President's Message to Chapter
 
June 2017
I would like to first thank the board and the nominating committee for giving me this opportunity.  I would to also thank the membership for voting me in.  I will work hard to build upon this chapter’s continued success while maintaining the integrity and reputation that our members and leaders have created for the past 75 years. I look forward to working with the officers Eileen Isles and her strong direction in Education, Cassaundra Rouse heading up treasury, Senior VP Chris Denver for his drive and determination, VP of Operations Eric Simaga for his resolve and unique perspectives and our new officer but old friend Suri Musiri with a lot of grit.
Last year was a great success for the Chicago Chapter.  From a chapter perspective, we had our largest annual seminar ever and got a lot of great things done.   For example, we hosted 22 separate events with 1,429 people registered and that does not include the annual seminar with 1298 people registered.  Our biggest and most successful events are the managers round table, the next gen meetings and CAE round tables.  These opportunities to meet and commiserate with peers are very important.   I would especially like to recognize the volunteers that made that happen.  Volunteers are what makes this chapter strong.
The theme for this year will be the three “C”s Collaboration, Commiseration and Community. 
Collaboration: In my opinion one of the biggest benefits we receive from belonging to an organization like the IIA Chicago is the that we have the opportunity to collaborate with others in our industry and in other industries with different experiences to learn, solution problems and expand our knowledge base.
Commiseration:  It is said that misery like company, but it is also scientifically observed that misery actually prefers additional misery.  The IIA Chicago is a great place to share how we are handling difficulties and provide support for one and other.
Community: Belonging to a unified group of people with a common interest benefits us immensely.  If you work in a small shop it is great to know that there are many people out there like you.  A sense of community cannot be forced and the IIA Chicago has created this community over the past 75 years.  I would like you to join me in making this a stronger audit community.
Here is to 2017- 20118.
 
Craig Youngberg, President
IIA Chicago Chapter
  
 
 
June 2016
 
 It is now official, I will be serving as IIA Chicago Chapter President for the next 12 months. I’ve been a member since 2000 and have been actively involved on various committees and the Board for the past decade or so. Over the years I have come to learn that Chicago is an important part of the global IIA. Our membership is tapped into for leadership roles within IIA North America and IIA Global, our membership is sought after for knowledge leadership and educational content, our chapter provides funding for many research studies and CBOK publications, and we provide our colleagues around the world best practices on managing a Chapter. Therefore it goes without saying that leading this Chapter is a great responsibility and a tremendous honor, and while it is not an honor I sought, it is one that I graciously, enthusiastically, and humbly accept. I will serve the membership the best I can and will work diligently to make sure Chicago stays at the forefront of the internal audit profession. 
 
Each Chapter President typically has a motto for the year. My motto is for each member to get a little selfish about their membership. Ask yourself: “What is in it for me?”   Here are a three of things I can think of:
Resume Enhancing Skills – through the Chapter you gain immediate management experience that could otherwise takes years in your job. Want to manage a team, a project, a program, a business? You can do it today with the Chapter and you can check the box in your list of professional experience. Will that help you get a promotion or land a bigger job? Absolutely!
Build a Professional Network of Internal Audit Superstars – through volunteering with the Chapter you get to rub elbows, work with, and become friends with the “who’s who” of internal audit in Chicago, throughout the country, and around the world. Do you think a personal recommendation from the Chairman of the North American IIA Board would help your career? You bet it will.
Boost Your Ego and Self-Esteem – through volunteering with the Chapter to you get to create programs and events that will impact dozens, maybe hundreds, and potentially thousands of your peers. There is no greater source of professional pride than the pride of seeing an accomplishment positively impact a group of peers. Will this give you a stronger sense of confidence and enhance your career opportunities? Without a doubt.
 
So there you have it, 3 things you can take from your membership in the IIA. I am sure there are many other things you can also “take” and I encourage you to get greedy and a little selfish. The Chicago Chapter is here for your taking.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I look forward to working with you throughout the next 12 months.
 
Steve Randall, President
IIA Chicago Chapter
 
 
 
Past President's letters:

January 2016

Greeting Chicago Chapter Members,
The 56th Annual Seminar is right around the corner on Monday, April 4th and the theme this year is Building Excellence Through Innovation, Inspiration, and Insight.  The main focus is to explore and discuss innovations and provide insight into the profession in order to lead you on the path to excellence.  The Annual Seminar team is doing a fantastic job in bringing together a slate of thought leaders and tailoring content to meet the diverse experiences of our members.  This event provides our Chapter members the unique opportunity to learn from top-notch speakers through a variety of tracks and sessions and to obtain up to 8 CPE. 
This year also marks the 75th Anniversary of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).  Since 1941, the IIA has helped shape the profession and grown to become the profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Its globally recognized code of ethics and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing guide internal auditors worldwide in carrying out their jobs. Today, The IIA serves more than 180,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, the IIA’s 2016 International Conference is taking place in New York City, July 17–20, 2016.
At the end of May our 2015-2016 chapter year will come to a close but until then our committees have been hard at work pulling together a variety of training opportunities.  Please be on the lookout regarding our upcoming events and don’t miss out on registration:
February 11: NextGen - Industry and Services: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Profession
March 14 & 15: New Audit Manager Tools and Techniques (2nd one-day class added)
March: Manager Roundtable
April 4:  Annual Seminar - Building Excellence Through Innovation, Inspiration, and Insight
May: CAE Roundtable
May: Annual Meeting & Election of New Officers
Over the next few months we will be nominating our new Officers and Board of Governors for the 2016-2017 Chapter Year.  I hope you will consider applying to volunteer with the Chapter as it’s never too late!
It has been a great pleasure to work with such a wonderful, dedicated group of people and to serve the as your President this year.   As a team member, I am proud of all our accomplishments and look forward to the continued success and accomplishments of the Chapter.
Rebecca Nilson, President
IIA Chicago Chapter


January 2015

 
I can’t believe we are beginning a new chapter year already!!  Summer is here, the weather is nice and it’s time for weekend fun and BBQ’s.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing officers and Board members.  Ken Shaw, John Mickevice, Darcy Morowitz, Adam Regelbrugge, Larry Brown, Jeff Perkins and Keith Kahl.  These individuals poured their heart out while volunteering and have performed at an exceptional level.  They contributed to the success of the Chicago Chapter in many ways and will truly be missed.

I am happy to announce that the Chicago Chapter has achieved Platinum Status once again in the Chapter Achievement Program.  We have proven, yet again, our commitment to the profession and the IIA.  Thank-you to all of the Chicago Chapter members who have made this possible through your commitment and participation in chapter meetings, trainings, speaking engagements, articles and obtaining your IIA certifications.  A very special thank-you goes to Tonya Baez for her service as President last year and helping the chapter achieve Platinum status.

I would like to welcome and thank the new Officer team – Dan Gaffney (VP of Operations), Steve Randall (Secretary), Nick Saracco (Treasurer) and Michael Davidson (VP of Education).  We have a strong team and we look forward to serving you.  I also want to welcome and thank our new Board members – Allison Cancio, Suri Musiri, Pam Short-Jenkins, Evonne Thompson, Sylvia Delaney and John Larounis.  I would like to thank the current BOG’s for their dedication and leadership.  We are very grateful to have a talented and dedicated Officer team and Board of Governors.

This year will bring new challenges.  The Officers will continue to work on our infrastructure including policies, procedures, manuals and training documents.  We want to strengthen our internal process where applicable and continue our advancement of the profession through funding of the IIA Research Foundation.  We want to find new ways to serve you, our membership, through member involvement, social events, and training.  Other areas we want to explore are how we can serve our government and young professional members through new initiatives.

We want to hear from you!!  Please contact us with your ideas on how we can serve you in areas such as training events topics, networking events or any other suggestion that comes to mind.  We look forward to hearing from you.

It feels like yesterday when I began my volunteer work for the chapter.  It is hard to believe that I will be serving as your President.  I sincerely thank the Chicago Chapter members for this opportunity.

Ken Clow, President
IIA Chicago Chapter

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January 2014
Happy New Year!
 
I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful Holiday Season!  I cannot believe that 2014 is here already and we are well over half way through our current fiscal year.
 
The Officers and Board Members have been working hard to provide interesting educational and volunteer opportunities and to launch our new initiatives.  I hope everyone is taking advantage of the variety of CPE from our education sessions and our CAE and Manager’s roundtables.  It is wonderful to see so many new faces at our events! 
 
Volunteerism is the heart of the IIA Chicago Chapter.  Our chapter’s great achievements over the years have been a direct result of the time, effort, and dedication provided by those who have volunteered to serve their professional colleagues in order to further the internal audit professional community in the Chicagoland area.  Our goal is to have a volunteer team that represents the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and demographics of our professional community.  The Chicago Chapter is always looking for talented volunteers who are willing to assist with our numerous volunteer committees or to serve as a Board of Governor Member.  If interested, please contact us through our website, we would love to have you involved. 
 
Registration is now open for our Bowl-a-Thon event with Junior Achievement on February 18, 2014.  We would like to see YOU show off your bowling skills while supporting a great cause. 
 
Also, be on the lookout for this year’s Annual Seminar brochure and take advantage of early registration for you and your colleagues.  The Annual Seminar Committee has been very busy planning some wonderful sessions , so you don’t want to miss out on this magnificent event on Monday, April 7th!
 
Please join us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter or visit our chapter website to stay up to date with the profession and all the Chapter has to offer you.
 
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous 2014!
 
Tonya Baez, President
IIA Chicago Chapter​