IIA Los Angeles – October 2021 President’s Message



Warm Greetings to our Los Angeles Chapter Members, Supporters and Friends,


Welcome all! Please join me in kicking off our 2021-2022 Chapter Year! I am ecstatic over being able to serve you for the next two years as the IIA Los Angeles Chapter President. We have an amazing line up of speakers and events planned for you, and our incredible team of volunteers, officers and board members are continuously working to improve the services to our members and the quality of our events. I am so proud and honored to be collaborating with this team of people who share the same passion for the internal audit industry as each of you do, and who help make our internal audit community a valuable resource and inviting place to build and develop strong relationships.


The Chapter has already gotten off to a great start this year! We recently held our first event of the season – our Chapter’s flagship event – the annual IIA Los Angeles Conference. This year’s theme was “Governance, Grit, and Gravitas,” which was carefully selected in order to underscore the crucial elements and characteristics that epitomize the meaning of great leadership, as well as personal and professional success.


In particular, the element of “grit” has stood out to me as having the utmost importance, as it represents our courage, resolve, and strength of character, that as a leader, is not only key to one’s own success, but is a crucial factor of decision making and looking out for the best interest of those around you. By now, in this stage of the pandemic, I believe we have all learned a little something about ourselves and have realized that we have all demonstrated a certain level of “grit” in our actions, especially over the past 20 months, digging our heels in, being flexible, and making adjustments as necessary to make our environment and situation work for us. I congratulate each and every one of you for coming this far, and not only being resilient, but being successful in the face of adversity!


If you are interested in volunteering with our incredible team of people, please do not hesitate to reach out. Furthermore, I am always interested in hearing your feedback, thoughts, and ideas – so please feel free to send me a note, or set up a call with me to chat, as I would love to incorporate your ideas as this is YOUR chapter!


In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes – in the wise words of Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to each other!” This is a simple sentiment but is more important now than ever.


With warmth and gratitude always,


Tina Harding​