The Phoenix IIA Annual Conference is May 16!!
Register early to secure your spot and save some $$$!
Early bird pricing ends 4/15.
Registration Closes May 13th
Phoenix Zoo
Neely Center
455 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix AZ
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7 CPE Hours

This year's annual conference will be held at the Phoenix Zoo! Join us for a fun day of CPE and catch a few animals on your way home.
Topics include:
  • AI Governance
  • Audit Optimization
  • Agile Auditing
  • Audit Awareness
  • New Global Internal Audit Standards
  • Strategic Planning
  • Using hotline data to inform risk assessments and audit planning
Please join us for a full-day event with great speakers, topics, and networking opportunities!
A Deep Dive into the Global Internal Audit Standards
In January 2024, The IIA released the much-anticipated update of the professional standards for internal auditing. In this presentation, you will learn more about these changes, the impact on the profession and the important role the internal auditor plays in ensuring their adoption and implementation. You will immerse yourself in the structure and content of the five Domains and will emerge with a fuller understanding of what the standards mean to you and how to apply them in an organizational setting.
Find Your Internal Audit "Why" - Creating an Internal Audit Strategic Plan the Right Way
An effective internal audit function is typically guided by a well-informed strategic plan, but these plans do not happen without intentional leadership and planning efforts.  While traditional strategic planning approaches can certainly guide internal audit functions, without significant internal audit team involvement and input, the resulting plans can often be formed on faulty assumptions and not gain critical internal audit team buy-in.  This presentation presents a case-study of an internal audit function's strategic planning efforts using Simon Sinek's "Find your Why" approach and will provide attendees with practical steps to ensure the next strategic planning cycle is effective.
AI Governance and Focus Areas for Audit
This session will cover relevant topics for auditors in AI Governance including:
  • The various AI standards and regulations
  • Presenting an AI Governance Framework
  • Specific interest areas to auditor
Auditing with Agility & Audit Optimization
Corporate Audit Services at Salt River Project is pleased to welcome Clarissa Lucas who is the author of “Beyond Agile Auditing: Three Core Components to Revolutionize Your Internal Audit Practice.” She will help lead a panel discussion with SRP’s internal audit team on the topic of Audit Optimization and then take questions from the audience. Clarissa will be available afterwards for a book signing.
5 Critical elements for quality questions
No matter your field, asking questions is one of the most important professional skills to have. Unfortunately, most of us fail to do it effectively. Bad questions lead to bad answers, which leads to bad decision making.
But what if I told you there was a shortcut to improving the quality of your questions?
Ahh. Now I have your attention.
In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of questions, the power in questions and 5 things that will immediately improve the quality of your questions.
Learning Objectives
●    Discover why questions are important
●    Recognize the power of quality questions
●    Explore 5 elements to improve the quality of your questions
Activate your Auditing Awesomeness
Internal auditors are awesome people. That’s something we don’t hear in most business environments. Often we are called necessary evils, the group that bayonets the wounded…I could go on, but you get the point. Several years ago, after a tough audit engagement, a client called my team awesome. Then another. And another. Pretty soon, we started to believe we were actually awesome. However, we did not know what we were doing to create this perception. That is, until I asked. 
In this session, we'll discuss client perspectives on what can make auditors awesome. And surprisingly, it has less to do with the act of actually auditing.
Learning Objectives
●    Describe 3 critical components to being awesome
●    Discover how to find your awesome attributes and apply them to auditing
●    Build the courage to activate your awesomeness
Not Your Average Audit Planning: Leveraging Whistleblower Hotline Data for Audits and Risk Assessments
Your ethics hotline reports – regardless of whether there is a formal or informal whistleblowing process - can provide a wealth of information not found in financial data. These reports can also serve as a bellwether for potential litigation and claims not found in disclosures. Learn to mine this data for better audit planning while being mindful of privilege and confidentiality. In addition, learn how to audit the confidential reporting process itself to ensure your organization’s “speakup” mechanisms are functioning as intended.


May 16, 2024
8:00 am - 8:10 amWelcome Announcements
8:10 am - 9:00 amA Deep Dive into the Global Internal Audit Standards
Speaker: Charlie Johnson, Director, Forvis
9:00 am - 9:50 amFind Your Internal Audit “Why” – Creating an Internal Audit Strategic Plan the Right Way
Speaker: Charlie Johnson, Director, Forvis
9:50 am - 10:10 amBreak
10:10 am - 11:00 amAI Governance and Focus Areas for Audit
Speaker: Ramsey Rifai, Senior Director, Protiviti
Stephanie Gonzales, Director, Financial Services, Protiviti
11:00 am - 12:00 pmAuditing with Agility & Audit Optimization
Charlie Johnson, Director, Forvis
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm5 Critical elements for quality questions
Speaker: Robert Berry CPA, CIA, CISA, Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Virtual Presenter, The Audit Guy
1:50 pm - 2:40 pmActivate your Auditing Awesomeness
Speaker: Robert Berry CPA, CIA, CISA, Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Virtual Presenter, The Audit Guy
2:40 pm - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm - 3:50 pmNot Your Average Audit Planning: Leveraging Whistleblower Hotline Data for Audits and Risk Assessments
Speaker: Juliette Gust, President and Co-Founder, Ethics Suite
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmClosing Remarks
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmNetworking
Ramsey Rifai

40 years of professional experience in multiple industries, large corporations to small startups, US and international.

Before joining Protiviti, Ramsey built and led transformational programs at Wells Fargo in Corporate Risk, Wholesale and Technology, focusing on operational resiliency, business process risk management, out-of-region BCP recovery for clearing & settlement apps, Wells-Wachovia merger integration, strategic data center consolidation and on-demand provisioning of technology infrastructure.

Prior, Ramsey developed a governance framework in London for HP’s IT outsourcing practice, negotiated 3-way eCommerce joint ventures for a Silicon Valley tech company in partnership with the World Bank and small-business banks in Asia and South America and led the engineering team at Boeing which developed the control system for the electric power system aboard the International Space Station. He has also worked as a computer circuit designer, software developer, solar panel tester and research assistant [investigating satellite-to-submarine communications via laser for the US Navy].
Charlie Johnson

Charlie is a director in Forvis’ Risk Advisory Services practice providing internal audit and risk management services.  He is an experienced internal audit executive with more than twenty-five years of experience creating, reforming, leading and advising organizations’ internal audit functions while also working directly for and supporting corporate boards and audit committees.  Prior to joining FORVIS in 2020, he served thirteen years as the chief audit executive for a large electric and water utility in central Texas.

Previously, Charlie was the Vice President of Corporate Audit, Compliance & Privacy for a large academic medical system where he was hired to create the organization’s internal audit function. His thirty year internal audit career spans the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors and banking, finance, insurance, healthcare and electric generation/transmission and water utility industries.  He served twelve years as the audit committee chair for a national not-for-profit board. 

He is active in global IIA volunteer leadership roles, currently serving on the International Internal Audit Standards Board.  He previously completed seven years of service as the IIA’s Professional Certifications Board chair and Exam Development Committee chair.  He is the contracted instructor for the IIA’s Vision University executive education program for new and aspiring chief audit executives.  He is a past president of the New Orleans IIA chapter and including his global volunteer time has been an IIA volunteer for over 15 years.  He previously served as both a volunteer and paid consultant assisting the IIA in conducting external quality assurance reviews. In 2022, he was awarded the IIA’s Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service in recognition for unusual and outstanding service to the profession of internal auditing over time.

Charlie is a 1993 graduate of University of Southern Mississippi, with a B.S. degree in accounting.

Juliette Gust
Ethics Suite

Juliette Gust has over 20 years of experience in building out global Ethics and Compliance programs, whistleblower program implementation and management, internal investigations, and both external and internal audit programs in a broad variety of industries. She is the co-founder of Ethics Suite, a company that provides modern digital confidential “hotline” reporting and case management, as well as Ethics & Compliance program-related consulting services.

 As a former Director of Internal Audit at one of the leading hotel companies in the world, with more than 1,270 properties in 100 countries and over 180,000 employees, Ms. Gust developed and led the Global Fraud & Investigations team for the company. Ms. Gust also served as the Project Manager and a core member of the company’s Anti-Corruption Compliance Program, leading the development of a best-in-class global anti-corruption risk assessment, third-party due diligence, and audit program.

Throughout her career, Ms. Gust has personally conducted or managed more than 2,000 investigations spanning 75 countries and advised on more than 10,000 employee ethics line reports.  Ms. Gust served previously as a subject matter specialist within PwC’s Regulatory and Forensics practices, where she led investigations and engagements in the U.S. and abroad on a variety of matters including anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance, corruption and bribery, embezzlement, and financial statement fraud – presenting her findings and recommendations to executive boards, federal and state regulatory agencies and audit committees.

Juliette has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2007. She is also an AZ-licensed Private Investigator.

Stephanie Gonzales
Stephanie is a Director in the Financial Services practice at Protiviti, based out of the Phoenix office. She is an IT Audit leader with 18 years of experience helping clients design and build capabilities within IT operations, cybersecurity, operational resilience, risk and compliance, automation, and service management across various industries. Although she is currently focused on the Financial Services industry, she has supported clients in a variety of industries over the course of her career.  In addition to supporting clients, Stephanie also oversees the Emerging Technology Audit Team and is focused on developing Protiviti’s Audit Methodology related to Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies.  Stephanie has bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems and marketing from ASU.
Robert Berry CPA, CIA, CISA, Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Virtual Presenter

Robert Berry is an award winning auditor, keynote speaker, trainer, author and podcast host. His goal is to help auditors build better relationships by helping them communicate better in the workplace. 

Robert is a top rated keynote and general session speaker at top tier audit conferences. He is also the author of Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, Perform Better Audits, the first book dedicated to the art of asking questions while auditing. 

In addition, he and his co hosts edutain audiences each week on the Friday Fraudster podcast/show. He is also the host of the Audit Bites podcast.

Robert loves auditing and says that the profession saved his life. Now he is passionate about using audit to improving people, processes and profits.


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