Strategic Financial Skills for the Energy Industry


Program Description

A one-week seminar delivering a hands-on approach to mastering the essentials of the financial side of today's energy industry.

The seminar draws middle- to senior-level attendees from many segments of the oil and gas industry and from a variety of functional areas within energy companies. You will meet and share ideas with executives from around the world. Much of your time during the program will be spent discussing industry issues with other program participants – in small discussion groups, in lively classroom sessions, over lunch, and in informal sessions back at the hotel.

The program is a concentrated, week-long course of study that begins late afternoon on Sunday and concludes at mid-afternoon on the following Friday. Most days consist of three class sessions and three small group discussions. A typical workday starts with group discussions and ends with individual preparation late in the evening. It is important to note that this is an in-residence program. Past experience has shown that participants benefit greatly from the group interaction and concentrated experience that the in-residence format allows.

Who Should Attend

- Non-financial managers who want to achieve some degree of financial literacy in an energy industry setting
- Financial managers who wish to sharpen their skills, broaden their base of knowledge, and relate their functional skills to a broader, general management context
- The typical participant has more than five years of management experience
- The age of attendees has generally ranged from the early 30s to the early 50s
- Participants will be from either oil and gas firms or from firms in related energy industries, such as pipeline companies, service and supply organizations, government agencies or financial institutions

Benefits of Attendance

Hundreds of executives have chosen SMU's Strategic Financial Skills for the Energy Industry for its concentrated exposure to financial management techniques uniquely tailored to the complexities of their industry. In this intensive, week-long course you will:

- Gain a working knowledge of key financial techniques, practices, terminology, and controversies.
- Learn essential financial concepts in order to better yourself as a manager...and do so in a concentrated setting away from your workplace.
- Participate in stimulating classroom case discussions on relevant oil and gas industry topics.
- Learn how other companies have implemented successful financial strategies.
- Prepare yourself to make better financial and operating decisions...and learn the proper framework for doing so.
- Acquire techniques for assessing the performance of your subordinates, your division, or your company.
- Study and develop concepts and techniques you can apply to your job... immediately.
- Prepare yourself for advancement to a more senior management role within your company.
- Learn more NOW about a topic you've been meaning to brush up on..."someday."


September 10-15, 2006

Last updated January 2018

About the School

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