Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Bobbie has over 20 years of management experience in public procurement. She serves on the NIGP Talent Council and a Liaison to the Mentorship Committee. Bobbie is the Supervisor of Procurement for Harford County Public Schools where she manages the activities of the procurement department and distribution center. Her responsibilities in this position allows for the management of the supply chain to procure a variety of products and services including professional services. The distribution center delivers Just-In-Time perishable commodities such as frozen food products, office supplies and other products/materials to support 5,000 employees with various roles throughout the district with approximately 38,000 students to support 54 schools, offices and facilities.
Bobbie has a broad range of professional procurement experience. She has managerial experience with implementing change by using technology and best practices. She has been a change agent for agencies such as, water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. As a lifelong learner, she utilizes her knowledge to encourage procurement professionals to expand their knowledge through education.
She is a Pathways Instructor for NIGP, where she has contributed her expertise as a subject matter expert for content development for courses including Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting, Evaluation Methods, Negotiations, Specification Development and Sourcing and Contracting Methods. She is one of the Founding Members of the Radio NIGP show since its inception in March 2021. Bobbie introduced the show with the “Word of the Day” segment until May 2022. She launched a new segment on the show titled "Deeper Dive—make a splash” in July 2022.
The ability to plan, implement, and control the overarching transportation of procurements in, through, and out of a governmental entity is critical when meeting the needs of a community at large. For the procurement professional, the focus on transportation and internal logistics of materials from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption rests in providing the best solution for the communities which we support.
Competency Module: Logistics and Transportation (Member: Early)
Competency Module: Logistics and Transportation (Member: Standard)
Competency Module: Logistics and Transportation (Non-Member: Standard)
Competency Module: Logistics and Transportation (Member: Early) $260.00 Competency Module: Logistics and Transportation (Non-Member: Standard) $425.00 (prices valid until Jun 8, 2023)
In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:
Analyze the requirements for a procurement and determine which transportation and logistics processes provide the best solutions for the entity.
Define freight and logistics terms and conditions with internal and external stakeholders.
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.