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Risk Lessons from the Silver Screen

~14.8 minutes | Recorded 05.30.18 Listen to this podcast to glean risk management insights from Hollywood’s hit movies! The Risk Jockeys hosts are Melanie Lockwood Herman – Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC), and Derek Symer – Principal and Senior Vice President at AHT Insurance. During each Risk Jockeys podcast, Melanie and … Continued

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

“Sensible Stewardship: Understanding and Managing the Top Risks Facing Nonprofits,” “Demystifying the Risk Oversight Role of Nonprofit Boards,” and “Risk Reflections: Funders’ Forum”

Resources

Humble Haiku’s Mighty Lessons for Risk Leaders

By Whitney Claire Thomey This Saturday is International Haiku Poetry Day, leading me to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned from this simple form of poetry—the humble haiku. If you’re wondering how this pint-sized poem has the potential to teach risk leaders important lessons about evolving organizational risk practices, I invite you to read on! … Continued

Choose Your Own Adventure to Risk and Reward

By Melanie Lockwood Herman If you’ve ever faced a personal crisis or a crisis at your organization, you know how all-consuming and paralyzing it can be. It’s hard to see beyond the hour or the day when the bad news keeps coming. During these stressful moments, you may find yourself flip-flopping between options or second-guessing … Continued

Do This, Not That: 5 Essential Risk Policy Drafting Tips

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week I’ve been busy helping consulting clients and Affiliate Members make sense of (and hopefully improve!) an array of longstanding risk-themed policies, from employee handbooks to vendor contracts and risk-scoring frameworks. In between writing and re-writing, I was able to finish an insightful book that I mentioned last week, Essentialism: … Continued

Choose Essential: Define Your Singular Risk Priority

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week I’ve been reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The book’s themes touch on a prickly subject for me: saying “no.” A very wise friend once told me that we often say yes out of fear that if we say no, we won’t get asked again. … Continued

Round and Round: The Leadership Learning Loop

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This past weekend I listened to a compelling interview with Katlin Smith on the NPR program “How I Built This,” hosted by Guy Raz. Smith founded Simple Mills while working as a management consultant at Deloitte and attending the first year of an MBA program. Per the company’s website, “Simple Mills … Continued

Events

February 26, 2021

virtual

Maryland Community Action Partnership

“Risk Management in Action”

March 4, 2021

webinar

Walker Area Community Foundation

“Organizational Stability”

March 26, 2021

virtual training

May 16, 2017

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Risk Management Pre-Conference with NPIP at the 2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference

“Effective Risk Communication,” “Risk Forecasting,” and “Managing Human Resource Risk: Taking the High Road”

September 10, 2015

Webinar

Webinar for The Rapides Foundation

“Getting Ready for the Auditor”