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 Events in This Chapter


As the focus of internal audit testing becomes much more qualitative than was in the past, it becomes much more important to ensure that evidence of auditor judgment gives sufficient consideration of potential alternatives, opposing view and evidence, and is free from bias.   

Speaker bios:  Lashele Almonte, USAA Lashele is currently a Senior Auditor on the GRC & Projects Team and is primarily responsible for supporting audits within USAA's Second Line of Defense (Risk and Compliance), the Chief Legal Office, and the Real Estate Company.  Lashele began her career at USAA as a Risk Management Advisor in CFO Operational Risk Management in December 2013.  Prior to joining USAA, Lashele worked at CPS Energy for more than 12 years and was responsible for various roles including invoicing & quality control, load research & forecasting, and 5 years as an Internal Auditor.  Lashele obtained a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antoino in December 2007 and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Lashele also holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and is the Secretary of the San Antonio Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors. 

Sylvia Sandoval, USAA Sylvia is an experienced Senior Auditor within Audit Services at USAA.  Her work experience includes over 21 years in various roles within 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lines of defense (Leadership, Banking, Credit Card, Investments, Fraud, AML, Compliance, and Audit).  She obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Business Administration and Management from the University of Incarnate Word.  She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  

Parking & Check-in Instructions: Park in Lot G. Proceed with caution across Main Avenue and enter the building on the east side (see attached map).  Check in with the Security Guard.  They will have your name.  Take the elevator down to the Lower Level (both the conference room and café are on the Lower Level).  H-E-B Internal Audit Team members will be in the area to assist. 

Food: This is a brown bag event, so attendees will need to provide their own food and beverage. H-E-B has a café located by the conference room. A café menu is attached.


Seminar Topics

Advanced Critical Thinking and Brain Games for AuditorsAudience members will participate in live, interactive experiments that exploit subconscious thinking errors with shocking results.  This session taps research from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social, and experimental psychology and even sports psychology to spark your curiosity and get your neurons firing so you can tap into your own hidden powers to achieve the highest levels of critical thinking and judgment. 


  • Disruptive thinking and innovation
  • Neuroscience of professional skepticism and pattern seeking
  • Magic of situational awareness
  • Decision-making under pressure
  • Illusory pattern detection
  • Change blindness 

The Psychology of FraudThis session delves into the latest research, busting myths, and moving beyond outdated models to a deeper understanding and recognition of behaviors surrounding fraud.  This is a highly interactive, story-based session that will enhance attendees understanding of human behavior related to deception, fraud, and the interpretation of evidence.


  • How to recognize the most relevant evidence
  • How auditors can unwittingly assist in the production of misleading information
  • The effect of social influence on accounting decisions and financial statements
  • What causes us to overlook the most ominous and obvious red flags
  • Why our intuition and assumptions lead us astray
  • How to improve professional judgment, skepticism, and critical thinking skills

Fighting Insider Threat: CyberPsychology for AuditorsThis session will show auditors how to develop an insider threat program and implement proactive approaches to recognize evolving risks and weaknesses.  You will learn about breach tactics, how to thwart potential breaches, and behavioral patterns that indicate risks, as well as the latest trends in the ongoing cyberwar.

  • Identification of the problem
    • Who is at risk?
    • Who is the enemy?
    • What are the different modes of attack?
  • Breach tactics
    • Exploiting control gaps and control weaknesses
    • A review of tactics by type of attack
    • Psychological tactics used in attacks (ex. Phishing scams)
  • Closing the gaps
    • A review of robust controls
    • A review of the audit plan, audit team, and management relationships
    • Proactive approaches to recognize evolving risks and avoid breaches

Speaker bio:

Toby Groves Toby Groves is a cognitive researcher and speaker on expert judgment, known for delivery unconventional talks that engage audiences in live experiments.  His studies focus on implicit learning patterns and methods that achieve high-level reasoning for experts challenged by complex, data intensive environments.  A popular speaker amongst leading organizations in industry, government, and academia.  Toby serves experts that provide society's most critical services including the audit, intelligence, investigative, legal, and medical communities. 

Trained in a unique combination of forensic psychology and forensic accounting, Toby is a doctoral level researcher in cognitive psychology.  His research, commentary, and personal story have been featured on media outlets, such as NPR, in numerous professional journals, and is studied by leading researchers and business schools.