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 June 12, 2017
  • Presented by: John Devine, Director of Financial Systems, RGP and Amanda G. Carrillo, Technical Accounting Manager, Leeyo
While the new revenue recognition standard is an accounting-based driver for change, the impact of the standard extends across the company. A company’s technology landscape, or application architecture, is a critical component of the overall assessment to ensure completeness of the eventual solution.
In this webcast, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively transition from an accounting assessment to the design and implementation phase of the project. Regardless of where you are in your revenue recognition implementation, you’ll gain new insights to help your organization achieve compliance.

The session will also include a high-level presentation and demo on how RevPro, Leeyo’s flagship RevRec software, can fit the needs of companies who are looking to automate their revenue processes

Our recorded webcasts

  • Recorded on May 25, 2017
  • Presented by: Paul Magnani and Sean Brown, Managing Consultants

The fast evolving digital marketplace has dramatically changed the dynamic between a company and its customers. Customer acquisition, retention and maximizing lifetime values now depend not only on the traditional sales & marketing activities, but increasingly on delivery timelines, shipping accuracy, return policies and reputations earned through product quality and customer service effectiveness. This shift provides new opportunities for sales, marketing, supply chain, and Information technology teams to enhance the customer experience while at the same time tapping significant new sources for increasing revenue, profit and customer value. Data and analytics are the key to revealing the insights that empower these teams to contribute in new and meaningful ways.

In this webcast, RGP experts describe how various functions across the enterprise can capture additional value and enhance the customer experience through data analytics. They will also discuss ways to monitor customer actions for insights on changing behaviors, barriers to growth and opportunities to exploit and provide ideas that you can apply to your organization.

  • Recorded on April 27, 2017
  • Presented by: Candice Nonas, Managing Consultant
Much has been said by the President and his administration about easing the regulatory burden on banks and repealing consumer protection laws. Dismantling the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA) and reigning in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are at the center of the debate. Banks and financial institutions have spent billions of dollars on regulatory compliance and reform since the signing of the Act in 2010 and the restrictive regulations may put American banks at a competitive disadvantage to their global peers. The Financial Choice Act has been put forth as a means to reform Dodd Frank and the President has signed an executive order calling for its review.

Since DFA is an amalgam of new and existing laws and regulations, what it actually takes to reverse the powers and expanded authorities of its component parts is not entirely clear. Leaders from major banks including JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America have come out against repealing Dodd Frank stating that the law has made banks stronger and safer. While the news media bombards with emotion provoking headlines and sound bites, it does not provide substantive analysis on the impact that dismantling Dodd Frank would have on financial institutions.

In this webcast, Candice Nonas, Managing Consultant at Resources Global Professionals and Timothy McTaggart, a Partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, will examine the individual actions and counter actions taken during the first 100 days of the new presidential administration to dismantle Dodd Frank and the CFPB and how risk managers need to respond.

This event was hosted by The Global Association of Risk Professionals
  • Recorded on April 25, 2017
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant
  • Recorded on March 16, 2017
  • Presented by: Michelle Campbell Ross, National Practice Leader, RGP Legal, Emme Devonish, Practice Director, RGP Legal and Matthew Deffebach, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule becomes effective on July 1, 2017. Companies are no doubt concerned that they will need to start uploading their illness and injury data to a publicly available database. This new rule raises a number of issues from data privacy to the practical execution of meeting the new compliance requirements.

Please join a panel of legal and regulatory experts from RGP and international law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP, who will discuss the new rule and the importance of compliance with the deadline. The panel will also address risk management challenges such as coherent policies and processes, data privacy and information management, training and change management, and will provide some practical steps that companies should be taking in the immediate term to comply with the July deadline
  • Recorded on February 23, 2017
  • Presented by: Ellen Class, Consultant and Lester Sussman, Sr Practice Director, RGP's GRC Practice
The intent of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative is to address the tax avoidance strategies used by multinational companies to shift profits from one higher tax location to one with a lower tax. Several high profile cases have put the spotlight on the practice and have helped to build international support for the measure. In the past year the OECD completed work on the BEPS initiative, including the process and acceptable documentation. For most multinational companies, implementation and reporting begin in 2017.

In this webcast, RGP experts bring you up to date on the latest OECD BEPS developments and their impacts on companies doing business internationally. They will also provide a deeper understanding of what BEPS is, and how it will impact your organization.
  • Recorded on January 31, 2017
  • Presented by: Dave Christensen, Managing Consultant, RGP's Finance & Accounting Practice
While 2016 was a big year for most companies trying to keep up with the continuing developments in Revenue Recognition, leasing and financial instruments, what does 2017 hold? How will the latest changes in standard setting affect your organization?

Join us for a financial reporting and accounting review and analysis including a review of the latest FASB pronouncements and current working agenda. 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 13, 2016
  • 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.
  • 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.