Schedule - Monday, August 3

8:00AM – 9:15AM

Plenary Session - Christine Cashen

Stop Global Whining!

The fact is: we are all forced to do more with less --fewer staff, declining resources, and 40 hours of stuff to do in a 24-hour day. This can really wear us down! What to do? Sure you can waste energy complaining, but how productive is that!? Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Christine shares the secret to getting what you want with what you've got, and she shows you that you have what it takes right now to make a difference in your workplace and your life.


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CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9:30AM – 10:30AM

Conversations that Connect

Does every RFP have to be such a challenge?

  • Diane Wetherington, CPPB,FCCM, Purchasing Agent III, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL


CPPO & CPPB Certifications – Information Session

Is 2015 your year? Join the Director of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) for this informative discussion and discover what it takes to obtain your Certified Professional Public Officer (CPPO) and Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB) credentials. Get all of the answers to your questions regarding eligibility, exam content and preparation, requirements for maintaining the credentials and more.

  • Ann Peshoff, CAE, CMP, Director, Universal Public Procurement Certification Council, Herndon, Virginia

 


    Enhancing Your “Selling Power”

    This is a 2 hour workshop 9:30 am - 11:45 am with a 15 minute break. 

    When you apply for that next great job, you need to persuade the employer that you have what they need for them to be successful. This session will offer tools that enhance your written and verbal presentation that will help you stand out in the marketplace.  This session is limited to 30 participants and requires pre-registration. Please use this form to register for this workshop

    • Dr. Bob Gonet, Performance Management Specialist & Career Coach, I-empower-U, Burlington, Massachusetts



    Let’s Get Social!  Integrating Social Media into Your Chapter

    Is your chapter interested in joining the social network but is unsure on where to begin?  Or maybe your chapter has established accounts but would like to learn about creating efficiencies in content management.   Attend this session to gain knowledge on tips and tricks for establishing an effective social media presence, including governance, content deployment and management, increasing your following and tracking results with analytics.


    • Zulay Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, Senior Purchasing Agent, Orange County, Orlando, Florida


    • Carrie Woodell, MPA, CPPO, CPPB, CFCM, C.P.M., A.P.P., Administrator, Orange County, Orlando, Florida



    p-Card Controls and Your Program Success

    P-Card programs keep evolving and end-user organizations are continuously looking for ways to enhance their programs with advanced controls, updated policies, better audit procedures and ways to promote compliance and reduce risk. Attend this session and learn how to identify the controls that best fit your card program and how to prevent fraudulent activity.

    • Terri Brustad, Manager of Content Services, NAPCP, Minnetonka, MN

     


    Project Management - Risk Transfer and Understanding Insurance Certificates

    This is session three of a five-session professional development track on project management.  Procurement professionals transfer risk every day and sometimes to suppliers, and often to insurance and bonding companies. This session explores the real possibilities of risk transfer and dissects a certificate of insurance and the accompanying endorsements along with riders. Walk away with good ideas to identify the types of projects that need insurance and the amount of insurance that might be needed and define the role of the insurance and insurance certificates in procurement.

    • Michael Bevis, CPPO, JD, CPSM, C.P.M., PMP, Purchasing Division Chief, Arlington County, Arlington, Virginia

     


    Public-Private Partnerships: What are they, why have they become so popular, and what does it take to execute a successful P3?

    This is session three of a five-series development track

    Session Three: Sourcing P3s

    In this session, we examine how P3s are sourced, negotiated and administered including all of the following aspects: Unsolicited proposals – Where P3s are born; Procurement plan – Developing objectives and strategy; Risk sharing – Analyzing and distributing the risks; Funding P3s – P3 funding and payment alternatives; Sourcing P3s – The essential steps in the sourcing process; Negotiating the P3 Contract; Administering the P3. 

    • John Adler, CPPO, Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas;


    • Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida;


    • William Tommie, Jr., CPPO, Purchasing Director, Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia;


    • Jon Walton, CPPO, CPPB, JD, CPM, Contracts Officer, Oregon Business Development Department, Salem, Oregon


      “repurposing”… The New Frontier in Landfill Diversion

      This fun and engaging presentation makes you look at byproducts and waste through a different lens. Did you know that many materials can be diverted from the landfill and solve real problems with a little ingenuity? We call this ingenuity…“repurposing”.

      • Damon Carson, President, repurposedMATERIALS, Henderson, Colorado

       


      Shared Marketplace

      The end user needed a central repository to see all of the items under contract. Regional partners needed only limited access to certain items. Everything needed to be incorporated into the existing ERP system. The solution was found through supplier buyer collaboration. This was more than a technology solution, this was a partner effort.  Find out how they solved the problem and learn if it is a possible solution for you. 


      • Craig Bucher, Procurement Coordinator, City of Columbus, Ohio


      • Sean Fouts, CPPO, Procurement Manager, City of Columbus, Ohio



      9:30AM - 12:00PM

      Introduction to Public Procurement 

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      Instructor: Ron L. King, CPPO, VCO, CPPB
      Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)


      CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      10:45AM - 11:45AM

      Conversations that Connect

      Transparency and Public Records:  How far do you open the door to Open Data

      • Elaine Baker, CPPO, Purchasing Agent, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR


      • Erika Lopez, Buyer, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR



        Let’s Talk Cost Savings and pCards! How a little effort can go a long way! 

        Evaluating the actual costs of your organization’s payment methods provides real data to justify increased use of P-Cards and move toward greater efficiencies. How familiar are you with the evaluation process?  Get tips and expert advice on how to perform an effective evaluation for your organization.  This workshop takes you through every step of the process.


        • Terri Brustad, Manager of Content Services, NAPCP, Minnetonka, MN

        • David Davis, CPPO, Purchasing and Materials Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA


        NIGP Commodity/Services Code (NIGP Code)

        Have you wondered how other organizations are using the NIGP Commodity/Services Code for enhanced procurement services?  Has your organization maximized the use of the NIGP Code in your procurement operations?  This session provides an open dialog with current NIGP Code users and potential users can gain information and ideas from fellow NIGP Code users.  Periscope Holdings, Inc., custodian of the NIGP Code on behalf of NIGP serves as the facilitators for this information sharing and idea generating session. 


        • Jean Clark, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, Director, Procurement Transformation Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.

         

        • Deborah K. Hail, Manager, NIGP Code Services, Periscope Holdings, Inc.



        Project Management - Stakeholder Analysis and Communication

        This is session four of a five-session professional development track on project management.  This workshop will explore methodologies for stakeholder identification, analysis and engagement from the perspective of procurements as projects.  It will include an overview of such tools as the "Responsibility Assignment Matrix."

        • Michael Bevis, CPPO, JD, CPSM, C.P.M., PMP, Purchasing Division Chief, Arlington County, Arlington, Virginia

         


        Public-Private Partnerships: What are they, why have they become so popular, and what does it take to execute a successful P3?

        This is session four of a five-series development track.

        Session Four – Doing the Deal!

        Procurement professionals get a chance to design their own P3s as we break into teams with each tackling a different P3. Teams analyze a P3 opportunity, allocate risk, consider funding sources and develop a procurement plan and strategy.


        • John Adler, CPPO, Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas;


        • Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida;


        • William Tommie, Jr., CPPO, Purchasing Director, Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia;


        • Jon Walton, CPPO, CPPB, JD, CPM, Contracts Officer, Oregon Business Development Department, Salem, Oregon


        Show Me the Money!

        Who is going to review the financials?  If everyone looks at you when the question is asked, do you break into a cold sweat?  Then don’t sweat it… help is on the way!  Learn key accounting concepts and some simple tips to review the financial statements.  In this session, attendees learn how to identify the sections on which to focus at the procurement evaluation stage and why.  Follow up questions with potential successful suppliers are discussed.  Attendees receive a “cheat sheet” with the formulas, explanations and a script to when presenting the analysis.

        • Lourdes Coss, CPPO, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Houston Finance Department, Houston, Texas

           


        The True Value of Certification

        The importance of certification for individuals who work in specialized occupations in both the private and public sectors is well documented in the literature and the research. As early as 1957, certification was considered to be one of five attributes of a profession. Join this session as it reveals the research behind why public procurement practitioners seek or do not seek professional certification. We also cover the various perceptions about certification, for example, it attests to the mastery of the required knowledge and skills and it facilitates career advancement. 2015 NIGP Grant Recipient.

        • Steve Gordon, FNIGP, CPPO, Ph.D., Program Director, Old Dominion University Urban Studies & Public Administration, Norfolk, Virginia

          1:30PM - 4:30PM    

          Introduction to Public Procurement 

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          Instructor: Ron L. King, CPPO, VCO, CPPB
          Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)


          CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

          1:30PM - 2:30PM

          Certification Bound – A Study Session

          Maybe you were not able to attend the pre-Forum Prep classes or maybe you don’t know anyone in your area preparing to sit for the UPPCC exams, but you can invest one hour in making some connections and getting some answers to those difficult questions. This one hour study group can get you started and help you meet others about to embark on this exciting adventure.

          • Kevin Yin, CPPB, Purchasing Manager, City of Vancouver, Washington


          • Tony Reed, CPPO, PMP, MPA, Senior Strategic Management Advisor, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

          Conversations that Connect

          Lean Thinking: Is it a benefit or a hindrance?

          • Rena Jackson, CPPB, CSBS, Procurement Supervisor, King County, Seattle, Washington


          How to Talk to Your Attorney

          General Counsel may not be from Mars and procurement professionals may not be from Venus, but sometimes the communication chasm is deep. Open dialogue from both sides can improve relationships and achieve better solutions quicker.   Spend the time to get some pointers and ask some questions. Things can get better for everyone.

          • Mike Billingsley, J.D., City Attorney, City of Kingsport, Tennessee

           


            Project Management - The Triple Constraint

            This is the final session of a five-session professional development track on project management.  Explore the fundamental project management concept of the triple constraint which sets the limits of time, scope and budget.  It will include the application of budget, scope and schedule development tools as applied specifically to procurements as projects.

            • Michael Bevis, CPPO, JD, CPSM, C.P.M., PMP, Purchasing Division Chief, Arlington County, Arlington, Virginia

             


              Public-Private Partnerships: What are they, why have they become so popular, and what does it take to execute a successful P3?

              This completes the five-series development track on P3s.

              Session Five – Global Best Practices: Theory, Process and Application

              One of the determinants of a profession is the existence of agreed upon standards or best practices.  Best practices distill research and experience to offer useful and applicable guidance to practitioners.  At the same time, they can elevate a profession.  In this final session, our P3 Best Practice Team returns to discuss public procurement best practices, what they are and why they are important.  This session briefly describes the process of developing the practices and opportunities for involvement and the P3 team discusses the P3 best practice and takes questions from the audience.

               

              • Lisa Premo, Global Practices Developer, NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, Herndon, Virginia

               

              • John Adler, CPPO, Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas;


              • Lawrence Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida;


              • William Tommie, Jr., CPPO, Purchasing Director, Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia;


              • Jon Walton, CPPO, CPPB, JD, CPM, Contracts Officer, Oregon Business Development Department, Salem, Oregon


                Purchasing Cards in 2015: New Frontiers, New Strategies

                Professors Palmer and Gupta summarize the key events that have marked the progress of purchasing cards over the past 25 years. They examine substantial current opportunities for program expansion, and suggest strategies to promote program expansion.  The session concludes with a look “over the horizon” at card-enabled purchasing of the future. 


                • Mahendra Gupta, Ph.D. , Dean, Washington University, Olin Business School, St. Louis, Missouri;
                • Richard Palmer, Ph.D., CPA, Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, Marion, Illinois



                Streamlining and Increasing Your Networking Activity

                This is a 2 hour workshop 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm with a 15 minute break.  

                Networking is more than making friends. Effective and strategic networking is the key to positioning yourself for an interview with the right person. By the end of this session, you’ll have learned tips on how to get those meetings, how to obtain referrals and realize that the best jobs aren’t found just by searching the internet. This session consists of two parts and is limited to 30 participants and requires pre-registration. Please use this form to register for this workshop

                • Presenter:  Dr. Bob Gonet, Performance Management Specialist & Career Coach, I-empower-U, Burlington, Massachusetts



                The Wacky and Wonderful World of Volunteer Chapter Management

                This session is for attendees from the 2014 and 2015 Chapter Leadership Development Symposium. 

                This is a 2 hour workshop 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm with a 15 minute break.   

                In this fast-paced and interactive idea exchange, NIGP chapter leaders explore key governance terms; discuss primary legal issues; and discover the importance of understanding the three legal duties of board members: Duty of Care – Duty of Obedience – Duty of Loyalty. Put your seatbelt on and get ready to gain a better understanding of the constantly changing environment of chapter volunteer management. This session specifically covers the different types of nonprofits and the “social contract” that exists between them; key conflict styles and ways to proactively manage those tough conversations; steps for designing and managing effective team meetings as well as the volunteer leader’s fiduciary responsibility and the processes used to protect volunteers.

                • Steve Swafford, Leadership Outfitters, Inc., Kensington, MD

                 


                  What You Don’t Know Really Can Hurt?

                  What if you could expand your lifelong learning path? What if that learning path could go in a direction that you were unaware of or perhaps too leery to travel? Join this engaging, fluid discussion about how online learning is not to be feared but embraced; how online courses can provide a more robust learning experience; how to manage course expectations and potholes; and what course types might be right for you. Whether you are a seasoned online learner or you just don’t know, this session has information for you.

                  • Brett Hansen, NIGP eLearning Manager, Herndon, VA


                  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

                  2:45PM - 3:45PM

                  City Manager & Procurement: It’s A Team

                  A view from the City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri and Manager of Procurement on how effective procurement collaboration yields positive results.


                  • Cedric Rowan, C.P.M., Procurement Manager, Troy Schulte, City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri

                  • Troy Schulte, City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri



                  Crafting Effective Policies and Procedures

                  Policies and procedures are the first line communication tools that can help clients and customers achieve their goals and objectives within the parameters established by the organizational leadership.  Take the time to understand the differences between the purposes of policies and procedures and use current best practices to craft effective policies and procedures. Better policies and procedures can make a difference for you and those with whom you work. Learn methods and tools that help you craft more effective policies and procedures.

                  • Ken Hayslette, CPPO, C.P.M., CPCM, Alexandria, VA



                  Spend Analysis 201 – Interactive Session – How to Analyze and Interpret Spend Data

                  Since 2010, more than 5,000 public procurement professionals have attended the Spend 101 workshop at Forum, chapter meetings, regional conferences and webinars.   It’s time to take the next step, and this step is interactive.  Hear real life examples and receive practical guidance on how to actually use the results of a spend analysis exercise including managing maverick spend, stop paying too much for goods and services, strategic sourcing, more efficiently process transactions, create a business case for e-Procurement and finding quick win savings opportunities.  Then interact with the rest of your peers and colleagues in a hands-on review of expenditure data by attendees, group discussion of ways to interpret real (but anonymized) public sector expenditure data, and overview of developing a strategic savings plan for your procurement team.

                  • Jonathan White, Director of Business Development, Spikes Cavell – Xchanging Procurement; Herndon, Virginia



                    The Federal Government: You Want Their Money, You Follow Their Rules

                    The existing procurement rules for federal grants are changing. The new rules, called “Uniform Guidance” will have wide-ranging implications for entities that receive federal grant fund.  Learn how the rules are changing with regards to procurement, equipment and cost principles.  Let’s discuss specific procurement changes, the impact of the new guidance and potential best practices to help you deal with the changes.  

                    • Denise Finn, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, Associate Director, Purchasing Division, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky



                      The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide
                      Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

                      The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide, Session 1:  Introducing Three Facets of Successful Agency-Supplier Relationships This panel discussion of practitioners and NIGP Business Council suppliers introduces ways to optimize agency-supplier interactions whether or not they take place in context of a specific contractual relationship.  The panel will invite your participation as they discuss activities that bring greatest value to both agencies and suppliers, without threatening the integrity of professional procurement practice.  We'll examine appropriate ways to communicate outside of contractual relationships, related to a solicitation-award process and during a contractual relationship.  Maximizing the communication opportunities among all stakeholders -- procurement, end user, supplier -- supports the greatest likelihood of success for all parties.

                      • NIGP Business Council Members


                      Why implement eSourcing?

                      eSourcing solutions increase competition and value-added outcomes by providing suppliers with a single portal for getting and receiving notifications, finding solicitation documents, communicating with buyers, and receiving award information. Now that the Georgia Institute of Technology has taken the first step and answered the tough questions, you can learn a great deal from their solution.  It’s more than documents; it’s about achieving optimal outcomes through increased competition and best value solutions.

                      • Terri Gerhardt, CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

                       


                      CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

                      4:00PM - 5:00PM

                      Conversations that Connect

                      What's New with NIGP Governance? 

                      • Keith Glatz, CPPO, FCPM, FCPA, 2015-2016 Chairman of the Board, NIGP, Purchasing & Contracts Manager, City of Tamarac, FL


                      A Journey Toward Success

                      Making your way toward the career of your choice can be a lonely journey void of ideas and possibilities.   It doesn’t have to be. Listen to this candid conversation with successful procurement professionals who have forged their career path to new heights. It’s enlightening, helpful and motivational. Each of them has a story to tell about a successful procurement journey. If they can do it, so can you!

                      • Moderator: Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPSM, Director, Portland State University, Oregon

                      • Roger Ball, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P. , Director, Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, Virginia;


                      • Etta Henry, CPPO, CPPB, Acting Director of Procurement Services, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia;
                      • Brandie Knazze, CPPO, Deputy Commissioner of IT, Contracts and Programmatic Monitoring at City of Chicago, Illinois;
                      • Brian Smith, CPPO, Purchasing Manager, Multnomah County Purchasing, Portland, Oregon


                      Bye Bye Local Preference…Not Buy Buy Local Preference

                      Several governmental agencies adopted Local Preference policies to assist local vendors in gaining contracts during the down turn of the economy.  A small city in southwest Florida adopted Local Preference and noticed immediately the negative impacts of this policy - fewer bids were received and non-local bidders refused to bid. Seven years later, the City of Punta Gorda determined it was time to either eliminate or modify the policy. The City Council embraced the procurement department's recommendation and voted unanimously to eliminate the Local Preference policy.  Attend this session to hear the success story.

                      • Marian Howe Pace, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, Procurement Manager, City of Punta Gorda, Florida

                         


                      Certification Jeopardy – Back By Popular Demand

                      Are you ready to test your knowledge of procurement issues in a fun-filled atmosphere? Would you like to identify areas that need further study and apply test-taking principles to aid in preparation for the UPPCC exams? Certification is a lofty goal for many public procurement professionals and whether you are a long-time practitioner or relatively new to the field, this high-speed and entertaining session is a great time for everyone.

                      • David Nash, CPPO, CPPB, Sunrise, FL

                        Long Version Slides


                      Customer Focused Procurement – Realignment of Purchasing and Contracting for Customer Service Excellence

                      The NIGP 2015 Innovation Award Winner

                      Saying an agency or organization provides excellent customer service is one thing, but proving it is another. This year’s Innovation Award Winner used a clear process to their approach to excellence and found ways to document their success with metrics. This is an evolutionary innovation whose time has come. Find out how your organization, no matter the size can follow their lead.

                      • Jack Pellegrino, Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA

                        Department of Purchasing and Contracting (DPC) Customer Survey


                        Ethics - Misdeeds Uncovered

                        If your ethics revolve around doing the right thing when no one is watching, this session is for you. We present real life situations designed to test your ethics. Learn how the Values and Guiding Principles of Public Procurement can help you identify red-flags of Collusion, avoid ethical pitfalls and maintain your professionalism.


                        • Zulay Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM, Senior Purchasing Agent,


                        • Carrie Woodell, MPA, CPPO, CPPB, CFCM, C.P.M., A.P.P., Administrator, Orange County, Orlando, Florida



                        LinkedIn Basics

                        Learn what makes a great LinkedIn profile and tips and tricks to get the most out of LinkedIn for you personally and for your organization. What makes a great LinkedIn profile? What do you do when someone invites you to connect that you don't know? How do I claim my name? We cover all kinds of tips and tricks to make you feel more comfortable on how LinkedIn can work for you!

                        • Mic Johnson, Content Marketing Coach, blue Gurus, Prairie Village, Kansas


                        6:00PM - 11:00PM 

                        Host Committee Social Event

                        Join us at the historic Midland Theater for some of Kansas City’s best Barbeque from Jack Stack’s!  After dinner you’ll be entertained by Kansas City’s own Quixotic Fusion.  A melting pot of dance, aerial acrobatics, projection mapping, high fashion, and original live music, Quixotic is a cornucopia of mystical majesty that enraptures audiences who have never even dreamed a night at the theater could be this much fun.  (Please note that there is a light show associated with this performance.  Anyone sensitive to flashing, or fast moving lights should be aware.)  After the show, stick around…there will be a DJ playing our favorites and we’ll open up the dance floor.



                          Schedule is subject to change and may be adjusted at any time.
                             

                          Keynote Speaker Erik Wahl


                          Keynote Speaker Erik Wahl



                          The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide
                          Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

                          Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bud Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?


                          The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide
                          Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

                          Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bud Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?


                          The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide
                          Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

                          Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bud Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?


                          The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide
                          Session 1 of 2: Focus on Stage 1: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions

                          Join members of the NIGP Business Council and leading procurement practitioners as they discuss the Council’s latest white paper, The Healthy Agency-Supplier Relationship Guide. This year’s paper focuses on three stages of supplier relationships: Non-Contract Supplier Interactions; Bud Interactions; and Contract Holder Relations. Join the conversation: What does “better communication” look like? What specific types of activities or exchanges could we potentially engage in? What might be the benefits of these purposeful activities?