TCU Neeley School of Business

Finance for Non-financial Professionals II

In today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing business world, every leader – and really, every employee – is responsible for managing the bottom line and driving success. To do that well, you have to clearly understand how to manage costs and identify other factors that significantly impact profitability. Additionally, you must understand, evaluate, and often define successful financial performance that drives overall desired results.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
May 14-15, 2024

Cost: $1,895* and includes all class materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
Certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of the 2-day in-person training.

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* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

Who Should Attend?

Finance for Non-Financial Professionals I is not a prerequisite to attend this course, however, the curriculum in this program builds on the topics learned in that course.

Experienced managers in non-financial roles who want to learn how to:

  • identify key changes in operations that significantly contribute to improving the profitability of the organization
  • present recommendations for improved profitability in a way upper management will understand and accept

What You Will Learn

Participants will take away a better understanding of key concepts and terms and gain practical insights into how financial information is used for decision making. Participants will leave the course with the ability to:

  • identify how different types of costs impact financial performance
  • appropriately manage costs to improve profitability
  • project the profitability of business decisions
  • prepare a department or company-wide budget
  • implement appropriate ways to measure financial performance
  • evaluate performance of various segments of the business

How You Will Benefit

Participants will understand how minor changes in costs can significantly increase profitability. A strong understanding of cost analysis, budgets, and performance evaluation will provide the skills required to make an impact on the success of your organization that executive management will notice.


  • Cost behavior and factors that influence costs
  • Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis 
  • Cost Allocation
  • Projected profitability and analysis of operating decisions
  • Evaluating Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Budgeting 
  • Segment Performance Evaluation
  • Structuring Incentives for Improved Performance

Faculty Leader

Photo: Janice Brightwell Cobb

Janice Brightwell Cobb

Accounting Department

Janice Cobb has been teaching at the TCU Neeley School of Business since 1997. She teaches a broad range of classes to TCU undergraduate students, TCU MBA student and various levels of managers.

Janice requires students to practice critical thinking in all courses she teaches. She has extensively studied the critical thinking process and recently published a dissertation on how to use the critical thinking process to make supportable accounting decisions and has taught this method through custom programs with organizations like JTaylor, an accounting, consulting and assurance company.

Prior to coming to TCU, she managed cost reimbursable contracts at Lockheed Corporation, worked as an auditor for a large public accounting firm, served as compliance officer and controller for a fast-growing hedge fund, and served as corporate controller of a public company and chief financial officer of a privately held distribution company. 

She earned a BBA, an MBA, as well as her Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership at TCU.


Please contact

Laurie Yesley

Director of Executive Program Development

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