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 March Presentation - Academic Awards - Audit Career Planning

3/29/2017 8:30 AM
3/29/2017 1:00 PM
Genesee Grande 1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210 |  

8:30 - 10:00   Board Meeting
10:00 - 10:15 Registration
10:15 - 11:30 Program
11:30 - 12:00 Awards and Recognition
12:00 - 1:00   Lunch (Pizza Buffet)

IIA Members $40, Non-Members $50, Students and Retirees $15

RSVP by March 22th to: Zackary Singer   Email:    Phone: 315.428.5065
Pay by credit card or check made payable to IIA CNY at the door or mailed to:
Zackary Singer 
36 Pine St.
Port Byron, NY 13140
Cancellation after March 22nd incurs the cost.​

Presentation Summary

Audit Career Planning Panel Discussion (CPE 1.5 Advisory Services/Professional Development)

Learn what skills and experiences a Chief Audit Executive/Hiring Manager, Executive Recruiter, and a Human Resources Business Partner recommend for an individual pursuing a career in audit.  Our panelists come from a local community bank, recruiting agency, and CPA firm.  This panel discussion will give attendees the opportunity to hear career planning strategies/best practices and some insights on skills that are most helpful for a career in audit.  Other questions that will be addressed by the panelists include:

  • What types of applicants are most successful at entering an internal or external audit career path?
  • Are there related or similar careers you recommend? How do those careers better prepare someone to become an auditor?
  • What steps should someone take today to transition into this career path?
  • How does someone identify a position that matches their skills?
  • Are there additional education requirements, degrees, licenses that are needed and/or recommended for a career in audit?  
  • What is the outlook for an audit career?  How do you see the jobs in this field changing over the next five years?  What can someone do to prepare for such changes? 

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the discussion.  Lunch provides an opportunity for networking. 


Presenter Details

Mayadeh Campagna C.R. Fletcher Associates, Inc.

Mayadeh is an Executive Recruiter with CR Fletcher Associates specializing in the recruitment and placement of Accounting and Financial professionals. Prior to joining CR Fletcher Associates in 2012, Mayadeh’s professional career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG in corporate taxation.

Her knowledge and expertise has proven invaluable to both clients and candidates alike.  Mayadeh received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. She is a former Board member of 40 Below and remains actively involved in the CNY community.

Rich Kane, SPHR, SHRM-SCP The Bonadio Group 

15+ years of experience in all facets of Human Resources with emphasis on Talent Management, Succession Planning and Strategic Planning.

Career includes Operations Management and Human Resources for Wegmans Food Markets, Senior Director of Human Resources for HMSHost/Host International (formerly Host Marriott Services) and current Human Resources Business Partner for The Bonadio Group. Rich received a BA in American History from SUNY Oswego, the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Senior Certified Professional title (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resources Management. Rich is active in the community having served as Golf Tournament Chairman for such worthy causes as Coach’s Vs. Cancer, St. Baldrick’s, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the cure, American Diabetes Association and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Rich currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in East Syracuse. Rich resides in Syracuse with his wife, and two sons.

Daniel O’Connell VP/Director – Internal Audit Community Bank System Inc. 

Daniel O’Connell is currently the Director of Internal Audit for Community Bank Systems Inc. Dan, along with his team, are responsible for assessing the internal control environment of all key areas of the Bank as well as other portions of the organization including several non-banking subsidiary functions.  The internal audit group at Community Bank performs approximately 50 audits each year. 

Prior to joining Community Bank, Dan most recently worked for a regional insurance company as the Director of Financial Reporting. He previously was the Project Manager responsible for implementation two general ledger systems and a reinsurance accounting system. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utica College and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Binghamton University.  Dan holds the CIA and CRCM designations as well as several other designations related to the insurance industry. 

Dan and his wife Jody reside in Rome, NY.

Directions to Genesee Grande:

From the East

From I-690 W take exit 14 for Teall Ave. Turn left onto Teall Ave (signs for Erie Boulevard East/NY-5).  Turn right onto Canal St. Turn left onto University Ave.  Turn right onto E Genesee St and hotel will be on the left.

From the West

From I-690 E take the Interstate 81 S exit toward Binghamton; merge onto I-81 S.  Take exit 18 toward Harrison St/Adams St.  Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Harrison Street and merge onto Harrison St. Merge onto Harrison St. Turn right onto S Townsend St. Turn right onto E Genesee St and the hotel will be on the right. 

From the North

Follow I-81 S to Syracuse.  Take exit 18 toward Harrison St/Adams St. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Harrison Street and merge onto Harrison St. Merge onto Harrison St. Turn right onto S Townsend St. Turn right onto E Genesee St and the hotel will be on the right. 

From the South

Follow I-81 N to Syracuse.  Take exit 18 for Adams St toward Harrison St. Continue onto Almond St. Turn right onto E Genesee St and the hotel will be on the right. ​