Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

Today's business professional needs an understanding of the financial language of business and the skills and concepts that can drive organizational growth in today's complex and fast-paced global economy. Through expert instruction and interactive classroom activities, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental skills and concepts of finance enabling you to make informed, effective decisions within your department and your organization. By learning how professionals analyze and evaluate financial decisions you will gain the confidence to collaborate with your finance colleagues.


Dates and Time:

March 3 - 4, 2016 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm ET


Center for Corporate Education | William & Mary | Raymond A. Mason School of Business, 101 Ukrop Way, Suite 2002, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Registration Deadline:

February 23, 2016


$1495* (Includes lunch, beverages, snacks, course materials, and parking. CEUs available upon request.

* $100 discount to William & Mary Alumni

Corporate Discounts: $150/ each discount for 3 - 5 participants from same organization/ company for same session. Special pricing for groups of 6+ from same organization/ company for same session.

Discounts cannot be combined.


This course will focus on the following topics:

The Finance View of the Firm

  • Key stakeholders and their incentives
  • Ultimate goal of the firm from a finance perspective

Understanding the Time Value of Money (TVM)

  • Importance of the timing of future cash flow
  • TVM tools

Capital Budgeting Decisions

  • How value is created in business
  • How capital budgeting rules provide framework for making decisions
  • Basic capital budgeting decision rules

Understanding Financial Statements

  • How to pull and interpret relevant information from the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement

Risk, Return, and the Cost of Capital


Finance for Non-Financial Professionals is designed to help professionals:

  • Understand basic financial terms, concepts, and issues affecting financial decisions
  • Learn how to interpret basic income, balance and cash flow statements
  • Gain insights into project selection techniques, terms, and concepts of finance
  • Learn how to effectively communicate financial concepts to other departments and executives
  • Develop an understanding of the uses of financial statements for valuation and analysis
  • Learn how to make smart operating, investing, and financing decisions
Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals in every functional area of responsibility in all industries who have little or no education in finance and need to enhance their financial acumen. It has also been designed for those who need to understand the pivotal role finance plays within their organization.


Scott Gibson

Professor Scot Gibson, Ph.D.

J.E. Zollinger Professor of Finance

Scott Gibson is a Professor of Finance at the College of William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He previously held academic appointments at Cornell University and the University of Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Boston College. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an analyst with Fidelity investments and as a credit team leader serving Fortune 500 clientele with HSBC Bank.

His current research interests include institutional investor trading strategies and their effects on stock prices, the optimal design of mutual fund exchange rules, agency problems in the mutual fund industry, and the use of derivative securities in lowering corporate financing costs.

Professor Gibson has been named and outstanding faculty member in Business Week's Guide to the Best Business Schools.

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