Webinar - Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing

  • Date: 10/19/2021
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 3:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Format: Webinar
Webinar 101921: Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing (Member)$0.00 10/19/2021
Webinar 101921: Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing (Non-Member)$49.00 10/19/2021
Webinar 101921: Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing (Member) $0.00
Webinar 101921: Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing (Non-Member) $49.00


RuthAnne and Jennifer will discuss actual scenarios mirroring the toughest questions in Cooperative Purchasing. They’ll share their experience on how to use available tools and resources to make using cooperative purchasing easier all the while saving time and money. This webinar will focus on the following questions and more:
  • Could I be paying too much by not using a cooperative contract?
  • What about my Ts&Cs?
  • Am I getting the best deal?
  • Can I buy local?
  • Do I work with the supplier or the coop or both? 

  • RuthAnne Hall’s decades of experience with cooperative purchasing from a public procurement professional’s vantage point will provide a first-hand account of how to navigate using contracts as a resource. Jennifer’s years with U.S. Communities & ProcureSource bring a unique expertise and perspective from public agencies, cooperatives and suppliers related to taking advantage of cooperative purchasing benefits. Come prepared with your tough questions and examples that will help your peers!

    What You'll Learn

    After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
    1.  Learn new strategies to more effectively use cooperative purchasing

    Presenter Bio(s) 

    RuthAnne K. Hall, CPPO has worked in municipal and county government for over 19 years and is currently serving as the Purchasing Manager for Lake County since 2011.  In her role as the Purchasing Manager, RuthAnne oversees a staff of purchasing officers that procures over $250 million annually on various goods, contracted services, construction and professional services for 26 county departments. 

    She currently serves as the President of the Midwest Association of Public Procurement (MAPP), has served as a Board Member for the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO) and is an active member the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and has participated as a member of the Standard Setting Panel for the NIGP-CPP. RuthAnne also serves as a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officer Association Professional Education Committee to provide purchasing training to finance professionals.

    RuthAnne is a graduate of Augustana College in Illinois and holds a MS degree from Columbia University in New York.
    Jennifer leads CompareCoOps at its Chief Procurement Ally, making cooperative purchasing easier to use and more transparent for agencies across the country. With over 10 years of experience working as an advocate and resource for public agencies and suppliers alike, she is well known and widely respected in the world of public procurement cooperative contracting.
    During her time at ProcureSource Jennifer brought the first of its kind cooperative purchasing directory to our industry.  Before that, Jennifer’s consultative efforts with U.S. Communities brought efficiencies to public sector purchasing and better communication between suppliers and buyers. Her expertise in public procurement cooperative contracting led to millions of dollars of savings for public agencies nationwide.
    Growing up on a dairy farm in Iowa instilled a deep work ethic and desire to support her community. While she is far away from the fields of Iowa, those principles remain true for her.

    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.

    Presented By:

    Phone: 800-367-6447Fax: 703-736-9644
    Online, self paced learning, anytime, anywhere you want. Be sure to check out all the ONLINE offerings we have! Recommendations? Comments? Please send us an email at the address listed above. We'd love to hear from you!

    Brought to You By:


    • RuthAnne Hall, CPPO, Purchasing Manager, Lake County Government
    • Jennifer Sulentic, Vice President, CompareCoOps


    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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