Risk Management Should Unite Your Team, Not Divide It

By Rachel Sams A mature, traditional enterprise risk management model can be a wonderful thing for a nonprofit organization. But then everything could change, and you might need something else. That’s what Tara Thomas and Heather Chadwick of Teach For America learned as the pandemic rocked their organization and all nonprofits. Teach For America’s risk … Continued

Growing Up Fast: Risk Program Maturity

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week, on my daughter’s 24th birthday, I was reminded of how quickly time passes. So many milestones in her life seem like they happened moments ago: her first Halloween-themed birthday party, the first day of kindergarten, first dance recital, and so on. During our birthday chat, I refrained from the … Continued

Make Patience a Prerequisite

By Melanie Lockwood Herman While visiting my parents in the lovely coastal town of Falmouth, MA, I’ve observed two distinct types of drivers. The first type of driver pulls onto the main roadway, seemingly unaware (or unconcerned) that drivers with the right of way must brake to avoid a collision. This first type of driver … Continued

Chunk Change: Ask for Less to Get More

By Melanie Lockwood Herman I’ve just finished reading Jonah Berger’s book, The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind. Two compelling takeaways were Berger’s suggestions that leaders 1. Ask for less to get more, and 2. Break big asks into smaller, more manageable ‘chunks.’ He offers the following advice for anyone having a difficult time persuading … Continued

Learn, Adapt, Repeat

“Those at the top of an organization typically used to say that the answer lay in a sound plan. . . The reason for this is the underlying conceit that we can both know the future and master it. That has always been a dubious claim, but in today’s uncertain environment it is patently ridiculous. … Continued


September 16, 2022


NeighborWorks America

“Enterprise Risk Management: A Bird’s Eye View”

April 11, 2022


NeighborWorks America – Senior Team Briefing

“Enterprise Risk Management: A Bird’s Eye View”

April 11, 2022


April 28, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG)

“Reckoning with Risk: Challenges, Opportunities, Imperatives, and Insights”

January 19, 2022

Charleston, SC

Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute 2022

“Enterprise Risk Management: A Bird’s Eye View” and “ERM: Pandemic Lessons and Insights”