​Internal Auditor Recognizes 20 ‘Emerging Leaders

Altamonte Springs, Fla. (April 1, 2014) – Internal Auditor (Ia) magazine, published by The Institute of Internal Auditors, announced today the selection of 20 “Emerging Leaders” who are making a difference in their organizations and in the internal audit profession.

The magazine’s April cover story, “Taking the Lead,” identifies the 20 practitioners for their exceptional achievement in internal auditing as demonstrated by their professionalism, leadership, certifications, advocacy, community service, and innovative thinking. The honorees, and 10 honorable mentions, were selected from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of judges comprising distinguished internal audit professionals with decades of combined experience.

“The internal audit profession is continually evolving through the work of innovative leaders such as these,” said Anne Millage, editor-in-chief of Internal Auditor. “Recognizing these 20 Emerging Leaders will hopefully inspire others to seek out and make the most of the many opportunities the profession presents for leadership.”

The Emerging Leaders list, which includes professionals from the private and public sectors, reflects a variety of strengths and talents characteristic of rising leaders and the diversity of industries in which internal auditing plays a critical role.

Ia magazine’s Emerging Leaders for 2014 are:

Tamara Baugh-Brissett, 34, general manager of audit services, Development Bank of Jamaica:
Outside the office, Baugh-Brissett plays an integral role in the rebuilding and rebranding process for IIA-Jamaica, including efforts to ensure timely submission of reports, keep members informed, and provide advice on seeking certification.

Olivier Beauregard, 35, director of internal audit, Agence Métropolitaine de Transport:
Described as a peaceful but effectively leader, Beauregard brings passion to everything he does, always trying to promote the latest internal audit methods and working to integrate data analytics into existing audit functions.

Leslie D. Bordelon, 29, manager, Protiviti Inc.:
Bordelon says she defines leaders as those who strive to help others as much as themselves.  She leads multiple internal training efforts, mentors consultants, and provides coaching to her project teams to ensure continuous learning and development.

Christina Hardy, 34, manager of corporate audit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska:
Hardy’s ability to connect with clients sets her apart. Good communications is a soft skill in internal auditing that enhances the technical ones, she says. One client commented, “I’ve met a lot of auditors and don’t think I’ve been more impressed with someone’s approach.”

Joseph Harrington, 32, director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP:
Through his partnership with one company’s risk management function, he’s credited with helping ensure that the control culture was independently assessed and championed on the back-end as well. As a result, business owners now embrace the internal control environment throughout their business processes and include risk considerations during new product and delivery roll-out.

Edward Hill, 33, senior audit manager, AT&T:
Hill understands the value of a well-performed audit. At both internal audit organizations where Hill has worked, his testing efforts and audits positively impacted the business and customers in key areas such as data protection and system security.

Bryan Kallstrom, 32, auditor, Hennepin County, Minn.:
Kallstrom values lessons learned from those around him, including his parents, grandfather, co-workers and supervisors. His focus on self-improvement helped him grow into a leader whose work has increased program compliance and decreased external audit costs for Hennepin County.

Derrick Li, 31, head of internal audit, Translink, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority:
Li is a strong supporter of continuing education, having earned six professional certifications, including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). His passion for education drove him to start IIA-Vancouver’s Internal Audit Employer Co-op Subsidy program, which connects internal audit employers with co-op students.

Sarah Lipps, 26, senior audit leader, Wells Fargo:
Lipps understands that listening is as important as speaking, and effective leadership makes it possible for internal auditors to do their jobs better. Lipps recently helped guide the internal audit team through the implementation of a new audit tool and methodology, updating prior audit coverage strategies to the new methodology and documentation standards.