Evolving risk management capabilities in any organization can feel like a daunting task. Experienced risk professionals recognize that building and sustaining support for new or novel approaches to risk management can be a knotty challenge or a protracted battle. Attend this session to hear from veteran risk champions who have effectively built support at various tiers of the org chart. Learn how to sustain the support of early adopters and turn nay-sayers into fans of your vision for risk practice.
Revisit the basics with this session covering key steps (and possible missteps!) when you’re assigned—or volunteer—for the role of risk champion. Learn what to do, what not to do, and where you can go for help along your journey. From risk management foundational policies and governance documents, to risk identification, prioritization, treatment, and ongoing monitoring and management, workshop attendees will receive practical “how to” tips and valuable insights on scalable risk management tools and principles designed to improve performance. Leave this session with inspiration and practical action steps you can apply in a variety of environments and with various stakeholders at your organization.
If you’ve noticed that exciting things are happening at your nonprofit, but you don’t recall the party where the planning took place, you might be experiencing ‘lonely risk professional syndrome’ or LRPS. LRPS exists when risk-taking members of a nonprofit organization believe that the risk leader’s office is where big dreams die. Attend this session to learn how to convey that wise risk management is the fuel—not the brakes—for great ideas. Learn how to convey the potential value and reward of including risk leaders at the able for program start-ups as well as celebrations.
If you’ve been worried about ‘weed’ in the workplace, you’re not alone. Statutes permitting medical and recreational cannabis use are sweeping the country, despite federal law that bans the cultivation, sale and use of cannabis. Marijuana possession and use may be a violation of federal law, but if you’re assuming that no one on your staff would ever show up for duty under the influence of cannabis, you’re going to face some hard realities without a plan. Attend this workshop to learn what employers need to know about the legalization of marijuana, including the interaction between state and federal laws, and important considerations when dealing with recreational versus medical marijuana usage. This session will incorporate group discussion on nonprofit risk topics like insurance and federal grants as they relate to drug free workplaces. Leave this session with insights on practical policies and best practices for drug testing and responding to addiction.
Have you ever thought of a captive as another ‘endowment’ building strategy? Or have you considered ‘risk financing’ versus purchasing insurance per se? This workshop explores how (and when!) a captive can provide an organization with control, flexibility and stability. Learn how to weigh the upsides and potential downsides of a captive as well as trends in the use of captives by nonprofit organizations.
Data losses are hypothetical risks for nonprofits until they actually happen. But survivors of these potentially costly and all-consuming events say that if you’re waiting until it happens to you to get ready, you’re behind the proverbial eight ball. Attend this session to learn how to form and facilitate an effective incident response team that will be ready to roll when— and if—needed.
Many risk leaders believe that data breach claims are the big “when, not what if” events for organizations that collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Sensitive Personal Information (SPI) or Protected Health Information (PHI). Attend this workshop to learn the three MUST DO action steps and three MUST AVOID mistakes that will help ensure the protection of your nonprofit’s mission and reputation in the wake of a data breach involving valued stakeholders.
Many organizations have approached anti-harassment and workplace civility training with kid gloves, while others have ventured valiantly into staff training and difficult conversations to ensure compliance with new state law requirements or funder expectations. Experts and even the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have cautioned against delivering ‘canned’ training that narrowly focuses on avoiding legal liability for harassment and workplace misconduct. Research has shown that the most effective tool to prevent harassment is bystander intervention training. Attend this workshop to learn why and how bystander intervention training works as a proactive tool. Learn how to adapt this training to suit your workplace, and how to create an empowered culture where bystanders play a leadership role in identifying and interrupting problematic behavior in the workplace.
This Risk Summit session explores the discipline of Enterprise Risk Management in high-performing nonprofits. Learn how ERM has been adapted and advanced in environments with and without full-time ERM leaders. Find out how organizations identify and equip Risk Champions to connect risk management to strategy setting and key objectives.
You’ll also learn valuable and practical insights and lessons from NRMC’s ERM consulting work with nonprofits across a wide spectrum of missions and sizes.
This workshop explores lessons learned from leaders who have introduced Risk Management in a diverse array of nonprofits and NGOs. In this session, leaders will share some of the common pitfalls, myths and barriers, and rewards to getting a risk management program underway and then sustaining it. Learn about tools and resources, as well as practical strategies and tips for building a risk-aware culture and manageable risk management program. Learn the musts, must-nots, and “wish I had known” risk management lessons from the presenters.
Join us for a lively conversation on proactive governance risk management for nonprofits. When so many well-intentioned people – both board and staff – work together, nonprofits can’t go wrong, right? But too often, we still find ourselves off the rails. During this workshop the presenters will discuss a range of good governance practices for both boards and nonprofit organizations, including CEO expectations and review, financial oversight, strategic oversight, conflicts of interest, information flow to the board, managing board liability risks, and the board’s role in employment practices. You’ll leave with a roadmap for strong, effective governance no matter the size of your organization.
Do you have an effective business continuity plan in place? A ‘rough draft’ or ‘work in progress’? Business continuity plans are often unfinished business, yet sooner or later, every nonprofit will face a situation that disrupts normal operations. Developing a business continuity plan in advance assures that the organization will be able to get back to vital mission work as quickly as possible. Attend this session to understand the depth and breadth of things that can disrupt operations, and the tools that will help you prepare. Leave this session with the confidence to evaluate the your current BCP, determine what else you need to cover, or begin the process of developing a plan from scratch. The presenters will provide an overview of the key components of a BCP, facilitate an exercise, and provide resources and you can use to knock out your plan.
If you’ve ever wondered if your approach to risk management may be overly old-school, or it’s been a while since someone complained bitterly about a risk policy or expectation, you may at risk of standing still while risk passes you by. Attend this session to learn how to “fix” what isn’t broken in your approach to risk management, risk oversight and risk reporting. Learn tips from risk leaders are staving off stagnation with stellar results.
Nonprofits rely on a wide array of service providers, vendors and consultants. These relationships can increase or mitigate a nonprofit’s exposure to a host of claims, from financial losses to harm to reputation. Attend this workshop to learn thirteen timely tips for managing risks that arise in relationships with third-party providers of goods and services.
The expression “culture trumps strategy” is a truism for many nonprofits, and in some cases, a risk averse culture prevents an organization from being the best it can possibly be. And according to thought leader Edgar H. Schein, “you don’t begin to understand your organizational culture until you try to change it.” This interactive session will focus on the concept of safety culture through the ages, with a mix of memorable and contemporary case studies. Learn how to self-assess organizational culture and address weaknesses in culture that dampen or hinder opportunities for bold risk-taking or impair your nonprofit’s ability to address its pressing preventable risks. Speaker: to be announced shortly!
Managing an insurance program shouldn’t be fun: or should it? Attend this back to basics session to learn from leaders who have figured out how to make risk financing memorable, and dare we say ‘fun.’ Bring your tough questions about how the industry—and coverage—actually work and be prepared to learn lesser known facts and trivia about the coverages nonprofit missions and managers rely on. There’s no such thing as a dumb or dreary question!
You’re not the first leader to find yourself suddenly responsible for risk in a complex organization. Or the last. The career of many successful, satisfied nonprofit risk leaders has begun with serendipity, from an unexpected assignment that wound up being fun, to a request to ‘handle’ risk on a temporary basis. Attend this workshop to learn tips from the trenches from three accidental risk champions. Find out how they foraged at first and ultimately realized that the risk function was exactly where they needed and wanted to be.
Few—if any!—risk professionals look forward to facing liability claims. From start to end, defending a liability claim takes a toll on even the most experienced leaders in the field. Attend this workshop to learn how to add elements of finesse to the handling of liability claims. Find out what you can and should be doing differently, from the initial notice to brokers and carriers, to cooperating with claims adjuster and helping the defense team defend your nonprofit’s good name and assets. Learn common mistakes in claims-handling and how to avoid them.
Nonprofit organizations are on the frontlines of innovation, with pressure to innovate coming from funders as well as increased competition from nonprofits and for profits. In many cases, risk leaders in nonprofits may be intentionally excluded from conversations about risky new programs or strategic moves. Attend this session to learn how to bring consideration of risk into the meetings where bold innovation is being discussed. Learn how to facilitate a risk-aware review of innovative programs without being perceived as a professional wet blanket or the proverbial ‘department of no,’ and also how to develop a cross-functional risk plan that is hands-on, strategic, measurable, and assigns key tasks appropriately.
GC Peer Networking – This session is for General Counsel and senior attorneys who champion risk management and ERM in their respective nonprofit organizations. This peer networking group was formed in November 2017; this Risk Summit session will be the group’s sixth gathering. Missed the earlier get-togethers? No worries! Join your peers for a fruitful but informal information-sharing opportunity. Facilitators: to be announced shortly!
Insurance Professionals Peer Networking – Join fellow insurance professionals who specialize in protecting nonprofit missions. This session offers a time and place to candidly discuss some of the challenges you face and also the change to build your network by connecting with specialists outside your geographic area and nonprofit niche. Inspired by the positive feedback and enthusiasm for a similar session held during the early years of the Risk Summit, the NRMC team is excited to bring back this networking and learning workshop for our insurance industry risk champions. Facilitators: Colleen Lazanich and Cole Kinney, CalNonprofits Insurance Services
Finance Professionals – Many senior nonprofit finance professionals lead operational and enterprise risk functions. And with audit and finance committees showing an increased interest in their risk oversight roles, the need to evolve risk reporting beyond the realm of finance has never been greater. Attend this roundtable to hear insights and lessons from fellow finance leaders who have embraced their risk roles and responsibilities. Bring your ideas, insights and questions to share with a group of peers who love numbers (and risk!) as much as you do. Facilitators: to be announced shortly!
Risk Champions Networking – Join your fellow Risk Champions for a fast-paced peer networking session. Whether you’re a full-time Risk Manager, Director of Risk Management/ERM or compliance/ethics leader, or you’re wearing a risk manager’s hat as one of many, attend this session to learn about the touch challenges and successful strategies that colleagues are facing and conquering across the nonprofit and NGO sectors. Facilitators: to be announced shortly!
Parent-chapter and HQ-field relationships abound in the nonprofit sector. These structures bring strength and resilience to a nonprofit mission but may exact a taxing toll. Attend this workshop to learn about the risks and rewards than emanate from a complex, connected structure, as well as how several organizations have taken a more modern approach to managing and balancing risk and reward in these vital, symbiotic relationships.
Your nonprofit’s employees and volunteers use social media for both personal and work-related purposes. And although most of their ‘likes’ and comments bring greater awareness of your mission, the occasional post, Tweet or rant may bring attention you don’t want and may not be prepared to handle. Attend this workshop to learn about exposures related to the National Labor Relations Act, rules pertaining to off-duty conduct, privacy/defamation risk, discrimination, and state laws that protect employee privacy. You’ll leave this session with insights and information you can use to build (or rebuild!) a defensible social media policy that protects your nonprofit without violating the rights of your employees.
Join thought leaders from the nonprofit and insurance sectors for 20-minute, fast-paced sessions covering topical issues. Choose two sessions from the line-up on site at the Risk Summit. You’ll leave Table Talk sessions with valuable insights, new connections, and a fresh perspective on risk issues facing your organization.
Table Talk Topics include:
- Insurance Portfolio Oversight
- How to Rock a Risk Dashboard
- How to Stop Making the 3 Most Costly Contract Errors
- Making Your Emergency Response Plan Real
- Managing Volunteer Risks
- Living up to your NGO’s Duty of Care
- 5 Cost-Saving Loss Control Lessons
- Habit-Forming Habits of Risk Champions
- Crew Resource Management and Your Nonprofit
- Compliance Program Lessons and Insights
- 3 Insurance Industry Trends That Matter to Your Nonprofit
- Risk Team Lessons from Star Wars
Have you ever dodged a call or email from an insurance agent or broker, underwriter, loss control team member or claims adjuster? If your honest answer is “yes,” you’re not alone. Newbie and veteran nonprofit risk leaders alike sometimes perceive their counterparts in the industry to be perennial bearers of bad news: from ‘the same coverage will cost more this year,’ to ‘unfortunately we’re not able to offer higher limits,’ or the worst news, ‘that claim isn’t covered under your policy.’ Attend this session to learn why insurance partners are friends, not foe, and how you can maximize every penny of premium by taking advantage of insurer know-how and value-added offerings.
Cyber liability policies are hot property these days. If your organization hasn’t purchased a policy, chances are you’ve considered doing do. Like other coverages, however, the name of the policy itself is a minor detail: the ‘devil’ is in the policy wording. Attend this workshop to learn what you need to know to be a savvy buyer of coverage to protect against data loss claims.
Nonprofits that work domestically and internationally—frequently known as INGOs—are embracing risk management in record numbers. These nonprofits have always faced risks as part of delivering humanitarian or other human services, or when conducting health, environmental or other scientific research abroad. Recent developments have added new dimensions to their risk profiles that have caused them to elevate risk management practices across their operations. These developments include the impact of the #MeToo movement resulting in greater scrutiny and accountability for organizations and their leadership to prevent exploitation of vulnerable service recipients and/or their staff; new country INGO registration laws that have resulted in INGOs having to terminate operations in countries where they have operated for decades; and new donor safeguarding demands and funding priorities that favor locally-registered organizations. Attend this session to delve into three critical risk themes: local legal registration, safeguarding, and donor funding of local-registered organizations.
We all know that viral videos, tenacious Tweets, and alarming allegations can echo across the Internet in an instant. With the landscape so enormous and the democratization of media, how can your nonprofit protect its image, combat keyboard warriors and feel confident you’ve done your best to be prepared? How can nonprofits protect their image in the social media age? Attend this workshop to learn how risk professionals are grappling with reputation worries in an age of hero today, demon tomorrow.