University of Southern California

AICPA/USC Financial Executive Program *Earn CPE


Finance and Accounting


Early Bird Registration
AICPA Member: $1,195
Non-Member: $1,395

Regular Registration
AICPA Member: $1,295
Non-member: $1,495

Financial Executive Strategy and Leadership Program
6 days and 2-hour modules
Recommended CPE Credit: 14

Return to campus – virtually – via a new virtual learning program from USC Marshall School of Business, which is available for up to a year. In this increasingly competitive environment, corporate and practice leaders constantly require new strategic skills and techniques to succeed. The 2013 AICPA/USC Executive Education: The Financial Executive Strategy and Leadership Program is a high-level, six day virtual experience that concentrates on developing your strategic thinking, leadership skills, and executive communication. Don’t miss this unique online opportunity to expand your knowledge and enhance your leadership role.

Program Objectives

Gain an in-depth understanding of today’s relevant financial issues, improve leadership skills, and develop new strategies to successfully move your business forward.

  • Develop new strategic approaches appropriate to your firm.
  • Establish techniques to maximize your staff’s performance.
  • Determine organizational requirements that promote successful execution.
  • Become a more effective strategic leader within your organization.
  • Strategic leadership skill development to achieve greater effectiveness.
  • Maximize performance: align people to vision and goals.
  • Develop a renewed sense of purpose and gain solutions to solve complex business challenges.
  • Identify the unique value proposition that best serves both internal and external clients.


Strategy Thinking & Strategic Development

  • Recognize the benefits of strategic thinking
  • Understand the relationship between strategy and market structure
  • Describe the strategy formation process
  • Understand the major sources of competitive advantage
  • Identify strategic alternatives in a service organization

Strategy Execution

  • Understand the importance of fit between strategy and organization
  • Realize the benefits of integration & coordination
  • Understand the organizational challenges inherent in the company (i.e. between corporate and branch offices; between product development and sales & marketing, etc.)
  • Maximize performance: align people to vision and goals
  • Develop skills and abilities for creating and managing change


  • Identify the essential qualities of leadership
  • Understand the importance of strategic communication
  • Master the art of influence and persuasion
  • Learn techniques for effective negotiation and conflict management

Program Schedule

All sessions held from 9:00 am - 11:00 PST.
Note: Schedule Subject to change

SUMMER 2013 Topic Faculty
Tuesday, July 16 Thinking Strategically/Competitive Advantage Kyle Mayer
Thursday, July 18 Leadership I James Owens
Tuesday, July 23 Leadership II James Owens
Thursday, July 25 Corporate Strategy Kyle Mayer
Tuesday, July 30 Executive Communications Kyle Mayer
Thursday, Aug 1 Thinking Strategically About the Future Kyle Mayer

FALL 2013 Topic Faculty
Tuesday, Oct 22 Thinking Strategically/Competitive Advantage Kyle Mayer
Thursday, Oct 24 Corporate Strategy Kyle Mayer
Tuesday, Oct 29 Leadership I James Owens
Thursday, Oct 31 Leadership II James Owens
Tuesday, Nov 5 Executive Communications Kyle Mayer
Thursday, Nov 7 Thinking Strategically About the Future Kyle Mayer

Who Should Attend

Senior financial executives in business and industry seeking to enhance their performance in their organizations.

Teaching Method

Using relevant case studies, current business articles, exercises and facilitated discussion, our faculty will lead you to focus on the key knowledge and skills you need to understand in order to lead with a strategic mindset effectively in your organization.


Kyle Mayer received his PhD in Business and Public Policy in 1999 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kyle’s research was among the first to critically examine contracts in a strategic way to explore how they can be used to shape a relationship. Prior work had focused on contracts as a means of providing legal enforcement and neglected their use in aligning the expectations of the firms.

Kyle has published papers in journals that include Organizational Science, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Law Economics and Organization, and Management Science.

He is a member of the Editorial Review Boards at the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal and the Intern

He is the recipient of the USC Marshall School of Business Management and Organization Department Research Award (2005), as well as the Marshall School Management and Organization Top Gun award (2004 & 2006), which signifies accomplishments in research, teaching and service. He is also the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award (2006) from the Marshall School of Business.

Kyle has received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004) and was named the Marshall School's Most Effective Instructor in the MBA CORE full-time program (2003).

He received the Mellon Mentoring Award (2006) from the University of Southern California for excellence in mentoring doctoral students. In addition, Kyle has won numerous reviewing awards from the Academy of Management Journal (2005 & 2006), Organization Science (2006) and the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management (2002, 2003, & 2006).

James J. Owens is an Assistant Professor in the Center of Management Communication at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is an expert in professional management communication, including oral, written, negotiation and interpersonal skills, as well as career-related communication such as interviewing, resumes, and networking.

James has authored more than 100 articles published in local, national, and international magazines and newspapers. He has appeared on CNN and NBC4 and he has interviewed more than 30 senior executives for his columns, including many Fortune 500 CEOs and Chairpersons.

James received a BA from Bates College, an MBA from Columbia University and an MPW from USC. He is a certified MBTI Seminar Leader with extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer for organizations such as Watson Wyatt Worldwide, the Mayor's Office of Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai, Oakley, EastWest Bank, and BDO Seidman. James has extensive international business experience with companies including Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola, Agfa-Gevaert, and Bain Consulting. He is currently editing an anthology and he is the Founding CEO and Chairman of The World is Just a Book Away Foundation, which will build schools for children in developing countries.

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