Finance for Non-Financial Managers

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. Through hands-on learning exercises, we will show you how 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. 

Register: April 27-29, 2020

Workshop Benefits

Workshop Benefits:

  • Learn how to understand and analyze the three main financial statements: Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows (including comparisons between profit and non-profit organizations)
  • Learn how to prepare budgets and forecasts, and analyze variances
  • BYOFS – bring your financial statements so you can learn right away how finance and accounting terms apply to your organization
  • Understand how longer term finance decisions (capital budgeting) are made utilizing the time value of money 

Key Faculty

Keely Gohl

Keely Gohl is an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business and teaches executive education classes for the Colorado Society of CPA’s. She brings more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience to the classroom, working for firms such as KPMG, the University of Denver, The Dumb Friends League, and other non-profit organizations. She is the Founding Member of Favor Financial Consulting. Keely holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accountancy from the University of Denver and is a registered CPA and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

Randel Lewis

Randel Lewis is an award-winning adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, teaching the graduate level course in strategy and finance. He is also a guest lecturer at the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver. Lewis serves as a mediator, expert witness and court-appointed fiduciary for distressed business.

Ron Rizzuto

Ron Rizzuto is an award-winning Professor of Finance in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and an Endowed Professor in International Executive Education. He teaches courses in capital expenditure analysis, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and strategic finance.

He has received the University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Business’s Cecil Puckett 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 have formal training in finance and accounting. It is for who professionals who want to become more intelligent users of finance and accounting information. 

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
20% discount available for Non-profits, Current or Former Military, Government: $1,600

For 2 Graduate Level Credits: $2,852 

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

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