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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

  • 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 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
  • September 22, 2016, 12pm ET/9am PT
  • 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.
  • September 8, 2016, 9 am PT/12 pm ET
  • 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. 

Our recorded webcasts


  • 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.
  • Recorded on September 30, 2015
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting Practice, RGP
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 September 24, 2015
  • Presented by: Les Sussman, Senior Practice Director and Eric Gerner, Managing Director, RGP
While Enterprise Risk Management has been adopted by most organizations in some form, many still struggle to create effective programs. How do you create an ERM program that is effective without breaking the bank? In this webcast, RGP will lead you through the best practices to creating an effective and efficient ERM program, with a focus on distributed responsibility and long term sustainability.
  • Recorded on September 17, 2015
  • Presented by: RGP and Leeyo Software

RGP and Leeyo Software have been working together to provide companies with an integrated approach to preparing and managing their data for revenue recognition initiatives. Compliance is important and guidelines can be complex and difficult to understand.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Why data quality is important
  • Data management and quality considerations
  • Steps for improving data quality today
  • RevRec and data compliance considerations
  • What you can do now to prepare for new guidance

It's never too soon to start improving the quality of your data. Join us to see how best to get started today.

  • Recorded on August 27, 2015
  • Presented by: Rebecca Snevel, Managing Consultant, RGP
With the list of data breaches cases growing daily, from public companies to the federal government, it is clear that any organization that holds personal data needs a CyberSecurity program. In fact, regulators have identified CyberSecurity as a focus area.  However, what should the program look like?  RGP security experts present the key steps to protect corporate data and provide a holistic approach to CyberSecurity, including Risk Assessment, Vendor/Business Partner Risk Assessment and information security control design.  This session will not only demystify the complexities of Information Security but give you practical steps you can implement to better protect your organization from a security breach.
  • Recorded on August 13, 2015
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant, Finance & Accounting Practice, RGP
Join RGP for an update on the status of projects currently being developed by the FASB and IASB. Although these are “joint projects”, we will also review the areas in which the FASB and IASB have diverged. We will also discuss the future of the IFRS in the United States.
  • Recorded on June 18, 2015
  • Presented by: Shauna Watson, Global Managing Director, Finance & Accounting, RGP

Join us for our quarterly financial reporting and accounting review and analysis.  We will highlight what you need to know in order to comply with these changes and help you to stay a step ahead.

  • Recorded on June 11, 2015
  • Presented by: Kaushal Oza, Managing Consultant and David Matthews, Sr. Practice Director, RGP’s Supply Chain Management Practice

Tail Spend Sourcing is a low risk, cost savings solution that consolidates a large number of low spend suppliers into much fewer key suppliers, without fundamental changes to an organization’s sourcing strategy or procurement infrastructure. RGP’s procurement experts explore this new trend and using illustrative case studies, outline a structured Tail Spend approach that typically delivers rapid savings and a fast return on investment.

  • Recorded on June 3, 2015
  • Presented by: Presented by Scott Gemma, Director, RGP and Nicolas Christiaen, CEO, DiscoverEdge

In this webcast, we explore some of the tried and tested tools and techniques that organizations are implementing to improve their Working Capital (WC) position.  We will review the ABCs of Working Capital, taking financial measurement beyond the finance department.  We will also discuss “WC culture” what it means, and how to develop it and make it ‘stick’ throughout the organization.

  • Recorded on April 23, 2015
  • Presented by: Trey McClure and David Matthews, Senior Practice Directors, Supply Chain Management, RGP

Since Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) made its debut in the 1990s with the promise of aligning demand and supply, balancing customer needs and corporate requirements, many companies have been implementing S&OP processes with varying degrees of success.

What have we learned in the past two decades? Is S&OP living up to its promise, becoming an important and comprehensive planning process? How has technology changed the outlook and use of S&OP? What does the future hold? Join RGP as we use real world examples to give you clearer insight into S&OP processes and how to effectively evaluate and implement them in your organization. This webcast is suitable both S&OP novices and experts.