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Cooperative Purchasing Webinars

Whether you are new to procurement, or thought you already knew everything about cooperative purchasing, tune in to discover new insights from public procurement leaders through this special 3-part series of webinars. Each webinar qualifies for one hour of continuing education credit.

In our fast-paced procurement world driven by customer demands, these sessions will offer real solutions and approaches to move from a reactive stance to a more proactive approach. Understand how to create a cooperative strategy and leverage those contracts to your advantage. Learn from those who are active in the procurement world - our diverse panel of experts will share their in-depth knowledge and anecdotes for successfully utilizing cooperative contracts.

Join one or all three – each webinar is unique with a perspective and approach to creating a cooperative strategy, while highlighting distinctive perspectives from our guest panelists.

Moderator for 3-Part Webinar Series: Tammy Rimes, MPA, Former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego and Procurement Consultant


Navigating New Waters: Calming the Rough C's: Contracts, Crisis and Conflict


Plotting the Course to Effective Contract Management


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Guest Speakers: Melissa Yusilon, Director of Supply Chain Services for City of Los Angeles, CA; Bill Munch, Director of Procurement Compliance, Outreach and Education for The Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) and 2016 Winner of NIGP Manager of the Year Award; and Beth Fleming, Director of Purchasing for Denton County, Texas.

In public procurement, much of the energy and time is spent on the front end of the process - developing the specifications, defining the customer needs and crafting the documents.  How do you decide to go out to bid or if you should select someone else’s contract to obtain those goods and services. And once a contract is adopted and in place, how do you teach your customer departments to truly manage that contract through the next few years?  Putting a contract in place is just the start – the real value is brought to any organization when the actual management of the contract is done correctly.

Emergency Preparedness: Batten Down the Hatches

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Emergencies are occurring all over the nation. Along with Police and Fire, Purchasing teams are first responders as well.  There is no practice run when a real emergency occurs. Is your own procurement department ready?  Do you have the knowledge and appropriate contracts already in place to be able to respond?  FEMA has its own set of requirements for reimbursement…learn from those in the procurement professional who have had to deal with them.  When the tornadoes and hurricanes are swirling, it’s purchasing that is one of those departments who needs to rise to the challenge.


Guest Panelists:  Sarah Allen, Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Hawaii; Darren Muci, Division Director of Operations for the Wichita (KS) Public Schools – Unified School District 259; Kimberly Massie, Director of Procurement for Horry County Government; and Kelly Reagan, Fleet Manager for City of Columbus, Ohio and 2016 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.

Walking the Plank: Negotiations, Protest and Conflict Management

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No one tells you about the tough parts of purchasing – when customers aren’t happy, and with tough situations to handle. Whether it is negotiating a tough contract, handling a protest, or managing conflict among your customer department and suppliers, discover the right steps and techniques to mitigate conflict.  Most of the time, our contract processes run smoothly, but this webinar will help you be better prepared when they don’t.  Your peers will unveil ways that helped them respond to those difficult parts of our job.


Guest Panelists:  Jason Soza, Chief Procurement Officer at State of Alaska; Craig Radar, Purchasing Agent for County of Sacramento and current President of CAPPO; and Harry Smithson, Procurement Services Manager at Old Dominion University, VA.


Missed the 3-part Webinar Series? View the "3 C's of Cooperative Purchasing" and download the Q&A sessions here.

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