CFO Series: Budgets and Projections


8.0 Credits

Executive Education’s CFO Series provides a convenient, one-stop way for CFOs and those who aspire to be CFOs, to choose an entire year’s worth of CPE with a single decision. The CFO Series consists of a year’s worth of CPE including 20, two-hour topics presented by 5 different speakers spread over five months. Arrange all 40 credits you need by signing up for just one series. Each day consists of a different expert, leading discussions about four different topics. The CFO Series features high-quality presentations and the interactive, executive level colleague-to-colleague approach CFOs have come to expect from Executive Education, Inc.

Each topic and each day stands on its own. If you are not sure about making a five-day commitment, sign up for just a single day. We think you will come back for more!

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Major Topics

The 4 Topics Discussed

Making Predictions
We all make predictions in our personal and professional lives. We base our decisions to marry, buy a house, launch a new product or hire staff on expectations about the future. In the past few years, research into improving predictions has advanced. We will look at this research and current best practices in forecasting to help us prepare better budgets and projections. 

Becoming a Great Predictor
Imagine being able to see into the future with confidence. The ability to be a great forecaster is not innate but learned. By examining great forecasters, we can learn to improve our ability to predict the future. We will examine best practices and current research to improve our ability to predict events that will affect our business.

Creating Great Projections and Budgets
Like going to the dentist or running on a treadmill, we know our organization’s budgeting process is good for us even though most of us dread the process. However, if we truly understand why budgeting is so important, it becomes both easier and less terrifying. This session will examine budgeting pitfalls, ways to avoid budget traps look at ways to improve the budgeting process through better measurement and reporting. 

Why Black Swan Risks Matter
We can never perfectly predict the future. This session examines the risks that cause actual results to vary from our predictions. Often the greatest risks to our businesses are from risks we cannot possibly know. This session will look at both knowable and those unknown risks and discuss methods to deal with both known and unknown risks.

Designed For

This series is for people who are, or aspire to be, chief financial officers. The discussions will be most appropriate for people in medium-sized organizations.


Management experience helpful

Advanced Preparation

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The CFO Series provides extensive case study analysis and many opportunities for group discussion.

NOTE: THIS IS A PAPERLESS CLASS. Electronic materials for this class will be available for download approximately 1 week before the class by logging into your account on our website.