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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.

Program Contact
Contact Carol Roecklein


  • 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
Within an hour, I had new insights that immediately improved my understanding of the role and principles of finance in my organization.
– Finance for Non-Financial Managers Program Participant

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
The Finance View of the Firm & the Valuation Principle

Time Value of Money & Value-Added Financial Decision Making
Accounting Basics Simulation

Using Accounting Simulation to Understand Business Cash Flows
Day 2
Evaluating Financial Decision Rules

Introducing Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
Identifying Value-Added Cash Flows

Value-Added Cash Flow Analysis
Day 3
Case - Evaluating an Equipment Purchase

Case - Evaluating an IT Investment
Valuation Case Analysis - Part One

Valuation Case Analysis - Part Two


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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