Leaders Edge


Kicks off in Chicago, IL on August 23rd, 2020

Due to recent events, the Application Deadline has been extended to: March, 20 April 17, 2020

Leaders Edge is an intimate, cohort-based learning experience, with a mix of in-person and online learning sessions designed to meet our members’ needs and to close the leadership gap in public procurement.

Leaders Edge for the Class of 2021 kicks off in Chicago on Sunday, August 23, 2020 as a conference within a conference at NIGP’s Forum. This transformative leadership program features a two-day workshop followed by four virtual sessions through December 2020.

Two ways to participate:

  • LEADERS EDGE - $997 - 18 Contact Hours
Includes registration for the two-day Leaders Edge program in Chicago, Sunday 11AM - 6PM and Monday 10AM - 5PM, NIGP Forum 2020 Plenary sessions prior to the Leaders Edge programming on Sunday and Monday, lunch for both days, dinner for Sunday evening and afternoon snack breaks.

  • LEADERS EDGE + FORUM 2020 - $1,425 - 30 Contact Hours
Includes registration for the two-day Leaders Edge program, Sunday 11AM - 6PM and Monday 10 AM - 5PM plus all NIGP Forum 2020 educational sessions, plenary sessions, and meal events outside of Leaders Edge session times. (Leaders Edge participants must attend the Full Leaders Edge programming.) Included meals: lunches Sunday & Monday, afternoon snacks Sunday & Monday, dinner Sunday, 75th Annual Awards Gala dinner, & Anniversary Afterglow Celebration (light fare/desserts)

Registration available once selections have been made

All session topics reinforce NIGP’s Leadership Competency Model based on skill-building across these core competencies:

  • Communication
  • Leading Change
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Leading Teams
  • Conflict Management
  • Leadership Styles

Kara Daniel
"The Leaders Edge Program helped me to be a more effective leader by identifying my areas of strengths and providing me with tools to address weaker areas for me to focus on for improvement. " - Kara Daniel, CPPB, Springfield R-12 School District, MO, Class of 2020

Kerrie Koopman
"The Leaders Edge Program provides knowledge, team work, encouragement, and amazing networking. It is an influential and inspiring experience, that I would highly recommend to others" - Kerrie Koopman, CPPO, CPPB, Frederick County Public Schools, MD, Class of 2020

Valerie Scott

Leaders Edge... "is more forward looking, more comprehensive in terms of emotional intelligence and how you actually lead an organization, in a strategic way." - Valerie Scott, CPPB, City of Longmont, CO, Class of 2020

Studies show among new professionals:
91% aspire to reach leadership positions*
55% want better opportunities for leadership development**

*Virtuali & WorkplaceTrends.com
**2016 Gallup Report