Session Spotlight: Prepare for the Worst Part 1

This private sector trend is a must in the public sector. Private industry has recognized the impact that an incident of active violence can have on the viability of the organization and forward thinking companies are developing plans, training employees and enacting protocols to address the threat of workplace violence. This two-part presentation will examine some of the responses and strategies private industry is employing that can be adopted in a public setting. In Part 1, participants will learn the importance of awareness and having a response plan and come away with ideas for strengthening the defensive posture of your organization as well as response and recovery plans.


Fort Worth, Texas: Our Host City

Although your days at the conference will be filled with educational sessions and events, you won’t want to miss the rich history and culture offered by our host city. Come in a few days before the conference or stay a few days after and experience all that Fort Worth has to offer! Start planning your stay with a visit to

Session Spotlight: The Women of Procurement

Renowned speaker Marcheta Gillespie will lead one of today’s hottest topics. The Women of Procurement: Tales of Strife, Success and Survival explores why we are so much more than a hashtag (#MeToo)! Many women in business have experienced treatment reflective of the #MeToo movement. But many others have flourished in a culture that supports, develops and promotes women in leadership roles. Join this panel of female leaders in our profession as they share their own stories of strife and success. The panel will discuss the challenges of being a woman in a leadership role, how they dealt with inappropriate or unfair treatment and how they made a difference in creating cultures where women flourish alongside their male counterparts.

Session Spotlight: Lights, Camera, Conspiracy: An FBI Case Story

At our General Session on Tuesday, October 23rd, we’ll meet Special Agent Kyle Scheatzle of the FBI Miami Field Office whose “Lights, Camera, Conspiracy!” presentation provides an in-depth look into a procurement conspiracy surrounding L.E.D. light fixtures that encompassed multiple public officials, six different companies, twenty large scale public projects, four systems of money laundering, hundreds of false invoices, thousands of fake products, nearly nine million dollars in public contracts, and one of the nation’s largest airports. For those of us who can’t get enough conspiracy, Special Agent Scheatzle will present a bonus feature, “MORE… Lights, Camera, Conspiracy!”, a spin-off case, and investigative innovations on Wednesday, October 24th.

Early Registration Discounts End July 20

Have you registered for the 50th Annual NPI Conference and 23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Awards Presentation? Register today at before rates go up on July 21. Don’t forget to book your room at the host hotel, the Historic Hilton Downtown Fort Worth. The Conference room rate of $169.00 plus taxes per night is available through September 21st, or until the group block is sold out. Book your room here:

Event Feature: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation

The 50th Annual Conference opens Tuesday, October 23rd with a delicious breakfast, brief welcome remarks from the NPI President and the presentation of our country’s colors by the Fort Worth Fire Department Honor Guard. Curtis Needs a Ride, Ricky Anderson and Group, will deliver our Keynote Presentation. This Fort Worth-area trio are life-long entertainers who develop professionals through improv. “Improv is a partnership between us and the audience where scenes and games are created on the spot based around audience suggestions.  Our shows revolve around getting the audience to participate and become an interactive part of the show.” Learn more about CNAR at

Spotlight on the Host Hotel

At the Hilton Fort Worth, experience ‘a moment in time, a place in history’. This historic hotel is the scene of 35th President John F. Kennedy’s final address on the morning of November 22, 1963. This elegant landmark hotel is just a few yards from Sundance Square where you can enjoy outdoor concerts and popular restaurants. The Fort Worth Cultural District, the Stockyards area, the famous Bass Performance Hall and Texas Christian University (TCU) are also just minutes away. Don’t forget to book your room at the host hotel, the Historic Hilton Downtown Fort Worth. The Conference room rate of $169.00 plus taxes per night is available through September 21st, or until the group block is sold out. Book your room here:

Event Feature: First-Time Delegate Session and Welcome Reception

First-time Conference Delegates are invited to attend a brief introduction to NPI and its Board of Directors on Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM. Meet your Board Members and connect with other first-time attendees at this informal session.

All Delegates are invited to attend the Welcome Reception on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM. Connect with old friends, meet new friends, and learn to line dance at our casual welcome event!

Just Announced: Full Educational Program Schedule for 50th Annual Conference!

Get your first look at the courses being presented at 2018 conference here: Follow the Leadership Track, the AEP Track, or mix and match for the ultimate educational experience. Whether you’re looking for current events and hot topics, professional and personal development, or innovative ideas, you’ll find it here!