Third Thursday Webinars

Third Thursday Webinars

Participate in The Institute's Third Thursday webinars, a premier benefit for our members. These web-based offerings are interactive, engaging courses that are an ideal way to fit high-level learning into a busy schedule. And, they are offered exclusively to The Institute's members FREE!  

Non-members: Please note that Third Thursday Webinars are a Member benefit. If you wish to attend future webinars listed below, we recommend you apply for Membership, which is currently priced at $265 + $30 administration fee for NEW members.

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Title: Re-Inventing Your Vendor Relations Strategy in 3 Simple Steps
May 16, 2019; 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
Tom Flynn, Global Vice President of Supplier Solutions, PRGX
Josh Morrison, Global Director of Solution Consulting, PRGX

Description: Managing Vendor Relations is potentially one of the most difficult jobs to define in the Accounts Payable department, but it is also among the most crucial.  A failure to properly communicate with vendors will cost you in ways that you know about and in many more ways that haven’t even considered.  To make matter worse, managing inbound vendor queries and other help desk issues is very time-consuming and typically quite manual.  Most AP departments find that they are suffering profit loss as well as a depletion of key resources in an attempt to keep up with the high demand of vendor communication and issue resolution.

PRGX has leveraged nearly 50 years of experience working with the world’s largest Shared Service groups to construct a three-step approach that will have you managing your vendor relations with ease while eliminating profit loss and returning your precious internal resources to value-add tasks.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn how to quantify the known and unknown costs of poor vendor relations
  • Review best practice strategies for improving vendor relations, communication, and issue resolution
  • Discover different time-savings methods for managing inbound vendor queries
  • Explore proven paths for executing a more efficient vendor relations  strategy

For more information, click here.

Title: The 4-Step Plan to Getting More Out of Your Supplier Payments
Date: June 20, 2019; 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Mark Brousseau, President, Brousseau & Associates
Description: When it comes to paying suppliers, the check may not be in the mail. More organizations are paying more suppliers electronically to reduce costs, better manage cash and spending, strengthen supplier relationships, and mitigate the risk of compliance violations and fraud. But these benefits will remain out of the reach of organizations that do not have an effective strategy for paying suppliers electronically.

This webinar will provide attendees with the latest research on pressures and priorities for electronic payments, lay out the pitfalls of an ineffective strategy for migrating to electronic payments, reveal a four-step action plan for optimizing supplier payments, and share a case study of an organization that has successfully optimized its payments to suppliers.

For more information, click here.

Title: Nobody Left Behind
July 18, 2019; 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
Chrys Olson, Adventure Payables Manager, Natural Habitat Adventures

Description: Successful leaders recognize change. Extraordinary leaders anticipate it. We move. We grow. We upgrade. We automate. As a team, we are expected to keep up. But teams are made up of individuals and as leaders, we need to recognize how each team member approaches change and provide the leadership necessary so nobody is left behind. Learn how to do this - one character at a time.

What if your team consisted of Peter Pan, Garfield, Charlie Brown, Popeye, and Tigger? How would each of these characters feel about change? How would you, as their leader, help them keep up and embrace the change happening around them? That's our mission in this webinar. Come along for the ride - should be fun!

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"The Third Thursday Webinars are a convenient way for me to learn about AP related topics which I can do right from my desk.  Also, because they are free to members, they are a no-cost method to help me obtain CPE requirements towards my CAPP certification."

Gail Walkup, CAPP
Accounts Payable Supervisor
Peninsula Regional Medical Center