AFERM Newsletter, Issue 26, June 2018

This is the 26th issue of the quarterly AFERM Newsletter! It includes 3 thought leadership articles from ERM practitioners with King County, Washington, AOC Solutions and Navigator Solutions, and the George Washington University.

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President’s Corner

A Look Back Over A Busy Year

By Peggy Sherry

As we enter the waning weeks of summer, I too enter the last months in my service as AFERM President. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year, working with such a talented and committed Board of Directors and am so thankful for the support of our Committees and initiative teams. They have dedicated many hours to advancing federal enterprise risk management and to helping AFERM achieve its goals this past year.

We have had a very productive year and I am proud of what AFERM has accomplished. At the start of the year, we laid out several ambitious goals and I’d like to thank our Performance Plan Committee who kept us on task with our strategic and operational goals throughout the year. One major goal was to deliver important ERM information faster to our members. We accomplished this via the numerous improvements to our website, as well as through our Ask the Expert series and automated website newsfeeds. These resources bring up-to-date information and provide access to ERM best practices. We rolled out an exciting new Risk Chats podcast series featuring thought leaders in federal ERM. We also unveiled our new AFERM logo during the annual AFERM Summit this past November.

This year, we had a goal to continue to foster partnerships with other organizations to expose broader audiences to the importance of federal enterprise risk management and to provide our members with greater access to content. Our second workshop with the AGA in April was very successful and covered relevant and timely topics and also provided many practical tools and tips. We began a new partnership with the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) to develop a micro-credential for the RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP) certification. We also partnered with the Performance Institute to bring discounted rates to our members for professional workshops.

It is hard to believe that AFERM is only in its 11th year. As an all-volunteer organization, we have accomplished much in that time and our reputation for delivering quality information remains strong. Another goal we had this year was to continue to mature our association infrastructure and I would like thank our hardworking Committees who have done so much in this regard. Through the efforts of the Finance and Budget Committee, our finances are strong, and the newly formed Business Planning Committee is setting the course for our future to ensure AFERM remains strong. The events planned by our Events Committee continue to be of excellent caliber and are highly anticipated by both our members and non-members. This year, for the first time AFERM is broadening our reach by bringing an event to Atlanta to better involve our members outside the Washington area. In an effort to increase our communication about ERM and AFERM, in addition to our quarterly newsletter, we have now launched a bi-weekly AFERM in Review digest to summarize news, events, and updates to the website. This is coupled with a significant growth in use of social media to help spread word about AFERM events and programs. And thanks to our membership committee, our membership remains strong. As of the end of July 2018, we have over 570 members with a member retention rate of 95%.

We were able to accomplish these goals this year in large part because of our corporate sponsors and volunteers. I am especially grateful to our corporate sponsors for their thought leadership contributions and support for our certification program. They are experts in the federal ERM field and they are able to bring a wealth of professional ERM expertise to our members and programs. I am pleased to note that this year AFERM welcomed several new corporate sponsorships and include several technology firms, and a new band of “Educational and Professional Certification” sponsors which are listed on our website and in the quarterly newsletter.

I also offer a special thank you to the many AFERM volunteers who have dedicated countless hours organizing and staffing the critical positions needed to make the programs and the annual Summit a success. If you are interested in being part of AFERM, our Volunteer Coordinator continues to accept offers from individuals interested in helping out, matching these offers with volunteer needs of the organization.

Next year, I am looking forward to supporting AFERM’s incoming President, Tom Brandt with more exciting plans for the future. For example, we are looking to re-launch the AFERM Training program on a new platform hosted on the AFERM website. We are also building collaborative website forums where groups of AFERM members can build their own communities of practice around designated topics.

And finally, I would like to invite you all to join me at this year’s Summit to be held at the Ronald Reagan building October 30th through 31st. The theme is “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Shaping the Future of ERM in the Public Sector,” and through the efforts of many of our amazing volunteers, this year’s Summit promises to be an incredible event. We will once again be soliciting nominations for the annual AFERM Awards, to be presented at the 2018 AFERM Summit. I am very excited to announce that this year’s awards will also include a selection for Volunteer of the Year. I hope to see you there!

Best regards –

Peggy Sherry, AFERM President, may be contacted at