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


2020 Risk Refresh: An Update to Our Forecast of Risk Trends Facing Nonprofits

Enjoy this timely update to the popular 2020 Risk Forecast we published earlier this year. Review our original article to explore additional risk trends including the need to: Ignite a reskilling revolution (our prior #1), and Contribute to climate action and other causes (our prior #5). 1. Master Contingency Planning Elvis Presley famously said, “When … Continued

To Infinity and Beyond: Unleashing Imagination to Build Your Organization’s Resilience

“An infinite-minded leader does not simply want to build a company that can weather change but one that can be transformed by it. They want to build a company that embraces surprises and adapts with them.” – Simon Sinek By Melanie Lockwood Herman As we continue to cope with disruptive consequences caused by COVID-19, many … Continued

Anything Could Happen: The Wild, Wild West of External Risks

Many nonprofit teams spend a great deal of time worrying about external risks—risks that are truly beyond your control to influence or prevent. This webinar explores the wide world of external risks and offers tips and strategies to build resilience and preparation. HANDOUT: Anything Could Happen: The Wild, Wild West of External Risks

Toss Your To-Do List

“Connect today to all your tomorrows. It matters.” – Gary Keller By Melanie Lockwood Herman I’ve just finished reading The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller. The premise of the book is that achieving “extraordinary results” is “directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” This premise … Continued

Lessons from the Coop: The Sky is Falling!

“To be wise is not to know particular facts but to know without excessive confidence or excessive cautiousness… (T)o both accumulate knowledge while remaining suspicious of it, and recognizing that much remains unknown, is to be wise.” — Managing the Unexpected: Sustained Performance in a Complex World, Karl E. Weick & Kathleen M. Sutcliffe by … Continued


March 26, 2021

virtual training

Austin Community College – Center for Nonprofit Studies

“Risk Management for Nonprofits”

June 19, 2020


July 16, 2020

virtual keynote

New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

“Managing Risk & Safety: What’s New, What’s Novel, and What’s Next”

September 22, 2020


National Mentoring Resource Center – TA Provider Institute

“Risk Management for TA Providers”

December 11, 2019


Association of Junior Leagues International

“Risk Management Strategies: Assessing Risk and Creating a Plan”