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The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program

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The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program

Guide your organization through growth with innovative CFO training that blends financial expertise, strategic thinking, and leadership skills.

Strategy, finance, leadership. Experience two one-week on-campus modules filled with dynamic lectures, visits from guest speakers, a VC panel, and real business challenges.

Enhance your learning over the course of six months with webinars, two 360° assessments, and multiple personal-coaching sessions. The program is intensive, thought-provoking, and empowering.

At Stanford, we encourage you to think beyond finance to big-picture, organization-wide concerns. You’ll learn how to make better strategic financial decisions, build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, and develop a more effective leadership style to help lead your organization through globalization and growth.

You’ll learn about emerging trends and challenges in finance, such as mergers and acquisitions, globalization, and behavioral finance. And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the importance of aligning finance with strategy and leadership.

Key Benefits

Keep up with emerging trends and methodologies, make better strategic financial decisions, and build key partnerships in a comprehensive program.
  • Develop strategic skills in the context of financial leadership.
  • Transition from information provider to strategic partner.
  • Learn new techniques and methodologies related to finance, strategy, and leadership.
  • Gain a greater understanding of current trends in finance.
  • Improve negotiation, conflict management, and communication skills.
  • Develop long-term vision and strategy frameworks.
  • Assess and enhance your personal leadership style.
  • Drive innovation and lead cultural change.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior finance executives with at least 10 years of work experience, at least seven years of financial management experience, and a high level of managerial responsibility within their organizations — from any size company, any industry, and any country
  • Examples of appropriate functions and titles: chief financial officer, treasurer, controller, vice president of finance, and other senior-level financial positions

26 Feb 2017 – 05 May 2017


In-person|Stanford GSB
Full-time during on-campus modules

Program Schedule

26 Feb 2017 – 03 Mar 2017
Module One
Break: includes virtual coaching and webinar.
30 Apr 2017 – 05 May 2017
Module Two


13 Jan 2017

Program Fee

​US $28,000

The program fee includes tuition, private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.


Certificate of completion


Christine Parcells
Associate Director, Programs
Executive Education
Video Introduction
byStanford Graduate School of Business
​Meet faculty director Ilya Strebulaev, and hear how and why this comprehensive program uniquely blends financial expertise, strategic thinking, and leadership skills.

Learn More About the Program


Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Application Requirements

Review all eligibility requirements, and learn about the application process.

Participant Profile

Learn more about our past participants, and find out if the program is right for you.

Faculty Leadership

Ilya A. Strebulaev
The David S. Lobel Professor of Private Equity
  • Director, The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program

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