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RGP Academy

Every major business initiative and regulatory mandate presents its own unique conundrum for global business. The RGP Academy helps our clients approach these undertakings armed with practical intelligence that helps them plan and execute effectively and avoid pitfalls that other companies have encountered.

Our complimentary webcasts (many offering CPE credit) help educate you and your team. We provide insights, case examples and subject-matter expertise from those who have been on the front line working with business leaders - as part of their teams - to solve problems, transfer knowledge and drive change from the inside out.

Recent webcast topics have included: the new Revenue Recognition Standard, Conflict Minerals, COSO Framework, Supplier Programs and Supply Chain Best Practices, Business Intelligence, Change Management as well as other issues affecting global enterprises.  The Academy also offers regular Financial Reporting Updates.

Live CPE Sessions, Roundtables and Onsite Training

Live sessions are available to our clients through regional RGP offices. Our industry roundtables and onsite training allow executives to share experiences and discuss difficult issues in small affinity groups. Our CPE sessions provide insights by sharing case studies and real examples of practical problem solving.

Please contact a local RGP client service director at 800-900-1131 for more information and regional offerings. Or click here to send an inquiry via email.

To see all current webcast offerings, register for an upcoming event or hear a recorded webcast, please click here.

The following webcast presentations and recorded webcasts are proprietary and confidential property of RGP. They are provided by RGP strictly for informational purposes only, do not constitute or contain legal or other professional advice, and are provided without representation or warranty.


Our latest offerings


Upcoming webcasts

  • December 13, 2016, 9 am PT/12 pm ET
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger Senior Practice Director, RGP’s Supply Chain Management Practice
A well-executed supply chain strategy creates value for a company by driving down operational costs and maximizing efficiencies. Supply Chain Assessments help identify the operational strengths, diagnose challenges – and identify opportunities for improvement.

In this webcast, RGP experts will outline the value and benefits of a supply chain assessment, identify key components of an assessment, illustrate an assessment roadmap and share best practices using real world examples. At the close of the is webcast, attendees will come away with a clearer understanding of the value a supply chain assessment can provide, a framework, and best practices which can add benefit to any organization.

Our recorded webcasts


  • Recorded on November 28, 2016
  • Presented by: Sheila FitzPatrick, Attorney & Chief Privacy Officer, FitzPatrick & Associates; Linda Rush, Privacy Officer & Associate General Counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc; Sridhar Govindarajan, Data Privacy Consultant, RGP

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is now in place and organizations doing business in the EU have until May 2018 to be compliant - or face hefty penalties.  With about a year and a half left of the transition period, what does this mean to your organization?  What do you need to do to prove compliance?

Please join RGP and a panel of privacy and legal experts who will outline the key components of GDPR and share best practices.  The session will also provide you with an understanding of GDPR, its implications and a framework for compliance that you can leverage for your organization.
  • Recorded on November 17, 2016
  • Presented by: Kiffany Hoover, Director of Client Service and Denise Wandel, Consultant, RGP’s Human Capital Practice. Moderated by Steve Barker, Global Managing Director, RGP's Human Capital Practice
If it feels like you are hearing a lot about “Equal Pay,” you are right! Between the U.S. election and social media, Equal Pay (also known as “Fair Pay”) is becoming a trending topic! But did you know that federal and state laws and regulations are changing too? What does this trend signal for companies and their HR and legal departments? What do companies need to do to stay on top and even ahead of these trends?

A panel of RGP subject-matter experts looks at Fair Pay Compliance trends as well as Fair Pay laws including EEOC changes, and their implications. They will also share some of the best practices – and pitfalls- from companies who are further down the compliance path. By attending this webcast, you will come away with a greater understanding of Fair Pay and how it may impact your organization, as well as practical steps you can take to help ensure sustainable compliance and stay ahead of the trends.
  • Recorded on October 13, 2016
  • Presented by: Brian Sheehan, Consultant; Chuck Levy, Consultant; Moderated by Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, RGP's Finance & Accounting Practice
M&A integration is a complex, cross-company change initiative which has significant implications for the accounting function - and is made all the more challenging with changing regulatory and reporting requirements.

In the second part of this M&A webcast series, RGP subject matter experts take a close look at accounting for business combinations. They will explore FASB and IFRS authoritative guidelines and the changing regulatory landscape as well as highlight the similarities and significant differences between US GAAP (ASC 805) and IFRS (IAS 3). At the end of this webcast, you will come away with a greater understanding of the regulatory environment and accounting for business combinations with a view to ensuring proper accounting treatment for all business combinations
  • Recorded on September 22, 2016
  • Presented by: Allan Koodray, Managing Consultant, RGP's Information Management Practice
You’ve identified the need. You’ve built your business case. You now have management’s approval to identify and (potentially) implement a solution. No matter how prepared you were in identifying your business needs and building your business case, if the selection process and implementation are not smooth and effective, all of your efforts will be wasted.

In this webcast, RGP experts discuss the key factors needed to identify and implement your solution effectively, from selection to go-live. Using real world examples, they will cover such essential factors as identifying the right team, developing the RFP process, requirements gathering, proper project management documentation as well as executing a successful training plan.
  • Recorded on September 21, 2016
  • Presented by: Jeff Halden, Solution Advisor, Softrax and Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, RGPs F&A Practice
If you are implementing ASC606 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers", you may already know that it is not easy. There is a lot of room for judgment in this principles-based standard. Two areas causing concern are performance obligations and contract costs - not only the technical accounting policy decisions, but also how to manage them with a technology solution. Join RGP and Softrax as we do a deeper dive into these areas and demonstrate how technology can make your compliance efforts easier.
  • Recorded on September 15, 2016
  • Presented by: Natalie Brader and Ed Pisarchick, Managing Consultants and Moderated by George Chin, Managing Director, RGP's M&A Practice
M&A activity reached an all-time high in 2015 and while 2016 has been off to a comparatively slower start, the number of deals is picking up and is expected to finish out the year strong. Companies who are executing an M&A transaction have much to consider – organization wide - to ensure maximum acquisition value.

In this webcast, a panel of RGP experts discusses some of the drivers and common challenges of executing an M&A transaction and outline key considerations for maximizing deal value. They will also highlight a holistic integration strategy and offer best practices and practical advice to improve your organization’s integration success.
  • Recorded on September 8, 2016
  • Presented by: Les Sussman, Sr Practice Director and Eric Gerner, Managing Director, RGP's GRC Practice
Originally issued in 2004, the COSO Enterprise Risk Management –Integrated Framework is one of the most widely applied risk frameworks in the world. After more than a decade of practical experience however, COSO recognized the need to further address the alignment of risk, strategy and performance. This past June, COSO proposed a revised framework, renaming it Enterprise Risk Management – Aligning Risk with Strategy and Performance. The comment period extends to September 30, 2016.

Please join us for a webcast that explores the proposed Framework and explains how it attempts to provide boards and management with principles to manage risk, from strategy-setting through execution. We will also discuss how the proposed Framework addresses the increasingly important connection between strategy and performance. 
  • Recorded on August 16, 2016
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Sr Practice Director and Jon Wesoky, Global Managing Director, RGP Supply Chain Solutions
Companies are facing ever-increasing risks and compliance pressures within their supply chains. With trends for increased integration of third parties into core business processes and the growth in regulatory complexity related to data, transparency, and third-party relationships, companies need a more coordinated view of supply chain risk and threats as well as a view of compliance requirements which extend “beyond the four walls”. As a result, many organizations are taking a more inclusive approach to supply chain risk management.

Please join RGP experts who discuss a holistic approach to supply chain risk, including risk assessment, mitigation and investment prioritization and comprehensive plans to minimize disruption and protect revenue, profit and brand. By attending this webcast, you will come away with a sample, coordinated supply chain risk management
  • Recorded on August 3, 2016
  • Presented by: Jim Buckley, Sr Practice Director and Julie Shaver, Director, RGP Legal and Rudy Lacayo, Managing Consultant, RGP's Human Capital Practice

In-house law departments have been slow to adopt many of the common business disciplines embedded in the rest of their organization. As new economic and regulatory pressures continue to drive the legal function to transform itself, the legal team is being required to learn to manage the business of law and not just it’s practice. Navigating this sea change is a transformational challenge that can be neither overlooked nor underestimated. Yet  we know that 70% of all change initiatives fail. We can do better. 

In this session, we introduce in-house legal professionals to the concept of “Change Management.”  A panel of RGP experts will define the concept, grounding it in real-life examples specific to the legal function.  We will also present RGP’s simple change management framework to help participants  successfully drive legal department change initiatives.

  • Recorded on July 14, 2016
  • Presented by: Sean Brown, Managing Consultant, RGPs Information Management Practice
Big Data and Advanced Analytics offers the best opportunity yet to leverage your largest corporate asset and truly turn your data into dollars for your organization. As a result, it is becoming a prominent feature in the business landscape. If managed correctly, Big Data has the power to give organizations the key knowledge they need for improved decision making and performance, giving them a competitive advantage.

However, how do organizations “manage data right” and unlock the value within? I will give you a hint, technology alone will not do it. In this webcast, RGP experts will address this question and using real world examples, outline the key elements of what should be in place in order for you to not only derive value from your data, but also ensure and accelerate the capture of that data.
  • Recorded on June 30, 2016
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting, RGP
In our quarterly financial reporting update, RGP’s subject matter expert, Shauna Watson provides a financial reporting and accounting review and analysis of the latest and upcoming FASB pronouncements, including lease accounting, financial instruments, and revenue recognition. By attending this session, you will learn what you need to know to comply with these changes and help your company to stay a step ahead.
  • Recorded on April 27, 2016
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director and Steve McKechnie, Managing Consultant, RGP
The new Revenue Recognition standard (Rev Rec) has implications beyond an organization’s accounting department. In fact, Rev Rec impacts systems, enterprise wide, from purchasing to manufacturing, from sales to human resources. There are change management and process management considerations as well. In this webcast, RGP Rev Rec experts discuss the how the new standard impacts an organization’s information management systems and offers practical advice for leading change across your organization.
  • Recorded on April 21, 2016
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant, RGPs Finance and Accounting Practice
On February 25th, the FASB announced the long-awaited new leasing standard which represents significant change to the balance sheet. While it will affect lessees the most, there are components of the standard that could impact almost all organizations to some degree.

Please join RGP for a webcast which will provide a high-level overview of the new lease standard, including information about its effective date, early application, and transition requirements as well as highlight some of the differences and similarities of the new standard compared to current GAAP. The webcast will also suggest what companies need to do now in order to adopt the new standard.
  • Recorded on March 24, 2016
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Sr Practice Director, Brian Aratani, Director and Kaush Oza, Managing Consultant, RGP
The FASB and IASB have released a new Revenue Recognition standard which sets out a more consistent method for how companies book revenue, becoming effective for public companies in 2018. Though 2018 may seem far away, for companies choosing to restate prior results for comparability, 2016 and 2017 data will need to be presented. This converged standard will impact most companies, public and private, and its implementation will have effects beyond the Finance & Accounting organization. Centralized contract management and the ability to maintain visibility and systems integration across performance obligations and over the contract lifecycle will become a key enabler to implementation and ongoing compliance for this new financial accounting standard.

The intent of this webinar is to prepare companies that have limited or highly manual contract management capabilities and/or companies that seek to better support their organization’s finance and accounting function to meet the technical accounting requirements of this new standard. The webinar is essentially geared towards sales & marketing, information technology, procurement, and legal stakeholders/professionals and will focus on the process, systems, people and governance elements needed to develop an effective Contract Lifecycle Management capability based on RGP’s differentiated framework. Please note that this is not a technical accounting webinar.
  • Recorded on February 18, 2016
  • Presented by: Balaji Bondalapati, Managing Consultant and Paul Rundzieher, Sr Practice Director, Information Management, rgp
With the rise of the digital economy, more business processes are moving to the cloud and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is no exception. Traditionally, ERP systems have been on-premises with an IT infrastructure. However, the new trend is to move ERP systems to a web-based platform, reducing costs and streamlining efficiencies. Yet, there is much that an organization must consider before making the transition to a cloud-based system.

Please join RGP experts for a discussion of cloud vs traditional ERP systems where they will provide an overview of each type of system, review major ERP vendors and their cloud product offering as well as discuss the major differences in terms of practical implementation and functionality. You will come away with a clearer understanding of these two ERP options and what might be a suitable solution for your organization.
  • Recorded on January 28, 2016
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting, RGP
As financial reporting implementation deadlines approach and projects continue to evolve, 2016 will be a big year for most companies – Revenue Recognition, Financial Instruments and Leasing guidance are all developing rapidly.  How will the latest developments in standard setting affect your organization?  What lies ahead for the upcoming year? Join us for a financial reporting and accounting review and analysis including the latest FASB pronouncements, and SEC and PCAOB standard setting. This session will provide you with what you need to know to comply with these changes and help you to stay a step ahead.
  • Recorded on December 8, 2015
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Senior Practice Director, Supply Chain Management, RGP and Sumit Vakil, Chief Technology Officer, Resilinc

The June 1, 2015 filing deadline brought year two of conflict minerals reporting to a close. While it is apparent that companies have made progress in structuring their programs and filings, much work remains on establishing industry-wide 3TG transparency, as intended by the Conflict Minerals Rule. Adding to this challenge is the uncertainty being created by ongoing litigation surrounding key reporting and disclosure requirements.

Join RGP Conflict Minerals Rule expert and Senior Practice Director in RGP’s Supply Chain Management practice, Marcus Spranger, and Resilinc Chief Technology Officer, Sumit Vakil in a Webcast event where you will learn about:

  • Key recent legal/regulatory developments
  • RGP’s observations from year-two filings
  • What companies are focusing on for year three
  • Developments in technology/automation solutions
  • Recorded on December 3, 2015
  • Presented by: Homer Cully, Consultant, Finance & Accounting and Allan Koodray, Managing Consultant, Business Performance Management, RGP
Organizations large and small are moving their software services to the cloud. However for most, the idea of moving to the cloud can be a stressful and somewhat confusing decision. What are the financial benefits and what are the tradeoffs? What does a cloud based infrastructure mean for security, storage and financial data?

RGP experts will help to dispel some of the confusion. In this webcast, we will begin by defining some of the most commonly used terms and explain the various cloud offerings available. We will then explore the benefits and risks of moving consolidation and planning data off site with a view to giving you a clearer understanding of cloud computing and how it may be applied to your organization.
  • Recorded on November 17, 2015
  • Presented by: Dr. Irving Wladawky-Berger, Consultant, RGP
 With the speed of change in technology, market conditions, and globalization, the ability of companies to adapt to change through innovation is becoming critical to their long term viability.  Join RGP Consultant and noted expert on technology and innovation, Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger for a look at some of the disruptive technologies organizations face today including Big Data, the mobile internet and Cloud Computing.  Dr. Wladawsky-Berger will also discuss some of the key ways in which companies can mitigate and manage disruptive innovation -  and  possibly emerge more competitive than before. 
  • Recorded on October 15, 2015
  • Presented by: Marcus Spranger, Senior Practice Director, Supply Chain Management; Kaushal Oza, Managing Consultant and Richard Adams, Client Service Director (UK), RGP
In today’s complex and dynamic business environment, leading Procurement organizations are leveraging spend analytics to effectively achieve visibility and control over third party spend across the enterprise.

Join RGP as we take you through the key elements of spend analytics, and discuss how to establish a baseline from which to launch effective spend management. We will also highlight RGP’s advanced Spend Analytics solution which combines our expertise, a structured approach and leading-edge Business Intelligence that enables organizations to achieve deeper insights into value and risk mitigation opportunities. Spend Analytics provides the foundation for more rapid delivery of benefits back to the business and directly to the bottom line.

At the end of this webcast, you will come away with a clearer understanding of spend analytics and how to establish an effective program for your organization.