Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation & Agility

Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation & Agility

  • Date: 12/11/2024
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Instructor: Ms. Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    Ms. Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, MPA
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 8
  • CEUs: 0.8
Enhancing your leadership skills is crucial for personal growth and professional success in the fast-paced world of procurement. NIGP’s Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation & Agility is an activity-based learning experience designed to help you apply key leadership principles, identify opportunities for self-improvement, and effectively drive change and innovation in your current role. Through this class, you will learn how to solicit ideas from stakeholders, provide guidance during the implementation of innovative processes, and achieve operational goals. Develop the skills needed to thrive in a dynamic procurement environment.
Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation and Agility (Member: Early)$260.00 10/12/2024
Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation and Agility (Member: Standard)$325.0010/13/202412/09/2024
Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation and Agility (Non-Member: Standard)$425.00 12/09/2024
Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation and Agility (Member: Early) $260.00
Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation and Agility (Non-Member: Standard) $425.00
(prices valid until Oct 12, 2024)
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In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:

  • Apply leadership principles as they relate to a current role or position.
  • Determine how to use key leadership principles effectively to increase employee impact.
  • Identify opportunities for self-improvement in leadership.
  • Determine how and when is the best time to change a process.
  • Solicit ideas for improving processes and solving problems from stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance to stakeholders throughout the implementation of innovative processes to achieve the operational goals of the end user.

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.  

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the NIGP Competency Module, learners must:
  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 80% or higher.


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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Competency Module: Driving Change, Innovation & Agility

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