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2nd Quarter 2011 Vol 14 No. 2
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Nearly 300 Leaders Attend The 2011 Academy

This year's Leadership Conference featured 2 1/2 days of Getting to the Core: Core Values, Core Resources, Core Network. There were breakouts by region, by leader role and by topic, panel sessions, and four unique general sessions: 

  • Vicki Hitzges: "Put Away The Lawnmower Charlie, Those Are Trees Out There"
  • Thad Lacinak: "Whale Done!"
  • Terri Langhans: "Take This Job and Love It!"
  • and Dan Thurmon (right): "Off Balance, On Purpose" - (No chapter leaders were harmed during this session.)

In addition, leaders had the opportunity to attend the NA Membership Meeting and hear from the Outgoing North American Board (NAB) Chairman, Alan Siegfried, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA, from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, CCSA, CGAP and from Incoming NAB Chairman, Larry Harrington, CIA.

This was a week of celebration, as well - kicking off The IIA's 70th Anniversary with balloons, pins, banners and a look back at the association's first 70 years, delivered by COO Kevin Mayeux (below).

Along with trading Internal Audit buttons, leaders exchanged ideas and leading practices. As many evaluations noted, though, the key of the week was connecting with other leaders throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, Bermuda and Guyana.  Judging from the involvement, excitement and engagement of leaders at this year's Academy, this is surely going to be a banner year for IIA Chapters.