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IIA Virtual Symposium: Women in the Age of Technology

Register NowThe Modern Influencers – Female Leaders Changing the Technology Landscape

October 5 & 7, 2021
12:00–2:10 p.m. ET

Sponsored by:

AuditBoardProtiviti

The last two years have been truly “unprecedented” in every sense. Horrific natural disasters, a global pandemic and resulting global financial crisis, extreme political and social unrest, depression and large increases in gun violence, and massive cyberattacks. Female leaders have taken action alongside their male counterparts to confront these issues, showing their resilience in time of crisis. Hear how three dynamic and highly successful women leaders, whose careers have included roles in IT audit and security, rose to the top to influence recent decisions and help shape the current state of their organizations. And join us for a final panel discussion with several influential women in audit and IT leadership to better understand the impact and driving nature of a remote workforce, women in internal and external audit, and how to break the glass ceiling in internal audit and IT.

Sessions
  •   Session 1 (Part One): The Transition to a Remote Workforce

    Join the discussion as we look in-depth at how female leaders are managing the transition to a remote workforce. Our expert presenters will share their experiences and observations, and provide a deeper understanding of how they influenced their organizations’ transitions to a remote workforce, from both a risk perspective and a team perspective.

    Learning Objectives

    • Explore the transition from a pre- and post-pandemic remote workforce.
    • Discover top tips for managing a remote workforce.
    • Apply practical techniques to influence a strong risk and control culture.
    • Identify risk considerations in a remote work environment
    • Lead and build team engagement in remote working arrangements.

    Speakers

    Annemarie BardwellAnnemarie Bardwell, CIA, QIAL, CMIIA, SCM, Prince 2 Practitioner
    Chief Auditor for Technology Transformation, Citi

    Annemarie Bardwell is Chief Auditor for Technology Transformation at Citi responsible for internal audit’s delivery of assurance on technology transformation governance, risk management, and technology development to support enterprisewide strategic and regulatory commitments. Since joining Citi, Bardwell has worked in Asia, Europe, and more recently North America within a variety of audit roles, including Chief Auditor for Global Consumer Technology, Chief Auditor for Program Management, Chief Audit Executive of Citibank Europe Plc, Asia Head of Institutional Client Group Technology Audit, Global Head of Treasury Trade Services Technology Audit, and Global Head of Private Banking Technology Audit. Prior to joining Citigroup, she worked in Barclays Internal Audit, London and Ernst & Young as an Information Security Consultant, providing advisory services on risk, security, and IT governance across the financial services industry.

    Evelyn HayesEvelyn Hayes, CIA, CRMA, CISA
    Chief Auditor for Institutional Client Group (ICG) Technology, Citi

    Evelyn Hayes is Chief Auditor for Institutional Client Group (ICG) Technology at Citi, responsible for internal audit’s coverage of applications supporting the ICG through integrated and system process reviews globally. She also serves as Chief Auditor Sponsor for Learning & Development across the technology audit function. Prior to joining Citi, Hayes worked for The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Internal Audit, where she managed an IT Audit team in executing integrated information security and infrastructure related audits. She also spent several years at KPMG, performing assurance audits in financial services.

  •   Session 1 (Part Two): Women Leading in Internal and External Audit

    Learn from a current internal audit leader how to transition into the profession, and hear what she experienced throughout her own transition, including how she influenced the business and IT leaders around her and leveraged these experiences to elevate her internal audit function and team. Taking a deeper look at information security and cyber, this session will use experiential examples to highlight ways to ensure internal audit’s efforts focus on those emerging high-risk areas and prevent the internal audit function itself from becoming a victim of cybercrime.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the migration from external to internal audit.
    • Learn the means and styles used by women in internal audit to influence IT and business leadership changes.
    • Discover how to upscale your audit department to address the changing technology environment and threat landscape.

    Speaker

    Bukkie AdewuyiBukkie Adewuyi, CIA, CPA-CGA, FCCA, CISA
    Director – Internal Audit, Prospera Credit Union

    Bukkie Adewuyi is a business leader with 18+ years of consulting and audit experience, mostly spent with PwC, Deloitte, and Grant Thornton in South Africa. In her last role with SNG Grant Thornton, she was a Partner and Director, leading large complex portfolios and providing insights to boards, audit committees, and the C-suite. She played a big role as an advisor, enabling clients’ anticipation and management of both current and emerging risks, transforming their internal controls, and fostering an effectively governed environment. An active player in industry, she sat on the Board of the Leadership Academy of The IIA (SA) and was part of the Community of Experts that redefined the national occupational qualifications for internal audit. She emigrated to Canada in 2019 and continued her career in accounting, tax, and internal audit. She currently heads the internal audit function at Prospera Credit Union in British Columbia, where she is building an “advisor & partner” brand for internal audit within the organization.

  •   Session 2 (Part One): Breaking the Glass Ceiling – In Internal Audit and Information Technology

    To understand the importance of internal audit’s relationship with IT, hear from a current chief information officer (CIO) about her rise through the ranks and the role she has played in a more collaborative strategy implementation. In a look at how women are changing internal audit’s partnership with information technology and services, this session will highlight effective integration of fundamental skills, how to work together with information services as an internal auditor, and how to identify the skills necessary to break through the IT and leadership glass ceiling.

    In this session, participants will:

    • Learn about the connection between internal auditing and technology.
    • Identify what an internal auditor can do to work with IT and information security professionals, and what strategies can be implemented for a more meaningful and collaborative relationship.
    • Apply fundamental skills and knowledge to effectively integrate IT and internal audit work.
    • Discover opportunities to enhance soft skills and technical skills to move from auditor to technology influencer, and beyond.

    Speaker

    Megan HallMegan Hall, CIA, CPA
    Chief Information Officer, First National Bank of Paragould

    Megan Hall is currently the Chief Information Officer for the First National Bank of Paragould. Previously, as Director of Internal Audit at Simmons Bank, she was primarily responsible for IT auditing, audit data analytics and innovation, auditor development, and quality assurance. Prior responsibilities included developing policies, processes, standards, and work programs for operational, compliance, branch, and financial audits and overseeing audit projects. Hall led Simmons Bank in preparing for the transition from a community bank to a regional banking organization (over $10 billion in total assets) and transitioned the department from a fully outsourced model to a co-sourced function. She has been heavily involved in new technology implementation, both within the audit department and across the organization, and developed a risk assessment tool to enable internal audit to use risk-based approaches for auditing technology implementations. Hall also has audit and management experience with significant mergers and acquisitions activities. Earlier in her career, as a commissioned National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Hall participated in and oversaw bank examinations for national banks of all sizes. As a Training Team Leader and Training Team Assistant for the OCC, she delivered an intensive training curriculum to new hires.

  •   Session 2 (Part Two): The Women in Technology (Panel)

    Join in the discussion as we look more in-depth at the relationship between internal audit and technology, and the impact that women have on the industry as a whole. Our expert panel will share their experiences and observations, and provide a deeper understanding of how they influenced their organizations’ transitions to a remote workforce while dealing with the cybersecurity threat landscape.

    Learning Objectives

    • Explore the transition from a pre- and post-pandemic remote workforce.
    • Learn how internal audit leaders have influenced mindset changes regarding remote work and proper security controls, and more about the challenges they encountered along the way.
    • Identify the relationship possibilities for the future of internal audit and technology.

    Speaker

    Megan HallMegan Hall, CIA, CPA
    Chief Information Officer, First National Bank of Paragould

    Megan Hall is currently the Chief Information Officer for the First National Bank of Paragould. Previously, as Director of Internal Audit at Simmons Bank, she was primarily responsible for IT auditing, audit data analytics and innovation, auditor development, and quality assurance. Prior responsibilities included developing policies, processes, standards, and work programs for operational, compliance, branch, and financial audits and overseeing audit projects. Hall led Simmons Bank in preparing for the transition from a community bank to a regional banking organization (over $10 billion in total assets) and transitioned the department from a fully outsourced model to a co-sourced function. She has been heavily involved in new technology implementation, both within the audit department and across the organization, and developed a risk assessment tool to enable internal audit to use risk-based approaches for auditing technology implementations. Hall also has audit and management experience with significant mergers and acquisitions activities. Earlier in her career, as a commissioned National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Hall participated in and oversaw bank examinations for national banks of all sizes. As a Training Team Leader and Training Team Assistant for the OCC, she delivered an intensive training curriculum to new hires.

    Ana Valdez RodgersAna Valdez Rodgers, CPA, CISA, CISSP, CIPM
    Vice President of Internal Audit, Syniverse

    Ana Valdez Rodgers is an experienced leader with a career spanning more than 20 years in IT governance, risk management, internal controls, process improvements, audits, compliance, performance management, revenue assurance, data privacy, strategic sourcing, business transformation, and mergers/acquisitions, among other complex business areas. She is familiar with different business environments, such as consulting, large Fortune 500, mid-cap growing, publicly traded, and privately owned companies (venture capital). Her strengths include managing global operations and delivering value — she found $10M+ from revenue leakage/risk management activities and saved $14M+ through business transformation initiatives.

    Bukkie AdewuyiBukkie Adewuyi, CIA, CPA-CGA, FCCA, CISA
    Director – Internal Audit, Prospera Credit Union

    Bukkie Adewuyi is a business leader with 18+ years of consulting and audit experience, mostly spent with PwC, Deloitte, and Grant Thornton in South Africa. In her last role with SNG Grant Thornton, she was a Partner and Director, leading large complex portfolios and providing insights to boards, audit committees, and the C-suite. She played a big role as an advisor, enabling clients’ anticipation and management of both current and emerging risks, transforming their internal controls, and fostering an effectively governed environment. An active player in industry, she sat on the Board of the Leadership Academy of The IIA (SA) and was part of the Community of Experts that redefined the national occupational qualifications for internal audit. She emigrated to Canada in 2019 and continued her career in accounting, tax, and internal audit. She currently heads the internal audit function at Prospera Credit Union in British Columbia, where she is building an “advisor & partner” brand for internal audit within the organization.

    Moderator

    Shawna FlandersShawna Flanders, CRISC, CISM, CISA, SSGB, SSBB
    Director of IT Curriculum, The Institute of Internal Auditors

    Shawna Flanders has more than 30 years of audit, risk, cyber, project, and process experience in the financial services sector and brings her real-world experience to every engagement. She has taught technology related topics throughout North America as well as internationally for over a decade. Flanders has presented at dozens of conferences and has taught dozens of NASBA CPE seminars, webinars, and custom in-house training courses for both business and technology auditors since 2007. She has conducted over 100+ ISACA CISA, CISM, and CRISC certification review courses and was part of the CRISC development team. She has also designed multiple audit-related courses and has contributed to and/or reviewed multiple audit-related publications.

​Pricing and Registration

Single Session​ Both Sessions​
​IIA Member ​$95 ​$165
​Nonmember ​$125 $225​
​AEC ​$95 ​$165
​Group (For groups of 4 or more) ​$85 ​$135

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Event Information

Traning duration: 4 hours
CPE Hours: 4
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Information Technology
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

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