Learning Lab 8 - Manage Risk and Change

  • Date: 03/17/2021
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Instructor: Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., NIGP-CPP
    Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., NIGP-CPP

    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M.,J.D.


    From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, the nonprofit subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials that supports the states in their national cooperative procurements. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he managed a division consisting of the Office of the State Controller, the State Purchasing Office, Central Collections Services, and State Buildings and Real Estate Programs. He previously served as State Purchasing Director, after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He served as Chief of Air Force Commercial Litigation Division, working with the Department of Justice in litigating bid protest, bankruptcy, contract disputes, and patent infringement cases filed in federal courts across the nation. Richard received his Air Force commission and undergraduate B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Air Force Academy. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Denver and Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. In 2005, he was selected as the Manager of the Year by the Colorado State Managers Association. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), a Certified Public Procurement Official (CPPO), and an honorary member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials. Richard is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams (Hugo House Publishing, 2013).

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • CEUs: 0.2
  • Recertification: Accredited
Creating Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams
This 10-part Learning Labs series is built around the 10 chapters in Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams. Each participant will receive an ePub copy of the book as part of the registration.  We are providing a link to a preview copy of the first 47 pages of the book, including chapter 1, Focus the Team’s Purpose.
Each two-hour Zoom webinar will use at least one invited guest and Zoom’s breakout function for social learning. They are lateral leaders who will be sharing their insights and experience about the Lab’s topics.
Part III: Sustain the Team’s Efforts
Learning Lab 8: Manage Risk and Change
Risk management and change management are two sides of the same coin. Procurement professionals identify, assess, and mitigate risks. Sometimes operationally—think hurricane or pandemic—or more modestly when a team plans a large conference. Sometimes resistance by employees and even suppliers is the greatest risk—think p-card and e-procurement implementations. This lab will explore well known models and tools for risk and change management.
John Adler, CPPO, Instructor, National Transit Institute, Rutgers.  Formerly: Vice President of Procurement, Dallas Rapid Transit; and Arizona State Procurement Director
Lourdes Coss, CPPO, author, consultant, John Maxwell certified coach; NIGP and American Management Assoc. instructor. Formerly: Chief Procurement Officer City of Houston and Cook County; Dir of Proc. Public Bldg Commission of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago; and Managing Deputy CPO at City of Chicago 
Learning Lab 8 031721: Manage Risk and Change- Member$79.00 03/17/2021
Learning Lab 8 031721: Manage Risk and Change- Non-Member$179.00 03/17/2021
Learning Lab 8 031721: Manage Risk and Change- Member $79.00
Learning Lab 8 031721: Manage Risk and Change- Non-Member $179.00
Spots available: 40


By the end of this Lab, learners will be able to:
1.  Conduct a pre-mortem
2.  Use four-quadrant matrix analysis to evaluate risk
3.  Select and apply a framework for change management
4.  Integrate risk and change management concepts into procurement planning
5.  Appreciate more fully the value of checklists in managing risk

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Designed to promote action-ready experiences without the need for travel, NIGP’s Learning Labs series provides learners with best practice guidance on a variety of technical and hard skills, needed for public procurement success. Tackling software, business operations, finance, and value-driven propositions, Learning Labs empowers attendees with exercise and case-study driven works, helping you learn the skills needed for success and advancement all from the comfort of your desk or at home.
Program Highlights:
-Earn 2 Contact Hours and .2 CEUs per workshop.
-90-120 minutes in time, featuring 45 participants max to provide hands-on practice.
-Curated content based on public procurement entities across North America.
-Interactive learning experiences, including individual, partner, and group work exercise with immediate feedback.
-Job aids and resources to take back to your own entity.
-Products available OnDemand upon completion of the set for re-watching at your leisure.


Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing No refunds are given for cancellations received within 24 hours of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.  

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information. 

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Learning Lab 8 - Manage Risk and Change

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