Public Procurement Workshop 6/21

May 21, 2013

Public Procurement Workshop

Public procurement is a strategic aspect of public administration.  It is everywhere and touches all departments within an organization. Procurement has a role not only in the delivery of basic  services to communities, but also in promoting economic growth, supporting emergency response to disasters, and providing good stewardship of public funds.

Whether you have considered a career in public procurement or not, you are encouraged to attend this fun filled, interactive workshop.  The vast majority, if not all, of public service officials are involved in procurement activities.  Stay ahead of your peers, learn about trends and pick up a few tips and tricks to swift through the procurement process.

This workshop will give participants a glimpse into the world of public procurement to gain an understanding of fundamental aspects to be considered when spending public monies and learn strategies to help you achieve your goals. We will touch on legal, ethical, social, and financial aspects of procurement.  Come prepared to interact, team up, roll play, learn and enjoy.

Who should attend?

  • Professionals working for a government agency or with government-funded projects
  • Students who are seeking a career in the public sector or in any area that provides services to government.

About the Presenter

Lourdes CossLourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO
Public Procurement Professional

Lourdes Coss is the former Chief Procurement Officer for Cook County and has over 25 years of experience in procurement.  She is a leader of public procurement, global and strategic sourcing initiatives. Lourdes has many accomplishments ranging from approximately $100MM in cost savings and operational efficiencies to transforming procurement operations from transactional to value-added environments.  Large organizations like City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Public Building Commission of Chicago, and Cook County benefited from Lourdes’ leadership in public procurement.

Lourdes holds a Bachelor’s Degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Puerto Rico and an MPA from Florida State University.  She is also a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and the Regional Board member of the NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement- Board of Directors.

Event Information:


Friday June 21st, 2013


room 110 CUPPA Hall
412 S. Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607


Students – Free
Alumni/Faculty – $25
Other – $40

How to register:

Students – Please email Sarah McDonald at to register for this workshop.

Alumni/Faculty/Other – Click the button below to register now.




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