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September 2017

President's Message

1. Leanne Thyken

Leanne Thyken  - 2017-2018 TCIIA Chapter President

Welcome to a new chapter year! As I'm writing this message to you, I'm preparing to facilitate my first board meeting since becoming President. It's going to be an exciting year and I'm honored to be leading such a great chapter.
Click here to read more about volunteer opportunities, changes planned for the upcoming chapter year, and more!

TCIIA Member Spotlight - Flossie Russ

Flossie Russ has been an active member of the Twin Cities IIA for many years and recently retired from Land O' Lakes internal audit group. TCIIA's Executive Director Linda Gilligan caught up with Flossie recently to learn more about her life's journey and her career. Click here to read about their discussion.

2. Flossie Russ 

TCIIA Chapter Resources

The Twin Cities Chapter is the 8th largest IIA chapter in the country with 1,400 members. The Chapter is known for its strong volunteer leaders and valuable services to members including cost-effective training programs, Insight Series sessions, outreach to college students, independent quality assessment services and networking opportunities.

You might not know that there are two people who help keep the Chapter's operations going: Chapter Administrator Hilary Marschke and Executive Director Linda Gilligan. Read More...


Next Generation Committee

The Next Generation Committee (NGC) was formed by the Twin Cities IIA Chapter to better serve junior-level employees and emerging leaders in the internal audit profession. This is accomplished through coordination and sponsorship of events specifically focused on the wants and needs of the aforementioned internal audit professionals. Click here to read about the exciting event planned for October! 

The Internal Audit Foundation: Providing Service to the Internal Auditing Profession

One area of the IIA that some members may not be aware of is the Internal Audit Foundation (IAF). The IAF is the research arm of the IIA. It was previously known as the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation. Click here to read about the IAF's mission and the reports available to members, free of charge! 

 Internal Audit Foundation

Insight Series Registration

Has your company registered for the 2017-2018 Insight Series yet? The Twin Cities Chapter offers approximately 15 presentations under the subscription program covering relevant topics for internal auditing professionals, including special sessions just for CAE's and Deputy CAE's. Besides bringing you information on important topics, participants earn CPE credits and have ample time for networking with their peers from other Twin Cities organizations. The annual subscription fee entitles each Chief Audit Executive to attend three CAE roundtables, Audit Directors/Managers to attend focused sessions, and other audit staff to attend 10 general Insight Series sessions. To register or learn more, click here.  

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Auditor In Charge Training - October 4-5, 2017 in Bloomington, MN
Skills for the New Internal Auditor - October 30-November 1, 2017 in Bloomington, MN
Best Practices in Internal Auditing - November 28-29 2017 in Bloomington, MN
Auditing Culture: Challenges and Proven Techniques - January 23-24, 2018 in Bloomington, MN
Risk-Based Auditing and Reporting - February 27-28, 2018 in Bloomington, MN

Chapter Achievement Program Update

The TCIIA currently holds Sapphire status in the IIA's Chapter Achievement Program (CAP). Below is an update on the CAP points earned by the Chapter for the current 2017-2018 fiscal year, as of 7/31/2017.


z CAP Point Chart 7.31.17 

A chapter must earn the minimum CAP points in each category listed above to qualify for an achievement level.
Then, 685 points = Bronze, 1,060 points = Silver, 1,560 = Gold
Chapters receiving Gold 10 of 11 consecutive years are Platinum. If a chapter earns Platinum for 10 consecutive years, they are Ruby. Chapters earning Ruby for 5 consecutive years are Sapphire.

How can you help our chapter earn CAP points?
1. Attend TCIIA events and programs.
2. Earn an IIA certification.
3. Recruit new members.
4. Tell us about your speaking engagements.
5. Submit internal audit-related articles for publication to "Internal Auditor" magazine.
6. Provide an internal audit internship at your company for a student.



The Twin Cities IIA LinkedIn group now has over 250 members! Join today for networking opportunities, local job postings, and member discussions.        

Job Postings

Your organization can have a job opportunity posted on the Twin Cities IIA website, included in this newsletter, and posted to the Twin Cities IIA LinkedIn site. The cost to have the opportunity posted on the website for 4 weeks is $100 for member companies and $125 for non-member companies. Please contact Hilary Marschke at if you are interested in posting a job opportunity.

Visit the Careers tab on the Twin Cities IIA website for current job opportunities in the Twin Cities area. For global employment opportunities, visit The IIA's Audit Career Center. 

Editor's Note

If you have an article or any other item that you would like to include in the newsletter, please submit your information to Kate Jahnke

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In This Issue:

  • President's Message
  • TCIIA Member Spotlight - Flossie Russ
  • TCIIA Chapter Resources
  • Next Generation Committee
  • Internal Audit Foundation
  • Insight Series
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • Chapter Achievement Program Update
  • LinkedIn
  • Job Postings 


Previous Issues

IIA Vision

The IIA will be the global voice of the internal audit profession: advocating its values, promoting best practice, and providing exceptional service to its members. 

IIA Mission

The mission of The Institute of Internal Auditors is to provide dynamic leadership for the global profession of internal auditing.  Activities in support of this mission will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Advocating and promoting the value that internal audit professionals add to their organizations;
  • Providing comprehensive professional educational and development opportunities; standards and other professional practice guidance; and certification programs;
  • Researching, disseminating, and promoting to practitioners and stakeholders knowledge concerning internal auditing and its appropriate role in control, risk management, and governance;
  • Educating practitioners and other relevant audiences on best practices in internal auditing; and
  • Bringing together internal auditors from all countries to share information and experiences.


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