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IIA Members-Only Webinar Series

IIA at 80: Reimagining for the Future

December 14, 2021
3:30–4:30 p.m. ET

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As The IIA celebrates its 80th anniversary as the world’s principal provider of standards, guidance, and training for internal audit, the profession faces new challenges in a fast-changing world. However, IIA leaders have a clear strategy to help our 200,000+ members navigate the journey. As ESG, emerging technologies, and unpredictable events reshape the world’s economy, the internal audit profession must embrace the change. Join IIA Chairman of the Global Board Charlie Wright and IIA President and CEO Anthony J. Pugliese as they share their views on the future of the profession and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to…

  • Gain an understanding of how the profession of internal auditing has evolved over the past 80 years.
  • Learn more about the external pressures impacting the profession and how stakeholder expectations are changing.
  • Understand a number of opportunities internal auditors can embrace to enhance relevancy in their organizations.
  • Discover how The IIA’s strategic plan will guide us into the future.

Course Duration: 1 hour
CPEs Available: 1
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Personal Development
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based


Charlie T. WrightCharlie T. Wright, CIA, CPA, CISA
Chief Risk Officer, Jack Henry and Associates

Charlie T. Wright is 2021–22 Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Board of Directors. In this role, Wright leads the 17-member Global Board, is chair of the Supervisory Committee, and presides over Global Assembly. Wright is an experienced chief audit executive with more than 35 years of corporate experience in the airline, energy, and financial services industries. He has been in the internal audit profession for more than 19 years. Before becoming Global Chair, Wright’s volunteer roles at The IIA included senior vice chair, vice chair of Finance and of Professional Guidance, chair of the North American Advocacy Committee and of the Global Committee Task Force, and member of the Three Lines Model task force. Wright is also a former editor of the Risk Watch column in Internal Auditor magazine and a speaker and presenter at many IIA and other conferences. For his chairman’s theme, Wright focuses on how internal audit can prepare for the future, as advances in technology create opportunities and challenges for the profession. His presentation, “Future Ready,” explores the transformative nature of technology, how internal auditors must up-skill to become tech-savvy, and how they can create efficiencies in their work and in their organizations.

Wright knows technology. He is chief risk officer for Jack Henry & Associates, a technology services provider for the financial services industry. He oversees the internal audit function as well as information security, enterprise risk management, occupational risk management, regulatory and compliance, third-party risks, and enterprise continuity. He strongly believes that, in today’s world, knowledge of and the use of technology should be baseline requirements for all internal auditors. Wright is also active in a number of other volunteer roles. He is chairman of the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma and recently completed a six-year term as chairman of the Risk Management Committee for the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Wright is a cofounder and board member of Connexion, a company that funds small businesses in international locations to empower local people and create self-sustaining employment. Wright also has served as chairman of the American Petroleum Institute Internal Audit Committee and chairman of the Airline Transportation Association Internal Audit Committee. Wright is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Other professional credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Anthony J. PuglieseAnthony J. Pugliese, CIA, CPA, CGMA, CITP
President and CEO, The IIA

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Anthony Pugliese has overseen the internal audit function of a major organization, directed strategic expansions into major global markets, pioneered innovative educational initiatives aimed at enhancing members’ professional growth, and defined cultural norms toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. As CEO of The IIA, he will drive the vision and management of a nearly 80-year-old organization with more than 200,000 members, 156 chapters, and 112 affiliates in nearly 200 countries and territories. His focus will be on enhancing membership services, creating new approaches to learning and competency development programs, fulfilling The IIA’s multimillion-dollar digital transformation initiative, and enhancing the value of internal audit, particularly in its role of addressing organizational risks and opportunities. A seasoned executive and skilled association strategist, Pugliese most recently was president and CEO of the California Society of CPAs, the largest state CPA organization in the United States, with more than 45,000 members. From 1997 through 2018, he served in key leadership positions at what is now the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the world’s largest accounting professional organization. His roles included executive vice president of membership, technology, and learning; chief operating officer and senior vice president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he oversaw the AICPA’s $50 million relocation to North Carolina; and vice president of business reporting and member innovation. A graduate of the University of North Florida (Jacksonville), Pugliese has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most influential people in accounting, appearing most recently on the cover of Accounting Today. He holds The IIA’s Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation along with the AICPA’s Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) credentials, and he is licensed as a CPA in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.