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MG401 Finance

Certificate Track: Business Management

In today’s quickly changing and highly challenging financial environment, it is critical for managers to contribute to the financial success of their organization. But do you understand “the numbers” and how your management decisions affect your company’s profitability? How to improve the gross margin? Improve the bottom line? Ensure long-term return on investment?  Increase the organization’s value?

This course takes the mystery out of finance and accounting and develops your ability to analyze and evaluate the financial performance of your organization. It also focuses on linking strategy and finance in order to connect investments such as acquisitions, implementation of new marketing initiatives and R&D with financial results. Real-life case studies highlight the financial results of a broad range of industries. The course is taught in a highly interactive format, using industry financial statements and contemporary case studies. 

What You Cover:

  • Develop an understanding of the basic accounting and finance concepts
  • Acquire skills to analyze and evaluate financial statements in order to improve decision-making
  • Assess the performance and financial strength of specific organizations, competitors and suppliers
  • Understand the connection between strategy and finance
  • Learn the “total company view” in order to understand the different financial concerns of top management, lenders, investors, analysts

Cost: $549
Discounts may apply, please refer to the registration page for details.

Instructor: Gudrun Granholm
Gudrun Granholm is the founder of Box One, Inc. an organization devoted to financial communication for non-financial managers. She received her MBA from Stanford Business School and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).  Gudrun has worked with a variety of universities to design, develop and deliver financial curriculum for many nationally-recognized universities including Portland State University, University of Oregon, OHSU, University of California-San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Southern Methodist University, and San Diego State University.
For the past 30 years, Gudrun has been a financial teacher and trainer working with managers and executives across a broad range of industries, including non-profit organizations. Her training has centered on how decisions and actions impact the financials, understanding and using financial information, and connecting strategy with the financials.  Gudrun brings to each session the practical, real-world experience of a seasoned CFO, blended with a great desire to help managers understand “what’s behind the numbers”. 

Interested in bringing this program onsite to your organization? Please contact Kristen Pedersen.