Registration for the Seattle April IIA Luncheon: Should Internal Audit Have a Seat at the DEI Table?

The Seattle IIA is excited to have you join us on April 20, 2023 for a presentation by Mike Royal and fireside chat with Mia Wallace!

We will explore why it is a good idea to include Audit as part of a firm’s inclusion, diversity and equity efforts. Bringing an independent and objective mindset while applying professional skepticism, Internal Auditors can help promote authenticity to DEI programs and also embrace DEI values within the audit function. Real-life accessibility success and failure stories experienced by a retired blind auditor will be shared, including some Authentic Athletic Advocacy techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn how to identify “inspiration porn” and be able to prevent the objectification of disabled people for the benefit or gratification of the able-bodied.
  • You will learn specific recruiting practices that can lead to the “most qualified candidates” being hired.
  • You will learn to spot “micro aggressions” and be able to gauge a firm’s DEI maturity towards the marginalized group being discriminated against by the indirect, subtle, and possibly unintentional actions observed.
  • You will learn to be a better auditor by enhancing your DEI vocabulary and learning specific words to avoid and to stop the spreading of negative stereotypes.

Mike Royal took advantage of an early retirement package in November 2019, and these days, part of what keeps him busy is volunteering with The Institute of Internal Auditors and paying it backwards to the profession that allowed him to support a family, fund athletic pursuits, travel the world, and meet so many interesting people. Mike also is working to pay it forward by raising awareness and funds for blind canine sports.  Here are links to Mike’s website and IIA blog postings #IAm Mike Royal and Building a Better Auditor: Words Matter.

During a 25-year internal audit career in the oil and gas industry, Mike established IT Audit teams at three companies, and traveled the globe with the assistance of five guide dogs. Mike also was an inaugural representative on the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mike earned an MBA, and Accounting and Management Information Systems degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Internal Auditor.

For over 30 years, Mike has been sharing a “Can Do” story, telling how competing in blind athletic sports has positively influenced his life. The presentations are full of humor as Mike explains how getting his first guide dog allowed him to accept blindness and subsequent journeys have taught him to advocate for himself and others.

Mike has completed over 20 marathons, including a third place finish in the visually impaired category at the 1993 Boston Marathon. He is a current and six-time member of the U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Team, and has set seven World Audio Slalom records. Mike lives with his wife, daughter, and son, fondly referred to as The Royal Family Boat Crew, in Magnolia, Texas.

Mia Wallace is the Director of Global Payroll Accounting Center of Excellence at Microsoft Corp.  She and her team drive the strategy for how payroll controllership services are delivered at Microsoft with a focus on collaborative partnership, financial compliance, and leveraging innovative automation and technology solutions. Mia is a Servant Leader with previously held roles as Director of Federal Government Launch Enablement in Commerce Finance, Sr. Manager of Cloud Operations & Innovation, and as a Global Group Project Manager in the Internal Audit organization.

Mia activates her passion for Inclusion and Diversity through her involvement in people programs and recruiting efforts.  She is a v-team lead for Leadership Conversations, a SWIFT (Senior Women in Finance) mentor and a representative for Microsoft’s relationship with NABA (National Association of Black Accountants).  She continues to be active in Finance’s ERGs for minorities and have served as a Finance early talent interviewer and  former Finance Rotational Program Manager.  Mia has successfully completed the Dale Carnegie Aspiring Leaders Program (2018), Executive Leadership Conference Fellow (2019-2020) and The Conference Board Innovation Council (2021).

Prior to Microsoft, Mia served the City of New Orleans as Deputy Director of Compliance managing the rebuild post Hurricane Katrina, while partnering with Federal and State agencies. She was also a charter member of the team tasked with the development of citywide process and performance management systems.  Mia began her career in public accounting working at both Big Four and Regional Firms and working in the Telecommunications Industry, where she has held positions at both field locations and corporate headquarters.

Mia is a proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (2002) and Tulane University Executive MBA Program (2011). She also completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in Public Financial Management and Digital Transformation in a Changing World (2017).

Mia’s most important role is being a Mother to her ten-year-old daughter. In her spare time, Mia gets energy from working with underserved communities through her professional and civic involvement.  She enjoys traveling, New Orleans Saints football, and outdoor music or food festivals.


Member             $20

Non-member    $30

NOTE: in interest to increase our Academic Outreach program, we are offering special pricing to those educators and students who contact for a discount code.

Click here to register.

Event Title: 2023 April Luncheon: Should Internal Audit Have a Seat at the DEI Table?

Date: 04/20/2023

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Instructional delivery method: Group Internet based

Field of Study: Auditing

CPE credit(s): 1.5 hour(s)

Advanced preparation: None required

Course registration requirements: None required

Refund, complaint, and cancellation policy: Please view our refund, complaint, and cancellation policies on IIA Seattle’s website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email or contact IIA Seattle Chapter at

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