2012 Risk Management and Finance Summit for Nonprofits
Sunday to Tuesday, August 26-28, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
12:30 pm-5 pm — Early Registration
2 pm-5 pm — Sponsor/Host Set-up
Representatives of our Corporate Sponsors and local hosts are invited to set up their booths and tables in preparation for the Welcome Reception.
2 pm-5 pm — Pre-Conference Workshops
“I’ll Be Watching You” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”
Featuring: Dennis M. Kirschbaum, ARM (BIO), Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Washington, DC
This two-part program explores very different facets of HR risk: poor supervision and employee separation. Attend one or both segments.
PART 1 - "I’ll be Watching You" - Supervision: What's the Risk?
Supervision is perhaps more art than science. Few managers ever receive formal training on how to supervise others. And there are no clear benchmarks to measure effectiveness. Is it how well the employee performs? How happy he or she is? Or how much the employee produces? What are the qualities that employees most desire in a supervisor and do those qualities mesh with the interests of the organization? This workshop will explore the differences between substandard and inspired supervision, the significant risks facing nonprofits when poor supervision is the norm, and practical strategies for improving your management skill and those of the other managers in your nonprofit.
PART 2 - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" - Managing the Risks of Employee Separation
Employee terminations, layoffs and “right sizing” represent the riskiest phase of the employment relationship. This workshop will explore risk management do’s and don’ts when it’s time to shift gears, cut ties, and say “bye-bye” to members of your nonprofit’s professional, service and support teams.
“Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters” - Leading in Times of Crisis
Featuring: Melanie Lockwood Herman (BIO), Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA and Chris Croll (BIO), Croll Ventures and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA
*AFFILIATE Exclusive* - The Center is pleased to offer this complimentary, pre-conference workshop exclusively for our AFFILIATE members. The program will feature practical crisis management guidance as well as hands-on media relations training. If you work for one of our AFFILIATES, or if your nonprofit employer is a member of one of our AFFILIATES, you are eligible to participate. Space is limited for this special program. Want to attend? Become a Center AFFILIATE at: www.nonprofitrisk.org/affiliates/default.asp.
“Space Oddity” and ”Think!”
Featuring: Chris Romm (BIO), Canfield, Ephrata, WA
This two-part pre-conference workshop offers the opportunity to delve into two thought-provoking topics. Attend one or both parts.
PART 1 - “Space Oddity” - Risk Management IS Customer Relations – “Sales experience” and “customer relations” skills rarely appear on the position descriptions of nonprofit CFOs and risk managers. Yet let’s face it, your innovative, mission-protecting risk management program will be yesterday’s news if you’re unable to sell it to those who must comply and provide outstanding customer service when you’re called on to sort out a crisis or prevent the roof from falling down on your participants. Attend this workshop to learn the tricks of the trade from two skill areas that are essential to your success in risk management.
PART 2 - “Think!” – Is My Nonprofit Liable…or Not? – This workshop explores the intersection of legal liability and nonprofit programs. Decisions that expose… or protect against liability are sometimes made in less time than the catchy number that plays during the Final Jeopardy! Countdown (Hint: if you “think!” hard enough the name of the song will come to you). This workshop explores discrete areas of liability exposure for nonprofits and offers a practical approach to evaluating your exposures. Instead of guessing the answer, find out how to make an informed calculation.
5 pm-6:30 pm — Welcome Reception
Join Center staff, board leaders and SUMMIT faculty for a light reception at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Monday, August 27, 2012
8 am-9 am — Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Networking
8 am-5 pm — Conference Registration
9 am-10:15 am — Opening Plenary Session
“Shake It Up” - Opening Plenary Session
Featuring: Dr. Jeff Salz (BIO), Adventurer, Cultural Anthropologist, and Filmmaker
“Shake It Up!” A presentation by Dr. Jeff Salz, adventurer, filmmaker and cultural anthropologist. You don’t have to climb mountains in Patagonia, sleep in a NY train station or apprentice with a Peruvian shaman--all things Jeff Salz, Doctor of Anthropology, has done--to find adventure in your life. In this insightful and motivating keynote session, this “real life Indiana Jones” will share with us not only amazing stories about his adventures to the corners of the earth but his secrets to rekindling the spirit of discovery and wonder in even the most mundane corners of your life.
10:30 am-12 pm — CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
“Cats in the Cradle” - Effective Youth Protection Strategies
Featuring: Michael Gurtler (BIO), Safe-Wise Consulting, Bar Harbor, ME and Joan Dove (BIO), Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, San Francisco, CA
The youth involved in many nonprofit programs can be exposed to mistreatment from peers as well as adults. Is your organization hard wired to protect youth, staff and the organization? This workshop will offer a thought-provoking look at best in class youth protection practices, as well as some commonly overlooked danger signs.
“Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” - Top 10 Legal Risks That Keep Nonprofit Leaders Awake at Night
Featuring: Paula Cozzi Goedert (BIO), Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Chicago, IL
This workshop will help you sleep easy by outlining the “top 10” legal risks for 2012. Some may be familiar and others will be surprising. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about areas of danger as well as practical steps and approaches to reducing worry and taking action in the face of legal risk.
“It's All About the Benjamins” - Advanced Accounting Issues for CFOs
Featuring: Cynthia A. Pierce, CPA, Crowe Horwath, LLP, Chicago, IL and Brian Zygmunt, CPA (BIO), Crowe Horwath, LLP, Chicago, IL
This workshop will explore transactions that are unique to nonprofit organizations, (e.g., complex contribution agreements, accounting for revenue derived from endowments, accounting for split interest agreements, accounting treatments for donated goods and services) and include an update on recent or pending FASB developments relevant to nonprofits.
“Shiny Happy People” - Ask The HR Experts
Featuring: Kimberly A. Pendo, Esq. (BIO), Chicago Law Partners, LLC, Chicago, IL and Sally J. Scott (BIO), Franczek Radelet P.C., Chicago, IL
This session will explore top human resources risks facing nonprofit organizations and will provide an opportunity to glean valuable insights from a panel of human capital experts.
12 pm-12:45 pm — Conference Luncheon
1 pm-2:30 pm — CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
“Leader of the Band” - Influencing Risk Management Culture
Featuring: Diana Del Bel Belluz (BIO), Risk Wise Inc., Toronto, Ontario
Setting the right tone for your organization comes from the top down. This workshop will explore the essential role of leadership in developing a healthy, risk-aware culture.
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“Mr. Roboto” - IT Governance: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind
Featuring: Matt Eshleman (BIO), CITI, Washington, DC
As a leader, how do you take ownership of IT issues for your organization? This workshop will explore strategies for creating effective, sustainable and accountable IT governance, and will include tips for determining how to integrate outsourced functions with a strong in-house capacity
“Take The Money and Run” - Ask the CPAs
Featuring: Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq. (BIO), eCratchit, Inc., Braintree, MA, Cynthia A. Pierce, CPA, Crowe Horwath, LLP, Chicago, IL, David W. McConnell (BIO), One Hope United, Chicago, IL and Brian Zygmunt, CPA (BIO), Crowe Horwath, LLP, Chicago, IL
The role of the CFO continues to evolve as nonprofit boards embrace their responsibility for fiscal oversight and increasingly insist on the use of financial dashboards and other tools for evaluating and monitoring a nonprofit’s fiscal health. This session will begin with a discussion of tools and strategies our panelists have found helpful and continue with questions from the audience about accounting topics, financial management and fiscal oversight.
“Whole Lotta Love” - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Workplace Relationships, But Were Afraid to Ask
Featuring: Woods Bowman (BIO), DePaul University, Chicago, IL and Dana M. Pearl (BIO), The HUMAN Organization, Inc., Evanston, IL
High performing nonprofits model integrity and ethical behavior while encouraging trust and caring among staff and volunteers. This session will explore how to manage the risks that arise from close personal relationships at the office or in the field. Hear practical advice about how to protect your nonprofit before a messy situation arises. Our presenters will define what constitutes sexual harassment, explain "third-party" harassment, and will provide examples of the legal consequences. Find out how even consensual relationships can lead to costly legal issues for an organization, including claims of differential compensation and gender discrimination.
2:30 pm-3 pm — Networking Break
3 pm-4:30 pm — CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
“For What It's Worth” - Property Appraisals for Nonprofits
Featuring: Mark Hessel (BIO), Hirons & Associates, Milwaukee, WI
The process of evaluating property for placement/coverage has evolved significantly in recent years. No longer is it sufficient to simply roll old values over on inaccurate schedules and obtain the same rate year after year. This session will explore the actual process and methodology involved in valuing property exposures; discuss new challenges senior nonprofit leaders face during renewals; and outline specific data requirements underwriters/reinsurers are looking for in submittals. It will also detail specific approaches for more challenging types of property, such as historic structures, and work through practical examples and sample reports.
“I Am The Law” - Ask the Lawyers
Featuring: Paula Cozzi Goedert (BIO), Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Chicago, IL, Barbara F. Dunn, Howe & Hutton Ltd., Ballwin, MO and Gary K. Moore (BIO), Moore Strickland, Chicago, IL
Attend this workshop to receive practical advice from a panel of respected legal counsel with deep experience advising mission-driven organizations. Learn more about legal risks you’ve overlooked, and get answers to your stickiest legal dilemmas.
“Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” - Managing Risk and Reward in the “Cloud“
Featuring: Matt Eshleman (BIO), CITI, Washington, DC and Jeff Avilla, Intacct, San Jose, CA
Are you leery of cloud computing? Many nonprofit leaders considering the upsides of cloud computing remain concerned about data security in the cloud, among other issues. This workshop will explore security risks in a cloud computing environment and offer actionable tips and recommendations to smooth your transition to the cloud.
10 Risk Lessons from the London Games
Featuring: Chris Sullivan, MARSH, Chicago, IL
Whether you’re a fan of swimming, beach volleyball, track and field, gymnastics, soccer or water polo, inspiration was in great supply as the years of training and dedication paid off for the members of Team USA. In addition to inspiring your own personal fitness goals, the athletes, teams, training regimens and competitions offer valuable insights on risk-taking and risk management. This workshop will celebrate the games by exploring the “risk lessons” from the event. Topics on our list include cyber security, privacy liability, broker-client relations, and more.
4:30 pm-6:30 pm — Reception
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
8 am-9 am — Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Networking
8 am-4 pm — Conference Registration
9 am-10:15 am — Plenary Session
“Come Together” - Collaboration is the New Black
Featuring: Mark Addleson (BIO), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
The nonprofit sector attracts extraordinarily creative leaders to support a wide range of causes. Yet many nonprofit missions languish under traditional, top-down management structures that are learned in graduate schools or in the halls of for-profits and nonprofits around the world. In his new book, “Beyond Management: Taking Charge at Work,” author, professor and management consultant Mark Addleson explores the failure of traditional management practices in 21st Century workplaces. During a provocative keynote at this year’s SUMMIT, Professor Addleson will share his thoughts on the role of collaboration in a nonprofit workplace, how to overcome common roadblocks to achieving real collaboration, and the best ways to “break the mold” of revered management systems with grace and savoir faire. Learn how to empower your paid and volunteer knowledge workers to make collective decisions that bolster your mission and propel your organization forward.
10:30 am-12 pm — CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
“Call Me” - Personal Devices at Work...Smart Savings or Unacceptable Risk?
Featuring: Cecil A. Lynn III (BIO), Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ
A growing number of nonprofit employees are asking to use personal devices for business purposes, including devices containing apps, music collections, photos and more. This workshop will explore the downside risks and upside rewards in the "Bring Your Own Device" movement. The session will offer practical advice on managing the risks of dual-use devices in a nonprofit workplace, including technological safeguards, organizational policy and employee education.
“Don't Stop Believin” - Ask the Underwriters
Featuring: Michael A. Schraer (BIO), Chubb Specialty Insurance, Warren, NJ, Lisa Prinz (BIO), Harleysville Insurance, Harleysville, PA, Michael G. Liguzinski (BIO), Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, OH, John Prichard (BIO), Tangram Insurance Services, Petaluma, CA and Debra L. Zborowski (BIO), First Nonprofit Insurance Company, Chicago, IL
In many respects, your nonprofit’s insurance program is at the mercy of an underwriter you may never meet. This workshop offers an opportunity to meet the people behind the “curtain,” take a behind the scenes factory “tour” and find out how insurance comes to life. Members of the panel will share stories about insurance applicant missteps and oversteps and take your questions about the process, the coverage and the industry.
“Money, Money, Money” - Transitioning to Financial Sustainability
Moderator: Thomas D. Bonomo, First Nonprofit Insurance Company, Baltimore, MD
Featuring: Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq. (BIO), eCratchit, Inc., Braintree, MA and Andreason Brown (BIO), Donors Forum, Chicago, IL
When the financial statements of a nonprofit reveal less than desired results, it is time to take a closer look at the nonprofit’s sources and uses of revenue. Significant changes in the methods and strategies for generating revenue and the nonprofit’s approach to spending are often required to achieve a better bottom line. This session will explore the role of the CFO and CEO in inspiring the governing body’s transition from financial reporting and oversight to the harder but necessary challenge of ensuring financial sustainability.
“Taking Care of Business” - Enterprise Risk Management
Featuring: Diana Del Bel Belluz (BIO), Risk Wise Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Paul Duke, World Vision, Federal Way, WA and Tracy-Elizabeth Clay (BIO), Teach For America, Chicago, IL
The intent of enterprise risk management (ERM) is to enable an organization to advance its mission in an environment of continuing uncertainty. Over the past decade ERM has been gaining traction across the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. But how can you tell when your nonprofit is ready for ERM? How do you get started? What are standard metrics for measuring success? What standards, frameworks and tools can help? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get advice from a panel of executives who are implementing ERM in their respective nonprofit organizations. Hear firsthand from pioneering ERM leaders and about what ERM can and can’t do.
12 pm-1 pm — Conference Luncheon
1:15 pm-2:45 pm — CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
“Double Vision” - Managing Conflicts of Interest
Featuring: Debbie Johnson (BIO), American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA and Woods Bowman (BIO), DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Attend this workshop to gain a nuanced and practical view about conflicts of interest in a nonprofit organization. Conflicts of interest arise in every nonprofit. The difference is whether leaders choose to manage them or ignore them. Learn how to develop a fit-to-suit approach to surfacing and managing conflicts of interest, including those that have the potential to bolster your mission in the long-term.
“Livin' on a Prayer” - Developing a Risk-Aware Culture
Featuring: Ann Shanklin (BIO), Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group, Santa Cruz, CA
Governance expert Nancy Axelrod’s proclamation that “culture… trumps strategy” is a truism when it comes to risk management in a nonprofit organization. An impressive new risk management policy may be “DOA” when determined staff and volunteers have a “workaround” plan in play before the ink on the new policy is dry. This workshop will explore practical strategies for inspiring a deep and lasting commitment to safety and mission-protection in your nonprofit.
“Lyin’ Eyes” — Myths, Trends, and Innovations in Screening and Background Checks
Featuring: Katie Zwetzig, Tandem Select - A Sterling Infosystems Company, Fort Collins, CO
The applicant pool for paid and volunteer positions in nonprofit organizations includes some individuals whose backgrounds render them unsuitable for service. And although leading organizations now have decades of experience developing and implementing screening protocols, the industry has evolved a great deal since the early days when background check meant a long wait and a big price tag. Attend this workshop to learn about the myths associated with screening, recent innovations in the industry, legal and regulatory changes affecting the use of information gleaned through background checks, and best practices for employee and volunteer screening.
“With A Little Help From My Friends” - Managing Social Media Risk and Reward
Featuring: Chris Croll (BIO), Croll Ventures and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA
This workshop will explore how best to protect an organization from any number of risks that are unique to social networks. Learn how to get--and stay--educated on the risks, how to integrate social-specific clauses into current risk management policies, engage input from a cross-sections of users, create clearly defined objectives for using social media, and establish sustainable strategies for monitoring social media use and anticipating misuse.
2:45 pm-3 pm — Refreshments and Networking
3 pm-4 pm — Closing Plenary Session
Closing Plenary - “All That Jazz”
Featuring: Connie L. Lindsey (BIO), Executive Vice President, Northern Trust, Chicago, IL
The most effective leaders in both corporate America and the nonprofit sector bring wisdom, courage and an appetite for risk-taking to their roles. And leading a 21st Century business or nonprofit requires passion and talent as well as great "choreography." Connie Lindsey, is a seasoned risk-taker in both worlds. As EVP and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust in Chicago, Ms. Lindsey leads the firm's response to environmental matters and social issues in the marketplace, workplace and community. As National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, Ms. Lindsey has served in a leadership role in the transformation of the organization. With a "laser-like" focus on sustainable membership growth and ensuring that its members receive a premier leadership development experience, there is no doubt that her efforts "to get her there" will do just that. Attend the closing plenary at the 2012 RISK SUMMIT to hear the risk-taking lessons and insights from an experienced and inspired leader who is at home in the spot light and on the hot seat.