Schedule - Sunday, August 21 & Monday, August 22


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals

Instructor: Myra D. Smith, CPPB
Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mel RobbinsOpening Plenary - Mel Robbins

The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life

Three million people have learned the secret to reaching their true potential - now it's your turn. You are meant to do extraordinary things in your career and your life and the 5 Second Rule will help you achieve it. In her viral, globally praised TEDx talk, Mel demystifies neuroscience research on the brain and the latest social science research to explain why and how you screw yourself over every day. You'll learn how to identify the mistakes you're making and learn how to create lasting behavior change within yourself. You'll also discover one radical idea that will forever alter how you approach life. You’ll leave this session feeling deeply inspired, empowered and equipped to tackle your professional and personal dreams.

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Products Expo and Reception

Join us for the grand opening of the 2016 Products Exposition! This is your opportunity to network with over 200 suppliers and learn about the latest products and services available to the government, and visit with NIGP partners, leaders and sponsors. Stop by the charity support area to help us pack 1000 hygiene kits for Clean the World. These kits will be donated to the True Vine Center, a non-profit organization which offers educational, social and cultural programs to youths and adults living in the immediate area of Temple Hills, MD and those residing in its surrounding areas. 


Colette Carlson7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Plenary Session - Colette Carlson

Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management!

The truth is whether you are in leadership, sales, or the front line you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is we are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. We have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch as we are constantly changing schedules, demands and priorities. Too often lunch gets skipped or inhaled while hunched over our desk. Enough already! Create the focus, energy and mindset necessary to make healthy choices in our 24/7 world. It's no longer about time management, it's about YOU management. Get ready to laugh-out-loud and walk away ready to make positive, long-lasting change the next day.


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Conversations that Connect

  • Authorities & Utilities
  • Canadian entities
  • Cities - Small & Medium
  • Cities - Large
  • Corrections
  • Counties - Small & Medium
  • Counties - Large
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Public Housing
  • States
  • Transportation


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


We will be giving away NIGP products and services between 2:00 and 3:00 PM, including free registrations to courses and Forum, but you must be present to win!


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (Continued from August 21)

Instructor: Myra D. Smith, CPPB

Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch in the Expo Hall



3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Conversations that Connect

pCard Mania: Transitioning your program from payment card to a true procurement program

  • Lisa Marie Cummins, CPPB,MBA, Purchasing Manager City of Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills, MI

Co-ops 101: Practices, Programs and Assessment

This session provides a foundation for better understanding the cooperative landscape. We’ll focus on the fundamental approaches to cooperative procurement and how they are implemented through “cooperative programs.” We’ll review the profiles of national, regional, and market-centric programs to identify their approach to cooperative practice and how the contracts promoted by the programs reflect that approach. Through our review, you’ll experience a process for more quickly assessing and recognizing those programs with contracts that may (or may not) be better suited for use by your agency.

Developing an Internal Contracts & Purchasing Academy

In order to improve procurement processes, the County of Monterey, California created a Contracts & Purchasing Academy to provide the county’s procurement team with SOPs and internal training. Come learn how the County of Monterey achieved the academy and see how the idea of an internal contract and purchasing academy can provide your organization with insight and improved processes..

Grey Matters: Everything isn't Always Black and White

Black and White is easy…it’s the grey that gives us angst…and a bit of grey hair in the process! Join this fun and interactive session that places you squarely in the chair of the Purchasing Agent in different scenarios that start off simple and then get greyer by the moment. Learn about how to access the risk and defend your decision, while serving your customers and staying on the right side of both ethics and the law.

Information Technology Procurements: A Playbook for Success

Procurements for large IT software programs and systems can be complicated. Greater Seattle’s Sound Transit partnered with IT project staff for a week-long facilitated kaizen. The results can be used by any agency to improve the success of complex IT procurements. This presentation reviews the Kaizen Process and highlights successful new tools. 

Procurement Transformation in Effect - The City of Raleigh, NC Story

Are you trying to move your procurement organization forward with starts and stops or little progress? If you’ve heard about procurement transformation and wondered how to get started or what to do, then this session is for you! Come listen to the real life example of The City of Raleigh, NC and their story of transformation – providing insight on where and how they started, their actions, their progress, and the improvements still planned.

Transparency in Connection De-Centralized Purchases

Is your departmental purchasing process transparent? Your agency's decentralized purchasing process can still be efficient and effective. Using case studies and feedback from decentralized purchasing organizations, you’ll learn how to accomplish new standards of transparency for all purchases.

Updated Contracting Concepts for Governmental Systems Implementations

With the growing variety of system solutions (e.g., cloud-based solutions, traditional licensed operations, etc.) available in the marketplace, governments are under pressure to procure technology that yields solutions for both citizens and employees, while reducing cost and increasing value. The complexity of the offerings and constantly changing implementation strategies have created a complicated contracting process. Come to this session that examines the developments in system solutions and implementation, provides updates on the technology contracting process, and presents new approaches and tips for negotiating these types of agreements.


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

2016 NIGP Innovation Award Winner - Automated Architecture and Engineering Pre-Qualification Program

The Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department with the support of Tara C. Smith, the Director of the Internal Services Department, implemented an automated, web-based solution to accept and process pre-qualification certification and technical certification applications for Architectural and Engineering firms that do business with the County. Find out the why and how behind this process. If you are looking for a way to be more efficient and effective, this will offer you some great ideas.

Conversations that Connect

Co-ops: A Candid Conversation

Diversity Town Hall Meeting

Given the current social and economic climate, many of us are wondering whether or not traditional race/gender-based diversity initiatives still have a role to play in government contracting. Let us help you explore more "neutral" strategies that might be utilized effectively to achieve the same end result. Join us to share your frank opinions on this topic in our traditional open-mic, free-form discussion format. Mr. Antonio Doss, District Director with the U.S. Small Business Administration joins us for this discussion, offering up ideas and perspectives that we hope inspire new thought processes and strategic approaches to achieving diversity in government contracting.

Executive Engagement - Transforming the Procurement Function with Data

Every public organization is held politically accountable for the taxpayer dollars they spend. In an ongoing effort to support the public procurement profession and the government leaders they report to, NIGP and Spikes Cavell worked together to complete a whitepaper that sheds greater light on how public sector leaders can use spend data to save taxpayer dollars, promote local economic growth, inspire confidence and manage risk, and create transparency within their communities. The points raised in the research paper apply to every public organization in every sector, big or small, urban or rural, and in every state. This workshop serves as the official launch of the whitepaper to the NIGP membership and the organizations they serve.

Taxes and the Law - Helping Your Chapter Run Smoothly!

Chapter finances, taxes, insurance and legal issues can be confusing. You can make some good decisions based on the advice of an attorney who specializes in not for profit organizations. If you are looking for help, this workshop is for you. Bring your questions; you don’t want to miss any answers.

The Values and Traits That Lead to Success

NIGP funded a university research project to identify what competencies, values, and personal traits entry-level procurement officers should possess. When it is time to hire your next team member, these findings can help to improve how you hire, train, and educate the procurement workforce. If you know what you are looking for, it is easier to find it.

The Wonders of Warehousing

Having a warehouse in your agency can be both an asset and a headache. Staff must be trained, inventory ordered and stocked, and the building maintained. This session discusses the basic methods of operating a warehouse as well as some considerations to keep in mind when deciding to open or close an agency’s warehouse.

Total Cost of Ownership: Realizing Procurement’s Full Potential in Value Creation

This panel discussion of practitioners and NIGP Business Council suppliers explores the total cost of ownership (TCO) approach to procurement and how it can help agencies achieve best value and sustainable, long-term cost savings or performance improvements. The panel invites you to participate as they examine the value of TCO and how it can be integrated into the procurement process. Applying TCO on a large procurement can be a significant undertaking. The discussion examines how agencies can overcome challenges in implementing this approach, ways to identify and realize some quick wins to gain traction and quantify the value of utilizing TCO, and the benefits it can bring to an agency and their taxpayers. (This session will be repeated on Tuesday, August 23 at 10:15 AM)