ERM Symposium for Nonprofit Leaders

Join senior risk leaders from across the nonprofit and NGO sectors on Monday, April 12, 2021, for a day of learning and sharing focused on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).

The ERM Symposium is a hybrid event, meaning that you can choose to participate virtually or join us in-person. The host for the event, the Convene Conference Center, offers a powerful virtual platform and has taken great precautions and safety measures so that in-person attendees are safe and comfortable during the event. Learn more about Convene’s operating and safety protocols here.

Hosted by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, this brand-new educational event is designed for experienced risk leaders who are responsible for building, evolving or supporting ERM programs or functions in charitable, scientific, educational, humanitarian, health and philanthropic organizations as well as professional associations.

The day-long Symposium will include workshops as well as small cohort discussion groups. Topics that will be covered during the ERM Symposium include:

9:00 – 9:30 am – ERM in the Nonprofit Sector: A Guided Tour (featuring Melanie Lockwood Herman, Executive Director of NRMC)

9:30 -10:20 am – Five Characteristics of a Successful, Mature ERM Program (featuring Patricia Vaughan, General Counsel, Population Council)

10:35 – 11:15 am – How to Explain and “Pitch” ERM to Diverse Stakeholder Groups (featuring Keith Styles, EVP, COO and GC, Catholic Charities USA)

11:45 – 12:35 pm – Working Lunch: Ways that ERM Has Transformed My Organization (featuring Lori Silver, General Counsel, Partners In Health)

12:45 – 1:35 pm – Labor, Then Love: How to Build ERM Tools and Frameworks (featuring Lori Silver, General Counsel, Partners In Health)

1:45 – 2:35 pm – Overcoming Internal Resistance to ERM (small group discussion)

2:45 – 3:35 pm – Syncing Your ERM Goals, Aspirations, and Framework to Your Nonprofit’s Values

3:45 – 4:25 pm – Designing a Durable ERM Accountability Plan (small group discussion)

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Takeaways: What We’ve Learned from ERM Wins, Losses and Experiments (featuring Lizzie Pollio, Partners In Health and Gil A. Nusbaum, General Counsel, National Philanthropic Trust)

Participation in this event is limited to experienced, nonprofit risk leaders, such as full-time Risk Managers, Chief Financial Officers, General Counsel, and senior leaders responsible for compliance, internal audit, ethics, and other functional areas that intersect with ERM. Questions about the program? Call NRMC at 703.777.3504.

The ERM Symposium will be held online and also at Convene at 1201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA. Convene is a modern conference center known as an “event sanctuary in the sky.” As the tallest building in Metro DC,  Convene offers a bird’s eye view of Washington and the adjacent Virginia suburbs. Convene is very close to the Rosslyn Metro Stop, less than 4 miles from National Airport (DCA), and just 7 miles from Union Station. If you require overnight accommodations, we recommend you consider hotels located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, VA. Learn more about Convene’s operating and safety protocols here.

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What is ERM?

Enterprise Risk Management is a holistic, integrated approach to risk management. Since 2009, the NRMC team has been leading, facilitating and supporting ERM projects for complex nonprofits and NGOs. Our team has led and supported the exploration of ERM, the design of custom ERM frameworks and resources, and the implementation of new ERM tools and capabilities.

NRMC’s Executive Director, Melanie Lockwood Herman, will Chair the Symposium and serve as the MC for the day. Melanie has invited leaders from a diverse array of nonprofit organizations to participate as speakers, panelists and discussion leaders at the Symposium. Each of these leaders is eager to share insights from their respective ERM journeys, as well as the fruits of their work to build and support holistic risk functions that inspire risk-aware decision making and bold risk-taking.