Melanie Herman explains why risk leadership is important with regards to providing guidance in matters of uncertainty. She also discusses common misconceptions about risk management, how the pandemic has changed companies’ perceptions and implementation of risk management positions as well as the five attributes necessary for a great risk management leader.
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Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center
A prolific author of more than a dozen comprehensive books and resource guides on various risk management topics, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars and keynote presentations for a number of organizations. 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 2021, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, whose editor has described her as “…the most in-demand expert in the nonprofit risk field…” and “the architect of the risk plans of some of the nation’s largest nonprofits.” This is Melanie’s 13th appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2020.
In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of three national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services Assembly and Camp Fire. Melanie is the former chair of the Legal Section Council of ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership, and during 2010-2013 she served on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
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