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​Member Benefits for Training and Events

The IIA offers numerous benefits for members:
  • Members-only rates on conferences, seminars, and executive development through Vision University can save you hundreds of dollars.
  • Exclusive monthly Members-only Webinars are part of your core membership benefits and provide you with CPE units without ever leaving your desk or paying additional fees.
  • Members-only rates for other specialty webinars and self-study courses provide easy access to advance your knowledge from the convenience of your own desktop.

 Events in This Chapter


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The Psychology of FraudThis session delves into the latest research, busting myths, and moving beyond outdated models to a deeper understanding and recognition of behaviors surrounding fraud.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.



An Internal Auditor’s Guide to Understanding and Auditing Smart Devices. This presentation will identify the risk landscape associated with smart devices, help to assure that the controls and governance policies in place are adequate to mitigate the risks posed to an acceptable level, and provide real-world examples of how reviews can be integrated into audits.

Presentation Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Speaker Bios:

Rami Head, Vice President & Information Technology Audit Manager, Frost Bank Rami is responsible for leading and directing the IT internal audit function for Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. She leads a team of professionals performing risk assessments and executing complex audit programs for audits of Frost Bank’s IT general controls, applications, internet banking to determine the effectiveness of internal controls, and compliance with policies, procedures and applicable regulations.

Rami earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Information Systems from UTSA in 2002. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Information Technology, Information Assurance Concentration also from UTSA in 2004. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), and holds the COBIT 5 designation. She is a member of ISACA, ISSA, ISC2 and the IIA.

Richard Teal, Audit Project Lead, Frost Bank Richard Teal is a project lead for IT Audit at Frost Bank. He leads and performs technical audits in ecommerce banking, IT general controls, and business applications and assists with operational and financial audit areas. Audits of the IT environments include mainframe, middleware, servers, databases, and mobile devices.

Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at Texas A&M. He is Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is a member of ISACA and the IIA.

Driving Directions: Take Texas Hwy 151 towards Westover Hills Blvd. Proceed east onto Westover Hills Blvd. Turn left onto Rogers Rd. One Frost is on the right.

Conference Room: OFC1-Lantana (C1.W.2.17)

Parking: Visitor parking is located on Rogers Run, directly in front of the complex

Check-in Instructions: Enter through the main entrance. Proceed to the guard station to sign-in and obtain a visitor badge. The conference room is located to the right of the guard station.

Food: This is a brown bag event, so attendees will need to provide their own food and beverage. One Frost has a cashless cafeteria located on the first floor. Other food options near One Frost include Rudy’s BBQ, Bill Miller’s BBQ, and Laguna Madre Seafood located on Hwy 151 and Westover Hills Blvd.


The San Antonio Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors has a long history of providing quality continuing professional education to its members. That tradition continues with our 4th Annual Conference to be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort.

The 2017 annual conference continued to grow with over 340 IIA members and Audit professionals from San Antonio and the surrounding areas in attendance (an increase of almost 20% from the previous year). We have secured space to accommodate 400 attendees as we continue to increase the quality and attendance of the conference.

The conference program will include three keynote general sessions and various concurrent sessions covering topics related to fraud, information technology auditing/emerging risks, core Internal Audit, and management development. The event will provide 8 CPE hours and will include a welcome breakfast, luncheon, networking breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a post-Conference networking reception.

The La Cantera Hill country Resort has a spacious exhibitor area positioned with open access to the attendees as they transition between the Conference sessions and where they will enjoy breakfast and several networking breaks. Sponsors will receive direct exposure to members of one of the largest IIA Chapters in the country – consisting of over 800 individuals from over 150 organizations.

We invite your organization to participate as a 2018 Conference sponsor for what is considered the marquee conference event for the San Antonio IIA Chapter. This guide outlines general information on sponsorship, the related benefits, as well as, important information about exhibit space and related materials. Please note that exhibitor space assignment priority is based on the date of payment receipt by sponsorship level.

We are available to answer any questions you may have. Remember that by committing early to be a sponsor you will maximize your exposure in our pre-Conference promotion activities.

We look forward to partnering with you to make this event a great success for all involved!

2018 Conference Chair Cecilia Velasquez SAWS 210-233-3117