NASPO 2017 Annual Conference

NASPO has rescheduled the 2017 Annual Conference for October 8-9 in Atlanta, Georgia!

Even with an abbreviated agenda, the conference will provide opportunities to celebrate NASPO's Legacy of Excellence, while looking ahead to the innovations which will shape the future of state procurement! 


2017 Annual Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 8

7:30 am – 5:00 pm


7:30 - 8:15 am


7:30 – 8:15 am

Regional Leadership Breakfast Meeting

By invitation only.

8:30 – 10:30 am

Opening Session and Roll Call of the States

Open to all conference attendees and guests. 

10:45 – 11:45 am

Keynote Address
The Cartography of Innovation

Scott Wayne
How do you become a more effective innovator? Scott Wayne shows you how to take head-on the challenge of innovating in a stressful, overloaded, technology-centric era.

Making a case for transforming the way we live, Scott explores an experiential approach to generating ideas by living more diverse personal and professional lives. 

Sharing current examples and non examples of innovation in the marketplace today, Scott poses the question—what is innovation? Reframing our ability to identify new risks and opportunities as markets and technologies shift, innovation becomes more accessible.  Scott purports that by shifting our personal habits and attitudes and increasing our mindfulness, we allow our minds the space to make new connections, resulting in more new ideas. From the neurology of idea generation through the iterative execution process, Scott shares his unique perspective on the cartography of innovation.

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Cronin Awards 40th Anniversary Luncheon

2017 George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence.

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Increasing Collaboration for Mutual Benefit

This session will present examples of how states working together in cooperative sourcing opportunities provides mutual benefits to state procurement offices and to the NASPO ValuePoint cooperative purchasing organization. Learn how participation on NASPO ValuePoint sourcing teams assists with staff development, and how the inclusion of new people, with innovative ideas, helps to further develop the cooperative and make it better, resulting in mutually beneficial solutions.          

This session will help state Chief Procurement Officers to understand how building effective sourcing teams can result in effective cooperative contracts and provide valuable experience to state procurement staff.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover professional development opportunities that result for your staff from participation on sourcing teams.
  • Recognize how increased sourcing team participation can result in process improvements for your cooperative purchasing organization and your internal state cooperative. 
3:00 – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:45 pm

eProcurement: Choose Your Own Adventure

The development, implementation and ongoing use of an eProcurement or ERP system for state government is certainly an adventure! Through a series of interactive scenarios, this session will highlight the various concerns, questions and issues that arise in the life cycle of eProcurement, demonstrating how the critical decision points at each phase can make or break outcomes for the state.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Simulate major decision points in the process of soliciting, implementing and using an eProcurement or ERP system.
  • Evaluate the best course of action at each step in the process, selecting next steps based on group consensus.
  • Analyze the results of each decision point and identify how those lessons can be applied to the state’s current eProcurement context. 
6:00 – 8:00 pm

70th Anniversary Reception
NASPO Through the Decades

Celebrate NASPO’s 70th Anniversary with an interactive reception taking you Through the Decades of NASPO’s history. Open to all conference attendees and guests.

Monday, October 9

7:30 - 8:15 am


7:30 – 8:15 am

Breakfast with the Board (Life and Honorary Members)

Life & Honorary members, please join NASPO’s Board of Directors for a celebration of the Legacy of Excellence you’ve helped build. 

8:30 – 9:30 am

IT Procurement Negotiations Task Force

NASPO and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) continue to work together to improve the IT procurement process and ensure it is responsive to the rapidly-changing technology needs of state government. Join representatives from NASPO and NASCIO for this session which will explore how to implement the recommendations of the Joint Task Force on Negotiations to enhance IT procurement for your state.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize insights gained from collaboration on the Joint Task Force project. 
  • Review the recommendations emerging from the Joint Task Force on Negotiations. 
  • Select recommendations from the list and analyze opportunities to incorporate those recommendations into IT procurement processes.
9:30 - 10:30 am

Building the Future of State Procurement – Leveraging NASPO

NASPO membership provides numerous ongoing opportunities to enhance the professionalism of the state procurement workforce and prepare. Join in an interactive discussion highlighting the benefits available and contribute to the ongoing development of training, resources and education to address your team’s needs – now and for the future!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the NASPO benefits and opportunities most important to addressing the procurement, leadership and talent development needs for the state.
  • Discuss ideas for future training and NASPO offerings through Procurement U, research, conferences and member engagement. 
10:30 am - 11:00 am


For participants departing on October 9, you can use this break to check out and bring your bags to the NASPO Bag Check. 

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Regional Council Meetings

Regional councils will meet to conduct regular business, discuss region-specific procurement needs and assemble topic ideas for the 2018 Joint Regional Conference.  

12:15 – 1:30 pm

President's Luncheon

Open to all conference attendees and guests. Formal presentation of the 2017 President’s Awards and 2017 Guilio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award. 

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Dessert Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Business Meeting

Open to all NASPO members. Agenda to include discussion of the vision of NASPO in 2018 and beyond. 

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Closing Session

NASPO’s Annual Conference “Legacy of Excellence” is bringing together passionate, creative and dedicated state procurement professionals to share information, latest trends and innovations. To close the conference, participants will gather in small groups to reflect on desired conference outcomes, share ideas and observations from the conference experience and sessions attended to help set the course for future innovation.

4:00 – 6:30 pm

NASPO Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to the NASPO Board of Directors.

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