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Strategic Finance

Today’s leading organizations require executives to use rigorous financial analysis in order to make strategic decisions that affect growth, profitability and competitive market advantage.

Strategic Finance is a three-day multidimensional workshop that uses real simulations and an acquisition case study to map the connections between business strategy, finance and enterprise value creation.

The goal of the course is to make you a more intelligent user of finance and strategy. It will enable you to ask better questions and to make better decisions. You will become a more sophisticated manager, particularly when focusing on the interplay and interdependence of strategy, finance & management. 

Register: May 6, 13, 20, 2021 (three consecutive Thursdays)

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

Workshop Benefits

  • Evaluate whether business strategy is focused on enterprise value creation and if it is supported by the company’s financial structure. Determine how value creation can be measured through the use of cash flow based metrics like EVA and CFROI; learn the limitations of traditional accounting based metrics.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of traditional strategic planning to modern strategic thinking, the role of finance strategy, strategic bets and valuation of strategic options.
  • Apply strategy and finance tools in an acquisition case study, with a strong focus on the strategic benefits of the acquisition, evaluation of the ‘strategic bets’, valuation, post-acquisition integration, and value creation for shareholders

Key Faculty

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.

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.

“I really enjoyed this course! Both Randy and Ron were captivating instructors. The three days flew by, but it worked well with my work schedule to only take 3 days to go to a course. Thanks again to everyone setting this up.”

“This course had an incredible amount of value. I really liked the flow from strategy to finance and back again. The delineation of cash flow metrics versus accounting metrics gave me great insight into the difference between organizational strategy under each system.”

“As a Senior Executive in the Oil and Gas Industry, I’m always interested in further education and avail myself of such opportunities on a regular basis. Given the massive influx of young talent into the energy industries in the past eight years, I think DU’s Executive Education workshops on leadership, finance and data analytics serve as an important way to develop leaders and enhance their technical skills.

I had the pleasure of attending the Strategic Finance 3-day workshop taught by Professors Ron Rizzuto and Randy Lewis. Thank you for offering this course and I applaud all of you for a job well done. I learned a good deal, was able to refresh my finance and management knowledge and appreciated the integration of advanced finance with strategy.  The case study brought home many of the finance and strategy concepts extremely well and I found the class discussions to be very informative.  I will definitely recommend this workshop to others.

The program logistics were well handed and the classroom itself was fantastic-what a great facility.”
–Gary Davis, President, Hat Creek Energy LLC

More Details

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for division/general managers who are called on to integrate their operations with the finance and strategy of the company. It is also for senior level finance and operations managers who want to better integrate their financial analysis with the strategy and management of the organization.

Tuition & Cost

Non-Credit: $1,980
15% discount available for DU Alumni, Daniels Corporate Partners, and 3 or more individuals from the same organization
20% discount available for Non-profits, Current or Former Military, Government

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. 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 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 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 business days prior to your class. If you provide us with less than three business days’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be responsible for the entire workshop fee.

Contact Us

Assistant Director of Business Development
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307

To schedule a meeting with Camila CLICK HERE


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