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Join us on December 9th for PART 2: Managing Talent and Culture Challenges in 2021

The past several months have reminded us that change is a reality that ushers in all kinds of uncertainties that trigger both risks and opportunities. Organizations benefit when their boards and management teams embrace change as the "new normal" and run with its advantages. 

To help non-profit organization leaders and their boards embrace the opportunities that change presents, we are pleased to host our 3rd annual 3-part on-line workshop series on ERM in Non-Profit Organizations: Embracing Change as the New Normal. Each fall individuals leading risk management and strategic planning efforts at non-profit organizations and members of non-profit boards come together to share their insights about managing the unfolding issues in 2021 that continue to emerge during these uncertain times and lessons being learned for moving forward.

This year's workshop will focus on these key issues:

  • Integrating risk insights when designing strategies and developing budgets for the future.
  • Nurturing culture and talent to deal with the opportunities and challenges of the "new normal" hybrid workforce.
  • Embracing innovation and technology while managing the ever-present cyber risk.
  • And more!


This annual workshop is designed for individuals who  have risk management-related responsibilities (e.g., leaders of existing and emerging ERM programs, institutional compliance, internal audit, general counsel, and other related and supporting roles) and the executives and board members to whom they report at a non-profit organization. More than one individual may attend from the same organization.


  • Adjusting how we think about the “new normal” to embrace the realities that the environment will constantly change – what are the implications to how we should be thinking about risk management?
  • Evaluating how non-profit organizations managed risk through the pandemic – what positive risk management learnings need to be carried forward in a post-pandemic world?
  • Looking ahead 3-5 years – what risks are emerging that should be on our “watch lists”?
  • Examining the intersection of ERM and compliance – how should ERM and compliance functions collaborate?
  • Seeking to be a forward-thinking leader – What ways can innovation be embedded in ERM programs?
  • Leveraging lessons learned from the corporate sector – what are emerging ERM areas of focus among those in the for-profit sector?
  • Exploring online tools in the recently released Getting Started with ERM, A Guide for Nonprofits.
  • Plus more!


Each session will consist of a blend of speakers, interactive Q&A and participant commentary, and opportunities for participant discussions with one another in smaller group breakout rooms. It is fast-paced and loaded with rich content.

DECEMBER 9, 2021 | PART 2: Managing Talent and Culture Challenges in 2021

2:00 - 2:05 PM
Welcome Back and Recap of Part 1 and Overview of Part 2
Mark S. Beasley, KPMG Professor of Accounting & Director of the ERM Initiative | NC State University
Melissa Musser, Partner | GRF CPAs & Advisors

2:05-2:35 PM
Understanding Talent and Culture Realities as 2022 Approaches
Beth Ritter, Professor of Practice-Human Resources |  NC State University

Beth will highlight a number of challenges triggered by 18+ months of dealing with a pandemic as organizations seek to attract and retain a talented workforce and as they hope to create the kind of culture that will advance their mission and vision. Beth will highlight examples of how organizations are responding to this ever-evolving risk.

2:35-3:15 PM
Creating Risk Resiliency Teams to Address
Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer at UNLV (recently retired)

Barbee will highlight a number of important issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion impacting all organizations, including not-for-profit organizations. Barbee will outline issues that executives of not-for-profit organizations can consider as they respond to these important issues.

3:15-3:30 PM
Breakout Room Discussions
What are your organizations biggest talent and culture challenges and what strategies are being used to address those challenges?

3:30-3:50 PM
Creating Risk Resiliency Teams to Address Talent and Culture Risks
Paula Herman, Director of Human Resources | Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) County Government

Paula will describe how her organization created multi-functional Risk Resiliency Teams to conduct a deep dive of talent and culture related risks to better understand the root cause issues and to determine what additional risk responses might be implemented to better manage the related risks. She will describe how the Teams reported their deep dive findings to the County’s management-level risk committee.

3:50-4:00 PM
Overview of Top Risks on the Minds of Executives of Not-for-Profit Organizations for 2022 and 2031
Mark Beasley | NC State University

The ERM Initiative conducts an annual survey of top risks on the minds of executives for the upcoming 12 months and for a decade out. Mark will share insights about top risks on the minds of executives of not-for-profit organizations for 2022 and 2031 from this just released report.

4:00 PM
Wrap Up and Overview of Part 3
Trevor Williams, Partner | GRF CPAs & Advisors

Theme for Part 3 Include:

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 | DAY 3:  Enhancing the Engagement of the Board in Risk Oversight

This session will focus on techniques for communicating risk information to the board of directors to benefit from their insights about risks on the horizon.



This workshop qualifies as one of our Foundations workshops for those interested in obtaining the ERM Fellows designation.


To view our detailed refund and cancellation policy, click here or email or call 919-513-0901.

Please note:  There is no partial refund if you register for all three workshops at the discounted price of $299 if you are unable to attend a session.

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Event Essentials
  • Dates

    December 9, 2021
    February 24, 2022

    2:00 pm

  • Cost



    2.0 CPE per session
    6.0 CPE for all three sessions

    In order to receive the full 2.0 CPE credit per session, participants will be required to respond to at least 3 polling questions per CPE credit hour and participate in break-out discussions.

    FIELD OF STUDY | Management Services:  Enterprise Risk Management

    PROGRAM LEVEL |  Basic
    DELIVERY METHOD | Group Internet Based

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