Radio NIGP

Introducing Radio NIGP - Our First-Ever Radio Show! 

We are incredibly excited to introduce RADIO NIGP. A talented team of procurement colleagues created our first-ever radio program. Radio NIGP gives a new vibe and a new twist to the world of procurement. Get ready to listen, learn and be entertained!

What's Ahead

Radio NIGP will be produced monthly with segments that include "Legally Speaking", "Word of the Day", "Tech Tip" as well as guest commentaries, interviews and compelling news that will keep you connected and engaged with NIGP and the procurement community. Look for more enhancements as we grow this innovative radio program.

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December Broadcast

Procurement Pioneers

For this month’s show, legends from the world of procurement are interviewed and asked about changes they’ve seen in procurement over the years, lessons learned (including what you wish you knew when you started), and if they could do it all over again would they.

Procurement Pioneers include recipients of the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award, Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award, and the Distinguished Service Award, former National and Chapter NIGP Presidents, Master Instructors, NIGP Leap textbook authors, columnists, and NIGP chapter founders:

  • Carol Hodes
  • Dick & Lynda Cummings
  • Fred Marks
  • Jack Pitzer
  • Jane Ogle
  • Jeannie Readey
  • Kirk Buffington
  • Paul Brennan

The show is book-ended with season greetings in the Word of the Day and concludes with a commentary on gratitude.


View each interview in its entirety

As a bonus, in our Stocking Stuffer video, you’ll meet the Radio NIGP staff, view the interview with the Jack Pitzer and receive a Legally Speaking-approved greeting.

November 2021 - When is the Emergency Over

Word of the Day

Many procurement professionals face emergency situations on a regular basis. Unfortunately, emergencies occur during the everyday functions of the procurement department. The way emergencies are handled will vary from entity to entity. Based on the process used by the entity to handle the emergency, we discuss during this segment, “what happens after the emergency is over”?

Hot Topics

  • The team addresses the question “When is the emergency over?” with their answer “It depends!”

Legally Speaking

  • Legal views about when an emergency ends from both procurement and federal fund reimbursement perspectives.


  • When your end users or suppliers have an emergency, who do they call? As procurement professionals, we will explore the role we typically play in emergencies.

Way to Grow

  • Longtime Government Procurement magazine columnist Fred Marks is interviewed and discusses what happens after the emergency.

Visionary Views

  • Visionary Enna Bachelor discusses how a “team of one” can serve an entity with success.

October 2021
Prices Rising

In this month’s show, Radio NIGP addresses what steps public procurement professionals can take when facing price adjustment requests from suppliers when market prices for goods are extremely volatile and unpredictable.  

Here's what waiting for you this month:

  • Word of the Day - "Price Increase"
  • Managing requests for price increases from suppliers is occurring across the country. How do we as procurement professionals manage the increases as we try to maintain our already established budgets? How do we negotiate the increase?  Can we negotiate the increase request? Get answers to these relevant questions and learn how your colleagues are managing these requests.
  • Hot Topics
    Suppliers can’t or won’t hold their prices, what do we do now?
  • Legally Speaking
    What are the legal aspects of modifications affecting price and schedule?
  • Tech Talk
    We discuss price increases and longer wait times due to the chip shortage with suggestions about what entities can do to protect themselves against these and other issues.  
  • Chapter Updates
    We recognize the 2021 Outstanding Chapter Award Recipients and learn how Chapters are handling rising costs.
  • Interviews
    Hear what some inspiring public procurement professionals in Way to Grow and Visionary Views have to say.

And don't forget watch for some "Things That Make You Go Hmm" in this month's Commentary.

September 2021 - What doesn't kill me made me stronger

Here's what waiting for you this month:

  • Word of the Day
    We can all think of incidents during the past when we could not see how a given situation would end. We have guests during our show that will share experiences that made them stronger individuals.
  • Interviews with Public Procurement Professionals that have faced difficult situations and came out Stronger
    Lourdes Coss - Shares her experiences in highly charged workplaces.
    Kristy Varda -  “Voting with your feet” when/how to move to a better work environment.
    Chris Boss - How the instructions of the RFP saved the day after declaring multiple proposers non-responsive on a half-billion-dollar procurement
  • Chapter Updates
    How three Tennessee chapter Presidents have strengthened their bonds after a failed merger attempt
    An excerpt from the new Chesapeake Bay Procurement Association at their chartering ceremony from Chair Tonya Joyner
  • Way to Grow
    Mentee Tracy Garcia is interviewed
  • Visionary Views
    Interview with NIGP’s 2021 Buyer of the Year - Stephanie Dion
  • In Orange
    Part II - Ted Wachter story with the outcome of workplace harassment and discrimination suit from 2005

August 2021 - Work/Life Balance

In this month’s show, Radio NIGP addresses the transition back to the office by looking at how working people manage time spent at and outside of work.  We also get a preview of NIGP’s Leadership Summit and two new segments are coming your way!

Here's what waiting for you this month:

  • Word of the Day
    Provides a definition of work life balance through an example of how a procurement professional can find balance in their job.
  • Hot Topics
    What does Supplier Training have to do with Work/Life Balance?
  • Interviews with NIGP 
    Carrie Rawn discusses the upcoming NIGP Leadership Summit.
  • NEW - Way to Grow
    Immediate past Mentorship Committee Chair Keith Glatz provides an introduction to the new NIGP Mentorship Program and explains how you can get involved.
  • Legally Speaking
  • NEW - Visionary Views
    Interview with Denise Finn, Procurement Manager with the City of Fort Myers, Florida
  • In Orange
    A story about workplace harassment and discussion about how similar experiences can impact the employee’s work/life balance
  • Commentary

July 2021 - NIGP Forum 2021

NIGP Virtual Forum can only mean one thing - an expanded Forum addition for this month's Radio NIGP show.

Here's what waiting for you this month:

  • Word of the Day (0:10)
    The question of the day asks some questions to get viewers thinking about attending Forum.  As you listen to others throughout the broadcast discussing this topic, it will answer some of the questions you may not otherwise have considered
  • Interviews with NIGP (1:10)
    Advice for first time attendees, how to choose what to sessions to attend, and the importance of networking
  • Chapter Updates (17:30)
    How NIGP Chapters are supporting their members attending Forum
  • Hot Topics (22:30)
    Virtual Forum is fast approaching and there are dozens of presentations from which to choose. This month the Hot Topics trio discusses how they make their choices and offers some of their exciting recommendations
  • Tech Tips (49:05)
    Highlighting Forum’s Technology track
  • Legally Speaking (51:00)
    Introduces the Forum Legal Aspects track segments and the Procurement in the Courtroom case; and why they are important to procurement practitioners
  • Commentary (1:03:25)
    Registration alone does not mean you are attending Forum.  HHMMM…  In this commentary we discuss the importance of truly attending ourselves, supporting others as they attend, and seeking knowledge and perspectives from others that are attending

June 2021 - Returning to Work

What can we expect? What are the various perspectives? What kind of support can we provide? How does this topic resonate with you and your entity? 

Topics covered include:

  • Word (or in this case) Words of the Day
  • Chapter Updates
  • Tech Talk - Topic: Ransomware
  • Hot Topics 
  • Commentary on the effect on staff of returning to work. 

May 2021 - Resilience

"Resilience” and it's meaning based on experiences, specifically during the past year with COVID19.

Topics covered include:

  • Legally Speaking: Discusses how to make new ideas “stick” instead of reverting to business as usual, and thoughts about whether laws may need to change to implement your ideas.
  • Good in Orange: Examines P-Card fraud and misuse at an institution of Higher Education; and how they bounced back from it.
  • Commentary: Mothers (and fathers) are a perfect picture of resiliency and are worthy of being celebrated every day!
  • Hot Topics: the age old question of when to use an RFP is discussed, with a bit of an emphasis on gaining the best value for our clients.
  • Chapter Updates: Chapter members and Ambassadors speak about NIGP’s Chapter Academy, an annual leadership development experience offered to existing and rising chapter leaders.

April 2021 - Reimagine

Procurement's creativity in performing their role during this past year under COVID.

Topics covered include:

  • Legally Speaking: Discusses the legality of electronic signatures and approvals in the Procurement process
  • Procurement Ethics: Examines lessons learned from the “Fajita Bandit”
  • Commentary: What does it take for others to see the value of Procurement?
  • Chapter Updates: Three NIGP Chapters share their successes in  innovation during COVID

March 2021 - First Broadcast