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Course Overview

The Advanced CFO Masterclass is a transformative four-day program meticulously designed to empower Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and aspiring finance leaders with the strategic skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today's dynamic business landscape. This comprehensive course offers an ideal blend of expertise from Leoron, the primary source, and supplementary materials from edX's "Financial Analysis for Decision Making" by Babson College, ensuring participants receive a holistic education in finance and leadership with a dual certificate by LEORON PDI and Babson College.

Key Takeaways

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Participants will adeptly recall core financial theories, models, and regulations.
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Participants will comprehend and articulate complex financial principles and governance concepts.
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Participants will apply advanced financial techniques effectively in real-world contexts.
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Participants will skillfully analyze financial data, assess risks, and evaluate ethical dimensions.
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Participants will evaluate financial strategies, reporting, and compliance frameworks discerningly.

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Founded in 1919, Babson College is the top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education. We believe that entrepreneurship is the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value, and Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where more than 3,000 students from over 70 countries work together with faculty and staff to address the problems of business and society. In our collaborative community, students gain the fundamental business skills and liberal arts knowledge necessary to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. They then use that mindset to put what they learn into practice, making an impact on campus and around the world.

Course Outline

Day 1: Strategic Financial Leadership
Session 1: Building Strategic Financial Models

Overview: 

This session delves into the art and science of creating strategic financial models. Participants will explore advanced modeling techniques, including scenario analysis, sensitivity analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations.

Key Topics:

  • Scenario analysis for strategic planning.
  • Sensitivity analysis to assess model sensitivity to variables.
  • Monte Carlo simulations for risk assessment.

Practical Application:

  • Participants will work on real-world case studies to build strategic financial models and test them under various scenarios.
Session 2: Risk Management and Financial Strategy

Overview: 

In this session, participants will examine how CFOs can effectively manage financial risks and integrate risk management into the broader financial strategy of the organization.

Key Topics:

  • Identifying financial risks: Market, credit, operational, and liquidity risks.
  • Strategies for risk mitigation and diversification.
  • Integrating risk management into strategic decision-making..

Practical Application:

  • Case studies and group discussions on risk management strategies and their impact on financial planning.
Session 3: CFO as a Strategic Partner

Overview: 

This session focuses on the CFO's role as a strategic partner in the organization. Participants will learn how to align financial strategies with overall corporate objectives and drive growth.

Key Topics:

  • Collaborating with other C-suite executives.
  • Leveraging financial insights for strategic decision-making.
  • Balancing short-term and long-term financial goals.

Practical Application:

  • Role-playing exercises and group discussions to develop strategic leadership skills.
Day 2: Financial Analysis and Decision-Making
Session 4: Financial Statement Analysis

Overview: 

Participants will dive into the analysis of financial statements, learning how to interpret income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements to assess a company's financial health.

Key Topics:

  • Key financial ratios and their significance.
  • Assessing profitability, liquidity, and solvency.
  • Detecting financial anomalies and red flags.

Practical Application:

  • Hands-on analysis of real-world financial statements and case studies.
Session 5: Investment Appraisal Techniques

Overview: 

This session covers investment appraisal techniques used by CFOs to evaluate capital investment opportunities. Participants will explore methods like Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and Payback Period.

Key Topics:

  • NPV and its application in investment decisions.
  • IRR as a measure of investment return.
  • Assessing project feasibility and risk.

Practical Application:

  • Participants will work through investment case studies to make investment decisions using these techniques.
Session 6: Case Study: Real-world Financial Analysis

Overview: 

This session provides an opportunity to apply the financial analysis and investment appraisal concepts learned in previous sessions to a real-world business case. Participants will analyze financial data, make recommendations, and defend their decisions.

Key Topics:

  • Applying financial analysis tools to a complex business scenario.
  • Presenting findings and recommendations to the executive team.

Practical Application:

  • Group work on a comprehensive case study, with presentations and peer evaluations.
Day 3: Advanced Financial Planning and Reporting
Session 7: Budgeting and Forecasting

Overview: 

This session explores the intricacies of budgeting and forecasting processes. Participants will learn how to create effective budgets, manage variances, and develop accurate financial forecasts to guide decision-making.

Key Topics:

  • Principles of budgeting: Zero-based, incremental, and activity-based.
  • Variance analysis and performance measurement.
  • Long-term financial forecasting and scenario planning.

Practical Application:

  • Participants will work on budgeting exercises, analyze variance reports, and develop forecasts for different business scenarios.
Session 8: Financial Reporting and Communication

Overview: 

Effective communication of financial information is crucial for CFOs. In this session, participants will explore best practices for preparing clear and impactful financial reports and effectively communicating financial insights to various stakeholders.

Key Topics:

  • Designing financial reports for clarity and relevance.
  • Tailoring communication for different audiences (executives, investors, board members).
  • Storytelling with financial data.

Practical Application:

  • Participants will create and present financial reports for different scenarios, receiving feedback on their communication skills.
Session 9: Technology in Finance

Overview: 

This session examines the role of technology in modern finance. Participants will explore financial technology (FinTech) trends, tools, and their impact on finance operations, including automation, data analytics, and blockchain.

Key Topics:

  • Digital transformation in finance.
  • Leveraging data analytics for financial insights.
  • Blockchain applications in finance and auditing.

Practical Application:

  • Interactive discussions and hands-on demonstrations of FinTech tools and platforms.
Day 4: Regulatory Compliance and Ethical Finance
Session 10: Compliance and Governance

Overview: 

Navigating complex regulatory environments is a critical responsibility for CFOs. This session will cover compliance requirements and governance frameworks that CFOs need to understand and implement.

Key Topics:

  • Regulatory compliance: SOX, GDPR, IFRS, and local regulations.
  • Corporate governance and the role of the board.
  • Internal controls and risk management for compliance.

Practical Application:

  • Case studies and compliance scenario analysis to develop strategies for compliance and governance.
Session 11: Ethics and Financial Decision-Making

Overview: 

Ethics are paramount in financial leadership. This session explores ethical considerations in financial decision-making, including conflicts of interest, transparency, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Key Topics:

  • Ethical frameworks and decision-making models.
  • Balancing ethical considerations with financial objectives.
  • CSR and its impact on financial strategies.

Practical Application:

  • Ethical dilemma discussions and case studies to enhance ethical decision-making skills.
Session 12: Leadership and Career Development for CFOs

Overview: 

In the final session, participants will focus on their personal and professional growth as CFOs. They will learn strategies for effective leadership, building high-performance teams, and advancing their careers.

Key Topics:

  • Leadership styles and strategies for CFOs.
  • Building and leading finance teams.
  • Career planning and development for CFOs.

Practical Application:

  • Leadership exercises, self-assessment, and personalized career development plans.

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
→ CFO / Board Members / Executive Finance Professionals
→ Finance Managers and Controllers
→ Strategy Directors and Managers
→ Project Managers and Risk Analysts
→ Investment Management and Venture Capital Professionals
→ Senior managers whose responsibilities include the delivery of financial targets

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FAQ

What language will the course be taught in and what level of English do I need to take part in an LEORON training program?
Most of our public courses are delivered in English language. You need to be proficient in English to be able to fully participate in the workshop and network with other delegates. For in-house courses we have the capability to train in Arabic, Dutch, German and Portuguese.
Are LEORON Public courses certified by an official body/organization?
LEORON Institute partners with 20+ international bodies and associations.We also award continuing professional development credits (CPE/PDUs) for:1. NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) 2. Project Management Institute PDUs 3. CISI credits 4. GARP credits 5. HRCI recertification credits 6. SHRM recertification credits
What is the deadline for registering to a public course?
The deadline to register for a public course is 14 days before the course starts. Kindly note that occasionally we do accept late registrations as well, but this needs to be confirmed with the project manager of the training program or with our registration desk that can be reached at +1071 4 1075 5711 or [email protected].
What does the course fee cover?
The course fee covers a premium training experience in a 5-star hotel, learning materials, lunches & refreshments, and for some courses, the certification fee and membership with the accrediting bodies.
Does LEORON give discounts?
Yes, we can provide discounts for group bookings. If you would like to discuss a discount on a corporate level, we will be happy to talk to you.

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