Editor's Note: Standouts Amid Crisis

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​At a time when there’s not a lot of good news in the world to report, we are very excited to be able to do just that by introducing Internal Auditor magazine’s 2021 Emerging Leaders. 

As we’re all well aware, working during a worldwide pandemic has introduced a host of new challenges for internal auditors, including remote work, travel restrictions, and communication issues, not to mention helping their organizations form COVID-19 response plans. This year’s Emerging Leaders have been required to address these and many other issues while continuing to add value in their daily work. And, as you will read in “Emerging Leaders: 2021,” they have done just that. 

As Bill Mulcahy, longtime practitioner and IIA volunteer, explained in his nomination of honoree Christy Beers, “She handled the ultimate audit double dip — a large company merger while managing the changes that come with remote work during the pandemic.” Bill, who sadly passed away earlier this year, was one of Christy’s biggest advocates. “I’m grateful for having known him,” she told us. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without his mentorship.”

Bill was also a big advocate of Internal Auditor’s Emerging Leaders, nominating a young professional each year. Whenever one of his nominees was chosen, Bill would be sure to take out a full-page ad to congratulate him or her. We will greatly miss his dedication to, and enthusiasm for, advancing the next generation of internal auditors. 

Bill’s 2021 nomination is one of 15 Emerging Leaders who hail from across the U.S. and five additional countries — The Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Five men and 10 women from a variety of industries and backgrounds share their stories of success. From using virtual meetings and telehealth systems for virtual walk-throughs, to creating a collaborative onboarding portal and team intranet site, to creating new opportunities to be agents of change during the pandemic, their stories are diverse and impressive. 

And speaking of impressive, beginning on page 41, we check in with some of our past Emerging Leaders. Whether they continue to rise through the ranks of internal auditing or are using their audit experience to move into a new profession, many of our past Leaders, as expected, continue to excel in their chosen career paths. 

Hear more from past and current Emerging Leaders about just what it takes to be a leader in a series of videos on InternalAuditor.org

Congratulations to our 2021 Emerging Leaders! You’ve persevered through a pandemic and are more prepared than ever to be leaders in your profession. 

Anne Millage
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Anne MillageAnne Millage<p> Anne Millage is editor in chi​ef of <em>Internal Auditor</em> magazine and editorial director at The IIA.​​​</p>https://iaonline.theiia.org/authors/Pages/Anne-Millage.aspx


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