Webinar - From Roadblock to Trusted Advisor: Transforming the Role of Procurement in Your Entity

  • Date: 12/16/2020
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 3:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Format: Webinar
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"Procurement is a roadblock that I just need to figure out how to get around."  Ever heard these words uttered in your entity?  Ever felt like your customers only work with you because they have to?  If someone gave them a choice, would your customers still choose to work with procurement and with you?  Our esteemed and diverse panel will discuss perspectives and experiences on moving procurement from being viewed as a roadblock to becoming a sought-after, trusted advisor for the entity.  The panel will offer insight into how procurement can leverage exceptional service, effective policies and procedures, and industry best practices to create a procurement function and procurement professionals that are the "go to" resources for helping the entity succeed.

What You'll Learn

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1.  Identify roadblocks to procurement being viewed as a trusted advisor 
2.  Recognize the value of procurement's role in the organization
3.  Analyze current practices in comparison to procurement best practices

Presenter Bio(s) 

Marcheta E. Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is a dynamic speaker, trainer, consultant and experienced leader with 29 years in the procurement profession.  As the former Director of the City of Tucson's Department of Procurement, Marcheta had over 27 years of experience in one of the country’s largest, most highly acclaimed procurement organizations.  Marcheta is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, instructor, consultant and contributor to the profession.  She shares her extensive experience and expertise with clients around the world through speaking, teaching and consulting engagements.  Marcheta is a Master Instructor for NIGP as well as a content contributor for the NIGP Pathways educational program.

Marcheta is the 2019 Albert H Hall recipient and the 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest and second highest honors bestowed upon individuals by NIGP in the public procurement profession.  Marcheta is a former Chair of the UPPCC Governing Board, was the 2013-2014 President of NIGP and served many years on the NIGP Board of Directors.  Marcheta is also the NIGP Consulting Program Manager working with Periscope Holdings, Inc (the managing corporation for the NIGP Consulting Program).  

Attendance for Individuals

In order to receive one contact hour, each member needs to register for the webinar individually in advance and then watch the live webinar. Your credit is tabulated by match between your login and your registration.

Attendance for Groups

There is a Group Sign-In Form provided with each webinar. The group sign-in form does not register anyone for the webinar, it just verifies live attendance. Each person will receive their login email on the day of the webinar – this verifies their registration. The group sign in form verifies that they watched the live webinar.

Please contact distancelearning@nigp.org if you do not receive your login information by 12 pm ET on the day of the webinar.

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Brought to You By:


  • Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM (moderator)
  • Paul Brennan, FNIGP, CPPO – County of Rockland
  • Lourdes Coss, CPPO
  • Jody Jacoby – Metropolitan Council
  • Terry McKee, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPCP – Knoxville Community Development Corp


Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing by emailing registrationinfo@nigp.org. Once the login email is sent, registrants that are non-members are not eligible for a refund. Registered participants who do not attend will not receive credit. Need to miss the webinar due to a last minute meeting? There is no need to cancel. You won't receive credit, but you will still receive all the handouts and the recording link.


The content of this webinar is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to solicit business or to provide legal advice. Laws differ by jurisdiction, and the information in this webinar may not apply to every attendee. You should not take, or refrain from taking, any particular action based upon the information contained in this webinar without first seeking jurisdictional guidance.

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