View to the Horizon: Managing Reputation Risk for Hyperconnected Organizations

by Katharine Nesslage and Melanie Lockwood Herman A famous Peanuts cartoon uses a cruise ship as an analogy for life. In the cartoon, Lucy explains that some people place deck chairs at the back of the boat to see where they have been, while others place their chairs in the front to see where they … Continued


Relish the Ride: Tap into Powerful Lessons to Manage Mission Risk

“I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.” – Buckminster Fuller By Melanie Lockwood Herman “Are we there yet?” “Why is this taking so long?” “If we hadn’t hit traffic, we would be there already.” “We should have left earlier!” If you’ve heard one of the above comments from a “Captain Obvious” … Continued

To Reach Your Risk Potential, Tell Better Stories

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This month I’ve been obsessively watching Season #1 of The Big Door Prize, on AppleTV+. The show’s mechanical protagonist is Morpho, a machine that—after collecting two bits of Personally Identifiable Information—offers a forecast of one’s ‘true potential’. Reactions from townsfolk to the machine’s prophecies range from delight to detachment and despair. … Continued

Live Long and Prosper: Strategies for Longevity in Risk and Life

By Melanie Lockwood Herman When NRMC meets with prospective consulting clients, they almost always express concern about sustaining their risk management efforts. We hear things like: “We were full speed ahead when we began our ERM program a few years back, but it has withered on the vine. We need to build something that is … Continued

2020 Risk Forecast: Risk Trends Facing Nonprofits

The jovial celebration of each passing year also ushers in a sense of unease and uncertainty: what will we face next? In 2020, nonprofit teams face new risks brought on by global megatrends as well as a few familiar risks that continue to morph and present new challenges. The NRMC team anticipates these risk trends … Continued

Make Progress in Your Risk Program Real, Not a Mirage

By Melanie Lockwood Herman In their terrific book, Risk: A User’s Guide, authors McChrystal and Butrico describe “structure” as one of 10 dimensions of building a “Risk Immune System.” But they caution readers that changing the structure of a function may not necessarily mean the function is improving. Experienced nonprofit leaders know the illusion and … Continued


June 6, 2023

Salt Lake City, UT

Community Action Partnership of Utah – 2023 Annual Conference

“Tackle Your Top Risks with Systems Thinking,” and “Overcoming Fear of the Unknown: How to Inspire a Risk-Aware Posture for Cyber and Tech Risk”

June 1, 2023


University of Southern California – Bovard College

Risk Management Guest Lecture – PJMT 520: Risk Management

February 8, 2023


NeighborWorks America – Southern Region

“You’ve Got This! Engaging Others in Risk Assessment and Risk Management”

May 2, 2022


New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

“Cohort #2 – Emerging Leaders Training, Part 2″

June 21, 2022


Community Action Partnership of Utah – 2022 Virtual Conference

“Risk Management Trends, Insights, and Imperatives”