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  • SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

    Fall Headliner Series Kicks Off with 
    Inflation & Higher Prices Managing Costs In A Volatile Market

    Presented by Paul Brennan, Director of Purchasing and First Acting County Executive, County of Rockland, NY
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS HEADLINER

    • Discover what tools and approaches you can implement to manage cost changes 
    • Gain insight into what categories are most vulnerable to price fluctuations
    • Learn how you can be more proactive with key suppliers
    • Find out what cost management strategies you can implement during these erratic times

    (Attendees can download a Tip Sheet on managing cost increases as a reference resource
     
    OCTOBER 5 | 1PM - 3PM (ET) 
    MEMBERS $79 | NON-MEMBERS $179

    REGISTER TODAY 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Paul Brennan, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP 
    Director of Purchasing and First Acting County Executive 
    County of Rockland, NY

    Over his 27-year public procurement career, Paul has earned a reputation as an innovative, results-producing procurement professional with experience in Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations, Financial Analysis, Project Management, Process Improvement and Measurement and ERP implementations. 

    He's established a record of continuous improvement through the implementation of cost-saving technologies and is the recipient of  NIGP's highest honor - the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award for his constant pursuit of enhancing the value of public procurement.  

    In the upcoming Headliner, Paul offers tips, strategies and practices you can implement to manage rising costs and minimize risk in your entity.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Radio NIGP Presents Forum "Aha" Moments & NIGP Awardee Interviews
    You can feel the excitement as First-Time Forum Attendees share what it was like attending Forum and what it meant to them personally as well as professionally. What were their big takeaways from the plenary speakers and sessions?  How did they benefit in their role as a result of attending? 

    We also get to know these NIGP award winners:  

    • Clarissa Clark - Ella Pierce Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner
    • Zac Christensen - Procurement Manager of the Year Award Winner
    • Teresa Chapman - Procurement Specialist of the Year Award Winner

    NIGP staff and management weigh-in on the impact of Forum on our profession.

    Finally, stay tuned for the first-time ever post-credit scenes. 
    VIEW RADIO NIGP


    NIGP-CPP: A Holistic Learning & Credentialing Experience  

    Why is NIGP-CPP Unique? 

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. NIGP intentionally integrated the NIGP-CPP with other choices you have in learning and earning under the holistic Pathways banner.  Rather than isolating certification, the NIGP-CPP is immersed in all the dynamic changes in public procurement.

    The certification is a result of innovative research and content production that's constantly refreshed to ensure NIGP-CPP is relevant in an ever-changing environment.

    Registration for November 2022 testing closes Friday, September 30.  
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    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapters have been established for nearly 50 years. Do you know what year your local chapter was founded? 

    Here's a peak at Chapters that date back to the 70s: 
     
    1971 - Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association 
    1976 - Missouri Association of Public Purchasing 
    1976 - Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement 
    1977 - Arizona State Capitol Chapter 
    1977 - Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc.
    1977 - Northern New Jersey Chapter 
    1977 - Southern New Jersey Chapter 
    1978 - Ontario Public Buyers Association, Inc. 
    1978 - Capital Area Purchasing Association 
    1978 - Louisiana Chapter 
    1978 - Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
    READ MORE


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    Robust Document Library – easy access to thousands of solicitations, RFPs, RFIs and much more.

    Making the right decisions and keeping up with change can be a challenge. NIGP Document Library helps save you time and money. The library contains sample, actionable documents created by your peers. Find what you need, when you need it. Members consistently rate the NIGP Document Library as one of our most valuable resources. 

    Whether you're just entering the profession or are an experienced practitioner, the NIGP Document Library is an important reference resource.   
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    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Taguchi Method - An engineering quality control approach, developed by Japanese engineer and statistician Genichi Taguchi, that focuses on improving a process or product during the design phase rather than after it has been manufactured or delivered. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

    LEADERS EDGE 2023 Now Accepting Program & Scholarship Applications

    Leaders Edge is a unique development program for emerging leaders. It's structured on the concept of emotional intelligence where participants learn about Leading the Self, Leading Others, and Leading Organizations. You must apply to be considered for this 5-month hybrid program and space is limited.

    New this year, Leaders Edge will be incorporated into the Leadership Summit 2023 experience, where procurement professionals across three programs will be brought together in one place for triple the impact.

    Program & Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, September 30
    (Scholarships (value or $997) available thanks to Sourcewell). 
    APPLY TODAY 

    All applicants will be notified on Wednesday, October 12 for the program acceptances and awards.  
    LEARN MORE


    NIGP SPOTLIGHT - Ryan Swink, Leaders Edge Class of 2021
     

    Ryan Swink 
    NIGP Business Development Manager 
    Herndon, VA

    NIGP's Leaders Edge program really helped me focus on my strengths and weaknesses, not only as a leader, but in everyday life. 

    The tools the program provides are priceless and can also be applied to your personal life. To have a select group of my cohorts, all with the same goal in common (becoming a better leader), really made me feel comfortable opening-up during group discussions.

    I would strongly recommend NIGP's Leaders Edge program to anyone who is ready to take their leadership journey to the next level. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    It's the biggest procurement celebration of the year - NIGP Forum.

    NIGP Forum is where public procurement professionals at all levels in their career from across North  America and Canada came together to share experiences, challenges and solutions. This year's Forum was a milestone event with over 2,200 attendees (in person and virtual), making it the most attended Forum in NIGP's 75+ history. 

    What makes NIGP Forum so special? You're surrounded by colleagues who understand exactly what you do. They face similar situations, utilize similar processes and incorporate similar practices. And most importantly, share your commitment and passion for the profession.

    Here's a photo gallery from the NIGP Forum held in Boston from August 20 - 24, 2022. Share the inspiration and excitement of Forum with your entity or chapter by contributing a story and photos through your newsletter. Let everyone know the positive impact you have on your community.

    NIGP FORUM PHOTO GALLERY


    NIGP-CPP: Future-Focused Certification for Procurement Leaders

    The NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) is the only certification managed and administered by NIGP.

    The NIGP-CPP targets mid to executive level leaders. Since it’s integrated with NIGP’s Pathways program, the NIGP-CPP will remain relevant to the competencies you need to be a successful leader in your career – today and into the future.

    Have you heard?
    More and more employers are seeing NIGP-CPP as a marker of accomplishment. NIGP-CPP certification is included in the U.S. Department of Labor Credentials Center.
    READ MORE
     
    If you're interested in learning more about NIGP-CPP certification, please join us for a complimentary Webinar.
     
    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinars  
    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations
    OCTOBER 4 | NOVEMBER 10 | DECEMBER 8 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website Solution delivers tangible value by offering an easy and simple way to communicate with your chapter members at no cost.

    This enables NIGP to take on more of the work of disseminating useful and relevant information without burdening chapter leadership and/or members. It also creates a more consistent experience across the board for all chapters, while giving each chapter the ability to meet their unique and specific needs.

    We recently launched the Copper, TAPP, IAPPO, El Paso, and SE Louisiana with Rocky Mountain scheduled to launch by the end of September. 


    FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

    New Global Best Practice:  Establishing an Effective Supplier Diversity Program emphasizes the traditional concepts of social disparity in government contracting and highlights the steps necessary to develop a successful supplier diversity program.

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. This is just one of the many resources and tools available FREE to NIGP Members.
    LEARN MORE    


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Tare Weight - The weight of all packaging materials and protective wrapping used for an item to be shipped. 

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms . A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     Order a copy today in either digital or print format

  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

    Workforce Development Scholarships Available For Individuals & Chapters 

    Application Deadline is September 30.

    Individual Workforce Development (WFD) Scholarship - provides members who lack funding and are interested in taking their career to the next level with $1,250 toward a Pathways competency development plan.

    ELIGIBILITY:  Individuals must be a Member of NIGP in good standing and have not received a NIGP scholarship in the last 12 months. 

    Chapter Workforce Development (WFD) Scholarship - provides chapters that lack funding with scholarships to attend 1/2 day Pathways competency virtual course for 8 of its chapter members. 

    ELIGIBILITY:  Chapters that have not received a NIGP scholarship in the last 12 months

    If you have questions, please contact Chanda Carpenter at ccarpenter@nigp.org(Scholarships available thanks to Sourcewell)
    APPLY TODAY 


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 
    Central Florida Chapter of NIGP Scholarship Recipients
     

    Sean Hynes, NIGP-CPP, CPPB 
    Assistant Superviors Distribution Services 
    School Board of Brevard County, FL
     

    The Central Florida Chapter of NIGP was awarded 16 scholarships, thanks to the NIGP Scholarship Program and the generous support of Sourcewell. This enabled members to attend NIGP VCON: Soft Skill Essentials in June. Here's  what Sean had to say about this educational opportunity: 

    It was a great event with incredibly useful information. The need to develop soft skills in the workplace is on the rise and NIGP created a fantastic lineup. Key takeaways include: 
     
    Critical Thinking -  why it takes effort and why we should not always use our 'lizard brain'.
     
    Managing Your Time & Energy -  effective ways you can manage time and find more of it in the day.
     
    Emotional Intelligence - why it's essential to workplace satisfaction. 

     

    Susan Ann Perry, CPPB
    Administrator/Sr. Buyer Procurement Svcs
    Orange County Public Schools

    NIGP VCON: Soft Skill Essentials was a fabulous 2-day event. The hours of the virtual conference were ideal allowing work to get done before Noon and with a half hour break to return calls and email. I found the topics to be very informative and pertaining to leadership and relationships. Some highlights for me include:

    Five Pillars of Resiliency

    1. Self-Awareness
    2. Mindfulness
    3. Self -Care
    4. Positive Relationships
    5. Purpose


    I also think the DISC self-assessment tool is a great way to learn about your self and how you react and relate to others. Thank you for the opportunity. 

     

    Janice Kay Hughes, CPPB
    Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, FL

    Excellent speakers, great use of Zoom features to keep folks engaged in the presentations. I especially enjoyed the class on  Emotional Intelligence. In everything we do today, this is a must class for all who interact with family, co-workers and vendors. Thank you this was well-worth the time investment. Many tools to take away.


    CELEBRATIONS

    Congratulations to the New NIGP-CPPs! We're thrilled to announce 49 new NIGP-CPP certificants.

    This brings the total number of NIGP-CPPs to 945 since we launched the program just two years ago. You can now find NIGP-CPP certificants in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 5 provinces.
    NIGP-CPPs RECIPIENTS

    Here's what certificants have to say:

    Jeanne Waters, NIGP-CPP, KCPM,
    Administrative Branch Manager, Office of the Controller 
    Frankfort, KY

    I feel that those who have the NIGP-CPP certification stand out among their peers.  The certification shows dedication to the field of procurement and a higher level of expertise for those obtaining the NIGP-CPP certification.

     

    Rick Gentry, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Procurement and Contract Services Manager
    Lee's Summit, MO

    The NIGP-CPP certification encompasses the knowledge and skills of today’s true Procurement Leaders.
     


    NIGP-CPP

    Registration for November 2022 testing is open and will close on September 30. 

    What makes NIGP-CPP certification unique? 

    • NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector.
    • NIGP-CPP influences, motivates, innovates, and inspires confidence to action.
    • NIGP-CPP is uniquely connected with the NIGP Pathways for holistic learning and credentialing across the 33 most critical learning competencies within public procurement. 
    • NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs.
    • NIGP-CPP exam assesses the abilities that a successful procurement leader must have on the job.


    If you're interested in learning more about NIGP-CPP certification, please join us for a complimentary Webinar.

    FREE NIGP-CPP Webinars  

    Webinar: NIGP Certified Procurement Professional - Connecting Certification to Your Learning and Career Aspirations

    OCTOBER 4 | NOVEMBER 10 | DECEMBER 8 | 2PM - 3:30PM (ET)


    CHAPTER NEWS

    Chapters play a vital role at NIGP. 

    When you become a member in a local NIGP chapter, you gain access to a local network of procurement professionals who can help you advance in your career, develop critical leadership skills, and create change that positively impacts your community.

    Whether it's a Reverse Trade Show, a Golf Outing, or seasonal conference, our Chapters are engaging with procurement professionals and suppliers within their own communities.

    Upcoming Chapter Events: 

    East Tennessee Purchasing Association (TAPP)
    Fall Professional Development Conference
    SEPTEMBER 26 | Pidgeon Forge, TN

    Ontario Public Buyers Association
    64th Professional Development Conference - Virtual
    SEPTEMBER 28 - 29


    MEMBER RESOURCES

    Nsite - your exclusive online community where you connect, communicate and collaborate with peers from across the country at all different stages in their careers. 

    Choose from over 50 special interest communities created by you and for you. Get answers from colleagues who have been there, done that. Share ideas, challenges and opportunities 24/7.  Our most popular community Purchissues has over 1,500 members and includes over 19,000 discussions. 

    Recent discussion topics:

    • Uniform Rental & Cleaning
    • Current Average Dollar Thresholds for RFPs
    • Police Vehicle Purchases


    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE WEEK

    Value Added Tax - A tax based on the value added during each stage of a product's productions or distribution. Common throughout the European Union.

    From our NEW 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms . A comprehensive and timely reference of the most common industry terms and definitions, making it an essential resource for everyone in the profession. 

    • Over 2,300 entries of the most common and relevant terms currently in use
    • Created by public procurement professionals for real on-the-job impact
    • Easy to use manual, for quick reference in your home, office, or anywhere

     
    Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

  • SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

    Now Accepting Applications - Leaders Edge 2023

    LEADERS EDGE is a unique development program for emerging leaders, now in its fourth year. NEW for this year, Leaders Edge will be incorporated into the Leadership Summit 2023 experience, where procurement professionals across three programs will be brought together in one place for triple the impact.

    Applications are open through September 30th. (Scholarships available thanks to Sourcewell)
    APPLY TODAY.


    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

    Cheral Manke, NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB 
    Procurement Innovation Manager
    WA State Dept. of Enterprise Services

    Pathways Concierge Program is something I'm excited to be the member lead for because it helps individuals and organizations close their talent gaps, a critical need within our profession. 

    Most people come into procurement from an array of backgrounds, I came up through the law and ended up here because contracting was my forte and I wanted to do public service.

    The question is, how do you help people grow in the profession, when they may not have studied procurement at all? This program will help show individuals what's out there for them on an individualized basis. Our goal is to help individuals and organizations by listening and identifying what skills they bring to the table and what skills they need to succeed.

    As both individuals and organizations, we need to look at our own path forward. What do we need to get ourselves and our staff ready for the next level? The answer - Pathways Concierge Program. 


    CELEBRATIONS

    Camaraderie, collaboration, engagement, and empowerment are the foundations of an NIGP membership.

    We'd like to thank and highlight these agencies who have been valued members of NIGP for over 70 years.

    75 Years

    City of Newport News, VA
    Dane County, WI
    City of Madison, WI

    70 Years

    City of Owensboro, KY


    NIGP-CPP

    We're 896 strong and growing. You'll find NIGP-CPP certificants in 44 states and 5 provinces.

    NIGP-CPP is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector. It's uniquely connected with the NIGP Pathways for holistic learning and credentialing across the 33 most critical learning competencies within public procurement. 

    The NIGP-CPP is refreshed by ongoing research which keeps the certification relevant to what the market needs. Registration for November 2022 testing is open and will close on September 30th. 

    LEARN MORE 


    CHAPTER NEWS

    NIGP Chapter Website solution delivers tangible value to our chapters by offering an easy and simple way to communicate with your chapter members at no cost to chapters. This enables NIGP to take on more of the work of disseminating useful and relevant information without burdening chapter leadership and/or members. It also creates a more consistent experience across the board for all chapters, while giving each chapter the ability to meet their unique and specific needs.

    We just launched the Copper, IAPPO and TAPP Chapter websites with Rocky Mountain scheduled to launch end of September. 


    MEMBER RESOURCES

    New Global Best Practice:  Procurement's Role in the Use of Non-Emergency Federal Funds explores the best practices once federal funds are awarded. It's a must-read for today's procurement professionals.

    NIGP's Global Best Practices provide guidance on procurement processes, procedures and important topics to ensure you're equipped with the information you need to succeed. This is just one of the many tools and resources available FREE to NIGP Members.

    LEARN MORE


    WORD OF THE DAY

    In Bond The state of goods that are manufactured, stored, or transported under the care of a bonded agency until duties or taxes are paid on the goods.

    From our 2022 Edition of NIGP Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms. Order a copy today in either digital or print format. 

    LEARN MORE


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