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President’s Message – Winter 2018/2019

Dear fellow members,

During this holiday season, we are thankful for our chapter members and volunteers. We celebrate our success to date at the Top Golf kickoff social event, the student-focused round table discussion, and the highly rated cybersecurity and privacy presentation from David Hartley.

ISACA St. Louis has more great events on tap, literally and figuratively, including the free Holiday Social Event at Milo’s Tavern and Bocce Garden on December 12th and a cybersecurity presentation from ISACA International Board Director Gregory Touhill on January 15th.

Planning is nearly complete for a two-day CSX Penetration Testing Overview course in March 2019; however, your input is required to confirm sufficient interest and identify the best date. Please review the details here and respond accordingly.

Finally, Rebecca Harness represented our chapter at the ISACA Global Leadership Summit in Chicago and brought back important information concerning the future direction of ISACA International.

Sincerely,

Robert Hof
ISACA St. Louis Chapter President

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Global Leadership Summit Notes

Every two years, ISACA chapters from around the world gather for the Global Leadership Summit to learn from each other and help set the direction of our international organization. Rebecca Harness, Administrative Vice President, represented ISACA St. Louis. Over 400 people representing over 80 chapters attended the three day convention, some traveling for 10-20+ hours!

Peter Weill, co-author of “What’s Your Digital Business Model” provided the opening keynote, and really opened our eyes to how successful businesses are transforming for the digital economy while others are struggling with traditional business models. This ended up generating quite a bit of conversation, as many of us discussed how the demand for new audit and compliance skillsets will continue to grow and further stress the shortage of talent within our industry.

After a brief lesson on Chicago history, the national representatives jumped right in to engage all of us on the digital transformation ISACA must make to remain relevant in an ever changing world. They then took this opportunity to showcase “engage.isaca.org,” the all new web site designed to engage, inform, and bring together our membership. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly encourage you to. There are volunteer opportunities, and forums where you can brainstorm with other members and ask questions to a really broad audience. There are some pretty active discussions out there. Very much worth a look.

ISACA is also launching a dedicated web presence to support our 50th anniversary. Check out ISACA50.org to learn more about our compelling history.

Speaking of web sites, there was a LOT of feedback about the national web site, and how difficult it was to navigate and engage with… especially for newcomers that may just be starting to learn about ISACA and GRC. There is a considerable effort going on to revamp that site, and we spent the next two days in brainstorming sessions to develop ideas for the national leaders.

Unfortunately, the feedback we received was that many of the changes would need to wait until a new CEO was named and able weigh in on the future direction of ISACA. In any event, major changes to our web presence and how ISACA engages with members new and old is likely to be a multi-year journey.

There are lots of exciting things on the way in the near-term though to help the local chapters, especially the smaller ones. A national committee was formed to create a number of initiatives to make running a local chapter easier and setting up new leaders for success. Most of it is expected to be delivered in 2019, but we have some training guides and other documents available to us now.

All in all, it was a fantastic event and provided an opportunity to learn from and engage with other chapters around the world!

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President’s Message – Fall 2018

Dear fellow members,

It is my pleasure to launch our 2018-2019 chapter year alongside our new board, a team of dedicated volunteers who have been working hard to enhance your chapter experience. Some of our initiatives include:

  • The 2018-2019 chapter year schedule has been set in advance and includes a mix of traditional CPE breakfast events and fresh concepts. In order to engage with a broader set of our members, we have diversified the format, date, time, and location of our events.
  • We’ve launched a new chapter website and newsletter to better communicate our great events with our members, as well as re-launched social media channels.
  • The event registration process has been simplified and standard meeting prices reduced to $25 as a result. In order to streamline the process and reduce costs, we are requiring online registration and payment (no walk-ups, no cash, no check) for all events.

We are seeking volunteers to present at our CPE meetings; additionally, several volunteer roles remain open. Please review the volunteer needs and consider taking these opportunities to contribute to the chapter and build your network.

We will hit bumps along the way as we implement these changes and will work diligently to course correct – we ask for your patience in advance. Please contact myself or another board member with questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing everyone at the kickoff member social at Top Golf on August 22nd!

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New ISACA St. Louis Officers Elected

It is our sincere pleasure to announce the newly ratified board members for the upcoming 2018-2019 Chapter Season.

The St. Louis Chapter of ISACA members ratified the following new board of officers:

Robert Hof, Chapter President:
Adam Sommer, Executive Vice President
Rebecca Harness, Administrative Vice President
Karey Barker, Chapter Secretary
Alan Devaughan, Chapter Treasurer

The past & present officers would like to extend a special thank you to everyone that participated in the nomination and ratification process. An exciting year is being planned!