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 July 12, 2013 Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event
7/12/2013 11:00 AM
7/12/2013 3:00 PM
Villa Christina |
​July 12, 2013
3 CPE Event
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Program Agenda
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration – Lunch is served at 11:30 AM
12:00 PM – 12:10PM
Chapter Announcements – Connie Brown, President
12:10 PM – 1:25 PM
Internal Audit's Role in Strategic Initiatives - Presented by Gary Harvett, PwC Project Assurance Director & Mike Shipham, PwC Project Assurance Director
Today's business environment is continually changing. Markets are no longer constrained by geographic or legal boundaries, enabling companies to expand globally and to collaborate within and across organizations. In this new environment, agility has emerged as a key driver for enhancing shareholder value and ensuring sustainability. To achieve agility, organizations are engaged in complex initiatives that are expected to efficiently deliver strategic and tactical business benefits to multiple stakeholders without compromising the integrity of the existing environment or violating compliance requirements. These factors, along with the greater demand for accountability and transparency in the market have raised the stakes for project success. Successful delivery of strategic initiatives can significantly impact an organization's efficiency, reputation and market value. This presentation will focus on IA's role in these strategic initiatives.
1:25 PM – 1:45 PM
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
COSO Update - Stephen Soske, PwC Assurance Services Partner
Any effective system of internal control must adapt to new challenges and changes. Today's business environment strains controls that were once sufficient. The recently released COSO Update, authored by PwC, helps you refresh your controls for today's environment. For the first time in 20 years, the COSO Update considers changes in the business environment since the original 1992 Framework. Internal control has given companies reasonable assurance around financial reporting. This presentation will provide an overview of the benefits of conducting a review of your systems of internal control with the COSO Update. Applying the Update can help companies strengthen controls and bolster confidence in meeting operational, reporting, and compliance objectives.
3:00 PM
Speaker Bios:
Gary Harvett, Project Assurance Director
New York Metro
Certifications: Chartered Accountant (SA), CISA and CRISC
Gary is a Director in PwC's Project Assurance practice with more than 18 years of consulting experience in large, multinational, complex environments. Mike's areas of expertise include Governance, Project Management, Organizational Change Readiness, Data Management, Business Process, IT readiness, Training, Communication and Vendor Management.
Gary has led numerous, independent project and program quality assurance efforts for business transformation engagements and IT implementations across multiple industries with a focus in the Media, Entertainment, Pharmaceutical and Financial Services sectors. He has used his background in project management, transformational change, accounting, IT, system implementations, forensics and ERP systems to play the lead role in program assessments and health checks. 
Gary's practical experience includes assignments for companies in the US, South Africa, Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, Tunisia, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia and Japan. In addition to the credentials noted above, Gary is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA).
Mike Shipham, Project Assurance Director
Greater Chicago Area
Certifications: CISA, PRINCE2 (UK Project Management Certification)
Mike is a Director in PwC's Risk Assurance practice with more than 14 years of experience in business transformation and IT governance.  Mike, who recently joined our PwC US firm from our Australian firm, has led our Risk Management and Quality Assurance efforts over a number of business transformation and system implementation programs in numerous industries including Energy, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, and Financial Services.  Mike specializes in providing advice to large scale projects as project manager, project assurance, programmer, and solution architect.
Mike provides advice and guidance on project management, implementing organizational and technological change and managing risk. He's been engaged on numerous projects reviewing IT governance and performance. These reviews have included consideration of rapidly growing entrepreneurial organizations, shared and outsourced IT services, integration of merged companies, incident investigation and root cause analysis, core system replacements, and ERP implementations.
Stephen Soske, Partner                                                                                                                   
Assurance Services
For nearly twenty years, Stephen has lead audit engagements for clients involved in the industrial products, technology, and services sectors. His clients have included multi-national private and public entities and non-profit organizations. He has assisted clients assess a broad range of business, financial reporting and internal control related issues. Stephen has also provided accounting and financial reporting advisory services to domestic and non-U.S corporate clients interested in entering U.S. public or private capital markets and those already registered with the SEC. 
More recently, Stephen has served as the project team leader working with the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission ("COSO") to "refresh" the Internal Control-Integrated Framework and related guidance. In this role, Stephen led PwC’s efforts to author these publications, seeking input from stakeholders, engaging COSO’s Advisory Council, regulatory observers, and other subject matter experts, and participating in conferences, webinars, and round tables with chief audit executives, management and professionals.  
Stephen has also performed quality reviews for several public and private clients that operate in different industry sectors. He has led and supported marketing, learning and development, and practice development initiatives relating to internal control, international financial reporting standards (IFRS), and various other financial reporting matters.
·         University of Southern California, M.B.A., Finance & Accounting (1984)
·         Whitman College, B.A., Economics (1982)
Certified Public Accountant
·         Massachusetts
·         New York