OSCPA transitions in-person learning to virtual during COVID-19 outbreak

Written on Mar 26, 2020

The Ohio Society of CPAs is moving all live learning events scheduled through May to webcast only in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those who registered for live events will be shifted to newly created webcast and rebroadcast products where possible. While we’re doing what we can to minimize the impact for registrants, some might need to re-register for new options. Within the coming week, OSCPA will communicate to those impacted of any changes that might be necessary to convert from a live event to a virtual one.

“While we recognize that this might be an inconvenience for some, we are doing so to protect our members’ health and comply with Governor DeWine’s shelter-in-place orders,” said Tiffany Crosby, CPA, CGMA, MBA, OSCPA’s director of learning. “Thankfully, OSCPA is well equipped to pivot so quickly to accommodate this necessary change.

“On the positive side, we can make essential learning opportunities available to more people by making this switch. Events such as our Spring CPE Conferences, that were previously live events only, are now being webcast, opening them up for more people to attend from the comfort and safety of their home.”

Spring Advance, a program traditionally offered live in eight locations across the state and via three rebroadcast dates, will now be available exclusively through rebroadcasts. All current registrants will receive an email notifying them of the live event cancellation and instructing them to re-register for one of the six available rebroadcast options.

One of the first events to undergo the shift to virtual-only was the March 24 Strategic Finance and Accounting Summit. Originally planned as a live event in Columbus with facilitated live simulcasts in Cleveland and Cincinnati, the summit was successfully conducted via webcast for all locations without incident.

“We were so impressed with our registrants’ flexibility in moving to this format and how much they participated in the discussion,” said Amber McAuliffe, CPA, OSCPA’s senior manager of learning. “Participants for this event were truly committed to getting the most out of the day and engaged with each other to a level that rivaled previous live events.”

For a complete list of in-person events now being offered by webcast, visit ohiocpa.com/virtual.


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