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Finance for Nonfinancial Managers

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About This Course

This course explores corporate finance from the lens of a non-financial manager, helping students gain an applied understanding of financial and accounting concepts and the role finance plays in the economic viability of a business.

Students will learn how to:

  • construct financial statements and use these tools to strategically determine the overall business financial health.
  • forecast possibilities for future growth in relation to costs associated with operational expenses and the cost of capital. 
  • review basic economic frameworks
  • complete case studies focusing on the connection of global economic influences to company and industry financial indicators.

Specific topics include financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow; and strategic financing.


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Jeannine Kessler
Faculty Director

MBA with a finance focus from University of St. Thomas; BA, organizational management and communication, Concordia University

Ms. Kessler provides leadership for applied business undergraduate courses, which support the College's undergraduate majors and serve students from across the campus and the wider community.  She also manages faculty recruitment and curriculum development for new graduate-level applied business courses. Recently she served as assistant provost at Hamline University. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and associate dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership at Concordia University. She has led programs and operations in corporate and academic environments in the areas of finance, human resources, and long-range planning and project management. She is currently working on a DBA in human resources.