More than 1,000 public procurement professionals from federal, provincial, state and local government agencies in the United States and Canada will converge at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the Annual Forum hosted by NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

The NIGP Forum is the largest North American conference exclusively for public procurement. The Forum is NIGP's showcase educational event providing an ideal environment for networking with colleagues and suppliers, attending educational workshops led by subject matter experts in the field, and being motivated and inspired by professional speakers during general sessions. Go here for details on the 2017 NIGP Forum.

Attendees can also visit with over 190 suppliers during the Products Exposition on Sunday and Monday (August 27 – August 28). The Expo provides an opportunity for one-on-one interaction and networking with suppliers as well as a real hands-on experience with the latest products and services available to the government.

More than 70 specialized educational workshops and formal networking opportunities are available to help improve skills, learn best practices, or provide a platform to gain support from colleagues on issues that are faced every day. Attendees return strengthened and energized with new ideas and improved professional skills.

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday, August 27*

8:45AM – 10:15AM Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker: Vinh Giang (photo below to right)
10:30AM – 12:30PM Conversations That Connect: Agency Roundtable Discussions

Conversations That Connect:  Agency Roundtable Discussions
10:30AM - 12:30PM

Like-minded colleagues from similar agencies across the country come together to share ideas and triumphs. From authorities to cities to counties to higher education - the discussions are relevant, practical and energizing. Discover new ways of solving an old problem or get helpful advice on how to tweak an existing procedure. The opportunities to add value to your procurement process and exchange information are endless.

3PM – 6PM Products Exposition

Monday, August 28*

8:30AM - 9:45AM Keynote: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene
10AM – 1:30PM Products Exposition
6:30PM – 10PM Social Event – The Leonardo

Tuesday, August 29*

8:30AM - 9:45AM Keynote: Eileen McDargh (photo at left)
12:30AM - 2:30PM Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, August 30*

8:30AM – 9:30AM – Extreme Networking
11AM – 12Noon Plenary TED Talk Style: Greg Higgins, David Kim and Lynn Schubert
1:30PM – 3:30PM Deep Dive Sessions NEW

NEW TED Talk-Style Sessions

Wednesday, August 30th
 

11AM – 12PM
Three fascinating topics and speakers:  
Cybersecurity Strategies for Publlc Procurement Organizations  
presented by David Kim, CISSP, QSA, Principal Consultant, ITPG Secure Compliance
Public procurement organizations within federal, state, county, and city governments are not immune to cyberattacks and data breaches. This session addresses recent attacks (Phishing, WannaCry, etc.), and data breaches in the public sector, and what you and your procurement organization can do to mitigate the threat from a hacker or data breach.
Procurement Talent: Building a Legacy Based on People
presented by Greg Higgins, Ph.D., Periscope Holdings, Inc.

This session focuses on the importance of talent management in the public sector, the definition and principles of talent management, actionable tactics for hiring smarter, onboarding and development, and a call to action for session participants.  

Surety Bonds: From the Basic to the Advanced
presented by Lynn Schubert, J.D., Surety & Fidelity Association of America
You know surety bonds are required for public works projects and to obtain certain licenses, but do you know how to get the most value from your surety protection? Are surety bonds relevant with new procurement methods such as P3s? Learn why bonding matters.

1:30PM – 3:30PM – Deep Dive Sessions
The conversations in these sessions keep going during a two-hour deep dive.

*Educational Sessions throughout the day