The Executive Finance Program 

Deepen your skills and gain an understanding of current trends in capital markets and corporate finance to increase value and improve performance in your organization.

This program will be held in a live-online format in December 2020 and June 2021.  Please check back soon for in-person 2021 dates.

  • View our EFP live-online program schedule here. 
  • Learn more about our live-online program experience here.

As a leader in your organization, you make decisions that can have a significant impact on the financial health of your company. This program will help you assess the value of your strategic decisions by giving you a broader understanding of finance and the interaction between business strategy and financial strategy.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Obtain a deeper understanding of how your organization’s economic outcomes are reflected in its financial statements, and how those statements are used inside and outside the organization.
  • Gain a sophisticated understanding of how to use financial statements to better understand the economics of other entities, including competitors.
  • Communicate more effectively with financial executives within the organization and with important external stakeholders such as analysts and investors.
  • Better understand how to use modern valuation techniques to evaluate investment opportunities, both projects and other businesses, including M&A and leveraged buyouts.
  • Learn why optimizing management of capital, including liquidity and leverage, can affect firm value and how to value other businesses.
  • Understand entrepreneurial finance, including private equity and venture capital.
  • Develop a strong strategic intuition to make smart investment decisions: scan for patterns, analyze what makes your organization great, and assess what the competition is doing
  • Learn how to manage external communications and capital to avoid unwanted attention from activist investors, short-sellers, and other corporate predators.

Location

Online

2021 in-person program (to be announced): Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL

 

The program is for executives in finance-related roles, or those who have strategic financial oversight of their unit or organization, and have at least a basic understanding of accounting and finance. This program is also an excellent fit for those who expect to have more financial responsibility in the future.

Titles include: C-suite, president, general manager, managing director, VP, director, financial advisor, controller, treasurer, and general counsel.

Douglas J. Skinner

Deputy Dean for Faculty and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting
Douglas Skinner is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. His research addresses (1) the causes and capital market effects of managers' corporate disclosure choices (especially forward-looking information, including earnings forecasts, earnings pre-announcements, and guidance, corporate conference calls, etc.); (2) how the legal and regulatory environment affects managers’ corporate disclosures; (3) managers' incentives to use their discretion in the financial reporting process to manage reported accounting earnings ("earnings management"); (4) how stock prices respond to earning releases, especially for high growth companies ("earnings torpedoes"); and (5) the determinants of firms' payout policies, including whether and how much firms should pay out, the form of payout (dividends versus stock repurchases), etc. Professor Skinner also has research interests in Japanese accounting, auditing, and corporate governance practices.

Professor Skinner’s research is published in prominent accounting and finance journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research, and was previously co-editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Professor Skinner’s research has been prominently featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, and BusinessWeek.

In 2010, Professor Skinner was named one of the top business school professors in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. His teaching has included courses taught to undergraduate upper-classmen, full-time and part-time MBA students, executive MBA students, executives, consultants, and Ph.D. students. His teaching covers topics that include introductory financial accounting, intermediate financial accounting, corporate financial reporting and analysis, financial statement analysis, managerial accounting, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research.

Prior to his appointment at Chicago in 2005, he was KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he had been on the faculty since 1989.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics with first class honors in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a master's degree and PhD in Applied Economics: Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester. He has been a tenured full professor at Chicago Booth.

Steven Neil Kaplan

Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Steven Neil Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.

He is the co-creator of the Kaplan-Schoar PME (Public Market Equivalent) private equity benchmarking approach. A Fortune Magazine article referred to him as "probably the foremost private equity scholar in the galaxy.”

Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country.

Professor Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s business plan competition, the New Venture Challenge (NVC), which has included over 800 companies that have raised almost $1 billion and created over $8 billion in value including GrubHub, Braintree/Venmo and Simple Mills.

Kaplan serves on the board of Morningstar and several fund and company advisory boards. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and earned a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Amir Sufi

Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Amir Sufi is the Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Sufi was awarded the 2017 Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40.

Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. His research on household debt and the economy forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.

Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Greg Bunch draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg co-founded a healthcare software start-up in the Bay Area. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms.

He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo, State Farm and Yum! Brands.

Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees.

Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and an MDiv from Harvard University.

Scott F. Meadow

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship
Since 1982, Scott Meadow has been a principal investor in the private equity industry. He is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Award. The Daley Medal acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the state of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.

Professor Meadow has held the position of Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2000. He was awarded the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Phoenix Prize and The Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. He was designated by Business Week's "Guide to the Best Business Schools" (2003, 8th edition) and (2005, 9th edition) as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Professor Meadow has taught 10000 students at Chicago Booth, in Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity, Commercializing Innovation (which he created), Introduction to Venture Capital (which he created), Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital, and the New Venture Challenge, and is the faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition. Scott is also on the Advisory Board and Steering Committee of the Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago.

Scott has over 30 years’ experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group, and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains an Associate Partner. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as biotech companies and companies enhanced by the Internet and social media. Scott has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry, and is a testifying expert witness in a broad range of commercial disputes involving entrepreneurship.

Representative investments include Coventry Corporation, HEALTHSOUTH, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise International, Managed Health Network, Aspen Education Services, Seurat Therapeutics, Pathology Partners, Heritage Healthcare, MedPartners, The Sports Authority, CompUSA and Staples. Scott recently served on the board of directors of National Equipment Services (NASDAQ: NLEQ) during its emergence from Chapter 11 and Barrier Safe Systems. He has served on the Advisory Board of Invenergy, GenerationOne, Dais Corporation and Anka Associates, a private equity firm focused on Turkey.

Professor Meadow earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Pre-Work to lay the foundation (Online)

    To help ensure you are ready to tackle the program’s financial concepts, we offer access to online course material via a proprietary platform. Led by professor Haresh Sapra, this self-paced tool helps participants build their financial acumen and refresh important concepts prior to the program. Each module features faculty video lectures, exercises, cases, and self tests, allowing participants to tailor their learning and focus their time on modules and topics most important to them.

    Financial Statement Analysis and Cash Flow Forecasting

    • Learn terminology, review of financial statements, cash flows, DuPont formula
    • Use DuPont analysis to understand drivers of profitability
    • Evaluate quality of earnings analysis
    • Understand free cash flow versus earnings

    Investment Decisions and Valuation

    • Evaluate projects using net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR)
    • Calculate cost of capital: weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
    • Study valuation methods: discounted cash flow (DCF), multiples, adjusted present value (APV)
    • Apply valuation to M&A deals

    Financing Decisions

    • Understand financing sources
    • Understand the basics of capital structure decisions and how these decisions affect value
    • Learn the differences among financial instruments to implement desired capital structure
    • Examine distressed debt

    Entrepreneurial Finance

    • Gain an overview of entrepreneurial finance, private equity, venture capital, and leveraged buyouts
    • New venture strategy

    Creating Shareholder Value

    • Explore practical perspectives: corporate governance and the role of boards; CFO viewpoint

    Formulating Strategy

    • Understanding the vital difference between goals, strategy, and management: which are easy and which are difficult?
    • The role of top management in setting strategy: what is the real challenge great strategists see?
    • Analyzing competitors: how to better think about and predict competitors' actions and why this is critical for success
    • Collecting data to build your strategy: how to decide which data are useful among the many sources

    Self-Paced Online Modules (Optional)

    This program offers highly focused, online finance learning modules to strengthen your skills in keys areas such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market efficiency and market anomalies, behavioral finance, performance measurement, and derivatives markets.

    The 2021 in-person program includes:

    • Fireside Chat: Guest Speakers: Learn firsthand from renowned guest speakers who share how they have managed strategic challenges in their organizations. Past speakers have included senior leaders such as Ray Young, ’86, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company.
    • Social Dining Activities: Participants will join professor Doug Skinner for a closing dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy good food and great conversation.

    What past participants say about our finance programs:

    The program is excellent for anyone that wishes to gain a better insight into why companies make strategic decisions from a financial analysis point of view. I learned not only the how but also the why behind key financial decisions.

    - Dr. Douglas Hutchens, VP, Global Development and Chief Veterinary Officer, Bayer Animal Health, Bayer HealthCare


    Great course. World-class faculty and am now considerably more prepared to understand finance discussions at work than before.

    - David Anderson, Director, Strategic Business Development, Omnova Solutions Inc.


    I can see why Booth is rated so high among other Executive Programs. The content was delivered in an understandable fashion by teaching faculty who can balance theory with practicality. Booth is a great investment!

    - Chris Stanton, President, Pratt Industries


    As a scientist transitioning to financing of companies via venture capital, the concepts and more important business thought process and analysis taught during the course will be invaluable.

    - Juan Harrison, Vice President, Takeda Ventures Inc.


    Excellent program. It puts you in the driver's seat to assess opportunities and identify problems with your company, business, or project.

    - Isaac Moussan, Kemira, Director of Market Development


    Great program…, hit the ground running…, efficiently theory up…, approach the numbers with ease…, untangle risk and get to the heart of the matter. Well beyond a finance curriculum. A+, guys!

    - Stanley Stone, Plant Manager, De-Sta-Co - Wheeling (a Dover Co.)


    I personally learned a great deal from this course. The case studies were nothing short of fascinating. The real advantage is the ability to learn from brilliant professors. The educational experience is nothing short of phenomenal. Return on investment by taking this course is extremely high for any executive who wants to broaden their understanding of financial terms, strategies and applications. Simply can’t find a better educational experience than what I've enjoyed this week!

    - Kenneth Johnson, Chief Engineer – Northern Region, Union Pacific Railroad


    In my job I am responsible for financial decisions and now I have new knowledge and skills that will facilitate them and my working relationship with my CFO.

    - Juan Carlos Gil, Executive VP Venezuela Business Unit, Inelectra


    Outstanding course content with excellent instructors. Very logical and understandable explanations in assessing value equity and debt in companies. Would recommend this course to all senior managers in operations of business.

    - Todd Harrold, Vice President Operations, BAE Systems

    Upcoming Courses

    Date Fee
    December 7-18, 2020 $7,950 Register Now

    Live-online cohorts of this program will also be held:

    • June 2021
    • December 2021

    The June and December 2021 programs will continue to be held in a two-week format, with live sessions taking place Monday-Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm Central Time.

    Please check back soon to register for these live-online cohorts.

    In-person 2021 program dates to be announced.