With financial factors of risk and value underpinning every business decision today, the days of finance operating as a stand-alone corporate function are long gone. Yet senior-level executives from non-finance areas — such as legal, operations, engineering, and sales and marketing — often lack the requisite finance skills to identify and effectively communicate the financial implications of their strategic initiatives.
Wharton Finance for Executives fills this need, providing participants with highly relevant, actionable, and practical tools to understand the financial implications of their decisions, create sustained value for their company, and communicate the rationale for their decisions to finance colleagues. Participants leave the five-day program with a solid understanding of corporate finance and its role as a critical business skill set.
Who Should Attend
Wharton Finance for Executives is designed for a broad range of non-financial leaders whose primary job responsibilities do not include corporate finance, as well as functional finance leaders. It appeals to professionals in every area — general management, operations, marketing, law, and operations as well as management consulting. The ideal participants in this program will already have a basic knowledge and understanding of corporate finance, but are finding that more of their job responsibilities intersect with corporate financial decision makers. These are executives who are rising within an organization and are now finding that having a deeper understanding of the role corporate finance can play in the growth of the company will be invaluable.
Additionally, mid-level to senior executives with a finance background who have not worked in finance recently or those who want to deepen their understanding of corporate finance as it pertains to strategic decision making will also benefit from attending this program.
If you have little to no background in corporate finance, we suggest taking Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager first to lay the foundation. While it is not a prerequisite to take Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager, it is ideal for participants in Wharton Finance for Executivesto be already familiar with how to use and interpret financial statements.
This program attracts a diverse group of leaders from multiple industries, backgrounds, and geographies who share their biggest challenges with the class. Faculty tailor the program content to address these issues, so participants enjoy a learning experience that truly resonates with them and meets their learning needs.
Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific finance tools and frameworks they can use to make a meaningful strategic impact within their companies or organizations.
Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.