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​Call for Speakers

2019 Financial Services Exchange
Sept. 16–17
Washington Hilton / Washington, D.C.

The IIA’s Financial Services Audit Center and its Financial Services Advisory Board are calling on dynamic presenters who can engage their audience and facilitate thought-provoking discussions at the 2019 Financial Services Exchange.

The goal of the Exchange is to bring together legislators, regulators, and industry leaders to share information and experiences related to navigating through this heavily regulated industry. The Exchange also provides ample opportunities to network and connect with other financial services audit professionals. You are encouraged to submit a proposal for a presentation regarding the internal audit profession in the financial services industry.

Topics of interest for the Exchange include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessing Risk Governance Frameworks
  • Applying Technology to Audits
    • Utilizing Technology to Audit Culture/Risk Culture
    • Use of Artificial Intelligence/Robotics/RPA/Machine Learning in Audit
  • Auditing Agile Projects
  • Auditing Technology
    • Auditing Agile Projects
    • Auditing Artificial Intelligence
    • Auditing Cloud Technology
    • Intelligence/Robotics/RPA
  • Cybersecurity
    • Education
    • Monitoring
    • Prevention
    • Resilience
  • Data Governance
    • Data Transformation
    • Organizational Use of Data
  • Data Aggregation
  • Data Analytics in Internal Audit
    • Various Applications
    • Various Stages of Implementation
  • Disruptive Technology and Impact on Internal Audit
  • Drivers of Change
  • Ethics
  • Fintech
  • Internal Audit Value-add
  • Privacy
    • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)/California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Third-party Management
  • Trusted Advisor
    • Internal Audit’s Role as Advisor vs. Assurance in the Technology Movement
  • Talent Management
    • Generational Gaps
    • Managing Up
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Succession Planning
    • Transformational Talent

New to this year’s program we are seeking new session formats including, In Conversation With sessions. The In Conversation With sessions are designed to promote interactivity between the speaker and the audience. They are interview style sessions with a panelist and facilitator. The facilitator will guide the panelist through the discussion and engage questions from the audience. In addition to being able to engage the speaker during the session, conference registrants interested in the session will have the opportunity to submit questions through the mobile app for the panelist to answer.

Important timeline events include:

Deadline for submission of proposals March 15, 2019
Proposals reviewed by The IIA & the Financial Services Advisory Board March 18–April 8, 2019
Invitations issued to selected speakers Week of April 22, 2019
Email notification to speakers who were not selected Week of May 13, 2019

Submissions received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15, 2019, will not be considered for the 2019 Financial Services Exchange program.

To ensure the equality of the program, submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A proven track record as a speaker. The proposal form will include space where we encourage you to enter any additional comments, past speaker scores, or speaking references.
  • Include up-to-date data, case studies, and resources.
  • Provide practical strategies (real-world examples), tools, and/or take-home messages for implementation in the practice setting for successful outcomes (emphasize how to, what works, and why).
  • The ability to share leading practices and innovative tactics implemented in your internal audit function.
  • The level of interaction the session will provide the attendees, including Q&A, polling technology, case studies, and takeaway tools.
  • Refrain from sales or self-promotion of products and services.
  • The number of speakers or panelists for one session is limited to a maximum of four participants, including the moderator.
  • Service providers and/or consultants are required to identify a current practitioner with whom they will be co-presenting. It is highly encouraged that service providers include their co-presenter’s information in their submission, as this will be taken into consideration during the review process. If this information is not identified in the submission and the proposal is accepted, the co-presenting practitioner will need to be identified within two weeks after presentation acceptance.

Please review the Speaker Proposal Guidelines document in advance of submitting your proposal. This document outlines all the key information you must provide to ensure your proposal meets our requirements, and it also includes a sample submission form for reference.

Speaking at the Exchange is a volunteer opportunity. Compensation for speaking fees and travel is not provided unless otherwise indicated. If you will need assistance with travel, please indicate that in your submission. All speakers receive a full complimentary, non-transferrable full registration for the 2019 Financial Services Exchange.

Access the proposal submission portal and review additional instructions for submission.


If you have questions regarding the 2019 Financial Services Exchange Call for Speakers or have technical difficulties with the proposal submission form, please email for assistance.

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