Elvia Fernandez is the owner of Elvia R Fernandez Consulting, LLC; a former Deputy Chief Procurement Officer with 25 years of experience in different facets of procurement. Elvia held senior leadership positions in procurement for large government agencies, such as the City of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Cook County Government. She has a track record of leading her teams to achieve high levels of productivity, efficiency, and sustainable results. Elvia is a hands-on leader experienced in various facets of procurement including but not limited to construction, A&E, and a variety of goods and services. She is also experienced in monitoring and compliance with diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana, where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration; holds dual certifications from the Universal Procurement Certification Council: CPPB and CPPO; National Institute of Governmental Purchasing’s Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP); and is a certified Maxwell Leadership Team Coach, Speaker, and Trainer; a DISC Personality Assessment Trainer; a Dr. Amen Brain Health Licensed Trainer; and Neuroencoding Specialist. Elvia is an ambassador member and team lead of Empowered Living and a NIGP Consultant.
Spend analysis is a critical tool in the procurement professional’s toolbox, empowering professionals with the ability to detect opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness within the larger governmental entity. Through effective spend analysis, the procurement professional can analyze past, current, and future projected spend to develop more informed and more strategic procurement strategies.
In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:
Define spend analysis and spend management and differentiate between the two.
Oversee and direct all spend-related activities to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness by engaging in the continuous process of controlling and analyzing entity spend.
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.
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.
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 RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. 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.