The Minnesota Chapter of NIGP is excited to offer a monthly webinar series for 2021.  These webinars are free to attend as a member of the Minnesota Chapter.  Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO, will be presenting monthly topics in a virtual format (Zoom) either the first or second Thursday of the month.  MN Chapter Members do not need to register individually for this or future webinars.  Simply, click the Zoom link to attend the webinar. 





Thursday, April 8, 2021 Another Seat at the Table Learn about the benefits of diversity and inclusion in your organization. It is not just about the numbers. Diversity is a factor in innovation and problem solving. Are you maximizing the value of Diversity and Inclusion in your organization? https://bit.ly/3dABKAc 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 How to Become an Effective Listener Listening skills are crucial but often overlooked! We’re more distracted by technology and other gadgets than ever before, which means that it’s becoming easier to let our communication fall by the wayside. In this webinar, you’ll be sure to walk away with a toolbox of effective methods to use next time you sit down to have a conversation. https://bit.ly/3ajt9R4
Thursday, June 10, 2021 Organize your Organization An entity's level of organization is directly correlated with their overall effectiveness. Many entities including those who have an active goal of being more organized—are overlooking simple strategies that could make a huge difference in their efficiency and effectiveness.In this webinar, I share tips and simple strategies that can help you turn your business into a more well-oiled machine that’s ready for anything that comes your way. https://bit.ly/3j35FU0
Thursday, July 8, 2021 Your Market Research Ritual Market research is a vital step in the sourcing process. Yet, many procurement professionals do not perform the step due to lack of time. Learn how to leverage your time and effort by applying easy strategies to determine where to invest your effort. https://bit.ly/3r8HVkq
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Getting Ready for Transformation Transformation is a total change. It moves an organization from its comfort zone to new levels of performance. If you are considering transformation, there are some things that you consider. In this webinar, we will discuss aspects of the transformation process to help you get ready to initiate a transformation process. https://bit.ly/3tdfAuS
Thursday, September 9, 2021 Building A High Performance Culture Organizational culture is the synthesis of values, vision, mission, and purpose that sits at the center of any successful business. It is the cohesive atmosphere that permeates an organization and directly affects the way people work within that organization.Team members who feel valued are more likely to engage in their work, and the outcome is higher performance success, and quality of work as what they’ll produce is the product of your organization culture. https://bit.ly/3apkAUE
Thursday, October 14, 2021 The Power of Ideation The world has become increasingly interconnected and complex. As a result, those involved in any business practice must continue to develop and refine skills to understand and address the rapid changes in users’ environments and behaviors.Ideation is a solution-focused approach to brainstorming and can be used to start a new business, create a new product, come up with new content, or even just broadening your perspective on the world around you. The process of ideation is all about uncovering the missing puzzle piece by widening your scope of understanding. When the ideation process is done well, you’ll find that the piece you’ve been missing could have been sitting in front of you all along. https://bit.ly/2Ywzfbc
Thursday, November 4, 2021 Learn How to Build an Expert Status Many people are highly skilled at what they do, and even perform their jobs flawlessly, but unless there is constant growth through learning and improving, the performance alone is not enough to achieve expert status. The key to becoming an expert is to always be improving, growing, and evolving!The path to expert status requires steady motivation. There are several ways to ensure that you stay inspired as you continue to grow and improve your processes, and these steps will be covered in this webinar. https://bit.ly/3cu47B9
Thursday, December 9, 2021 Public Speaking Made Easy Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is extremely common and is believed to affect up to 75 percent of the population.Communicating your ideas clearly in a public space is an essential component of success in many situations. Being a great public speaker can help you advance your career, grow your business, share valuable views with others, and form strong collaborations and bonds. Having that skill can also help you promote what you are passionate about and shape your community and society at large.  https://bit.ly/36tK5TU


Webinars are about 60 minutes in duration and are available for viewing at 12:00 p.m. CT with repeat presentation at 2 p.m. CT.

To receive credit for attending the webinar, attendees should type in their name and chapter into the chat as evidence of attendance.  Certificates will be sent to chapter contacts and forwarded to the attendee. 









Lourdes Coss is a former Chief Procurement Officer and the author of "Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques". She is well respected in the field and a sought-after speaker/coach/trainer. Her leadership experience is complemented by a John Maxwell Team certification. She is a JMT Independent Executive Director and founder of M. L. Coss and Associates, LLC. Lourdes's executive leadership experience spans three decades primarily leading transformations in major public organizations like the City of Chicago, City of Houston, Cook County, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Public Building Commission of Chicago. She led teams to achieve higher levels of performance and many operational efficiencies. Lourdes is the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of NIGP Award, NIGP 2018 Integrity Award, and most recently recognized by Thinker360 as one of the "Top 100 Women Thought Leaders to Follow in 2020". Lourdes is retired from public service but continues to add value to the profession as a Vice-Chair of the NIGP Talent Council Leadership Committee and by inspiring colleagues to adopt a value-centered leadership style. Post-pandemic you may see her at a local Cafe working on her next book, her blog, or ideas for her podcast.