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 Fall Seminar: Project Management for Auditors & Root Cause Analysis

Chapter Event
11/14/2016 8:00 AM
11/15/2016 4:30 PM
Sneden Center at Davenport University | Michigan
Project Management for Auditors & Root Cause Analysis
November 14th and 15th
Sneden Center at Davenport University 
6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
One Day – Member $200, Non-Member $225, Student $30
Two Days – Member $350, Non-Members $400, Student $60
Breakfast will be served at 8:00 am and lunch at 12:00 pm.

Attendees of this seminar will learn applicable concepts and standards from the PMBOK, identify the competing forces in a project and learn how to manage those forces as well as learn how to create meaningful, realistic, and achievable audit project plans. In addition Root Cause Analysis learning objectives will be to differentiate between stating a cause and determining the root cause, list each of the elements needed to perform effective root cause analysis, define the benefits of Root Cause Analysis and explain the benefits of RCA to create an approach for your company.

Speaker:  Cecilia Watkins, PMI, CIA, CRMA, CISA
Cecilia is a dynamic, passionate, and engaging instructor with hands-on experience in Risk Management and Internal Audit. She brings over 23 years of knowledge leading multiple projects and performing a variety of audits from sales and use tax to internal audits including compliance, operational, performance, and consulting.  As a Certified Project Management Professional for over ten years and a project manager on several projects involving diverse groups, Cecilia has learned to be resilient, flexible, and ready for unexpected changes.

Her training and knowledge in the application of internal audit, project and risk management, and ERM concepts, methods, and principles assist others in better assessing strengths and weaknesses and improve internal control systems. Cecilia also helps colleagues learn the value and importance of proper time management, clear scope, appropriate resource allocation, and well-defined responsibilities with proper accountability.

Her audit experience includes successful reengineering the entire business processes for the internal audit program in collaboration with the audit team. Tasks included identifying, evaluating, and implementing changes to each step in the audit lifecycle, standardizing audit templates, developing, and documenting policies and procedures culminated in a comprehensive Audit Manual. The project resulted in greater efficiencies in audit performance, increased productivity, and improved quality and timeliness of audits as a result of introducing risk focused lean audit approach.

Click here to read Cecilia's full bio.
The deadline for registration is November 9th.  To register, click the appropriate register button below or email the chapter Secretary, Katie Boelema ( with your name, company you are with, and member number (if applicable).

November 14th

Project Management

November 15th

​Root Cause Analysis

November 14 & 15

​Both Days

Payment Information:
Payment is required for attendance.  Please wait for confirmation that your registration has been received before submitting payment via one of the following methods:
  • PayPal - Credit card payments can be submitted prior to the day of the event using the payment buttons below.
  • Cash or Check - Payment can be brought to the event or mailed in advance to the Treasurer.  Please make checks payable to WMIIA.  Checks can be mailed to:
Western Michigan IIA
Kristen Potts - Confidential
c/o Salvation Army
PO Box 2603
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2603
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