NIGP Spring Virtual Conference

Join thousands of your NIGP peers who have already taken part in one of our virtual conferences. This is your chance to get an enriching experience by learning something completely new or delving more deeply into a topic you’re already familiar with.

Virtual conferences provide all the benefits of a traditional conference, like engaging with peers and instructors in real-time and learning about timely and relevant issues that impact the profession. The best part, you get to do it all from the comfort of your desk.


VCON Spring

June 3 & 4, 2020

9 Contact Hours

NIGP VCON brings together the most sought-after public procurement practitioners and thought leaders who will share their perspectives and offer insights, tools and tactics to help you reach peak performance.

Past participants continually share the tremendous value of VCON—great content with relevant topics, robust contact hours, ability to expand networks—all at a lower price point with less time away from daily duties.

VCON Spring available on-demand until August 31.

Unable to make VCON Spring?  You can still register to attend and view all sessions at your leisure. And earn contact hours! Register before August 31 to access.

Member fee: $129  |  Non-Member fee: $229

Group discounts for agencies are available

- 2nd – 10th Attendees
- 11th – 20th Attendee

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Session Schedule

June 3, 2020

Virtual Meeting Room 1

Session Speaker
Transformational Change Starts from Within

Transformational change doesn’t just happen as a result of a directive. It happens within each individual as a result of higher awareness, goal alignment, and other factors. This workshop provides insights on how a leader can cause transformational change within the team. Join this session and be inspired to initiate transformational change.

Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO
Lourdes Coss is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience. Lourdes held executive level positions in major public organizations, such as the City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and now works with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting and training. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $100 million, higher personnel credentials, and transition to strategic/value-add operations.
Effective Decision Making

How do you decide?  Is it intuition? Learn best practices in making good decisions, avoiding biases and errors, and the value of collaboration. What if you aren’t the decision maker but are recommending a course of action? And how can decisions by evaluation committees be improved? Join us to learn : It’s not just intuition; it’s a process.

Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M.
Richard Pennington was most recently general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, the nonprofit subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials that supports the states in their national cooperative procurements. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he managed a division consisting of the Office of the State Controller, the State Purchasing Office, Central Collections Services, and State Buildings and Real Estate Programs
You Just Buy Stuff Right? Debunking the Mystery of Procurement & Sharing the Real Value You Bring to Your Organization 

In lieu of the COVID-19, i.e. Coronavirus, pandemic Procurement staff nationwide have been displaying the inert value they bring to an entity when an emergency requires rapid response. Reviewing actions taken by Procurement staff over the past few months forced everyone to understand the role Procurement plays and the value they bring to supply chain activities. This value is demonstrated not only in day-to-day decisions and actions, but by being proactive and effective during times of emergency. In this session, we will be discuss four primary areas in which procurement professionals use professional judgement and add value on a daily basis: Emergency Management, Strategic Value, Ethics & Professionalism, and Procurement Values & Principles.

Stacy Lynn Adams, CPPB
Stacy Adams is the Deputy State Procurement Officer for the State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services managing the State Term Contracting Teams. With nearly 20 years of experience her skills represent governmental purchasing at the county, state agency and state-wide levels. She is actively involved in content builds for the new NIGP Pathways program and instructs courses as a NIGP Certified Instructor. She is also an instructor for courses on behalf of the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority helping procurement professionals throughout the state learn various aspects of the profession.
Victor Leamer, CPPB
Victor Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington, previously working 30 years with the State of Alaska. He has presented NIGP webinars on protests and contract price adjustments and leads the online course Developing and Managing Request for Proposals. Victor has a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA). Victor also serves on NIGP's Content Management Committee.

Virtual Meeting Room 2

Session Speaker
Sustainable Procurement in U.S. Local Governments

The procurement function has been employed to achieve sustainability in environmental, social, and economic aspects of communities. This session demonstrates current trends in sustainable procurement in local governments across North America, particularly within the United States. Specifically, it assesses supplier diversity and green procurement as major components of sustainable procurement initiatives.

Ana-Maria Dimand
Ana Maria Dimand is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Florida International University, Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) from the Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a legal advisor for a central government organization in Bucharest, Romania, specializing in public procurement. After serving as Head of the Public Procurement office, she went on to pursue a Ph.D. Degree in public affairs at FIU.
Evelyn Trammell
Evelyn Trammell is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Public Affairs at Florida International University (FIU). Her research focuses on issues of socio-economic equity in public finance and procurement. Her teaching credits include Administrative Leadership and Behavior. In addition, she has 7 years of practitioner experience working in local government with the City of Sunny Isles Beach, in the areas of finance, procurement, and general administration.
New NIGP Global Best Practice: Market Research Process: Research, Analysis, and Intelligence

The task force members who developed the Market Research Process global best practice document share their experiences and present the main concepts with examples to illustrate.

Lisa Frank,
Lisa Frank joined NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement in December 2013. One year later, she was promoted to the position of Global Practices Manager and now also manages NIGP’s accreditation program. Lisa collaborates with subject matter experts, including procurement professionals, academics, and suppliers to develop useful guidance on public procurement topics. Since its 2018 February/March issue, Government Procurement Magazine has been publishing Lisa’s articles on topics ranging from her first article Language Matters to the current article Personality Matters: The DISC Method. Prior to joining NIGP, Lisa managed the University Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her Master of Public Management. Recently, she earned certification as Maxwell Method DISC Consultant. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in cello performance, and now lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she plays cello with the Rogue Valley Symphony.
Clarissa Clark, CPPO, CPPB,
Clarissa Clark has over 20 years of Public Procurement experience. She has experience with Higher Education, K-12, and State Government. She is a passionate advocate for the profession and is active with the Institute as well as her local Chapter, SCAGPO. Clarissa is currently the Director of Procurement for the University of South Carolina. She holds both UPPCC Certifications and is looking forward to testing for the NIGP-CPP in the near future.
Kim Cullen,
Kim Cullen is the Director of Marketing for BidNet and SourceSuite E-Procurement Solutions. Bringing nearly 20 years of marketing and client relations experience to the BidNet team, her areas of focus include market research and analyzation, email marketing, search engine optimization and content marketing. Kim organizes and conducts educational seminars and webinars for NIGP regional chapters, public government agency partners, buying organizations and the vendor community throughout the country. Speaking engagements include NIGP 2018 Forum, multiple webinar series, the Institute for Supply Management’s ISM and NPI Conferences.
Anna Vogel,
Anna Vogel is the Procurement Manager of the City of Vancouver. She has over 20 years of experience in public procurement and has served in many procurement roles throughout her career. She is the current Recording Secretary for the Washington Chapter of NIGP and serves as the Community Involvement Committee Chair for the chapter. Anna has also served on the Invitation to Bid Global Best Practice committees. This year Anna was recognized as the WANIGP Manager of the Year.
Theresa Webb
Theresa Webb has over 25 years of experience in procurement in both the private and public sectors with 15+ years in public sector procurement. Theresa holds CPPO, CPPB, CPSM and C.P.M. certifications and is a current member of NIGP, NPI, Sarasota Bay Area Chapter and Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP, FAPPO, and ISM.
Move to Meeting Room 1 for Session: You Just Buy Stuff Right? Debunking the Mystery of Procurement & Sharing the Real Value You Bring to Your Organization

June 4, 2020

Virtual Meeting Room 1

Session Speaker
Procurement Planning & Execution for Lifecycle Asset Management

The concept of “begin with the end in mind” for public procurement officials, sourcing capital assets, is critical to considering every stage of asset ownership. Join me at VCON to learn more about how Fairfax Water Authority is leading the way in Asset Management from procurement, maintenance, disposition and everything in between.

Beth Dooley, CPPO, CPPB
Procurement and Politics: Navigating the Political Environment

Explore the positive and negative, the realities and vagaries of the interactions between procurement professionals and the political environment. We will draw on personal experiences working with senior executives and elected officials in the Federal Government, the City of Chicago and several smaller communities to identify common themes and approaches to peaceful and productive coexistence with Politicians and effective participation in and engagement with our communities.

Mike Bevis, JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M
Michael Bevis was a Member of the Board of Directors of NIGP, is active as a “Purchasing Management Assistance Program” consultant and instructor for NIGP, and has been a member and past Chairman of the NIGP National Research Committee. He has focused his efforts on procurement and supply management leadership for the past 18 years and his experiences have included Deputy Purchasing for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District, he is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois a position he has held for the past eight years. In his current position he has primary responsibility for a 160 million dollar annual spend.

Virtual Meeting Room 2

Session Speaker
Trade Agreements 101

Procuring goods and services of international origin from a domestic supplier, which is our normal interaction, is quite different from procuring directly from an international supplier. Trade Agreement requirements are triggered by dollar thresholds and other means, perhaps resulting in posting period differences from those required under your jurisdiction’s regular protocols, although the procurement processes are very similar.

The intent of this session is to provide a brief introductory glimpse into international Trade Agreement requirements.

Lynda Allair, CPPO
Lynda Allair has almost thirty years’ experience in procurement within a variety of agencies.

Currently, Lynda is a Project Lead with the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Treasury Board Office. Lynda is currently a Director for the Canadian Public Procurement Council, a member of NIGP’s Finance Committee (formerly Education) and an NIGP instructor, and a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association.
Preparing for the Recession: Fiscal First Aid Strategies for the Procurement Office

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to increase spending in an effort to fight this national emergency, government revenue is taking a gigantic hit from a significantly reduced tax base creating grim budget scenarios. For staff in the procurement office, this conflict is clear as you face challenges in both supplying operations during an emergency while also cutting spending to meet a new budget reality. This session highlights GFOA’s Fiscal First Aid program that lays out a 12-step process for recovering from financial distress and specific strategies that procurement officers can implement in both short and long-term.

Mike Mucha
Mike Mucha joined GFOA in 2006 and is now GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management.
Shayne Kavanagh
Shayne Kavanagh is the Senior Manager of Research for GFOA and has been a leader in developing the practice and technique of long-term financial planning and policies for local government. He started GFOA's long-term financial planning and policy consulting offering in 2002 and has been working with governments on financial planning and policies ever since. Shayne has worked with many governments of different sizes and types on financial planning and policies across the United States and Canada.

Shayne's financial planning experience also drives his research at GFOA. He is the author of a number of influential publications on financial planning.

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NIGP is the recipient of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) 2019 Innovation of the Year Award for Learner Technology Integration for our innovative approach to engaging member with accredited content through VCON.

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