About Me

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As the former Director of Information Technology Auditing at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Mike was responsible for building trusted relationships with key leaders and leading IT Audit Team efforts across the entire business. Areas of focus include, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Data Privacy, Data Analytics, IT Project Management, and Financial and Operational Integrated Audits. He also was an inaugural representative on the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

During his 25-year career in oil and gas, Mike has established IT Audit Teams at three companies, and traveled the globe with the assistance of his five guide dogs.

Mike earned a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Mike has completed over 15 marathons, including a 3rd place finish in the visually impaired category at the 1993 Boston Marathon. He is a current and five-time member of the U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Team, has set six World Audio Slalom records, and currently holds the National Audio Slalom and Tricks records. Mike lives with his wife, daughter and son, fondly referred to as The Royal Family Boat Crew, in Magnolia, Texas.


For nearly 30 years, Mike has shared with students, corporations and clubs his “Can Do” story, and how athletics and fitness have had such a positive influence in Mike’s life. Mike’s presentations are full of humor as he tells how getting his first guide dog allowed him to accept blindness and subsequent journeys has taught Mike to advocate for himself and other guide dog users.

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Mike Royal Audio Slalom Highlights

Let me give a huge shout out to my daughter, Taylor, for capturing this exciting footage from the 2019 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships. She also added audio description, closed caption, and the following transcript to make the video more accessible. On the video there are two voices, Tony Lightfoot and Taylor Royal. Tony … Continue reading Mike Royal Audio Slalom Highlights

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