2021 Houston IIA Annual Conference
 
Frank Abagnale
Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert, bestselling author and subject of “Catch Me If You Can”

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents.  For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.  Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men.  His riveting story was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, “Catch Me If You Can”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels.  The Tony-Award winning musical, “Catch Me If You Can”, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.

“I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years.” -Steven Spielberg 

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for FBI field offices.  He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC), which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys.  More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.  In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News - a select group of 400 people chosen based on great accomplishment and success in their fields.  In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).   He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft, and Stealing Your Life.

“Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see.” -Tom Hanks

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work.  Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, AARP, and Experian and his public speaking engagements.  Mr. Abagnale has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cyber crime and fraud worldwide.   Mr. Abagnale works as an advisor to a number of print and technology companies around the world.   He spent 20 years as an advisor to the Standard Register Company, creating security features for negotiable instruments, car titles, etc.  He spent 10 years as an advisor to the 41st Parameter, which developed fraud detection technology used in 80 countries around the world and recently purchased by Experian. 

In his latest book, Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists, Frank reveals what the world’s most skilled scammers are up to – and how you can stop them in their tracks.

 
Anand Bhakta
Director of Solutions Advisory Services
AuditBoard

At AuditBoard, a cloud-based software solution to help streamline and automate internal audit and compliance activities, Anand specializes in risks and controls in the implementation of ERP systems. He has over 15 years of IT audit and consulting experience and has helped various multinational companies evaluate and/or implement application controls in ERP systems, including Oracle Financials, SAP, and PeopleSoft.  Anand is recognized for developing and implementing agile auditing programs and data analysis tools. He has also assisted clients with SOX compliance from both an advisory and attestation perspective.

 
Larry Harrington
Retired Chief Audit Executive

Larry recently retired after 14 years as the CAE at Raytheon Company.  He previously held the same position at Aetna and Staples and has also served as a VP within finance, human resources, and operations.  Larry has volunteered with The IIA for over 30 years, including as President of the Boston Chapter, Chairman of the North American Board, and Chairman of the Global Board.  He was selected into the North American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners and was awarded the Bradford Cadmus lifetime award by The IIA.  Larry is a well-known speaker and has spoken at more than 35 Institutes and 30 Chapters.  He is a CIA, CRMA, QIAL, and CPA.

 
Carla Hodge
Intelligent Automation and Compliance Evangelist

Carla has over 15 years of internal audit experience and has taught various courses in internal audit, internal controls and finance over the past seven years.  She most recently was Director of Internal Audit at UiPath where she supported efforts to build a global audit department and digitize internal control testing. Prior to UiPath, she was at SCI as Director of Risk Compliance and Governance.  Carla has an extensive background in internal audit, SOX compliance, COSO, pre-IPO readiness, and fraud investigations/audits.  Her dissertation entitled, “Organizational Satisfaction in the 21st Century Internal Audit function:  Trends that Impact Internal Audit Departments,” is cataloged at the U.S. Library of Congress, and she has written for both The IIA and ACFE magazines.  Carla holds a Doctorate in Business Administration focused on Internal Audit from Jones International University, a Master of Management in Finance and Economics and a Bachelor of Management in Finance from Tarleton State University.  She is a CFE, CRMA, and CRCMP.

 
Jenitha John
2020-2021 Chair of The Institute of Internal Auditors Global Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors

Jenitha has more than 26 years of experience in internal auditing, including as a Chief Audit Executive.  Before becoming Chairman of The IIA Global Board, her volunteer roles included serving as the Global Board’s Senior Vice Chair (2019-20), as well as serving on the IPPF Relook Task Force, Committee of Research and Education Advisors, Financial Services Guidance Committee, and on the Global Board’s Executive Committee as 2018-19 Vice Chairman-Professional Certifications, and 2017-18 Vice Chairman-Professional Practices.  She also led a global task force on the recently updated Three Lines Model (formerly Three Lines of Defense).  

Jenitha paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public- and private-sector entities. A seasoned executive with experience in industries ranging from utilities to telecommunications, agriculture, health care, insurance, automobile, information technology, and financial services, she currently serves as a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chairman of listed company boards in South Africa. 

Recognized as “South Africa’s Internal Auditor of the Year” in 2014, Jenitha has addressed conferences globally on a wide array of topics, such as internal audit’s role in governance, combined assurance, women in leadership, the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry, and the value of key performance indicators. In addition, she actively participates in mentoring circles, panel discussions, and networking sessions throughout the world, and she strongly believes in developing young minds.

Jenitha is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has received the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) designation. Other professional credentials include CA(SA), South African Institute of Chartered Accountants; CD(SA), Institute of Directors (Chartered Director); and SEP, Senior Executive Program, Harvard Business School. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an Honors degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, auditing and economics.  For her chairman’s year theme, Jenitha chose “Reimagining Resilience” to emphasize the role agility plays in internal audit every day, but particularly during times of crisis.

 
Ed Robinson
President
Robinson Performance Group

Ed has been a business growth advisor, leadership and sales expert for over 30 years. He has consulted, coached and spoken to thousands of audiences and hundreds of businesses in more than 30 countries across multiple industries.   Ed is a professed “recovering CPA” that has facilitated the growth of leadership, business development and sales in many organizations, with focused projects designed to improve performance and productivity. His company provides practical strategies and techniques to clients worldwide “transforming professionals to Leaders and Leaders to Rainmakers.”   Ed has authored several books: 4 Giant Steps to Leadership, From Fighting the Storm to Dancing in the Rain, and the Million Dollar Rainmaker series, a parable about developing new business.  Ed’s newest product is Leadership: Winning Through Influence, a sales and marketing system with a proven track record for teaching sales professionals how to close more business.

 
Patty Salkin
Managing Director
Deloitte

Patty has over 25 years of experience specializing in SOX compliance related services to multi-national and cross industry clients.  With broad insights and access to leading practices, Patty leverages her knowledge and experience to lead teams assisting clients identify and assess their top SOX areas in order to drive a client-vested outcome and value.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Patty is a CPA and member of the AICPA.

 
Mark Schulman
Celebrity Drummer

Mark is the drummer for P!NK and has performed for sold-out audiences all over the world. Get ready to be empowered, inspired and elevated to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance.

Having performed for over a billion people, Mark unlocks the Rockstar Attitude by incorporating his powerful business philosophy and innovative strategic content with engaging multimedia and drum performances.

Through Mark’s high-energy speaking style, strategic business expertise, and dynamic, interactive musical activities, you will get to express your own rhythms, fortify individual strengths, and enhance emotional connections with your colleagues and families.

Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo Starr; you’ll break the boundaries of possibility and performance while rocking out to an unforgettable mix of live drumming, interactive performances, and compelling stories from Mark’s intimate experiences with P!NK, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Cher, and other world-class artists.

 
Vivek Sinha
CEO & Founder
Janus Advisory and Consulting Services

Vivek has over 20 years of international experience driving transformation through consulting, intelligent automation, assurance, shared services, compliance, and governance. He is recognized for organizational and thought leadership in the areas of innovation through automation, people and program management, crisis management expertise, and building large multi-functional global teams.  His previous roles include being the Chief Audit Executive of UiPath, where he was responsible for overseeing UiPath’s Global Internal Audit function responsible for providing reasonable assurance on the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management and the strength of internal controls.  Vivek has a degree in Economics, a Chartered Accountancy from India and is also a CFE.  He has managed global teams as large as 1,100 employees in 12 countries.  He is an RPA evangelist speaking at different forums and conferences and has been a speaker at global RPA conferences, the annual Blackline conference as well as finance town halls of several multi-nationals.

 
Janet Smith
Managing Director
BDO

Janet has 30 years of financial audit, internal audit, SOX and contract compliance experience. She provides governance, risk and compliance services and assists clients in achieving their objectives through effective and efficient systems of internal controls.  Janet has worked with clients to identify major control weaknesses; recommend and implement appropriate action plans to strengthen internal controls; actively help clients assess their risk; identify significant controls; and develop test plans for SOX compliance.  She is a CPA and CIA.

 
Paul Sobel
Chairman
Committee of Sponsoring Organizations

Paul is Chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). He recently retired from Georgia-Pacific, LLC where he was Vice President/Chief Risk Officer and CAE for this privately-owned forest and consumer products company based in Atlanta.  He has authored or co-authored four books: Managing Risk in Uncertain Times; Auditor’s Risk Management Guide:  Integrating Auditing and ERM; Internal Auditing: Assurance and Advisory Services; and Enterprise Risk Management: Achieving and Sustaining Success. Paul was The IIA’s Chairman of the Board (2013-2014) and has held other IIA leadership roles.  In 2012, he was recognized in Treasury & Risk Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in Finance. In 2017, he received The IIA’s Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award and was inducted into The IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. He is a CIA, QIAL, and CRMA. In 2020 he received The IIA’s Victor Z. Brink Award for distinguished service.

 
Laura Soileau
Director
Postlethwaite and Netterville

Laura has extensive experience in internal auditing, including working with audit committees; leading internal audit and internal controls assessments; facilitating risk assessments for financial, operational and technology audits; coordinating with external auditors; overseeing the execution of audit plans; and communicating audit results to senior management and audit committees.  She currently serves on both The IIA's Global Board of Directors and North American Board of Directors.  She is a CIA, CISA, CPA, CFE, CRMA, and CGMA.

 
Brian Tremblay
Compliance Practice Leader
Onapsis

Brian helps clients understand and navigate the challenges and opportunities created by the increasing overlap of compliance, cybersecurity and business continuity related to IT General Controls and regulatory and compliance matters such as SOX and GDPR. Prior to Onapsis, he was the CAE for high-tech semiconductor company Acacia Communications. In addition to founding and leading all activities of the internal audit function, he helped prepare the organization to go public (including implementing SOX) and facilitated its implementation of enterprise risk management. Previously, Tremblay was the director of internal audit at Iron Mountain, overseeing all audits and projects in North America as well as liaising with global quality managers. Earlier in his career, he worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Raytheon and Deloitte.  He is a CIA and CISA.

 
Brian Yarbrough
Chief Audit Executive (Interim)
HP Inc

Brian started his career at Arthur Andersen in 1997 as an IT risk auditor. He joined PwC in 2003 as a manager in the Risk Assurance practice, working on IT SOX assurance, internal audit co-sourcing, and information security engagements. He joined AIG in 2012 as a vice president in the Financial Controls Unit, leading global SOX testing for the Life Insurance businesses. In 2016, he joined HP Inc. as a senior director leading global IT audits. In December 2020, Brian was named Chief Audit Executive.  He holds a BFA in English from the University of Houston and MBA from Rice University.  He is a CISA.