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After much consideration, NAEP has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which was scheduled from April 5-8, 2020. Please see this NAEP Announcement for information about refunds for attendee registration and other details.


Our 99th Annual Meeting is all about "Getting in Tune With Procurement". This year we will offer over 40 educational sessions within six tracks, 1) Analytics, 2) Diversity/Sustainability, 3) Procure to Pay which includes: Contracts, Payables, Technology and Travel and Expense, 4) Strategic Sourcing, 5) Supplier Management and 6) Supply Chain.

The Conference Agenda


Keynote Speakers

Every day, you will hear from speakers in the fields of procurement, supply chain, leadership and generational change.


Dr. Tasha Eurich

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to professional development.

Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of leaders become more self-aware and successful.

She contributes to Harvard Business Review and her work has been featured in outlets like NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, and Fast Company. Her TEDxMileHigh talks have been viewed more than three million times.

Sponsored by:



Dr. Randy Bradley

Randy V. Bradley is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. As a supply chain and healthcare IT strategist and researcher, Bradley’s expertise includes the strategic application of business analytics and IT in the supply chain, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector.

He currently teaches healthcare IT strategy (with particular emphasis on emerging technologies) in the Physician Executive MBA and Executive MBA for Healthcare Leadership programs.

Dr. Bradley also teaches IT strategy, business analytics for managers, and information resources management in the Aerospace and Defense MBA, and Professional MBA programs, and supply chain digitization and digital business transformation in the Global Supply Chain Executive MBA and Executive Development programs.



 Clint Pulver

Known as “The Millennial Speaker”, Clint Pulver helps organizations that want to retain, engage and inspire the younger generation. As the President and founder of The Center for Employee Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Speaker”.

He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in several different Feature Films with actors like Jack Black (School of Rock) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

Clint was named one of Business Q Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” for his work in helping organizations elevate their “WHY” of mentorship in the workplace and how connected and engaged employees yield loyal and long-term retention within organizations.

Sponsored by:


Welcome Speaker

Dr. Flora W. Tydings

  The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Dr. Tydings its chancellor, effective February 1, 2017. She is chief executive officer of the College System of Tennessee--the state's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

Dr. Tydings led transformation of the TBR system into the unified community and technical college system envisioned by the Complete College Tennessee Act and the FOCUS Act. Working with the Board, she established Student Success and Workforce Development as the system's mission and restructured the system office to achieve it--eliminating separate divisions for community and technical colleges and creating new Offices of Student Success, Economic and Community Development, and External Affairs, while bolstering the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Policy and Research to ensure that programs and initiatives are data driven and evidence based.

She won Board approval for a new Warranty of Competency, guaranteeing that new graduates of technical programs can perform competencies identified in their program's curriculum guide or be retrained free of charge.

She earned her Doctor of Education at The University of Georgia; her Master of Education at Mercer University, and her Bachelor of Science in Education at Georgia Southern University. She previously served as President of Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee and Athens Technical College in Georgia.


NAEP's Host Event at the Wildhorse Saloon!
Monday, April 6th

On Monday evening, join us for food, drinks, line dancing lessons, live house band, games and watch the NCAA Final Four basketball game at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville - wear your cowboy boots and hat and favorite basketball jersey!

The World-Famous Wildhorse Saloon offers three floors of action-packed fun. It is located in the heart of historic downtown Nashville with the banks of the Cumberland River right outside their back door. Before the age of interstate highways, floating barges had a brisk trade in cattle and crops. In an effort to revitalize the once robust Second Avenue area, Gaylord Entertainment turned a three-story historic warehouse into a country music entertainment and dining mecca with the beginnings of a TNN televised dance show.



After much consideration, NAEP has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which was scheduled from April 5-8, 2020. While we were excited to hold this meeting, we must be prudent in doing our part to support our members and business partners during this crisis. We are also committed to helping contain this situation by not holding our meeting. We thank you for your continued support of NAEP.

For all attendees, NAEP will automatically refund your registration for the meeting. You will not need to do anything on your part. The NAEP team will handle all registration cancellations automatically.

We appreciate your patience as cancellations may take up to 10 working days to process.


Hotel Reservations & Information


Our headquarters hotel is the:

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN

NAEP is unable to cancel or provide refunds for attendee travel, transportation, accommodations, and other related expenses. It is the attendee’s responsibility to work with the provider and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, or another hotel, to rebook or cancel.

You may have received communication from the Gaylord canceling your room. We apologize for the timing of that email before we had an opportunity to notify you of the cancellation of the conference. Refunds related to cancellations may take up to 14 days. Questions on hotel room cancellations should be directed to the Gaylord at 1-615-889-1000.


Please be aware of the following known scams:

  • No one should contact you directly to book your rooms or offer you a "special discounted conference rate." If you receive one of these calls, it is a scam. They have been known to say they are calling on behalf of NAEP. In these instances, not only are you not in the conference block but there have been several instances in which the "company" will take your credit card information, give you a fake confirmation number and not secure a reservation for you regardless of charging your credit card.

  • Anyone offering to rent or sell you the NAEP conference attendee list is not affiliated nor authorized to speak on behalf of NAEP. It is a scam.

  • If you receive a phone call from someone wanting to speak to the 'the person who is handling this event from your side or your tradeshow coordinator' or tries to alert you to a 'decrease in the conference room pricing' or 'very limited availability', this is a scam tactic. Please ignore it and hang up. These companies are not affiliated with NAEP, and it is a scam.

  • If someone contacts you claiming to be from the NAEP Conference or Exhibitor Department and is not with NAEP staff or GES (for exhibitors), do not share any information with them. The company is not affiliated with NAEP, and it is a scam.

Pre-Conference Leadership Workshop:

Building an Education Culture to Promote Organizational Change

If you are a high-level procurement professional, come into Nashville early and take this 1/2 day add-on leadership training.

Workshop Description
Navigating an uncertain and open future is the true test of leadership. To provoke a cultural shift in education, we must be bold in the face of constant change.

Even with an awareness of accelerating change around us, as human beings we find it difficult to embody embracing an uncertain future. Seeing ourselves as navigators of change and not just problem solvers is one step to orient you and your people to productive conversations and actions.

As procurement practitioners and professionals, we often find ourselves in that space of responding to changes versus driving change at our institutions. In this session we will explore how to create a culture to move beyond “this is the way we’ve always done things” to cultivating teams that bring passion and enthusiasm to their shared work and network of commitments. Using principles from previous successful change management programs, you will learn the tools to bring leaders together (Cabinet colleagues, presidents, boards and project teams) to a place of resolution and ambition. Click here to view the agenda.


Howard Teibel

Howard Teibel is the founder and President of Teibel Education Consulting. Over the past three decades, Howard has worked with education leaders and teams to develop new habits to coordinate actions in support of their shared commitments. As a public speaker and writer for numerous higher education associations, Howard contributes to the national discourse on emerging trends facing this industry and is passionate about guiding business leaders to create constructive discourse on regional and global issues facing our country. Additionally, his 10-year-old podcast “Navigating Change” brings together leaders to discuss innovations and new practices that can transform how teams in academia and administration work together. His client roster includes the University of Colorado, Rutgers University, the NCAA, Association of Governing Boards, Cornell University, University of San Francisco; and many others.

Workshop Registration
Registration is separate. Complete your annual meeting registration and then follow the prompts to register for the workshop. If you would like to register for the workshop only, click here.




Exhibiting & Sponsoring

If you serve the higher education procurement community as a GPO, supplier, or consultant to the industry, you need to exhibit and sponsor at NAEP 2020! To participate in networking opportunities and to get in front of nearly 500 procurement professionals from schools large and small, public and private, you must purchase an exhibit booth and/or a sponsorship package from NAEP. Click here to get started.

                        2019 Annual Meeting Resources:

A look back at our time in Kansas City.

                      Future Annual Meetings:

Plan ahead! NAEP has scheduled the Annual Meeting through 2023.

  • Our 100th Annual Meeting in 2021: March 14-17, 2021 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD (Outside of Washington, DC)
  • 2022: April 17-20, 2022 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX
  • 2023: April 2-5, 2023 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL

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