Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Session 1

 Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA CRMA
Chief Executive Officer and President of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
​Mr. Chambers leverages more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience to direct more than 200 professional staff members at The IIA's global headquarters located in Central Florida, achieving the agreed-upon strategies and objectives on behalf of The IIA's North American and Global Boards of Directors.

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J. Michael Joyce Jr., CIA, CRMA
IIA Senior Vice Chairman of the Board

 J. Michael “Mike” Joyce is the Vice President, Chief Auditor & Compliance Officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation’s largest health insurer, covering more than 107 million members.

With more than 35 years of professional experience, Joyce has been with BCBSA since June 1999. Before joining the Association, he served as director of internal audit and controller for Rush Prudential Health Plans in Chicago, and held a variety of positions with the JCPenney Company’s internal audit department.   

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Dr. Margaret Christ, CIA

IA's Response to Disruption, University of Georgia

Margaret H. Christ is an Associate Professor of Accounting, and the PwC Faculty Fellow in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses broadly on management control systems, including the effects of control systems and incentive compensation on employee behavior, the implementation of control systems in inter-organizational collaborations, and internal audit practices.  She has earned several research awards from the American Accounting Association, including the 2013 Accounting Horizons Best Paper award, and outstanding paper awards from the Management Accounting Section, Information Systems Section, and the ABO Section. 

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Keynote Session 3

Andy Masters

Award-Winning Author and Keynote Speaker

Andy Masters IGNITES a cultural transformation to cultivate & empower future leaders, in order to improve performance, advance business growth, and transform customer experience — all within a creative, & high-morale work environment. Andy is an award-winning author and international speaker who has written 5 books, earned 4 degrees, and presented over 1,000+ entertaining and impactful programs for 100,000+ attendees. He has been featured on many major media outlets — including LifeTime Television, PBS, Investor’s Business Daily, and Leadership Excellence magazine.  

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Keynote Session 4

Brandi Thomas - Panel Moderator

Vice President, Corporate Audit for Delta Airlines

Brandi Thomas is Vice President, Corporate Audit for Delta Air Lines. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Corporate Audit team, generating and completing the annual Corporate Audit Plan, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and fostering world-class technical audit & leadership development training within her group. She and her team evaluate Delta’s systems of internal controls and operational efficiency and effectiveness considering our company’s risks, goals, policies and processes. 

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