//Finance for the Non-Financial Leader

Finance for the Non-Financial Leader


Harness the power of financial data to make better decisions for your organization. Designed for the non-financial leader, this program provides foundational principles in accounting and finance and teaches how to effectively use financial information to make a meaningful impact.


COVID-19 Update

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 we encourage you to enroll in our Executive Education offerings with confidence. Courses will be modified to a full or partial distance-learning format in the case of campus closure. Because distance-learning courses will not be able to accommodate on-campus amenities, a discount may be provided. Please contact our office at ExecEd@Utah.edu or 801-572-7273 for more details.

Upcoming Dates:

March 26, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

September 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This will be a blended online course. It will include pre-recorded lecture and live webinars.

Understanding financial fundamentals is essential to direct your company in strategic decisions. This knowledge allows you to make better use of your information and become a strategic contributor to your organization. Understanding how finance works within your organization allows leaders to use this knowledge to more efficiently drive the success of their business.

This course provides leaders and decision-makers, who do not have a strong background in finance, an understanding of how money works within their organization and how to implement strategies in decision-making processes to drive business results and a competitive financial performance. It emphasizes practical application of accounting principles, and it provides a framework of interpreting and leveraging information in a variety of business settings.


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Topics Covered Include:

  • Financial statements
  • Present value techniques and applications
  • Evaluating projects
  • Assessing earnings quality
  • Cost accounting and managerial accounting
  • Financing, leverage, and options
  • Strategy and oversight

Return on Education:

  • Employer Benefits
    • Communicate financial goals and performance more effectively
    • Evaluate the performance of your company
    • Anticipate what financial statements should look like given the company’s business model
    • Determine how your goals and performance are measuring up over time and against competitors
  • Employee Benefits
    • Analyze the performance metrics by which you are being measured and why they matter
    • Enhance your skills to use accounting concepts and strategies in your company’s decision-making processes
    • Gain confidence and become a better communicator among peers and senior management

Who Should Attend:

  • Executives who contribute to decisions with financial implications
  • Managers with profit-and-loss responsibility in non-financial areas
  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners without a financial background
  • Individuals looking to move up into senior positions

SHRM Recertification Provider 2017

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 11 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.



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JB Henriksen

JB Henriksen is a principal in the firm Advanced CFO Solutions. He currently serves as the Acting CFO for several high growth companies in the software, wholesale, and medical space. JB is an active member of the Salt Lake City Angels and is active in the Utah entrepreneurial community mentoring many growing businesses. JB earned a BS in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

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  1. Alyssa Charles

    “This program helped give me insight to items in the finance world that I had not been exposed to.”

  2. Alyssa Charles

    “The information was basic enough to follow along, but covered key elements to make the class useful.”

  3. Alyssa Charles

    “I am so new to business finance. I feel it gave me a better understanding on how to look at reports.”

  4. Alyssa Charles

    “Loved the professor and collaborative environment. It has such great networking and real-life business scenarios.”

  5. Alyssa Charles

    “Great instructor. Presented difficult information in an easy digestible way.”

  6. Alyssa Charles

    “Great dialogue. People asking real life questions and getting real life answers.”

  7. Katrina Vastag

    “Great tools to use in both personal and professional life. Made finance much more clear and understandable.”

  8. Katrina Vastag

    “Opened my eyes to the importance of finance in business.”

  9. Katrina Vastag

    “I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I found the instructor to be clear, easy to follow, and engaging. His examples were relevant, he moved through material at a great pace, and the information I learned is useful to me right now. So glad I came!”

  10. Katrina Vastag

    “Well organized. The take home spreadsheets and book are great!”

  11. Katrina Vastag

    “I loved that it applied to my current position and I learned things I can implement immediately. Very professional instructor, loved his teaching approach!”

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