The National Association of State Procurement Officials holds its How to Market to State Governments Meeting on March 16-18 in San Diego. This interactive meeting provides a forum for suppliers to connect with state procurement officials in a productive atmosphere.

At one of the sessions, two long-time NASPO members discuss the most common procurement methods utilized, bid evaluations and awards. They will also offer tips for winning state contracts. The speakers are Tom Blaine, NASPO Life Member and Monica Wilkes, NASPO Honorary Member.

Doug Lipp, former Disney executive, will offer a presentation, “Even Monkeys Fall From Trees.” The session will help attendees  learn from mistakes and embrace change.

Shari Harley, leadership trainer, will speak on bringing candor back to the workplace in her presentation, “How to Say Anything to Anyone.”

One-on-One sessions will be staged during the conference. These are prescheduled, fifteen-minute appointments with state procurement representatives. Vendors can use this opportunity to speak directly with state procurement officials of their choice. 

Go here for a schedule of events at the conference.

In Austin, Texas, from April 21-23, Evolve'14 takes place. It is a public procurement industry event for education, innovation, and collaboration. Evolve'14 will gather purchasing professionals nationwide to collaborate on procurement obstacles and successes, discuss cutting-edge trends, and explore the future of procurement.

The keynote speaker is Governor Edward G. Rendell who was governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000)
After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. He has made a commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to foster investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Other sessions on the agenda at Evolve'14:
--BuySpeed University (3-hour session)
--Transformation & Procurement/Master Data Management and Process Improvement
--Real Application of the NIGP Code
--CPPO Jeopardy Game

Go here for details on Evolve’14