NIGP Headliner Series

Live, Interactive and Impactful

The NIGP Headliner Series feature compact sessions on the hot procurement topics that impact your career, your entity, and your community.

The Series gets right to the heart of the matter by identifying the hard facts of these procurement headlines and what it means for you. These series analyze the critical challenges in the profession, and offer practical solutions from subject matter experts to help you make informed decisions. Handouts will be provided at the end of each session. 

Attend One, Attend All

Priced affordably with our members’ budget constraints top of mind.

  • Get relatable and sound advice from subject matter experts that will help you make informed decisions.
  • Ask questions, chat with colleagues, receive actionable answers.
  • Keep the conversations flowing by joining participants in our virtual connections room.
  • Share experiences, exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions.
  • Handouts provided that support and enhance the learning experience

Part I – General Information, Guidance, and Best Practices

January 12, 2022 - 1PM – 5PM (ET)
Contact Hours: 4


  • Contracting with Federal Grant Funds for Goods and Services (2 hours)
    Diane Palmer-Boeck and Kellie Pendleton
  • Federal Grants Best Practices (1 hour)
    Terry McKee, Penny Owens, and Zac Christensen 
  • Concluding Q&A session (1 hour)


  • Checklist for Appendix II to Part 200 - Contract Provisions for Non-Federal Entity Contracts Under Federal Award. 
    • Search tips for SAM requirement
    • CFR 200 Information handout
    • Tips for System for Award Management (SAM) update. 


  • Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPPO, Director of Procurement and Project Management, City of Plano 

  • Kellie Pendleton, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP, Purchasing Manager, City of Plano 

  • Terry McKee, MCKEE, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, NIGP-CPP, C.P.M. CPCP Knoxville’s Procurement Director, Community Development Corporation (KCDC) 

  • Penny Owens, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Purchasing Agent, City of Knoxville 

  • Zac Christensen, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB. Director of Purchasing and Contracts, Utah State Board of Education

Part II - Federal Grant Funding Current Issues Related to ARPA and the CARES Act

January 19, 2022 - 1PM - 4PM (ET)
Contact hours: 3


  • Current issues surrounding the spending of federal funds related to ARPA, the CARES Act, and Infrastructure. (1 hour)
    Emily Brock,  Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) 
  • A moderated discussion with suppliers providing information about third-party assistance services.  (1 hour)
    Moderaters: Kim Abrego and Shelly Vineyard (Disaster Recovery Services) 
  • Concluding Q&A session (1 hour)


  • Emily Brock,  Director, Federal Liaison Center, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) 

  • Kim Abrego, COO and President, Disaster Recovery Services

  • Shelly Vineyard, Procurement Practice Leader, Disaster Recovery Services

Headliner: Supply Chain Issues

February 16, 2022 - 1PM - 5PM (ET)
Contact Hours: 4

$79 Members | $179 Non-Members


The pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of the global supply chain - that’s the usually invisible pathway of manufacturing, transportation and logistics that gets goods from where they are manufactured, mined, or grown to where they are going. Scarcity has caused the prices of many things to go higher.  

  • This session includes presentations by two panels (90 minutes each)—one panel of public procurement professionals, and the other panel consists of suppliers—discussing contract pricing/adjustments, shortages, transportation issues, and other supply chain related issues.
  • Q&A session. (1 hour)


Headliner: Building a Stronger Partnership between Finance and Procurement

March 1, 2022 - 1:00 – 3:00 (ET) & March 8, 2022 - 1:00 - 3:00 (ET)
Contact Hours: 4

$79 Members | $179 Non-Members


Regardless of the actual organizational structure within a state or local government, finance and procurement play a vital and interconnected role to help serve the public. Essential functions that support operations, maintain fiscal sustainability, facilitate efficient operations, encourage transparency, and promote trust rely on both working collaboratively.  This series will explore practical areas to improve coordination between procurement and finance and will discuss integration between basic elements of procurement and budget development, budget monitoring, capital planning, contract management, grant administration, treasury management, risk management, debt management, and financial reporting. In addition public procurement leaders will better understand current trends in public finance and learn how to apply tools and strategies to solve common problems facing all governments.


  • Understand the role of procurement in improving financial management outcomes
  • Identify opportunities for better collaboration between finance and procurement


  • Mike Mucha, Deputy Executive Director / Director, Research and Consulting, Government Finance Officers Association

Headliner: Negotiation: Identifying Winning Strategies

May 12, 2022
Contact Hours: 3

$79 Members | $179 Non-Members


Negotiation, whether simple or complex, requires planning. Negotiation is used when obtaining funding and resources and working in an environment where competing interests are involved. Join us for a two-hour presentation by a panel of subject matter experts who will discuss approaches, strategies, and use of psychology to achieve desired outcomes for negotiations. Followed by a one-hour Q&A session.