ERM Symposium for Nonprofit Leaders

Risk leaders from across the nonprofit and NGO sectors joined together on Monday, April 12, 2021, for a day of learning and sharing focused on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). The next advanced risk management training hosted by NRMC will take place on October 13, 2022. Visit to learn more!

The ERM Symposium was a brand-new educational event designed for experienced risk leaders 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 included workshops and small cohort discussion groups. The following sessions were delivered:

9:00 – 9:25 am – ERM in the Nonprofit Sector (featuring Melanie Lockwood Herman, Executive Director of NRMC)

9:40 -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, General Counsel, and COO, Catholic Charities USA, and Clare Ann Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Volunteers of America)

11:45 – 12:30 pm – Working Lunch: Ways that ERM Has Transformed My Organization (featuring Lori Silver, General Counsel, Partners In Health and Patricia Vaughan, General Counsel, Population Council)

12:45 – 1:30 pm – Labor, Then Love: How to Build ERM Tools and Frameworks (featuring Lori Silver, General Counsel, Partners In Health and Tara Thomas, Vice President, Risk, and Compliance, Teach For America)

1:45 – 2:30 pm – Overcoming Internal Resistance to ERM (small group discussion)

2:45 – 3:30 pm – Syncing Your ERM Goals, Aspirations, and Frameworks to Your Nonprofit’s Values (featuring Melanie Lockwood Herman, Executive Director of NRMC)

3:45 – 4:20 pm – Designing a Durable ERM Accountability Plan (small group discussion)

4:35 – 5:00 pm – Takeaways: What We’ve Learned from ERM Wins, Losses and Experiments (featuring Lizzie Pollio, Senior Contract and Compliance Manager, Partners In Health and Gil A. Nusbaum, General Counsel, National Philanthropic Trust)

Participation was 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.

What is ERM?

Enterprise Risk Management is a holistic, integrated approach to risk management. Since 2009, the NRMC team has led, facilitated, and supported 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, chaired the Symposium and served as the MC for the day. NRMC thanks the diverse array of nonprofit organizations that participated as speakers, panelists, and discussion leaders at the Symposium. Each of these leaders eagerly shared insights from their respective ERM journeys and the fruits of their work to build and support holistic risk functions that inspire risk-aware decision-making and bold risk-taking.