Light the Fire: Tell Young People How They Inspire

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Advising nonprofit management and governing teams is a labor of love for the NRMC team. We are constantly inspired by the missions of the nonprofits whose leaders invite us into their worlds to provide risk coaching, create risk assessment frameworks, revamp policies, and deliver training. Our inspiration doesn’t end when the … 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

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

By Melanie Lockwood Herman During our Zoom Family Meeting on Valentine’s Day, I made my siblings and parents laugh out loud when I told them that I was spending the day with my one true love… my job! Since we are obsessive Life360 members who track each other’s comings and goings, they already knew that … Continued

The Naked Truth: Trust Unites

“The process of building trust takes risk. We start by taking small risks, and if we feel safe, we take bigger risks. Sometimes there are missteps. Then we try again. Until, eventually, we feel we can be completely ourselves.” – Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week I’ve been reflecting on … Continued

What We’re Learning from our Favorite Recent Reads

Join this webinar to learn interesting insights, thought-provoking ah-ha moments, and tangible takeaways from our favorite ‘reads’ from the past year. Learn lessons from philosophers across the ages, modern-day leadership gurus, and even a rocket scientist. Leave this webinar with newfound inspiration to lead the risk team in your organization.

Finding Purpose in Uncertainty

by Melanie Lockwood Herman Did you know that team members with “purpose” are healthier, more deeply committed to the mission of their employers, and enjoy greater feelings of well-being? Do you have a “purpose”? Do you inspire a sense of “purpose” in the team you lead? Having a “purpose” doesn’t mean never asking: ‘what am … Continued


September 21, 2021

virtual conference

Communities In Schools – 2021 Virtual Leadership Town Hall

“Working Forward: Imperatives for the Workplace of Today and Tomorrow

September 16, 2021


Community Action Partnership – Resilience Series

“How to Become the Resilient Leader Your Mission Requires”

June 17, 2021


Community Action Partnership – Resilience Series

“Ready…or Not? Creating Practical, Action-Oriented Readiness Plans”

November 23, 2020

virtual conference

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

2020 Nonprofit Virtual Leadership Conference – Keynote Address – “Confidence, Culture and Conversations: Inspired Risk Leadership”

March 30, 2016


Webinar for NRMC Affiliate Member Program

“Dueling It Out: Addressing Common Board Conflicts with Confidence”