2013 Risk SUMMIT for Nonprofits

Sunday to Tuesday, August 25-27, 2013

 

Main Program Location

Conference Program

Sunday, August 25, 2013

2 pm-6 pm — Registration

3 pm-6 pm — Exhibit set-up

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Melanie Lockwood Herman

In a world that is fraught with danger, it is comforting to know that Melanie Lockwood Herman is holding on tight to the handlebars of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. The Center provides training, technical assistance and informational resources to help nonprofits take a practical approach to managing risk so that they can fulfill their missions and stay out of trouble.

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.

On August 1, 2013, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, the 16th annual “celebration of the executives moving and shaping the nonprofit world.” This is Melanie’s fifth appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

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 (www.fasb.org).

A calculated risk taker, Melanie loves raw fish, scalding coffee, and riding her 2009 Buell Blast, 1964 Norton Electra or 1970 BSA Bantam motorcycles (she always wears her helmet). She also embraces risk by serving on three nonprofit boards. To be on the safe side, she is a certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.


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Mimi Kantor

Mimi's diverse professional background spans industries including large cultural nonprofits, marketing firms, photography, film, music and website development and design is coupled with a M.A. in Media Studies and Film from the New School.  Mimi has a robust record of success in CRM and web project management, nonprofit event and business operations management and as an independent WordPress consultant. Current she serves as CRM Practice/Account Manager at Database Designs, a boutique nonprofit technology consulting firm based in Boston. Mimi works with clients and the Database Designs team of CRM developers to provide a smooth progression of a project from conception through to completion.


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Michael Gurtler

Mike Gurtler is a risk management professional who enjoyed 25 years as a YMCA professional before forming Safe-Wise Consulting in 2007. Safe-Wise works with nonprofits all over the US helping to nurture sound safety and risk management practices. Mike subscribes to the Center’s broad but practical approach to risk management and tries to avoid being type-cast as an expert who tells people what they cannot do. Mike is a key team member in the Center’s youth-protection, aquatic safety and recreation consulting practice. According to Mike, “I think the challenge for insightful risk consulting is being able to say “Yes” in a responsible way that is acceptable to the organization and its mission.” Mike has produced a substantial body of topical resources on various risk management topics and is a capable and popular trainer and presenter.

Mike lives in Maine with his family: Michele (spouse of 17 years), Mason (son of 9 years going on 30), Bella (the dog) and Lucy (a very independent cat). The Gurtler family braves the New England winters in order to enjoy the mountains, lakes, ocean and small town community living. An avid basketball player, Mike can often be found at the local Y chasing after his errant shot attempts and setting up orange safety cones.


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.

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Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq.

Ed has over 30 years of experience providing audit, accounting and consulting services to hundreds of nonprofit clients. He is an expert in nonprofit financial management and accounting is a frequent speaker on a range of nonprofit finance matters at conferences and schools each year. Ed and his Team are extremely mission driven and take great pride in helping their clients achieve their mission thru strong financial management.

Ed is the Founder of  eCratchit, a revolutionary concept for web based bookkeeping and accounting services. The company currently has 25 employees and has worked with hundreds of nonprofit clients located nationwide.

Ed is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a CPA


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Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson is Chief Financial Officer for the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes.  She joined the Association in 1998 after developing an extensive background at KPMG in auditing and consulting for nonprofit organizations.

 Since taking the lead as Chief Financial Officer in 2005, Debbie has spearheaded numerous campaigns to streamline and automate the Association's financial practices to reduce overhead and expedite the flow of funds to key Association programs.  She believes that a critical part of her job is to find the right balance ensuring the Association complies with required laws and regulations while still enabling the organization to operate efficiently.  This perspective is directly relevant to her role as staff liaison to the Association’s Board Conflict of Interest SubCommittee.

 Debbie is a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband and three fabulous sons.


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Stephen M. Snow

Steve is a partner at the accounting firm of Leonard, Mulherin & Greene, P.C. (LMG), located in Braintree, Massachusetts, and has over 25 years of experience providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to a wide range of nonprofit organizations that are subject to various state and federal reporting requirements. Prior to joining LMG in 2001, Steve was a senior manager in the public services audit practices of KPMG and Deloitte.

Steve is a graduate of Boston College and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts CPA Society, where he serves on the Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Committee.  In addition, Steve is currently the treasurer of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Massachusetts and a past Board member of Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, Hingham High School Rowing Association and Hingham Youth Soccer. Steve is also a member of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.  


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Paul A. Leonard

A CPA, attorney, and a founding partner of Leonard, Mulherin & Greene, P.C., Certified Public Accountants, Paul graduated with honors from Bentley University with a B.S. in Accountancy and cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Paul brings his experience in accounting, finance and the law to a diverse group of non-profit organizations and closely held business entities. Drawing on his experience and firm resources, he delivers a proactive mix of traditional accounting, auditing, and tax related services to his clients. Paul also provides various management consulting services that include business formation and planning, regulatory analysis and planning, financial analysis of contractual agreements, projection and cash flow analysis and litigation support.


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Matt Prevost

Matt Prevost is an Assistant Vice President in Philadelphia Insurance Companies’ Management and Professional Liability Division. He is the Product Manager for both the Cyber and Miscellaneous Professional Liability Products, responsible for the nationwide underwriting, training, production and claims management for both products. He has been with Philadelphia for nine years; handling exclusively D&O, E&O and Cyber Liability. Matt holds an RPLU designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and is a certified continuing education instructor for insurance agents in over 35 states . He is a graduate of Lafayette College with a degree in International Economics and Commerce. He also studied International Finance at Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Dijon in Dijon, France. Matt and his wife currently reside in Ardmore, PA. Outside of work, Matt enjoys golfing, skiing and fishing. He is also involved in the Lafayette Lacrosse Alumni Association.


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Paul Samson

Paul Samson is a 19 year insurance industry veteran.  His experience has included Claims, Loss Control, Marketing and Underwriting.  He has held positions in standard market carriers, specialty programs and captives.  He has served in a leadership role for more than 10 years and has a unique approach to the business of Risk Management. As a founding member of the ASSE Hospitality Specialty Practice and long term provider of Non Profit Risk Management services, Paul has traveled North America delivering on the promise that we can make risk management a pleasant experience for our customers. Paul has achieved the following credentials: Certified Safety Professional, Certified Fire Protections Specialist, Associate in Risk Management, Certified Fire Sprinkle Inspector, Level 1 Thermographer, Level 1 Fire Fighter, P&C Adjusters License, P&C Agents License as well as a Masters Degree in Loss Prevention and Safety.  Paul’s long term goals include the completion of his CPCU and PhD. 


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Stephen Drachler

Stephen Drachler is a common-sense communicator who helps organizations overcome public relations challenges in the court of public opinion. He is an expert in crisis communications. He helps organizations create strategic and authentic messages that cut through the clutter in today’s crowded communications marketplace.

An award-winning journalist who covered state and national politics, he served as spokesperson, media strategist, and crisis communications counsel for The United Methodist Church and its worldwide Council of Bishops. He served as the press secretary and chief communications strategist for a major political organization. In his consulting practice, he works with a broad range of clients, using strategic communication strategies to position them for success. He has helped individuals and organizations weather all types of crises, ranging from allegations of sexual misconduct, to financial mismanagement, to working closely with a United Methodist congregation located less than a mile from the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012. He is based in Harrisburg, Pa.


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Jeff Glassie

Jeff Glassie represents associations and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of legal matters, including antitrust, tax, certification, accreditation, contracts, employment, merger, intellectual property and corporate issues. Mr. Glassie has concentrated in the field of nonprofit membership organizations for over 30 years and provides a broad range of legal advice to nonprofit and tax exempt organizations, and to trade, professional, and membership associations. Additionally, he counsels on Board of Directors, Executive Committee, governance matters, including Bylaws, policies such as conflicts of interest, as well as officer and director nominations, elections, removals, and ethical and fiduciary duty matters.


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

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Phil Shirk

Phillip A. Shirk joined Great American Insurance Group’s Specialty Human Services Division as a Divisional Vice President in August 2011. Mr. Shirk joined Great American from Liberty Mutual where he recently held the title of Senior Director for Commercial General Liability and Construction teams. He brings 28 years of insurance product development, underwriting and marketing   management experience to Great American. Since joining SHS Product Management Team he has been instrumental in updating the Abuse or Molestation and Professional coverage forms to industry leading status, and recently coordinated the rollout of SHS new Cyber (Net) product. Mr. Shirk holds a Bachelor degree from the College of Business from The Ohio State University with a major in Insurance and Risk Management. In addition, he has obtained the CPCU, CIC, CRM and APA professional designations.


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Robin Holliday

Robin serves as Workers Compensation Underwriting Manager for Charity First, a specialized insurance program that has been serving non-profit organizations for the past 25 years.

Robin joined Charity First in 2011 to expand the Workers Comp line of business. She has held Home Office, Senior Underwriter and Supervisory positions for a number of insurance carriers throughout her career including Zenith, Industrial Indemnity, Berkshire Hathaway and HIH Insurance. For the past seven years, Robin has focused solely on the non-profit sector and the related insurance challenges they face.  

Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 


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Lisa Prinz

Lisa Prinz is vice president of human services for Harleysville insurance company. In this role, she manages the growth, profitability and development of the company’s human services business. Lisa has earned a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a juris doctor from the Widener University School of Law. She also holds the professional designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU), and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Her outside activities include her position as a board member of Ivy Hill Equestrian Center, a program for special needs children and adults and a board member of the Non Profit Risk Management Center

Lisa currently resides in Limerick, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. 


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Michael A. Schraer

Michael Schraer is Senior Vice President, Global Employment Practices Liability & Not-for-Profit-Manager for Chubb Specialty Insurance (CSI), the Warren, N.J.-based executive protection and professional liability underwriting division of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. In this role he has responsibility for underwriting, management, and new product development in the not-for-profit market area.  Michael joined Chubb in 1989 as an underwriting trainee, was elected Vice President in 2001, and assumed his present position in May 2004.  Since 2007, Michael has been a member of the Board of Directors and is currently President of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) in Leesburg, VA.  NRMC is a nonprofit organization that provides risk management services to community-serving nonprofit organizations.  Michael has a B.S. in marketing and finance from the University of Virginia.


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Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson is Chief Financial Officer for the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes.  She joined the Association in 1998 after developing an extensive background at KPMG in auditing and consulting for nonprofit organizations.

 Since taking the lead as Chief Financial Officer in 2005, Debbie has spearheaded numerous campaigns to streamline and automate the Association's financial practices to reduce overhead and expedite the flow of funds to key Association programs.  She believes that a critical part of her job is to find the right balance ensuring the Association complies with required laws and regulations while still enabling the organization to operate efficiently.  This perspective is directly relevant to her role as staff liaison to the Association’s Board Conflict of Interest SubCommittee.

 Debbie is a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband and three fabulous sons.


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Carolyn Hayes-Gulston

Carolyn Gulston has served as Risk Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the past 16 years.  She has an extensive background in the area of risk management and commercial property and casualty insurance. 

Carolyn has completed the General Insurance Program through the Insurance Institute of America and has obtained her Associate in Risk Management designation as of June, 1999 and has successfully completed an adult degree program through Nyack College in New York where she obtained a bachelor degree in Organizational Management (November, 2006) and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (March, 2010).


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Neal McCord

Neal McCord is the Director of Risk Management and Partnership Development at Give Kids The World Village, a non-profit resort in Central Florida which provides cost-free vacations to children with life–threatening illnesses and their families from all around the world. Neal has been at Give Kids The World for over seven years and previously served as Director of Operations, Director of Facilities, and General Manager. Prior to joining Give Kids The World, Neal held a variety of leadership positions in numerous resorts over a 31 year career at Walt Disney World.

Since Give Kids The World relies so extensively on its huge workforce of Volunteers, Neal believes that pre-screening, training, hands-on involvement, and review and investigation of any and all incidents is critical to managing and mitigating risks.


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Michael Gurtler

Mike Gurtler is a risk management professional who enjoyed 25 years as a YMCA professional before forming Safe-Wise Consulting in 2007. Safe-Wise works with nonprofits all over the US helping to nurture sound safety and risk management practices. Mike subscribes to the Center’s broad but practical approach to risk management and tries to avoid being type-cast as an expert who tells people what they cannot do. Mike is a key team member in the Center’s youth-protection, aquatic safety and recreation consulting practice. According to Mike, “I think the challenge for insightful risk consulting is being able to say “Yes” in a responsible way that is acceptable to the organization and its mission.” Mike has produced a substantial body of topical resources on various risk management topics and is a capable and popular trainer and presenter.

Mike lives in Maine with his family: Michele (spouse of 17 years), Mason (son of 9 years going on 30), Bella (the dog) and Lucy (a very independent cat). The Gurtler family braves the New England winters in order to enjoy the mountains, lakes, ocean and small town community living. An avid basketball player, Mike can often be found at the local Y chasing after his errant shot attempts and setting up orange safety cones.


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Peter Persuitti

Peter Persuitti has been with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. for 12 years and leads its global Nonprofit Practice, orchestrating the deep talent of over 14,000 employees and a Practice that is the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firm specializing in the third sector and serving over 15,000 nonprofit clients.  A former Nonprofit Executive and Education Sector leader, Peter brings a holistic perspective to risk management and operational excellence, a collaborative mindset to solution co-creation with the sector and a sustainable thought leadership reputation to bear.  Peter has been recognized every year as “Power Broker” by Risk & Insurance since the inception of the program in 2007, participated in numerous conference panels, including RIMS and NRMC, and authored many white papers. Within the Gallagher Group of Companies he has been the recipient of numerous recognitions for leadership over the years and today links the many divisions within this fastest growing broker in the world around serving the nonprofit sector with valued insight and innovation. Personally, Peter serves on several nonprofit boards and was instrumental in founding an independent school in Princeton NJ that today is thriving with over 220 boys, grades PK-8.

 


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Deacon Bill Koniers

A native of Philadelphia, PA, and graduate of Philadelphia University, Deacon Koniers, 59, has more than 36 years of experience in global corporate management and operations. He spent 11 years in various management positions with General Electric, and another 11 years with Pirelli North America.

Prior to joining the Diocese of Bridgeport in 2006, Deacon Koniers held senior executive roles with Air Products Healthcare, a $300 million regional provider of ancillary home healthcare products and services, where he implemented a new order-to-cash revenue cycle and far-reaching company-wide change management.He is president of CathoNet, a leading technology innovation company that aligns people, process and technology to better serve the Church.


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Diana Del Bel Belluz

Diana Del Bel Belluz is President and founder of Risk Wise Inc. Since 1990, Diana has been providing advice and support to executive leadership teams and boards who want to achieve more effective, proactive and strategic management and oversight of risk. She is a talented facilitator who helps her clients to custom-design and implement their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program to ‘fit’ their particular business context and unique culture while also ensuring it is compatible with leading ERM standards and practices.  Her forte is helping leaders to solve the people issues associated with bringing ERM to life in their organizations.

Diana advances the practice of ERM through her thought leadership as an educator, conference organizer, speaker, and author of ERM resources including numerous articles, book chapters, and the Risk Management Made Simple Advisorya quarterly publication of ERM implementation tips & resources available at www.riskwise.ca


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.

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Jeff Glassie

Jeff Glassie represents associations and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of legal matters, including antitrust, tax, certification, accreditation, contracts, employment, merger, intellectual property and corporate issues. Mr. Glassie has concentrated in the field of nonprofit membership organizations for over 30 years and provides a broad range of legal advice to nonprofit and tax exempt organizations, and to trade, professional, and membership associations. Additionally, he counsels on Board of Directors, Executive Committee, governance matters, including Bylaws, policies such as conflicts of interest, as well as officer and director nominations, elections, removals, and ethical and fiduciary duty matters.


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Bob Smith

Bob Smith has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years and serves as a
a trusted business advisor to individuals and a diverse group of corporate
and institutional clients in a variety of industries.   Clients value his practical
advice and passion for their cause.

Having served 14 years as Associate General Counsel for Boston University,
Bob focuses his practice on defending claims and providing counsel to a range
of institutions.  He also regularly advises corporations on complex business,
employment, regulatory compliance, and ethics matters.

Bob has successfully conducted numerous trials in state and federal courts,
including business disputes, commercial matters, breach of contract, claims
of employment discrimination and disablilty discrimination, wrongful death, 
abuse and catastrophic injuries.  He also conducts internal investigations and
represents clients during regulatory, agency and other investigations.

A well-respected presenter, Bob regularly appears at national and regional law
conferences, as well as on national webcasts.  He also regularly publishes
articles on issues related to risk management and trial strategy.  Bob is a
member of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, the
National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Federalist
Society.


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Diana Del Bel Belluz

Diana Del Bel Belluz is President and founder of Risk Wise Inc. Since 1990, Diana has been providing advice and support to executive leadership teams and boards who want to achieve more effective, proactive and strategic management and oversight of risk. She is a talented facilitator who helps her clients to custom-design and implement their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program to ‘fit’ their particular business context and unique culture while also ensuring it is compatible with leading ERM standards and practices.  Her forte is helping leaders to solve the people issues associated with bringing ERM to life in their organizations.

Diana advances the practice of ERM through her thought leadership as an educator, conference organizer, speaker, and author of ERM resources including numerous articles, book chapters, and the Risk Management Made Simple Advisorya quarterly publication of ERM implementation tips & resources available at www.riskwise.ca


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Melanie Lockwood Herman

In a world that is fraught with danger, it is comforting to know that Melanie Lockwood Herman is holding on tight to the handlebars of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. The Center provides training, technical assistance and informational resources to help nonprofits take a practical approach to managing risk so that they can fulfill their missions and stay out of trouble.

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.

On August 1, 2013, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, the 16th annual “celebration of the executives moving and shaping the nonprofit world.” This is Melanie’s fifth appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

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 (www.fasb.org).

A calculated risk taker, Melanie loves raw fish, scalding coffee, and riding her 2009 Buell Blast, 1964 Norton Electra or 1970 BSA Bantam motorcycles (she always wears her helmet). She also embraces risk by serving on three nonprofit boards. To be on the safe side, she is a certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.


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Edward M. Mulherin, CPA, Esq.

Ed has over 30 years of experience providing audit, accounting and consulting services to hundreds of nonprofit clients. He is an expert in nonprofit financial management and accounting is a frequent speaker on a range of nonprofit finance matters at conferences and schools each year. Ed and his Team are extremely mission driven and take great pride in helping their clients achieve their mission thru strong financial management.

Ed is the Founder of  eCratchit, a revolutionary concept for web based bookkeeping and accounting services. The company currently has 25 employees and has worked with hundreds of nonprofit clients located nationwide.

Ed is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a CPA


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Bruce Cohen

As managing director, Bruce Cohen is Marsh USA’s International Casualty Leader responsible for client service delivery and coverage placement for our Middle Market segment.Prior, Bruce served as a Multinational Practice Leader for our South Zone operation. Bruce also led Marsh’s National Brokerage and Government Contracting Practices for Marsh’s Washington, DC / Baltimore operation. He continues to manage several global client relationships – primarily those with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) work overseas.

Bruce’s career in risk management and insurance began in Philadelphia in 1989, all with Marsh and legacy firms. Without interruption, he has continued to serve as client executive and client advisor for global accounts in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Bruce recieved a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.


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Mark Hessel

Mr. Hessel has specialized in the appraisal of real and personal property for public entities and nonprofit organizations for over 27 years. The primary purposes of his work have included property insurance and cost accounting/depreciation studies. Clients served include large property carriers, risk pooling organizations, individual units of government and special districts, educational concerns at all levels, and individual nonprofits such as religious institutions and private schools. His responsibilities at Hirons currently include overseeing their national insurance appraisal practice, managing key accounts and devlopment of new business. Affiliated with professional organizations too numeous to list, he was formally educated at the University of WI - Milwaukee


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

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Tara Thomas

Tara Thomas currently lives in Chicago and is the Senior Managing Director, Strategy and Enterprise Risk Management at Teach for America.  In this role, she works with various Teach for America teams, regions and initiatives to determine the greatest untapped opportunities as well as risks associated with the organization’s strategic priorities and operations.  Prior to joining Teach for America, she worked for a social impact strategy firm, ROI Ventures, where she developed market strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises.  Tara is a graduate from the MIT Sloan School of Management where she was a Forte Fellow and Seley Scholar. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, Tara worked for IBM as a Strategy Consultant. Tara graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a dual honors concentration in Economics and Organizational Studies. 


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Thomas P. O

Thomas P. O’Neill MS, Director of Industry Safety with The Hanover Insurance Group, brings a unique perspective to the day-to-day operations of a Human Service s program. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Tom has held positions from direct care worker to executive director. He has a master’s degree in Human Services Leadership and Management and has been an adjunct instructor at Fitchburg State University. Tom is a dynamic, entertaining speaker who has presented at numerous local and national conferences.


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Sonya Llewellyn

Sonya Llewellyn is a human resources professional with an extensive background in the nonprofit sector. Sonya studied at San Jose State University and earned her certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of California Santa Cruz. She concentrated her early career at an organization who served the developmentally disabled.  In 1997 Sonya was invited to join the 501(c) Agencies Trust HR Services Advisory committee. In 1999 Sonya began consulting for 501(c) Agencies Trust.  With over 24 years experience, Sonya has dealt with a full spectrum of human resources issues ranging from internal investigations, to daily problem solving of employee relations. Sonya is a active volunteer at several local nonprofits and is a member of SHRM, NCHRA, and regularly attends conferences for continuing education.


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 (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.

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Alan J. Goldberg

Alan is a risk advisory, internal audit services, and consulting professional who consults in his own practice, Triplet Advisory Services, as well as partnering with two peer, professional services firms. He has helped clients assess risk, strengthen the internal control environment, and improve governance and business processes across a range of industries, including non profit and higher education. He's also conducted employee dishonesty and fraud audits at non-profit programs, uncovering the extent of fraudulent activities, identifying unique exposures, and generating effective control improvements. Previously, Alan was Senior Manager with Control Solutions International, a Risk Advisory & Internal Audit consulting firm, and has held Risk & CFO Advisory roles with BDO Seidman and KPMG LLP, respectively. Alan is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and is an MBA.


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Shaun Adamec

Shaun Adamec serves as Director of Strategic Communications at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, where he oversees the Foundation’s public understanding and demand strategy. Prior, Shaun was Vice President of Communications at City Year, an international nonprofit that deploys teams of young leaders into high-need schools. Shaun guided the organization’s messaging platform and secured national media coverage in outlets such as PBS Frontline, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NBC’s Education Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and others. Previously, Shaun served as Press Secretary for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where as chief spokesperson he managed the communications efforts for 28 state cabinet agencies. Shaun also served as Director of Communications to Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (now Mayor). Shaun consults with organizations in the areas of strategic communications, public speaking, crisis communications and risk management. He holds a BA in Political Science from Providence College and a MA in Government and Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University.


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Melanie Lockwood Herman

In a world that is fraught with danger, it is comforting to know that Melanie Lockwood Herman is holding on tight to the handlebars of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. The Center provides training, technical assistance and informational resources to help nonprofits take a practical approach to managing risk so that they can fulfill their missions and stay out of trouble.

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.

On August 1, 2013, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, the 16th annual “celebration of the executives moving and shaping the nonprofit world.” This is Melanie’s fifth appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

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 (www.fasb.org).

A calculated risk taker, Melanie loves raw fish, scalding coffee, and riding her 2009 Buell Blast, 1964 Norton Electra or 1970 BSA Bantam motorcycles (she always wears her helmet). She also embraces risk by serving on three nonprofit boards. To be on the safe side, she is a certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.


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Alexandra Ricketts

Alex joined the Center as Project Manager in June 2013. As Project Manager, Alex supports and leads consulting projects involving complex nonprofit organization clients. Her responsibilities include writing and editing reports, policies, training materials, and other resources that support “best in class” risk management programs. Alex is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a B.A. in Communication. Throughout her college years she was an active volunteer in various nonprofit organizations, and also served as a broadcast news anchor for the Virginia Tech student television station and a feature writer for HerCampus.com, an online magazine for college women.

 


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Jeff De Cagna

Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE is chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC and the association community’s leading voice for innovation. After serving as an association executive for more than a decade, Jeff founded Principled Innovation LLC in 2002 to challenge association boards, CEOs and C-Suite executives to build their organizations to thrive in an uncertain future. He is an author, speaker and advisor to associations across North America and around the world.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Jeff earned a master’s degree from Harvard University. Jeff also holds an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and he is an alumnus of the prestigious Oxford Scenarios Programme at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. Jeff has also completed the BoardSource Leadership Certificate for Nonprofit Board Chairs.


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 and Alexandra Ricketts (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.

 Caravan of Gypsies