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Annual Forum & Products Exposition

The Annual Forum from NIGP is the largest North American educational conference designed exclusively for individuals in public procurement.

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Monday, August 24, 2020
 
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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Meet-Up
  • First Timers Meet-Up - Led by the NIGP Member Council
  • New NIGP-CPP's Meet-Up - Led by Diane Daly, NIGP's Director of Certification Programs
  • Leadership Coffee Meet-Up - Led by Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO
Diane Daly, Victor Leamer, CPPB
 
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Hurdle to Hero: Stop Being the Roadblock

Many times, the Procurement function is seen as the hindrance between an agency user and the goods and services they need. This session discusses the differences between hurdles and roadblocks; and features a great discussion with Darin Matthews regarding how Procurement Officers may mitigate roadblocks, help stakeholders navigate hurdles, and become heroes for their entities.  

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Stacy Gregg, CPPO, Procurement Manager, University of South Carolina
 
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Technology Demonstrations: Forming the Script, Preparing the Evaluators/Participants, and Managing Demo Day!

What is the process for technology demonstrations within an IT solicitation? This session addresses the concept of designing the demonstration script including workflows, how to evaluate and get agency evaluators as well as how to manage expectations for both the supplier and the participants.

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Kristy Varda, MS, MBA, CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Supervisor, Frederick County Public Schools, VA
 
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Cooperative Procurement: Creating a Strategy to Drive Savings and Transform Your Procurement Process

Is cooperative procurement right for your entity? This session explores the history of cooperative procurement, why it is used, how it works and how it may or may not work for you. A panel takes you on an interesting tour through the NCPP "Road Map to a Cooperative Procurement Strategy". Enjoy the ride.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
 
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11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Better Together: Forging World Class Partnerships

True success in public procurement depends upon our ability to partner with our supplier community. The days of keeping our supplier community at "arms-length" are over, replaced by the need to forge strategic partnerships with industry. Through collaboration, we find new approaches to providing government service, new solutions to government challenges and new opportunities for synergy that leads to greater success. This session explores how to build better supplier relationships and innovative ways to leverage supplier partnerships.

Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM, C.P.M, NIGP Consulting Program Manager

Diane Daly

NIGP's Director of Certification Programs

Victor Leamer, CPPB

Stacy Gregg, CPPO, Procurement Manager, University of South Carolina

Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an Ambassador with NIGP's Region 4 and in her second term of President of the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP's 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter's highest Award.

Kristy Varda, MS, MBA, CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Supervisor, Frederick County Public Schools, VA

Originally from Oklahoma and a proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy spent 10 years as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia from Germany. Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. She began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course "Foundations of Technology Procurement". She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Technology courses. On top of all of that, Kristy is a USSF soccer referee and enjoys supporting the youth soccer in her community

Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM, C.P.M, NIGP Consulting Program Manager

Marcheta E. Gillespie, FNIGP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPM, is a dynamic speaker, trainer, consultant and experienced leader with 29 years in the procurement profession. As the former Director of the City of Tucson's Department of Procurement, Marcheta had over 27 years of experience in one of the country's largest, most highly acclaimed procurement organizations. Retired from government service, Marcheta now shares her extensive experience and expertise with public and private industry through numerous roles in the industry. In January 2020, Marcheta became the NIGP Consulting Program Manager working with Periscope Holdings, Inc (the managing corporation for the NIGP Consulting Program). Marcheta also provides extensive training and public speaking in the profession through her business, MG Procurement Consulting, LLC. As a passionate advocate for the procurement profession, Marcheta possesses a broad and deep range of expertise in numerous areas of public procurement best practices, professional development and leadership. Marcheta is the 2019 Albert H Hall recipient and the 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest and second highest honors bestowed upon individuals by NIGP in the public procurement profession. Marcheta is a former Chair of the UPPCC Governing Board, was the 2013- 2014 President of NIGP and served on the NIGP Board of Directors for 10 years.

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