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Governance Today: What's the Risk?Date: March 7, 2012Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, OH 43604 Driving Directions:
Parking Information: The library opens for the general public at the following times:
Please park in the parking garage below the library accessible from Adams Street. You will be able to enter the library through the garage entrance early for workshop registration. All other entrances will open at 9am or 12pm respectively. Your parking will be validated only if you park in the library garage.
Presented by: Melanie Herman, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Workshop Description: Every nonprofit leader knows that boards govern by holding sometimes endless meetings and adopting official “policies.” But what distinguishes minimal governance practices from “good” or “effective” governance? Attend this workshop to explore the risks associated with ineffective (and often outdated) governance practices. Learn practical tips and suggestions for inspiring state-of-the-art governance at your nonprofit, as well as the importance of a “culture of candor,” true collaboration between the board staff, and the steps needed to turn a board that meets from time to time into a board that focuses on advancing the mission of an organization.
Target Audience: This workshop is suitable for senior staff as well as board members from nonprofits.
Bio: 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 more than a dozen comprehensive (and comprehensible!) guides on various risk management topics, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations simply unwilling to leave success to chance. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
In August 2011, Melanie was named to the 14th annual NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, a list of “the 50 most influential executives in the sector for the previous 12 months … selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector.” This is Melanie’s third appearance on the NPT Power & Influence Top 50: she was first recognized in 2007 and then again in 2008.
In May 2010, Melanie was appointed to serve on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (www.fasb.org). Information about the Committee and FASB can be found by clicking here.
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 serves as Chair of the Administrative Council, and is a lay speaker and organist of her church.