The Institute of Internal Auditors Detroit Chapter          


Welcome to a new chapter year!!!  I am delighted to serve as your chapter president as we continue to evolve through this time of change.  I am the Audit Quality Assurance Manager at Wayne State University Office of Internal Audit.  I have volunteered with the Detroit IIA for many years, have been recognized as a Rock Star of the Month and previously served on the board as the Membership Chair.  It is a great time to be involved with the IIA!   Managing our personal and professional lives through a pandemic has proven to be challenging in many areas.  Throughout this time, we have demonstrated our unique qualities, strength, perseverance and resilience through these unchartered times.   We have discovered new ways to serve, communicate, and even celebrate with our families, friends, peers, and colleagues.   We have even broadened our reach by offering virtual programming and methods of communicating.  However, when we talk about change, we have merely penetrated the surface.  Our board members are volunteers and continue to work hard to prepare for this chapter year.  I want to thank each of them for their service and commitment to The IIA Detroit Chapter.  I also would like to extend thanks to all of our IIA Detroit Chapter membership.  Your participation in our webinars, training, monthly meetings and annual spring conference has helped our chapter continue to thrive. 

Last year, our IIA Detroit Chapter Board did an amazing job in providing value-added programming, webinars, scholarships, awards, certification recognition, annual spring conference, training, and advocacy.  Thank you to our long-time past Detroit Chapter board members, Christine Dobrovich, Dr. Bob Okopny and Erin Erickson, who each served for 10 years or more.  We appreciate your time and service.  We are excited for another great year ahead and look forward to providing you with resources, events and more opportunities to get involved and stay connected!  This year, we will continue to be forward driven and build on our rich history as a chapter of excellence! We began our chapter year with recognition from The IIA CEO as a building awareness champion.  Receipt of this recognition further solidifies The IIA Detroit Chapter as a Chapter of Excellence.  Let us continue to strengthen, shape, grow and develop the future of the IIA.

If you have topics of interest for our chapter meetings and/or webinars feel free to contact me at

On your mark, get set, let’s go… We’re off to another great year!!!

Kamilla Williams
IIA Detroit Chapter President 2021-2022


Are you ready to take the wheel?  Would you like to volunteer? 

Here is some useful information and ways you can get involved to enhance the auditing profession:

Chapter Activities

Monthly chapter meetings will continue to be held virtually this year.  Each meeting will be held via Zoom @ Noon – 2:00 p.m.  Access information will be provided upon registration.  Please check your e-mail or contact the chapter administrator ( for meeting notifications.  We will also continue to provide programming, webinars, and other networking and training.  Stay tuned for more information.

Next monthly virtual chapter meeting:
September 22, 2021
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Topic: The State of Internal Audit:  Insights from
Industry Experts and IA Leaders

Bylaws: The Detroit Chapter Bylaws govern the roles and responsibilities of IIA Detroit Board. They are noted on the website for your convenience.

Volunteers Needed:   Your chapter needs you and your ideas.  Have you wondered how the monthly meetings are organized?  What about the Spring Conference?   Are you an avid event planner?  Most volunteers spend only 4 -5 hours per month on chapter matters.   Please refer to the committee descriptions for more information.  Please forward questions or your committee selection to


Awards:   Do you know someone who is an outstanding auditor?  Do you want to recognize their hard work?   Well, guess what…The IIA Detroit Chapter has an IIA Rock Star of the Month award and an Internal Auditor of the Year Award! Show your appreciation for an internal auditor and nominate them for these awards. Send nominations and questions to Eulonda Whitmore at

The IIA Rock Star of the Month award recognizes a member who is early within their Auditing career or new to an internal audit role and who demonstrates any the following: 
      • Is an Innovative, Inspiring and Awesome Auditor
      • Chapter Champion of their company
      • Rallies to attend the IIA meetings and events
      • Understands the IIA Standards and able to apply appropriately
      • Utilizes and references IIA standards in their daily work environment

Your nomination, including a detailed explanation as to why you believe your nominee is the IIA Rock Star of the Month, should be submitted to the Awards Committee Chairperson, Eulonda Whitmore at The Rock Star awardee will be announced during our monthly Chapter meetings. This is a great way recognize and show appreciation to your coworkers and it doesn't cost you anything except a few minutes of your time. 


 Are you thinking about earning your CIA designation? If so, be encouraged and GO FOR IT!  The CIA designation demonstrates an investment in and commitment to your professional career and shows that you are a credible, trusted, and knowledgeable internal auditor. It opens doors of opportunity for your professional growth. For more information visit CIA certification at 

New!  Register for Certification Q&A Session.  Prospective and current IIA certification candidates, join us for an informal 30-minute webinar.  A certification expert will be available to answer your questions about certification programs, CCMS, and more.  Register here: IIA certifications

CRMA:  As of April 1, 2021, the Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) exam format and requirements are changing.   The amount of risk management and internal audit-specific experience required to sit for the exam has increased, and candidates must hold an active Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation to apply for the enhanced program. Additionally, the CRMA exam itself has been revised, with updates that include changes to the exam syllabus, length, and types of questions.  For more information refer to CRMA Exam.
North America – IIA

Internal Audit Quality Services:  IIA Quality Services helps validate and strengthen your internal audit activity and enhance your effectiveness, efficiency, and successful practice implementation.  The IIA offers external assessment expertise to hundreds of organizations in various industries and around the world by providing qualified audit professionals, a global benchmarking database, and a repository of successful practices.  Download the brochure for more information.

May is Internal Audit Awareness Month:  The IIA offers resources to promote the profession within your organization.  For example, you may consider downloading the International Internal Audit Awareness Month digital icon (below) and use it on social media and in your email signature during May.   Refer to Promoting the Profession at the for other promotional ideas.

International Internal Audit Awareness Month 

Stay Connected:  Please make sure that you follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on Chapter news and to connect with your fellow members. If you have any questions, please contact us at  
Thank you for your participation and support, and we look forward to seeing you online at future events.