Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

By attending this program, you will:

  • Understand the health and economic effects of states’ reopening policies
  • Understand the effects on the current cost of capital
  • Learn how to think about future cash flows in uncertain times
  • See how the Fed’s and the Treasury’s response to the crisis impacts corporate credit
  • Explore how to value and finance innovation in the current environment
  • Learn how to analyze foreign investments and risk

Wharton on Financial Management will explore the lessons we can learn from past financial catastrophes and relate those lessons to today to address key questions related to financial decision making. By helping you critically examine your finance operations and business cash flow over the next 6 to 24 months, you will be better prepared to analyze potential risk exposure and think through the implications of your company’s financial decision making.

This Wharton LIVE series is offered as a virtual, fully immersive structured learning experience that can be put to immediate use.

Wharton On Series: Real-time return you can use right away

This Wharton LIVE series will feature a rotating line up of Wharton Finance faculty who will discuss different topics each week and answer questions throughout the one hour session. Join us for powerful new knowledge and up-to-the-minute insights that you can use right now, and to help position you for the future.

The program will be led by Wharton Finance Professor Michael Roberts, an award-winning professor who has over 25 years of research and expertise in the field. He will be joined by other Wharton faculty who are experts in finance, risk, and crisis management.

Session topics will include:

  • Coronavirus policy responses: Insights from the Penn Wharton Budget Model
  • Cost of capital
  • Forecasting cash flows
  • Implications of changes in fiscal and monetary policy
  • Managing liquidity
  • Valuing and financing innovation
  • International financial decision making in the COVID-19 era

Who Should Attend

This program is for a diverse group of finance leaders from varied industries, backgrounds, and geographies, all of whom are dealing with the complex challenges of the health and economic crises.

Job titles or roles may include:

  • CEO, CFO, COO, President
  • Strategic planning and/or business development executive
  • Controller or other corporate finance position
  • General manager, vice president, or executive director
  • Leader of a privately owned business, especially one that is negotiating with lenders or investors

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structure

Itamar Drechsler

Itamar Drechsler, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph and Ida Sondheimer Professor in International Economics and Finance, Professor of Finance, Professor of Economics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: asset pricing, international finance, macro finance

Vincent Glode

Vincent Glode, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Financial intermediation, information economics

Kevin Kaiser

Kevin Kaiser, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Senior Director, Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, managing for value, private equity, financial distress

Kent Smetters

Kent Smetters, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Boettner Professor; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Annuity markets, social insurance programs, tax reform

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, financial fragility and crises, learning, portfolio management

Date, Location, & Fees

Session Information TBD

Because this speaker series does not require any academic work on the part of participants, no certificate of attendance is provided.

Prices are subject to change.

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