Leaders who need to refresh their finance knowledge 

Key Benefits

  • Read, understand and interpret financial statements
  • Make decisions using capital budgeting
  • Identify the business impact of changes in cash flow
  • Apply value creation principles
  • Understand financial metrics used by stakeholders to evaluate the health of the organization
If you select only one development opportunity to invest in this year, this class is the one to pick. The content is relevant, the instructors are exceptional, and the hands-on approach provides immediate application. I highly recommend it.

Participant Perspective

Participants share how this course grew their understanding of how money works inside their organizations and how money can be used in making business decisions.


Day 1
Why Capital Markets Matter
Financial Simulation
Day 2
Time Value of Money
Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
Value-Added Cash-Flow Analysis
Cash Flows and Projections
Cost of Capital & financial Alternatives
Day 3
Case Studies
The C-Suite Perspective


Rick Nelson
Senior Lecturer

Rick Nelson has taught numerous International, Executive MBA, MBA, Undergraduate, and Executive Education courses in Finance. He has also taught internationally at Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien (WU) Vienna, Austria, and the Warsaw School of Economics.

John Molloy
Senior Lecturer

John Molloy has been recognized as Finance Faculty member of the year, responsible for introductory finance courses at the Carlson School of Management. John has worked in a variety of roles ranging from federal examiner, internal auditor to strategic planning and financial analyst.

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