2021 NASPO Executive Development Leadership Program

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development


This program will take place In-Person over from August 8, 2021 to August 11, 2021.


This hands-on, three-day workshop, developed in conjunction with the National Association of State Procurement Officials, is designed to guide senior procurement leaders from state government through a structured process for determining gaps and establishing a vision and plan to address the long-term needs of their organization. The workshop will use discussions and small group activities to analyze procurement competencies and capabilities to help develop a tangible output that can be used to guide future actions. Enrollment limited to NASPO member organizations with approval.


Sunday, August 8, 2021

  • Welcome Reception (Optional)

Monday, August 9, 2021

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome & Overview
    • Introductions
    • Expectations
    • Desired Outcomes
  • Framework & Key Value Propositions
    • Process & Policy Comprehension
    • Functional Requirements & Analytical Skills
    • Engagement & Alignment
    • Leadership, Communication & Driving Change
  • Lunch
  • Process & Policy Comprehension
    • Overview & Current Assessment
      • Policies & Regulations
      • Program & Project Management
      • Contracting Process
    • Workshop Discussion
    • Report-Out
  • Networking & Personal Time
  • Dinner
  • Informal Hospitality

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

  • Breakfast
  • Procurement Talent Development
    • Current Knowledge & Skill Requirements
    • Future Knowledge & Skill Requirements
    • Succession Planning
  • Functional Requirements & Analytical Skills
    • Overview & Current Assessment
      • Requirements Planning & Understanding
      • Spend Analysis
      • Cost & Price Analysis
      • Market Analysis
      • Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking
      • Risk Analysis & Management
      • Negotiations
      • Contract Management & Administration
    • Workshop Discussion
    • Report-Out
  • Lunch
  • Engagement & Alignment
    • Overview & Current Assessment
      • Internal Customer Alignment & Expertise
      • Market Alignment & Expertise
      • Supplier Engagement
    • Workshop Discussion
    • Report-Out
  • Leadership, Communication and Driving Change
    • Overview & Current Assessment
      • Leadership
      • Communication
      • Driving Change
    • Workshop Discussion
    • Report-Out
  • Networking & Personal Time
  • Reception & Dinner
    • Award Certificates
  • Informal Hospitality

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

  • Breakfast
  • Transforming the Organization
    • Talent Assessment
    • Gap Evaluation
    • Plan Development
  • Conclusion & Evaluation
  • Lunch


  • Carlos Mena, Ph.D., Nike Professor of Supply Chain Management, Portland State University
  • David Frayer, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Outreach & Engagement, The Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Special Guest Instructor

  • Carsten Hansen, Ph.D., Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Procurement and Supply Management, Cranfield University (UK)


The seminar fee includes tuition, educational materials, meals and lodging. Payment will be coordinated through the National Association of State Procurement Officials. No payment is due at this time.

Travel Arrangements
For your convenience, we have enlisted a dedicated travel agency to handle state member airline travel arrangements upon request.* You may call or email the travel team directly with your specific travel needs. The charges will be billed directly to NASPO.

Travel Team Information:
Inside of the US: (800) 366-1544
Outside of the US: (781) 970-1216
E-Mail: bos.travelres@travelctm.com

*NASPO requires that airline arrangements be confirmed at least two weeks prior to travel. A welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021. The program will begin at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, August 9, 2021, and will conclude approximately 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.


Lodging will be provided at the Candlewood Suites hotel adjoining and connected to the conference center. Arrangements will be coordinated by Michigan State University based upon travel information submitted by each participant on a travel/special needs form that will be provided after registration.


To register for this seminar, please select the registration link. Please select “invoice company” at the payment screen.