For the fifth consecutive year, Internal Auditor is recognizing the rising leaders in the internal audit profession. The magazine’s Emerging Leaders program was created in 2013 to not only highlight outstanding young internal audit professionals, but also to bring forth the next generation’s voice within The IIA — a must-do as millennials are expected to comprise 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.
The program has been an overwhelming success. Since its debut, many of these leaders have gone on to contribute to the profession in a variety of ways. Their contributions enable The IIA to better determine what is important to the next generation and the tools they need to do their jobs, as well as share with previous generations the views and approaches of up-and-coming internal auditors.
Take, for example, Seth Peterson (@swpete85), one of our original Emerging Leaders. Seth was already a member of The IIA’s Chapter Relations Committee when he was named an Emerging Leader in 2013. By 2016, he sat on The IIA’s Audit Committee. Today, he is a member of The Institute’s Global Finance Committee and vice chair – finance of the North American Board.
Seth also serves as the North American Board liaison to The IIA’s Young Professionals Task Force. Among the priorities of this task force, which includes Emerging Leaders from 2015 and 2016, are contributing to articles and webinars, planning networking opportunities at IIA events, and providing insight to the North American Board related to attracting and serving young professionals.
Other Emerging Leaders are serving on IIA committees and participating in a variety of ways to advance the profession. Laura Soileau (@laurasoileau) was a member of the Publications Advisory Committee when she was named an Emerging Leader in 2014 and continues on the committee to this day. She also has been elected to the North American Board. Laura has served as a “Back to Basics” contributing editor, won an outstanding contributor award for an article she co-authored,and currently authors the InternalAuditor.org blog, “Solutions by Soileau.”
The Emerging Leaders’ continued participation in The IIA validates what we originally saw in them — their passion for, and willingness to give back to, the profession. We’re proud to present our 2017 Emerging Leaders (see page 26). The future of the profession is indeed bright with these forward-looking, motivated, impressive individuals poised to take it to the next level.
Speaking of forward-looking, be sure to check out InternalAuditor.org’s newest blog, “Points of View by Pelletier.” Jim Pelletier (@JimLPelletier), The IIA’s vice president, Professional and Stakeholder Relations, guides readers through innovative technologies, practices, and thinking for today’s disruptive times.