Event Profile

CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series: All 12 Webinars

January 11 — December 5, 2024

Who Should Attend:

CFOs, senior accountants, accounting staff, and finance staff.

Series Overview:

The CFO & Senior Accountant Webinar Series  covers various organizational accounting topics and is comprised of 12 webinars from January through December 2024. Webinars can be taken individually or as an entire series; by registering for the full series, you will receive all 12 webinars at a discounted price. Descriptions for each webinar are listed below. 

Business Plan Essentials, Jan. 11, 2024

  • Designing, coordinating, and implementing a business plan that serves your cooperative well.
  • Determine essential components, definitions, and details of a business plan.
  • Approve, review, track, and celebrate the business plan.
  • Be intentional about a plan that aligns the strategies, operational plans, industry trends, and people together.
  • Review the role of finance in an effective business plan.

Internal Reporting, Feb. 15, 2024

  • Identify and report critical information within the cooperative.
  • Evaluate and leverage service orders to organize the collection of information.
  • Design and ensure processes support key business drivers, including new services, billed services, and mapping goals.
  • Report on the business plan, the budget, operational plans, and the financial impact of strategic objectives.

Plant Retirement and Reconciliation Strategies, March 14, 2024

  • Gain an overview of fixed assets, book value, depreciated value, and depreciation.
  • Understand, track, and reconcile of special equipment.
  • Understand the impact of removing an asset from the fixed asset listing.
  • Evaluate and determine depreciation status and financial impact of removing an asset.
  • Review the impact that depreciation; slowing or speeding depreciation rates; or gain or loss on sale or removal of assets have on the operating statement.
  • Align assets listed on the books, in the field, and on the map.

Operating/Variable Expense Deep Dive, April 11, 2024

  • Correlate operational needs, the budget, and outcomes of operational expenses.
  • Evaluate the impact of inflation (2022-2023 impacts) on the cost of doing business.
  • Take a deep dive into distribution expense-operation, distribution expense-maintenance, member/billing/service-related expenses, and administrative expenses.
  • Explore strategies to accomplish necessary work while containing costs.

Capital Credits, May 9, 2024

  • Navigate definitions and processes relating to capital credits and the electric cooperative.
  • Review retirement strategies options.
  • Set and manage the equity position of the cooperative.
  • Understand and oversee the utility's distribution equity.
  • Understand and oversee the utility's G&T equity (if applicable).
  • Identify and oversee the utility's other equity.

Connecting Spending to Ratemaking, June 6, 2024

  • Correlate spending decisions to rate impact implications.
  • Evaluate the financial impact of various decisions.
  • Prepare for and respond to industry changes and the cost structure changes.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current spending decisions, without turning others off from the conversation.

Financial Orientation Checklist, July 11, 2024

  • Communicate what do others need to know about the finances of an electric cooperative.
  • Onboard new board members, new employees, employees transitioning to new positions at the cooperative.
  • Create checklists, sharables, and moments for discussion.

Impact of Industry Changes to Our Finances, Aug. 8, 2024

  • Identify and plan for changes in the electric utility industry.
  • Organize and understand the financial impact of industry trends.
  • Evaluate and adjust the work plan.
  • Evaluate and adjust operational expenses.
  • Evaluate and adjust margin needs.

Utilizing Service Orders to Measure Metrics, Sept. 12, 2024

  • Embrace the importance of metrics in measuring status and change.
  • Design a process and use automation to measure outcomes.
  • Organize and define service order information that can easily be utilized in providing and evaluating measurements.
  • Align the business plan, operational plans, metrics, daily work, and process to measure level of success.

Financial Strategies - Operating Statement, Oct. 3, 2024

  • Navigate the basic concepts of operating statement transactions.
  • Analyze the impact of financial decisions.
  • Correlate the impact of changes in the electric utility industry to the operating statement.
  • Employ best practices when recommending financial procedures and controls to maximize margins, revenue requirements, and cost coverage.
  • Use various strategies for communicating operating statement concepts to stakeholders.

Financial Strategies – Balance Sheet, Nov. 14, 2024

  • Navigate the basic concepts of balance sheet transactions.
  • Analyze the short and long-term impacts of financial decisions.
  • Correlate the impact of changes in the electric utility industry to the balance sheet
  • Recommend financial procedures and controls that support the desired financial position, business plan, and metrics
  • Use best practices for communicating balance sheet concepts to stakeholders.

Analyzing the Statement of Cash Flows, Dec. 5, 2024

  • Understand the compilation process for the statement of cash flows, where the data comes from, and why it is important.
  • Evaluate and analyze cash inflows, cash outflows, and their impact
  • Correlate the impact of changes in the electric utility industry to the statement of cash flows.
  • Strategize and implement best practices for cash flow management for your utility.

Series Recordings:

The webinars are only available live; no recordings will be made available.

Series Instructor:

Teri Wallis, Terilyn Wallis Consulting

Series Schedule:

All webinars will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Attendees will be admitted 15 minutes before each webinar begins.

How to Participate:

Instructions will be emailed to attendees 24 hours before each webinar, and we recommend that you test the link to the meeting as soon as you get the instructions. Webinars are best viewed using Google Chrome as your browser. We recommend that you use a landline for both your phone and your internet connections.

This registration is for one person to attend. We manage our webinars on an honor-system basis; if more than one person from a utility wishes to attend, each is to register separately.

Series Fees:

Please visit the event pages for individual webinar pricing.

Utility Member Rate: $1,300
Associate Member Rate: $1,950
Non-Member Rate: $2,600

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policy:

For webinars, virtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, then 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.To request a refund, please contact registration@nwppa.org or (360) 254-0109.


These courses qualify for CPE credit. Please see individual webinars for credit amount and prerequisites.

The Northwest Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.