2013 Risk SUMMIT for Nonprofits
Sunday to Tuesday, August 25-27, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
2 pm-6 pm — Registration
3 pm-6 pm — Exhibit set-up
3:30 pm-5:30 pm — Pre-Conference Workshops
Top 10 Legal Risks in 2013
Featuring: Melanie Lockwood Herman (BIO), Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA
Exposure to liability is a reality of nonprofit life. Yet there is nothing to be gained from fearing a lawsuit from a client, a donor, a volunteer or another stakeholder. Attend this workshop to learn about 10 legal exposures facing your nonprofit and the practical must-do steps to minimize your exposure to loss, and ensure a well-armed defense.
Top 10 Risk Lessons from Tech Disasters
Featuring: Mimi Kantor (BIO), Database Designs Associates, Inc, Boston, MA
Cyber crisis events appear daily in the national and local news, and mission-strong nonprofits are far from immune to tech-age risks and crises. Attend this workshop to explore the 10 most likely tech disasters your nonprofit faces. Learn the steps you should take to double your digital defenses, reduce the likelihood of a crisis, and demonstrate to your board, senior management team and partners in service that you have tech risk exposures under control.
Top Five Youth Protection Strategies
Featuring: Michael Gurtler (BIO), Safe-Wise Consulting, Bar Harbor, ME
Do youth protection policies truly reduce the likelihood of misconduct, or simply support a vigorous defense of claims by a nonprofit? This workshop takes a hard look at youth protection practices in best-in-class nonprofits. The presenter will explore the components of a comprehensive youth protection program and discuss the need for adaptations based on your nonprofit's mission, program mix, personnel and participants. Find out how to turn policies that support a defense to legal claims into a program that increases the safety of your participants, staff and mission.
6 pm-7:30 pm — Opening Reception
7:30 pm-9:30 pm — Movie Night
Monday, August 26, 2013
8 am-5 pm — Registration
8 am-9 am — Breakfast and Exhibits
9 am-10:15 am — Opening Plenary Session
Forged by Fiscal Fear: Anticipating and Adapting to Stakeholder Concerns
Scott Harshbarger, former Massachusetts Attorney General, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Risk SUMMIT. Throughout his lengthy record of public service, including teaching at Harvard Law School and serving as President and CEO of the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause, Scott developed a distinctive perspective on nonprofit governance and fiscal oversight, a perspective enhanced by his current extensive nonprofit and corporate governance practice as Senior Counsel at Proskauer.
Nonprofit leaders today face unprecedented scrutiny by an array of interested stakeholders, from regulatory agencies to donors to watchdog groups. As the demands on nonprofits for performance metrics and accountability escalate, most of the intense scrutiny of nonprofits is focused on fundraising, spending and fiscal oversight, and the ethical and fiduciary responsibilities of leaders. Scott’s keynote will lead listeners through the fire of stakeholder concern, sparking discussion of the top 5 fiscal oversight challenges faced by nonprofit leaders today. Join Scott as he douses the flame of fiscal fear and explains how to capably anticipate stakeholder concerns, forge fiscal and governance oversight practices that are sustainable and transparent, and turn them into leadership opportunities, doing good AND doing it well.
10:45 am-12:15 pm — Concurrent Workshops
Ask the CPAs
Featuring: Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq. (BIO), eCratchit, Inc., Braintree, MA, Debbie Johnson (BIO), American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA, Stephen M. Snow (BIO), Leonard, Mulherin & Green, P.C., Braintree, MA and Paul A. Leonard (BIO), Leonard, Mulherin & Green, P.C., Braintree, MA
This session offers you a chance to pose your toughest finance or accounting questions to a panel of nonprofit finance experts. From making the most of an independent audit, to different approaches to recording gifts, this panel of CPAs is ready to talk numbers and strategy. Before taking your questions, each panelist will share insight on a challenge facing nonprofit finance professionals, and how they would approach the challenge to ensure the best possible result for the organization.
Digital Demons: Managing the Risk of Privacy Breaches and Cyber Losses
Featuring: Matt Prevost (BIO), Philadelphia Insurance, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Attend this workshop to learn about cyber and privacy-related risks that arise from the storage of confidential and personal information in cloud applications and on virtual networks. Learn tips for reducing the risk of privacy breaches, and find out what action steps are required and advised when a breach occurs.
Magic Tricks: Making Risk Management Training Fun
Featuring: Paul Samson (BIO), JGS Insurance, Holmdel, NJ
Training can make or break a risk management program. Unfortunately, many staff/volunteer risk management training programs are tedious and uninspired. Have you ever wondered if your training is engaging and effective? This workshop offers a highly interactive showcase of tricks to make risk management training fun, thought-provoking and memorable.
No Comment Means Crisis: Effective Crisis Communications
Featuring: Stephen Drachler (BIO), Drachler and Associates, Harrisburg, PA
A simple "no comment" remark can make matters worse for a nonprofit facing a crisis. The cost of a spokesperson saying "no comment" includes loss of credibility and harm to your nonprofit's reputation. The presenter for this workshop will discuss how nonprofit leaders can respond quickly and effectively when bad news strikes. Learn how to replace "no comment" with confidence and a crisis communications strategy.
Top 10 International Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations
Featuring: Jeff Glassie (BIO), Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Washington, DC
Whether your nonprofit has an office overseas, aspires to do business in far-off regions of the world, sells publications internationally, or conducts meetings in other countries, you've got risk that arises from doing business outside the United States. Attend this workshop to hear about key legal principles to understand when conducting global activities, including tax issues, contracting, intellectual property, export controls and embargoes, and more.
12:15 pm-1:45 pm — LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:45 pm-3:15 pm — Concurrent Workshops
Ask the Underwriters
Featuring: Phil Shirk (BIO), Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, OH, Robin Holliday (BIO), Charity First Insurance Services, Inc., San Francisco, CA, Lisa Prinz (BIO), Harleysville Insurance, Harleysville, PA and Michael A. Schraer (BIO), Chubb Specialty Insurance, Warren, NJ
The world of insurance underwriting can be confusing and frustrating to nonprofit leaders who must live with the consequences of underwriting decisions. Attend this session to ask the wizards of nonprofit underwriting your toughest questions about coverage terms and pricing in today's "hardening" insurance market.
CFO & Risk Manager Superheroes
Featuring: Debbie Johnson (BIO), American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA, Carolyn Hayes-Gulston (BIO), National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York, NY and Neal McCord (BIO), Director, Give Kids The World, Inc. Kissimmee, FL
What does it take to be a superhero in the worlds of nonprofit finance and risk management? Are the qualities of a risk champion within reach or out of this world? Attend this session to harness the power of your inner risk champion, and leap from the board room to volunteer orientation while avoiding kryptonite.
OSHA is Not a Four Letter Word
Featuring: Michael Gurtler (BIO), Safe-Wise Consulting, Bar Harbor, ME
OSHA regulations often seem daunting to nonprofit leaders who are nonetheless committed to providing a safe workplace for staff and volunteers. This fast-paced workshop offers an introduction to the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSH Act) regulations and insight on how they pertain to nonprofits. You'll leave this workshop with greater confidence, ready to ensure a high level of compliance and a safe workplace at your organization.
Risk in the Cloud: Lessons from Icarus
Featuring: Peter Persuitti (BIO), Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, IL and Deacon Bill Koniers (BIO), CathoNet, Hudson, NH
Are you leery of cloud computing? Many nonprofit leaders are considering the upsides of cloud computing, but remain concerned about data security. Before flying too close to the sun, attend this workshop to explore common mistakes nonprofit leaders make when ascending to the cloud. This workshop offers actionable tips to smooth your transition to the cloud.
Serving up Risk Appetite to the Nonprofit Board
Featuring: Diana Del Bel Belluz (BIO), Risk Wise Inc., Toronto, Ontario
The goal of this workshop is to enlighten nonprofit leaders on a poorly understood topic: risk appetite. Attend this workshop to learn how to articulate and apply a risk appetite statement to drive appropriate risk-taking and risk management at your nonprofit. Through a combination of presentation and role-playing, this session will explore how hungry your nonprofit is to take mission-advancing risks.
3:30 pm-5 pm — Concurrent Workshops
Ask the Lawyers
Featuring: Jeff Glassie (BIO), Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Washington, DC, Bob Smith (BIO), DeMoura Smith LLP, Boston, MA and Denise Murphy, Rubin and Rudman LLP
Every nonprofit needs a little legal advice to steer clear of trouble. We've assembled a panel of lawyers to answer your toughest questions about legal risks. After sharing their thoughts on top legal exposures, panelists will provide the guidance you need to close the gap between fully exposed and confidently prepared.
Cooking Up ERM Governance and Oversight
Featuring: Diana Del Bel Belluz (BIO), Risk Wise Inc., Toronto, Ontario and Melanie Lockwood Herman (BIO), Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA
Whether you've got the ingredients for a solid operational risk management function, or you're on the verge of serving up an enterprise risk management program, don't forget risk oversight. Like a leavening agent in your favorite baked good, risk oversight is key to success. In this workshop, Melanie Lockwood Herman and Diana Del Bel Belluz will explore who is responsible for risk oversight in a nonprofit, and the strategies available to help your risk oversight body discharge its responsibilities.
Financial Storytelling: Captivating Stakeholders with Financial Results
Featuring: Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq. (BIO), eCratchit, Inc., Braintree, MA
Although spreadsheets are a CFO's best friend, the stakeholders of a nonprofit need more than columns of numbers to understand a nonprofit's financial story. This workshop presents innovative approaches to financial storytelling that will keep the attention and interest of your board, institutional funders and other stakeholder audiences. Attend this workshop to hear examples of engaging financial stories and expert tips on recognizing the needs of your listeners.
Insurance Market Forecast
Featuring: Bruce Cohen (BIO), CPCU, Marsh, Washington DC
Do you want the full scoop on the changing appetites of insurers and reinsurers? Ever wonder how economic events impact the availability and pricing of commercial coverage? Attend this workshop for a fast-paced update on the sometimes mysterious, but never dull commercial insurance marketplace.
Property Insurance & Property Records: Exploring the Connection
Featuring: Mark Hessel (BIO), HCA Asset Management, Milwaukee, WI
Balancing the requirements of asset management for financial reporting and property insurance does not always need to be accomplished with two, separate functions. What insurers need and what your auditor is looking for may not be as far apart as you think – they both start with accurate records. This interactive session will begin with a fundamental description of reporting objectives and a discussion of the benefits associated with maintaining accurate records of your property – for both financial reporting and property insurance.
5:30 pm-7 pm — Reception
7 pm-8:30 pm — Concert featuring “DRIVE”
Performance by DRIVE
Let the good times roll at the Risk SUMMIT! Join us for a performance by DRIVE, a rockin’ band playing tribute to The Cars. Don’t miss the opportunity to see lead singer Mary Beth Cronin portray Ric Ocasek, front man of The Cars. DRIVE will ‘shake it up’ as they bring us back to the 80’s.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
8 am-9 am — Breakfast & Exhibits
8 am-2 pm — Registration
9:15 am-10:30 am — Concurrent Workshops
ERM in a Culture of Innovation: Developing TFA's Risk Appetite Statement
Featuring: Tara Thomas (BIO), Teach For America, Chicago, IL
During the past two years, Teach For America (TFA) has been implementing an enterprise risk management (ERM) program with support and coaching from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. This workshop explores TFA's ERM journey, with an emphasis on the development of TFA's risk appetite statement. Find out how a large, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization developed a custom ERM framework and defined the organization's risk appetite.
If Honesty is the Best Policy, Why is Dishonesty Commonplace?
Featuring: Thomas P. O’Neill (BIO), Hanover Insurance, Worcester, MA
If honesty is the best policy, why do so many executives, boards, and employees fall into the traps of denial and deceit? Participants in this interactive workshop will examine the personal and organizational dynamics that tempt us to bend or abandon our integrity for what we believe is in the best interest of our nonprofit's mission. This workshop explores the devastating effects of "white lies" and the surprisingly powerful effects of full disclosure and transparency.
Top 10 HR Risks
Featuring: Sonya Llewellyn (BIO), 501 (c) Agencies Trust, Cupertino, CA
From the disgruntled applicant, to the vengeful departing employee, hiring paid staff exposes a nonprofit to a wide range of HR risks. Attend this session to learn about costly HR risks. Participants will learn how to avoid mistakes, respond appropriately when bad behavior rears its ugly head, and be primed for emerging or evolving exposures.
10:45 am-12 pm — Concurrent Workshops
Managing Fraud Risk: The Real Fraud Flatfoots
Featuring: Alan J. Goldberg (BIO), Triplet Advisory Services, North Attleboro, MA
Occupational fraud is a behind the scenes crime committed by colleagues we know and trust. Attend this workshop to learn the truth about who commits fraud and how it is most often uncovered. This presenter will address fraud myths and the internal controls and other practices that are essential to reduce the risk of fraud and ensure its prompt detection in a nonprofit.
Managing the Risk of Reputation Ruin
Featuring: Shaun Adamec (BIO), Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Quincy, MA
Who puts out the fire when your stakeholders get upset? When an accusatory tweet or blog post hits the cyber airwaves, how do you save face? Attend this workshop to learn how to stabilize and rebuild your nonprofit's reputation during times of crisis or stakeholder unrest.
The Risk Management Function: Custom Fit versus Ready Made
Featuring: Melanie Lockwood Herman (BIO), Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Leesburg, VA
What does risk management look like in your nonprofit? From risk management departments, to risk managers who reports to CFOs, the risk management function takes many forms for many reasons. This workshop explores how risk management comes to life in nonprofits of varied missions and sizes. Attend this session to learn how others deliver on the promise to protect assets and free up resources for mission-advancing programs and services.
Understanding Strategic Risk: Building Stronger Boards Through Business Model Thinking
Featuring: Jeff De Cagna (BIO), Principled Innovation LLC, Reston, VA
With so many nonprofit organizations struggling to govern effectively, there is a great opportunity to rethink the work of boards going forward. A central element of "the new work of governing" is embracing business model stewardship as the most important expression of the board's fiduciary responsibility. This session will explore what boards, CEOs and C-Suite leaders need to know about business model thinking, and how it can help them develop a deeper understanding of the strategic risks facing their organizations.
12:15 pm-2 pm — Exhibits and Closing Luncheon
Performance by Caravan of Thieves
This year’s Risk SUMMIT will close on a high note, with a spirited performance by the band, Caravan of Thieves. The quartet’s gypsy jazz rhythms and stories are guaranteed to make you smile. The performance will follow a final opportunity to network with our generous conference sponsors. Enjoy a bountiful lunch buffet, fruitful conversations with fellow attendees, and an unforgettable performance by four extraordinary musicians before you leave Boston.