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 will be held virtually. Due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the NRMC team has chosen to maximize nonprofit leadership participation by delivering the ERM Symposium from the convenience and safety of the Internet. The host for the event, the Convene Conference Center, offers a powerful virtual platform that will allow all attendees to maximize their participation with interactive webinars that include breakout sessions and opportunities for networking with other attendees.

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, and Clare Ann Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Volunteers of America)

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 and Tara Thomas, Vice President, Risk and Compliance, Teach For America)

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.

Register for the ERM Symposium.

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.