NIGP Headliner Series

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

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The Series gets right to the heart of the matter by identifying the hard facts of these procurement headlines and how it may impact you or your entity. These series analyze the critical challenges faced 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.

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

  • Get sound advice from subject matter experts and make informed decisions.
  • Ask questions and receive answers in real time.
  • Share YOUR experiences, exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions.

91% of attendees say they'd recommend the Series to a colleague

88%  of attendees say the series met their expectations.


CYBERSECURITY…The Risks You May Not Know About. Are You Willing to Take Them?

Every 44 seconds there's a cyber attack.

That's 2,000 attacks a day!

How can you better prepare your entity?

DECEMBER 13, 2022

1:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Contact Hours: 3

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Nathan Dawson
Procurement Manager II
South Carolina Fiscal Accountability Authority




Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, CTPE
Corporate Procurement Program Manager
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission




Maria S. Thompson
State and Local Government Executive Government Advisor - Cybersecurity  Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Our entity's data is becoming more and more valuable, yet we are moving away from on-premises software solutions and opting to entrust the safeguarding of our most valuable asset to contractors and third-parties. Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, and making headlines daily. How do we determine whether our data will be safe, and what steps can we take to address the consequences of a cyber attack on our data? 

This session will discuss two aspects of cybersecurity: 

  • Assessing whether a potential Contractor meets our security standards by discussing different methods of assessment, including questionnaires, surveys, and using third-party solutions. 
  • Cyberliability insurance: what it is, the current state of the market, and how to determine when we need it and how much we need.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply a data classification tool to differentiate the types of data we have.
  • Determine what our levels of security need to be for different classifications of data.
  • Explore the different assessment options available to determine whether a potential Contractor can provide a level of security with which we are comfortable.
  • Determine the types of questions to ask of the Contractor in order to properly evaluate their security measures and procedures.
  • Examine the cyberliability insurance market, especially given the current explosion in the number of instances of cyber-attacks.
  • Analyze how we determine when we need cyberliability insurance.
  • Explore the cost of cyberliability insurance, and the level of coverage we need in any given situation.
  • Determine whether our entity's risk assessment measures address all relevant factors, and our ability to adapt and stay current when these factors change.



Inflation & Higher Prices...Managing Costs in a Volatile Market


Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Director of Purchasing, County of Rockland, NY

Buying during inflationary times is challenging.  Add supply chain disruptions to the mix and these challenges may seem insurmountable. This informative session highlights what steps public procurement professionals can take to mitigate cost increases.  Discover new methods and approaches to manage price increase requests from suppliers and learn what cost management strategies public procurement agencies can implement during these volatile times.

Procurement experts demystify Federal Grants Funding. Learn the rules attached to specific sources of funding and how to correctly report for auditing purposes.

Part I – General Information, Guidance, and Best Practices



  • Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPPO, Director of Procurement and Project Management, City of Plano, TX
  • Kellie Pendleton, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP, Purchasing Manager, City of Plano, TX



  • Terry L. McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, C.P.M. CPCP, Procurement Director, Knoxville's Community Development Corp - The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • 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


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


  • Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT, COO and President, Disaster Recovery Services
  • Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA, Procurement Practice Leader, Disaster Recovery Services
  • Brian Meneghan, E.I.T., LEED® AP, Account Executive/Energy Systems Specialist, Carrier Corporation
  • Bill Symon, Director of Sales – SLED Central, Gordian

Thank you to our sponsors:


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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.  

Session 1 – “The Current and Future State of Supply Chain Shortages”


  • Robert Handfield, PhD

Session 2 – Panel Discussion of Public Procurement Professionals


  • Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
  • Amber Yates, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPM, 
  • Michael Bevis, Esq., NIGP-CPP, JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.

Government Partner:


Now more than ever, regardless of the organizational structure within a state or local entity, Finance and Procurement must form an interconnected relationship to best serve the public. This interactive series explores the crucial role procurement plays to improve financial management outcomes, current trends in public finance, and effective tools and strategies to solve common problems facing all entities. 

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

Part 1: Integration of Finance and Procurement   

  • Placement of procurement in an organization
  • Getting a “Seat at the Table”
  • Adding value to capital planning, budgeting, grant administration, and performance management
  • Building better relationships and initiating change

Part II: Leveraging Procurement to Address Common Challenges 

  • Lessons from the fiscal crisis: COVID-19 experiences, budget control, and procurement's role in fiscal sustainability
  • Meeting customer expectations and taking a lean process improvement approach to procurement
  • The procurement officer’s role in budgeting and making better decisions
  • Risk management
  • Promoting transparency and trust

Thank you to our sponsors:


Government Partner:


New Negotiation Strategies for Today’s Market

Negotiations in 2022 are a whole new ball game. Because of commodity price increases, logistics and transportation issues, the pandemic, and climate change issues, procurement professionals must approach negotiations with a different mindset and skillset.

The ability to negotiate is important in any field, however, it’s especially critical in today’s market.

The New Normal

Many suppliers are now avoiding fixed price contracts, contracts tied to indices, most-favored-nations clauses, etc. This enlightening Headliner discusses the current new normal in today’s market and the impact on negotiations for contracts, along with suggested solutions and approaches.

Government Partner:



  • Drew Tuller, Public Sector Program Manager, Office Depot
  • Krystal Gilbert Schafer, Office Depot, Program Manager – Public Sector Cooperatives
  • Scott Clark, Government Sales Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Greg James, Vice President, Business Development - DroneUp


  • Cara Bocx, CPPB, Senior Procurement & SBE/DBE Specialist, Community Transit, Everett, WA
  • Carrie Mathes, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA, Procurement Manager, Orange County, FL
  • Stacy Adams, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Statewide Sourcing, State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services
  • Zac Christensen, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Purchasing and Contracts, Utah State Board of Education