Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Upcoming Session: Thursdays, February 29, March 7 & March 14, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Next Session: Fall 2024

Format: In-person on the University of Denver campus

Cost: $1,980

Discounts: A 15% discount is available for nonprofits, current or former military, government, DU alumni, Daniels corporate partners and three or more individuals from the same organization.

This workshop introduces you to the essential accounting and finance skills any business professional needs to know. Over the three days, you will learn the language, tools and techniques to become a more intelligent user of finance and accounting reports, gaining the confidence to ask better questions and to make more informed financial decisions.

Register: February 29, March 7 & March 14, 2024 (Three consecutive Thursdays, in-person)

*If you are interested in taking this class for graduate level credit and you are not an employee or student at DU, please see the credit vs. non-credit information below or contact us for more information. 

Workshop Benefits

Workshop Benefits:

  • Learn how to understand and analyze the three main financial statements: Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows (including comparisons between profit and nonprofit organizations)
  • Learn how to think about investments and understand how longer-term finance decisions are made
  • Learn how to prepare budgets and forecasts, and analyze variances
  • BYOFS – Bring Your Own Financial Statements so you can learn right away how finance and accounting concepts apply to your organization

Key Faculty

Keely Gohl

Keely Gohl is an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business, teaches executive education classes for the Colorado Society of CPA’s and is a registered CPA and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

Dessa Bokides

Dessa Bokides is an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business bringing to the classroom more than 30 years of global financial leadership and specialization in financial strategy and capital markets. 

“Finance for Non-Financial Managers has been hugely beneficial to my career and professional development. I was able to apply what I learned immediately and felt comfortable throughout the process.  What once was intimidating is now language I understand.” – Benjy Duke, Expeditions Director, A Bar A Ranch

“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

“This was a very good course and exactly what I was looking for-the topics were covered at the right level and the 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. The 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.”

More Details

Upcoming Session:Thursdays, February 29, March 7 & March 14, 2024 | In-Person

Next Session: Fall 2024

Cost: $1,980 (non-credit, see details below)

Schedule and Format

This workshop will be offered in-person on the University of Denver campus. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. each day and lunch is included.

To prepare for this class you will need to complete a few short action items that generally take 20-30 minutes. Please expect an email two to three weeks before the class begins with details on how to complete these action items.

Participants taking the workshop for credit will have an assignment to complete at the end of the course.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for mid-level professionals, small business owners and consultants who do not have formal training in finance and accounting. It is for professionals who want to become more intelligent users of finance and accounting information.

Tuition & Cost

Non-Credit: $1,980
Discounts are available for nonprofits, current or former military, government, DU alumni, Daniels corporate partners and three or more individuals from the same organization. Visit the program non-credit (pay with credit card) registration page or contact us for more information.

For Credit: 2 credit hours at DU’s tuition rate
For more information on DU’s current tuition rates, check the Registrar’s website

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.

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 2 weeks prior to the start of your course.

**If you are in a Master’s degree program at DU, and want to take this class for elective credit, please contact us before you register for the class. Your academic advisor will need to be involved in the registration process and it will require prior approval.

If you are not sure which option to choose, please contact Camila for advising at

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this workshop, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel anytime up to seven business days prior to the start of the first class.

Classes requiring an assessment such as Insights cannot be refunded after the assessment has be taken. Your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class and you cannot send someone in your place.

If you provide us with less than seven business day’s notice or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire workshop fee and your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class.

Contact Us

Director of Business Development
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307

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