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


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


By Whitney Claire Thomey “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott When you find yourself traveling at the speed of risk, is it necessary to stay plugged in to organization communications, local and world news feeds, and updates from social media?  Staying “on” all … Continued


April 17, 2021


Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure (PAUMCS)

“Risk Leadership and Your Organization: How to Identify, Unpack, and Manage Your Top Risks”

March 23, 2021


Georgia Community Action Association

“Service Delivery During a Pandemic and Beyond: Managing Service Delivery Risk”


Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church

“Risk Leadership and Your Church: How to Identify, Unpack, and Manage Your Top Risks”

February 26, 2021


Maryland Community Action Partnership

“Risk Management in Action”

June 17, 2021


Community Action Partnership – Resilience Series

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