Webinar: Financial Acumen

Webinars: Financial Acumen

The financial acumen webinar series consists of twelve monthly webinars.  This series is divided into three parts, each with several webinars on specific topics.  Each webinar will be moderated by a deputy general counsel and features panelists who are business executives.








Rashida MacMurray-Abdulla
Senior Manager, Forensics
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Sharon Apricena
Senior Vice President of Finance and FP&A
Hilton Worldwide

Anne Costello
Lead Senior Manager, Corporate Finance-Accounting Policies

Kimberly Chainey
Associate General Counsel, M&A
Avis Budget Group




The Financial Acumen Webinar Series is designed with only in-house attorneys in mind:
  1. The primary focus is to understand how your company makes money.  This will include an in-depth understanding of profit and loss reports (internally facing) and financial statements (externally facing);
  2. Our series will teach in-house attorneys the questions to ask their business clients so that they will understand how their companies view and take business risks, along with the financial implications of their advice;
  3. Our faculty is comprised of business unit leaders, board members of publicly traded companies, former CFOs, controllers, assistant controllers, CPA's and general counsel.|

    Please click here to access the webinar recordings, slides and syllabus in the Financial Acumen Webinar Series Library (available to WIHCL members only).

    All sessions, unless noted, start at 10 AM PT/12 PM CT/1 PM ET and run for an hour. 


Jan 26

Part 1: Revenue and Capital Allocation
How Does Your Company Generate and Collect Revenue?
 2. Thur,
Feb 16
Investment and Capital Allocation
  • Verona Dorch, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Peabody Energy
  • Lily Yan Hughes, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Public Storage
3. Wed,
March 15
Stakeholder (Wall Street) Expectations and Balance Sheets
  • Christine Lawton, Former Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, Fox Entertainment Worldwide; Former Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Roy Kim, Managing Director, Avant Partners, Management Consultants
  • Adam Rymer, President, Legendary Digital Networks
  • Marie-Louise Mortensen, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
 4. TBD Efficient Markets - Capital Allocation - The Industry View
5. Thur,
May 18
Part 2: Expenses and Financial Statements

  • Karyn Polak, Deputy General Counsel, PNC Bank, National Association
  • Lea Knight, Vice President for North America Global Services, Finance, Johnson & Johnson
6. Thur,
Jun 15
Balance Sheet Revisited
  • Carey O'Connor, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Flowserve Corporation
 7. Thur,
Jul 20
Income Statement (Revenue and Expenses Revisited)
 8. Wed,
Aug 30
Cash Flow Statement Revisited - Sources and Uses of Funds
  • Sharon Apricena, Senior Vice President of Finance & FP&A, Hilton Worldwide
  • Anne Costello, Lead Senior Manager, Corporate Finance-Accounting Policies, Verizon
9. Tue,
Sep 19
Exercise: Explain the P&L (#1)
 10. Thur,
Oct 19
Exercise: Explain the P&L (#2)
11. Thur,
Nov 16
Part 3: Financial Ratios and Financial Statements
Session #1
12. Thur,
Dec 14
Session #2


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