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 August Luncheon Meeting - Chief Auditors Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

8/15/2013 11:30 AM
8/15/2013 1:00 PM
The Pasadena Women's Club |
Chief Auditors Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
What’s on CAE’s Minds Today
Join us for this special enlightening and interactive lunch meeting!!
This month’s meeting format involves a moderated Q&A discussion with the CAEs,
followed by questions from the audience.
Learning objectives include
  • Biggest audit challenges facing internal audit in today’s complex business environment
  • The next generation auditor
  • Effective & efficient utilization of limited audit resource (doing more with less) 
  • How does internal audit adds value 
  • How does CAE’s ensure an effective internal Audit Technology Strategy
Moderator:                  Albert Lau (East West Bank)
Panelists:                    Todd Blecha (Wescom Credit Union)
                                   Michele Flynn (City of Glendale)
                                   Janice Riblet (Southern California Edison)
                                   Dom Tallerico (Wilshire State Bank)
                                   Kate Upton  (On Assignment)           
Speaker Bios:
Albert Lau (East West Bank)
Albert Lau is currently the Chief Audit Executive of East West Bank headquartered in Pasadena, California. East West Bank is a $23.3 billion bank with over 120 branches in the United States, one branch in Hong Kong, and a subsidiary bank in China. Prior to entering the banking industry, Albert worked at Deloitte and Touche LLP in Los Angeles as a Senior Audit Manager specializing in the financial services industry. Albert holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Todd Blecha (Wescom Credit Union)
Todd Blecha is currently the Director of Audit for Wescom Credit Union.  He has been in this position for the past five years.  Todd has over 20 years in internal audit experience.  His previous audit experience was gained with multi-billion dollar financial institutions such as First Interstate Bank, Great Western, Countrywide, and IndyMac Bank. 
Michele Flynn (City of Glendale)
Michele Flynn is currently the City Auditor for the City of Glendale. With more than 25 years in audit field, Michele earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Cal State University at Los Angeles and is currently enrolled in Woodbury’s MBA program. Early on in her career, Michele worked in public accounting to earn her CPA before moving into internal audit for Home Savings of America. She spent the next six years performing a variety of operational and compliance audits while continuing to establish a great foundation for her audit career. Michele eventually took a position with Ernst & Young in their internal audit section where she was quickly promoted to Audit Manager. The City of Glendale opportunity came along unexpectedly and it was one not to pass up. Glendale was forming their internal audit function where Michele would be one of the two authorized positions to start the group under the leadership of her predecessor. Michele now oversees internal audit as well as the city’s administrative investigation function. She has been serving in this capacity for the last 3 years and has been employed by Glendale for a total of 13 years.
Janice Riblet (Southern California Edison)
Janice Riblet is Director of Information Technology Audit Services for Southern California Edison (SCE).  Her group is responsible for defining and executing a risk-based audit plan, providing consulting services, assisting investigations, and developing a continuous monitoring/data analytics capacity for the Audit Services Department.  The audit plan includes a wide range of technologies including Cyber security, application maintenance and development, data centers, and large projects such as Edison SmartConnect.  IT Audit Services also has a significant role in the assessment of regulatory compliance with both Sarbanes-Oxley 404 and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection.  She has 16 years of experience managing Information Technology and 18 years of experience in IT Auditing at SCE, Atlantic Richfield Company, and British Petroleum.  Janice earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rice University, and Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Dallas.
Dom Tallerico (Wilshire State Bank)
Dom Tallerico is currently the Chief Audit Executive of Wilshire State Bank.  He has over 30 years of internal audit experiences.  Dom was the Chief Audit Executive for Montecito Bank and Trust and Triad Financial Corporation in the prior years.  He’s a formal Director at KPMG in the Internal Audit Services Practice of New York City and San Francisco office.  He also worked in internal audit management positions at Bank of America, CitiBank, and Wells Fargo.
Kate Upton (On Assignment)        
Kate Upton is the Audit Director of On Assignment.  She has been in this position for the last 6 years.  Kate has over 30 years of internal audit experience.  She is a CIA, CPA, and holds an MBA in Accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Her employer, On Assignment is a publically traded staffing firm based in Los Angeles, California, traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  Growing through acquisitions, the Company earned over $1 billion in 2012 through assignment and permanent placement staffing in Lab Support, Healthcare, Locum Tenens, and Information Technology in the United States and Europe. On Assignment has become the second largest I.T. staff provider and is now the 5th largest staffing company in the United States.
Delivery Method: Group-Live
Program Level: All
Field of Study: Auditing
Prerequisites or Advanced Preparation: None
Come join us in Pasadena at The Women’s City Club, 160 North Oakland Ave (free parking behind building on Madison off of Walnut St). 
Register by August 8, 2013:
As part of the Chapter’s commitment to service our members, the price for lunch including 1 CPE has been reduced to $20 (members), $25 (non-members), or $10 (retired members or students) for this meeting.
Meal choices: Chicken Monterey or Vegetarian.  If you are registering multiple participants please email
Payment: Remit cash or check at time of check-in.  Make checks payable to: IIA-SGVC
Cancellations after August 8, 2013 and no shows will be billed.  Please contact to cancel your registration or if you want to change your food selection after completing the registration process.
Refunds: Refund requests should be received by August 8, 2013.   No refunds will be granted after the event start date.  Contact the Programs Chair Vivien Ai at for refund, complaint or cancellation policies.
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