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Sounding Board: What’s the board’s role in managing risk during “reopening”?

Apr. 27, 2021, 12pm-1pm EST


This event is part of MANP's Get on Board Initiative, funded in part by John T. Gorman Foundation, The Betterment Fund and Onion Foundation, and sponsored by Mainebiz.

MANP Sounding Board events provide an opportunity for nonprofit board members and executive directors to reflect on and explore emerging governance challenges and opportunities during this turbulent and transitional time. Each session focuses on a key topic we're hearing about from our members and features a guest "sounding board" who can share insights and field questions. 

For our next session, we’re delighted to welcome Melanie Herman, Executive Director of Nonprofit Risk Management Center as our “sounding board.” We’ll be discussing the board’s role in managing risk during this phase of the pandemic when many organizations are returning, reopening or reimagining their approaches as more people are vaccinated and public health guidance evolves. What questions should boards be asking? How do you balance mission delivery and staff safety? How do you navigate tensions that arise from different assessments of risk?

Intended Audience
Board members and executive directors of Maine nonprofits

About our Guest
Melanie Lockwood Herman is the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC), which provides consulting services, innovative web applications, and practical educational resources that help nonprofit management and leadership teams take the bold risks necessary to advance their missions.

A prolific author of a more than a dozen comprehensive (and comprehensible!) guides on various risk management topics, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations simply unwilling to leave success to chance. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

In July 2020, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, whose editor has described her as “…the most in-demand expert in the nonprofit risk field…” and “the architect of the risk plans of some of the nation’s largest nonprofits.” This is Melanie’s 12th appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2019.

In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of three national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services Assembly, and Camp Fire. Melanie is the former chair of the Legal Section Council of ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership, and during 2010-2013 she served on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

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Event Details
This session will be recorded and the recording will be available to all registered participants for a limited time. Participants who are unable to attend will still have access to all materials.

Sounding Board will be hosted in Zoom Meeting and we ask participants turn off their cameras and mute themselves when joining and participate via the chat box.

Please email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org.

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