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Melanie Herman to Speak in Maine- December 2, 2011

by Abbie McGilvery

Location: The Iris Network, Portland

The nationally recognized director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, Melanie Herman, will be presenting two back-to-back trainings to Maine’s nonprofit community:

Morning Session: (9:00 am- Noon) Strategic Hiring, Supervision and Performance Management

A compelling mission and a team of enthusiastic professionals provide a great foundation for organizational success. But the sustained effectiveness of an organization and its ability to seize opportunities to grow are compromised without careful attention to how staff are selected, trained, coached and supervised. This workshop explores practical human resource management strategies for each phase of the employment lifecycle, beginning with hiring do’s and don’ts that increase (or jeopardize) the odds of hiring staff who meet your needs.

The program will continue with a presentation and discussion on the core elements of performance management, including:

Creating shared expectations and buy-in

Holding staff accountable


Conducting performance reviews

Managing workplace conflict

Understanding, addressing and exploiting generational differences in the workplace

Discipline and separation

Afternoon Session: (1:00pm – 4:00 pm) Show Me the Money!  Financial Risk Management

Most nonprofit leaders recognize that managing finance-related risks is an important responsibility. And many are aware of the big risks they face, including loss of a major funding source, penalties for non-compliance with regulatory requirements at the like. What’s lacking in many nonprofit board rooms and executive offices is confidence about whether the organization has its bases “covered.” This workshop outlines an approach to identifying key finance-related risks and practical steps to fill the gaps. Most importantly, this program offers strategies for inspiring confidence among the nonprofit’s top leaders that the organization’s “house” is indeed in order.

For more information please contact Abbie McGilvery by email:

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