56th Annual Conference 

October 13 - 16, 2024 

Grand Hyatt Denver - Denver, CO

The NPI Conference Committee is pleased to offer our Delegates outstanding educational and networking opportunities at the 56th Annual Conference and 29th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Gala and Carlton N. Parker Awards Ceremony.

Conference Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Sunday, October 13th
12:00pm Registration Opens

1:00 - 2:30pm

Pre-Conference Educational Sessions

1A: Thanks for the Feedback! Techniques for Using Vendor Surveys to Improve Procurement Operations and Attract More Suppliers

Speaker: Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

1B: Procurement in Alternative Delivery Methods (Part 1 of 2)

Speaker: Center for Procurement Excellence

2:45 - 4:15pm

Pre-Conference Educational Sessions

2A: How to Design and Deliver Effective Trainings

Speaker: Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

2B: Procurement in Alternative Delivery Methods (Part 2 of 2)

Speaker: Center for Procurement Excellence

4:30 - 5:30pm

First-Timer Session

Speaker: NPI Officers & Board of Directors

6:00 - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

Monday, October 14th

Registration Opens




Opening Ceremony

Speaker: Blake Skiles

8:00 - 8:30am

Welcome to Denver

Speaker: Tammy Rimes

8:30 - 9:45am

Opening Keynote

Unlock Your Genius - Love What You Do!

Speaker: Diane Allen

10:00 - 1:45pm

Partner and Exhibitor Connect

11:30 - 1:30pm

Lunch (Served in Exhibit Space)

2:00 - 3:00pm

General Session

Let’s Get Awkward! A Candid Look at Unpredictable Procurement Plot Twists

Speaker: Carrie Mathes

3:15 - 4:15pm

Breakout Sessions

1A: Continued Pursuit of Excellence (AEP Criteria 18) - The Perspective of the Practitioner and the Evaluator

Speaker: François Émond

1B: To Be Announced

Speaker: BidNet Direct|Periscope

1C: To Be Announced

Speaker: Amazon Business

4:30 - 5:30pm

Breakout Sessions

2A: To Be Announced

Speaker: PlanetBids

2B: To Be Announced

Speaker: Appian

2C: Managing an Effective P-Card Program

Speaker: Dr. Jesus Amezcua, Dr. Edna Johnson

6:00 - 8:00pm

VIP Dinner

(Invitation Only)

Tuesday, October 15th

Registration Opens


Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00am

General Session

Speaker: Sourcewell

9:15 - 10:30am 

Mid-Conference Keynote

From Crisis to Catalyst - Workforce, Technology, and the New Economy in Public Procurement

Speaker: Dr. Kenn Sullivan

10:45 - 11:45am 

Breakout Sessions

3A: A Fair Share - Building Accessible Procurement Processes that Lower Barriers for Small Businesses

Speaker: Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

3B: Practical AI Tools for Procurement Professionals

Speaker: Center for Procurement Excellence

3C: Fostering Open Conversations - Group Discussion About Effective Communication with Internal and External Procurement Stakeholders

Speaker: Dean Mealy, Shawn Willett

12:00 - 1:00pm 


Partner Awards Ceremony

Speaker: Blake Skiles, Nathan Daou 

1:15 - 2:15pm

Breakout Sessions

4A: To Be Announced


4B: To Be Announced


4C: To Be Announced


2:30 - 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions

5A: To Be Announced


5B: To Be Announced


5C: Love it or List it! Renovating RFP Issues

Speaker: Lisa Mehalko

3:45 - 5:00pm

Breakout Sessions

6A: Contract Management & Administration - Best Practices and Tips for Developing a Manual

Speaker: Dr. Jesus Amezcua, Dr. Edna Johnson

6B: You Asked For It, You Got It - Navigating the Rabbit Hole of Federal Funding

Speaker: Maria Roux

6C: 2024 Procurement Collusion Strike Force Update

Speaker: Zac Trotter

6:00 - 7:00pm

Gala Reception

7:00 - 9:00pm

29th Annual AEP Award Gala

Carlton N. Parker Award, and Presidential Awards Presentation

Speaker: Brian Garrity, Blake Skiles

Wednesday, October 16th

Registration Opens

7:45 - 8:15am 


NPI Board & Officer Installation

Speaker: Blake Skiles, Chris Robinson

8:15 - 9:30am

Closing Keynote

Building A Winning Procurement Team in the Face of Uncertainties, Complexities, and Constant Disruptions

Speaker: Sebastian Chua 

9:45 - 10:45am

Breakout Sessions

7A: You Think What? How Conducting a Survey Inspired Effective Changes at the City of Scottsdale

Speaker: Jenn Myers

7B: Change Management from the Inside Out

Speaker: Rene Almaraz

7C: Breaking the Curve - Creating and Maintaining High-Functioning Teams

Speaker: Spencer Lord

11:00 - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions

8A: Considerations in Procuring IT

Speaker: Lisa Mehalko

8B: What's Done In The Dark Will Come To The Light - Promoting Transparency in an Increasingly Accessible World

Speaker: Maria Roux

8C: You Too Can Be Outstanding!

Speaker: Blake Skiles



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