Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Planning the success of a company means understanding its financial performance. Period. We all need a basic financial understanding and a fundamental vocabulary to map our work to what matters most in business. This three-day workshop introduces the basics of accounting and finance, so you have the language, tools and techniques to become a more intelligent user of finance and accounting reports and information.

Register: October 3-5, 2018

Workshop Benefits

When you join this workshop, you’ll be able to simplify, understand, and apply data from financial reports and budgets. You will gain the confidence to ask better questions and make more informed financial decisions. When meeting with department/finance managers, you will be able to positively communicate how your department contributes to the overall financial performance of your organization with ease.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze the three main financial statements: Income Statement, Balance Sheet & Statement of Cash Flows
  • Prepare and utilize monthly operating budgets and budget variances
  • Understand how to evaluate large projects and purchases by implementing the time value of money skill set

*The online Harvard Manager Mentor Finance Essentials Module will be provided to students prior to the course as prep material.

Now’s the time to take your financial acumen to the next level. Join us by simply clicking the link on this page and registering now.

Key Faculty

David Cox

David Cox, JD is a senior lecturer at the Daniels College of Business Reiman School of Finance. He has served as the Director of Graduate Programs and Assistant Dean, Director of the full-time MBA Program. He has also developed custom finance programs for: First Data, Newmont Mining, Orica, and OMI, a division of CH2M.

David Dassler

David Dassler is an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business, School of Accountancy. He brings over 23 years of accounting and finance experience to the classroom, working for firms such as Xcel Energy, US WEST and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He just received DCB’s 2017 Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

“This was a very good course and exactly what I was looking for-the topics were covered at the right level and both lecturers complimented each other very well. All of the DU staff looked after us very well and the whole process of registration and attending was seamless. The DU campus is lovely and contributed to the great atmosphere we enjoyed during the class—thank you!”

“The program was fantastic! I highly recommend it to anyone. Both instructors were very clear in their explanations of (what were for me) complicated concepts, and always receptive to questions. I wish I could take it again, it was that good.”

“I studied Natural Resources as an undergraduate and ended up working for a conservation non-profit. I never imagined that I would need to understand finance or accounting. I was wrong. As I progressed in my career I quickly learned that an understanding of these foundational business skills is critical. The Finance for Non-Financial Managers course was a great introduction and helped me to bring greater business savvy to my organization. The course also helped me to advance in my career and opened many doors. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to advance in their career and does not have a basic understanding of accounting and finance.” – Erik L. Glenn, Executive Director, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

More Details

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for mid-level professionals, small business owners and consultants who do not yet have formal training in finance and accounting. It is for those who are committed to becoming more intelligent users of finance and accounting information to grow their contribution and promotability.

Tuition & Cost

Non-Credit: $2,000
15% discount available for DU Alumni, Daniels Corporate Partners, and 3 or more individuals from the same organization: $1,700
25% discount available for Non-profits, Current or Former Military, Government: $1,500

For 2 Graduate Level Credits: $2,744

Should I take this for credit or non-credit?


This option is for participants who are not interested in receiving graduate level credit and are participating for professional development and to update their skills, knowledge and abilities. Upon request, Executive Education is pleased to provide a Certificate of Completion for professional development credit for any Executive Education workshop completed. Please click on the link, download the form, and follow the instructions therein.

Credit – Graduate-Level Academic Credit

This option is for those interested in receiving graduate credits for their participation. In order to apply, you need to have completed your undergraduate degree and provide us with an unofficial transcript of that degree.  These credits and your course grade will be on your official transcript. Please be aware that there is a mandatory assignment and once the workshop begins you are no longer able to switch your status from for-credit to non-credit.

*If you are a DU Employee wanting to use your tuition waiver, you will receive further instructions from Executive Education approximately 1 week prior to the start of your course.

If you are not sure which option to choose, please contact us for advising at 303-871-3676.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration in any of our workshops, you may transfer your enrollment to a future workshop (within 1 year), send someone to take your place, or cancel without penalty at any time up to three days (72 hours) prior to your class. If you provide us with less than three days’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be responsible for the entire workshop fee.

Contact Us

Program Developer
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307