Management and Business Advisers Conference

D Sessions

Thursday, June 13,
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

D1. Cost of Capital: What Is It and Why Should I Use It?
Room: L100C

Speaker(s): Don Minges
NASBA field of study: Finance - Technical (1.5)

Every business has capital, and capital has a cost. Even if you aren’t (yet) the CFO, it’s important to know how to calculate the cost of capital and how you can use it to make superior business decisions. Learn how to find your organization’s cost of debt and its cost of equity. Explore some of the most common ways businesses misuse the cost of capital number. Understand the weighted average cost of capital – both its calculation and use. Enhance your corporate finance skills so your organization can get the biggest bang for its buck.

Room: L100C, Lower Level | View map

D2. Show Me the Money! How to Finance Your Company's Strategic Goals
Room: M100G

Speaker(s): Reid Mason
NASBA field of study: Finance - Technical (1.5)

The world of lending, investing and M&A is evolving and there are more options than ever to help your company reach its short- and long-term goals. At the same time, it seems like each new option brings new buzzwords, complexity and confusion. How do you find the financing partner that best suits your company’s needs? Explore the different types of capital and how to select the appropriate one to meet your goals. Understand the M&A market and industry language. Dive into real-world examples that will help you understand how to find the right financing partner, what questions to ask and how to present your company to these institutions.

Room: M100G, Mezzanine Level | View map

D3. Improving Outcomes Through Evolving Mindsets and Behaviors
Room: L100E

Speaker(s): Brian Strittmater, Debbie Wagoner
NASBA field of study: Personal Development - Non-Technical (1.5)

Leaders need to know how to engage their teams to drive change. They must be able to identify behaviors and skills to help their teams succeed and be passionate about innovation and improvement. Hone these crucial leadership skills by exploring concepts practiced in the Agile and Lean mindsets. Delve into behavioral thinking around curiosity, flexibility and humility. Learn how your mindsets and behaviors can help you achieve desired outcomes and improve the experience for everyone.

Room: L100E, Lower Level | View map

D4. Excel Dashboards
Room: M100B

Speaker(s): Thomas Stephens
NASBA field of study: Computer Software & Applications - Non-Technical (1.5)

Excel dashboards are increasingly popular reporting tools. With the right tips and tricks, you can create effective dashboards in mere minutes. Learn about Excel’s unique dashboard features, how to link data from your accounting or ERP software to Excel and how to quickly summarize data for presentations. Gain the skills to improve your financial and operational reporting processes and procedures.

Room: M100B, Mezzanine Level | View map

D5. Performance Appraisal: A New Approach
Room: M101

Speaker(s): Larry Morgan
NASBA field of study: Personnel/Human Resources - Non-Technical (1.5)

Employees and managers alike continue to dread the performance appraisal process. But new tools and approaches exist that can alleviate the discomfort of performance appraisals. Examine ways to make appraisals meaningful and rewarding for both the manager and employees. Discuss tracking and documentation, quarterly progress discussions, the no-form process and more. Learn how to capture a rounded summary and seek out multiple sources for obtaining feedback. Plus, understand the importance of career pathing discussions with employees.

Room: M101, Mezzanine Level | View map

D6. Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Room: M100D

Speaker(s): Diane Amundson
NASBA field of study: Communications and Marketing - Non-Technical (1.5)

Unresolved conflict is a hidden expense. Failing to identify and address conflict lowers productivity and employee engagement. Explore how the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument can help you discover how people handle conflict. Understand different conflict styles and how they can affect performance. Give your organization a competitive advantage as you learn how to resolve issues, settle differences and implement solutions.

Room: M100D, Mezzanine Level | View map

Previous: C sessions

Next: E sessions

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  • Premiere Happy Hour

  • Happy Hour Food Station

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