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President’s Message – Spring 2019

Dear fellow members,

Thank you for contributing towards our success during the 2018-2019 chapter year! I am pleased to report that ISACA St. Louis is making great progress against key member engagement initiatives outlined at the beginning of the year:

  • Eight events were held across Berkley, Chesterfield, Clayton, Frontenac, and The Hill. Three traditional breakfast technical sessions were supplemented with social and outreach events, such as our first #SheLeadsTech
    • 373 total registered attendees
    • 242 unique attendees (24% of existing membership and 90 potential new members)
  • Members and potential new members have been kept informed through new or relaunched communication tools:
  • Louis chapter membership has grown 8% over the past year and 14% over the past two years; faster than peers such as Denver, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Great results are made possible through engaged volunteers, please consider joining the chapter board as we deliver on the next set of exciting member-focused initiatives are planned for the 2019-2020 chapter year. I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual general meeting & member social at the Axe House STL on May 23rd at 5:30pm!

 

Sincerely,

Robert Hof

ISACA St. Louis Chapter President

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Ratification of Updated Bylaws by Chapter Membership

Bylaws widely vary from organization to organization, but generally cover topics such as the purpose of the organization, who are its members, how directors are elected, how meetings are conducted, and what officers the organization will have and a description of their duties. As a matter of good organizational governance, bylaws are regularly revisited to ensure they remain aligned to current best practices.

The Chapter Board has updated the current ISACA St Louis Chapter Bylaws (2015)  to align with the current template provided by ISACA International – resulting in the ISACA St Louis Chapter Bylaws (2019). The 2019 revision has been  unanimously approved by the Chapter Board as well as ISACA International. In order to become effective, the general chapter membership must ratify the updated bylaws.

PLEASE VOTE using the ballot that has been sent to your ISACA membership email address of record!

In addition to the results of email-based voting, a vote will be held during the Annual General Meeting on May 23rd at 5:30pm at the Axe House STL to satisfy parliamentary requirements for ratification.

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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!