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!
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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January 2023 - "Onboarding Employees
Starting the new year with new employees, Radio NIGP has some great tips to help out with Onboarding New Employees:
in person and in the virtual world (along with a cautionary tale of remote working gone wrong)
Coaching tips including using a checklist
Being the “new kid on the block”
Onboarding your new Chapter Officers
Moments with NIGP - Todd Slater, Chief Content Officer for NIGP discusses theCall for Presentations for NIGP Forum 2023 including the topics and types of presentations requested, the various length of presentations, the desire for both experienced and newer practitioners to submit, along with the deadline reminder of February 17, 2023.
Procurement Pioneers – Interview with Albert H. Hall Award and Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Stephen B. Gordon.
Advancing the strategic contribution of public procurement and contract management has been a primary focus of Dr. Gordon's career for over 40 years and now, in retirement, he is focusing on helping those individuals who struggle with loneliness, anxiety and depression.
December 2022 - “My Favorite Clause”
Clause: a distinct article, stipulation, or proviso in a formal document
article: a stipulation in a document (such as a contract or a creed)
stipulation: a condition, requirement, or item specified in a legal instrument
proviso: an article or clause (as in a contract) that introduces a condition
A clause is a section or subsection written into a contract, which may contain one or more provisions within it, of which, stipulates a condition or requirement. Clauses define the rights and obligations each party has under the agreement and fall into three general categories: enforcement, interpretation, and execution clause.
As public procurement officials, it’s important to understand not only the meaning and the purpose behind the clauses but also how to use them properly in our documents.
The staff of Radio NIGP has come up with a list of their favorite clauses and explores the meaning, purpose, and the benefits of the proper application of each:
“My Favorite Clause” from the Radio NIGP staff:
Conflict of Interest
Equitable Adjustment Provision / Escalation
Non-Availability of Funding
Piggybacking & Cooperative Purchasing
Public Inspection of Certain Records
Request for Information
Stocking Stuffer: stick around for a special bonus from some of the Governing Board’s little helpers!
November 2022 - New to Procurement? Start Here!
Whether you’re new to procurement or a seasoned practitioner, we’ve got insightful tips and advice to guide your career forward.
Highlights from this month's radio segment include:
New to procurement or a seasoned practitioner? What is it that you don’t know? How will you create a pathway to advance your career? In this session we interview Cheral Manke and learn about NIGP’s new Concierge program which is designed to help guide your career journey.
An interview with Jody Jacoby who speaks about the importance of hiring the right staff, in the right roles. How it is so important to empower staff, training them and connecting them with others in the profession to help them grow in their careers.
The Tech Talk team discuss the valuable resources that NIGP provides to those new to procurement or technology procurement. Sit back and take notes to improve your technology procurement skills.
The team discusses the importance of understanding enabling legislation as well as insights into the Model Procurement Code (MPC)
NIGP website resources for those new to the profession and an interview with Fareshta Touhami and Ronni Levine about the new NIGP Chapter websites.
Way to Grow
An interview with Mentee, Gina Klug to discuss NIGP's Mentorship Platform called “Together.”
Moments with NIGP
Anna Spindler, Vice President, Procurement, Western Governors University, discusses their application for the Agency Advancement Award and the 2022 receipt of the award.
October 2022 - See Yourself in Cyber: Together we make it Safer
For the past 18 years, October has been declared Cybersecurity Awareness Month and focuses on helping individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data increase. This month’s theme is 'See Yourself in Cyber: Together we make it Safer', focusing on the ‘people’ part of cybersecurity, providing information and resources to help spread awareness. Considering there are around 2,200 cyberattacks per day, that could equate to more than 800,000 people being hacked per year, getting information on preventing cyberattacks is extremely important more than ever.
Hot Topics – The team interviews Mohave County’s Chief Information Officer Nathan McDaniel for his perspective and recommendations for how to better protect ourselves from cyber threats.
Not Good in Orange - Stacy sits down with Travis Johnson, South Carolina State University Chief Information Officer, to discuss cyberattacks experienced by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) since the fall of 2021 including Lincoln College, Howard University, and North Carolina A&T University.
Way to Grow: Issues When Training Employees About Cyber Security Risks
Tech Talk – An interview with Maria Thompson, State and Local Government Cybersecurity Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS) about information technology, strategic planning, computer network defense and risk management.
Deeper Dive - Radio NIGP Tech Talk host Kristy Varda defines Cyber-security and discuss why this topic is so important for public procurement practitioners, what’s trending in Cyber-security, what’s on the horizon in the next 5, 10 to 15 years and more.
Visionary Views - Brian Smith, Purchasing Manager for Multnomah County, Oregon and 2022 NIGP Distinguished Award Winner, describes his role in representing his entity and local NIGP chapter in Legislative issues affecting procurement.
Moments w/ NIGP - Kate Rotella, Director of Fiscal Affairs and Acquisitions - Eastern Connecticut State University, and Chair-Elect - NIGP Governing Board, discusses NIGP’s upcoming Leadership Summit scheduled for February 2023.
September 2022 Broadcast – Forum “Aha” Moments & NIGP Awardee Interviews
Hundreds of public procurement professionals gathered recently in Boston, MA for the 2022 NIGP Forum.
From the perspective of many first-time attendees, they were asked in this month’s show what was your “aha” moment at Forum, what did you take away from the plenary speakers and sessions, and how do you benefit in your role by attending?
Radio NIGP continues to place the spotlight on the best of the best in Public Procurement with additional interviews of this year's NIGP Award Recipients:
Ella Pierce Diversity and Inclusion Award (Clarissa Clark)
Procurement Manager of the Year Award (Zac Christensen)
Procurement Specialist of the Year Award (Teresa Chapman
NIGP staff and management also weigh in on the impact of Forum on our profession.
Finally, stick around for the first-time ever post-credit scenes!
As the unsung heroes of procurement, we aren’t used to being recognized for what we do.
Today we place the spotlight on the best of the best in Public Procurement with interviews of this year's NIGP Award Recipients.
Interviews with the recipients for the Ella Pierce Diversity and Inclusion Award (Clarissa Clark), Procurement Manager of the Year Award, and the Procurement Specialist of the Year Award will be featured in the September Radio NIGP show!
This month, Radio NIGP focuses on supplier relationships and how we build collaborative environments while maintaining procurement integrity.
Hot Topics – “Supplier Relationships - Not Just an Arm’s Length Issue.”
Chapter Updates - Developing supplier relationships through chapter events.
Deeper Dive (NEW SEGMENT) - Bobbie Tolston speaks with instructor and content creator Barbara Johnson and Supplier and Master's Certificate for Suppliers designee Dr. Kim Abrego about NIGP's educational offerings for the supplier community.
Tech Talk - This month’s discussion includes: tips on hiring vendors as subject matter experts, case law surrounding hiring vendors as subject matter experts, and suggestions for having protocol in place so that vendors and procurement agents can have a clear policy around their relationships.
Legally Speaking - Explores our relationship with our Suppliers: the difference between ethics and the law; while collaborating with our suppliers we have to remember that perception is reality; and gifts and trade shows - what’s the right thing to do.
Way to Grow - Newest NIGP Business Council Member, Becca Blazak, discusses why her firm Joined the NIGP Business Council
Visionary Views - An interview with Carl Bonitto about NIGP volunteering, mentorship, networking, Forum value, certification, supply chain issue resources, training internal clients, potential webinar use and development, and C-suite engagement.
Not Good in Orange - How the CEO of an electric company was sentenced to prison because the progress of a construction project was misrepresented to the SC legislature.
Commentary - If you ever feel like you are caught in a game of tug of war with your suppliers, tune in to recognize the importance of joining forces and pulling together to find ways to make a project work in spite of uncertainties in today’s market. Spoiler alert: it is all in the communication, collaboration, and creative thinking!
The topic for this month centers around improving the effectiveness of our relationships and decision-making support. As Public Procurement Professionals, supplier and stakeholders support is critical to the service delivery that we provide for our customers. We’ll share some tips and tools that will help you become more effective by refreshing your relationships.
Hot Topic - Internal Relationships and the hard ten percent
Legally Speaking – Key perspectives on establishing or improving your working relationship with legal. Do we share the same view about fundamental responsibilities? Two new contributors join the team as they unpack some considerations when working with counsel.
Chapter Updates – An interview with Jennifer Steffan, Chapter Relations Manager for NIGP
Way To Grow – How NIGP Mentorships can develop and grow personal and professional relationships
Procurement Pioneers - An interview with the 2008 NIGP Albert H. Hall Memorial Award Recipient, E. Ray (Ray) Burnett
Because I Don’t Look Good in Orange - An embezzlement case involving two procurement officers at Coahoma Community College and why there should be multi-level checks in place to prevent p-card fraud
Commentary - Building relationships with our stakeholders including our end users and our suppliers is critical to the success of any project. How those relationships are built can take several different forms, but networking is an excellent tool to help grow and develop your personal and professional relationships. In this segment we will explore times when who you know helps what you know, and relationships always matter.
This month's segment focuses on the Forum experience. Hear what your colleagues have to say about Forum - the memories they share, the advice they offer and the support that's shared by all. It's where procurement professionals come together to connect, learn new innovative ways to perform tasks and grow personally as well as professionally.
Whether you are planning to attend in-person or virtually you can expect a unique and unforgettable conference that's designed around you. Here are highlights from Radio NIGP:
A Day in the Life of a Forum Attendee: We discuss how we create our schedules; our favorite part of Forum; and how we visit the trade show.
Moments with NIGP - An interview with Carrie Winter, NIGP Director of Events on what you can expect in Boston and virtually.
Legally Speaking: A preview of upcoming Forum sessions that have a particular legal slant and offer useful, compelling content.
Visionary Views – An interview with Kara Daniel, NIGP Chapter Ambassador and Manager I – Purchasing with the School District of Springfield R-12 (Missouri). Kara provides a roadmap from Local to National NIGP and speaks about the journey from being a member to officer with MAPP, a volunteer with NIGP, and how Forum enhanced her leadership with MAPP - a full circle moment.
Way to Grow - A special panel discussion on what advice you would give to your mentee regarding the benefits of attending Forum. Panel discussion members include:
Denise Badillo, Director of Procurement, City of North Charleston, South Carolina
Juan Corral, Procurement and Contract Services Division Manager at the County of Orange Health Care Agency in California.
Victoria (Vickey) Cortinas, Senior Procurement Specialist, Tucson Electric Power Company.
Lisa Mehalko, Director of Procurement, Georgia Technology Authority.
Tech Talk – Discusses the Technology and Innovation track offered at Forum
Chapter Updates - Seven chapters provide input on how they promote participation at Forum for their members
Good in Orange - Forum behavior and how attendees should think about the ethical implications of their after-hour actions.
Many professional industries have experienced a mass exodus from the workforce since the pandemic. This exodus has caused a knowledge gap within many public procurement agencies. Join us as we provide our listeners with tips and tools for filing those vacancies. The broadcast also features the Word of the Day, updates from NIGP Chapters, and this month's commentary.
Hot Topics - Procurement staffing – the world is changing FAST…are we ready?
Legally Speaking -Legally Speaking surveys some of the legal issues surrounding employees working remotely, providing a checklist you can use to assess your own entity’s preparedness
Visionary Views - Interview with Jenn Myers, Procurement Manager, City of Tucson, AZ on What Public Procurement process looks like two years after the Covid pandemic:
Fully staffed with new hires onboarding
Strategic Plan refocus
Internal training first with new software launch
Tech Talk -Staffing challenges with discussions on the importance of cross-training, checklists, collaboration with end users and Leadership support
Way To Grow - An interview with Nathan Daou, Procurement Administrator, City of Tucson, AZ on Mentorship And Succession Planning.
Good in Orange - What can go wrong when managers hire procurement officers under duress.
No one likes to hear “No” especially from the Purchasing Office. Radio NIGP takes a hard look at how you can soften the 'No' and still achieve your entity's goals. In our profession, we have to help stakeholders understand the potential outcomes of their decisions which is not always what they want to hear.
Hot Topics – softening and even removing from your lexicon, the “No” at work
Legally Speaking - When and Why Lawyers Say No
Tech talk – Ways to avoid the “no” in negotiation technology procurements that could comprise data and increase threats when facing a short deadline
NEW SEGMENT:Moments with NIGP – Highlights on NIGP with this month’s segment focusing on Global Best Practices
Way to Grow - Explore the show’s theme "softening the no," in relation to thought leaders and mentors interacting with others. What happens when they say "NO?"
Procurement Pioneers – An interview with Kenneth Koester, NIGP 2010-2011 Past Presidents/Governing Board Chair, NIGP Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and 2020 recipient of the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award
I don’t look good in Orange - The case of Richland County Council Woman Dahli Meyers, who was indicted on 24 counts, including making fraudulent charges on her Pcard.
Commentary - No one likes being told “no” but everyone likes to know their options. In our profession, we have to help our stakeholders understand the potential outcomes of their decisions, and that is not always what they want to hear. In this segment, we explore the concept that you may not like me now, but you’ll love me later.
As we start a new year, we often think about things we would like to change or renew. If you are looking for some new ideas about things to renew, our friends at Radio NIGP have lots of suggestions:
Hot Topic: It’s a new year; a time of renewal; and the Hot Topics crew has suggestions for things to consider in the coming months.
Procurement Pioneers: An interview with author and NIGP 2009 Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Clifford McCue
Chapter Updates: Newly elected Chapter Presidents share their plans for 2022
Tech Talk: Reviews major technology issues in 2021 and how these are setting the trend for Technology changes in 2022.
I Don’t Look Good in Orange: A case of PCard fraud at Georgia Tech and the steps an administrator must take to bounce back from a problematic program.
Way to Grow: What is the Mentorship Committee looking to accomplish in 2022.
Commentary: When considering the renewal of an old goal or the starting of a new one, it is important to consider ways to ensure success rather than increase frustration. In this segment we will introduce a methodology that will help keep the momentum of renewal going long term.
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.
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:
Dick & Lynda Cummings
The show is book-ended with season greetings in the Word of the Day and concludes with a commentary on gratitude.
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”?
The team addresses the question “When is the emergency over?” with their answer “It depends!”
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 Enna Bachelor discusses how a “team of one” can serve an entity with success.
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.
Suppliers can’t or won’t hold their prices, what do we do now?
What are the legal aspects of modifications affecting price and schedule?
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.
We recognize the 2021 Outstanding Chapter Award Recipients and learn how Chapters are handling rising costs.
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.
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
Interview with NIGP’s 2021 Buyer of the Year - Stephanie Dion
Part II - Ted Wachter story with the outcome of workplace harassment and discrimination suit from 2005
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.
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.
NEW -Visionary Views
Interview with Denise Finn, Procurement Manager with the City of Fort Myers, Florida
A story about workplace harassment and discussion about how similar experiences can impact the employee’s work/life balance
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
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
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