Detroit Chapter Community Blog


Hello ISACA Detroit Members!


Welcome to the month of March, when we welcome the coming of Spring!!  I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the time change that occurred this past weekend. The good news is that despite the hour of sleep lost, we now have more daylight to enjoy which means summer is on its way 😊.  I, myself, am looking forward to some fun in the sun as my family and I will be heading to Florida for spring break.  If you will be heading out of town for spring break activities, I hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time away from home.  Or maybe you are looking forward to March Madness activities and cheering on your favorite team.  No matter what your plans, I hope you enjoy this month’s hybrid meeting as we discuss the very important topic of leadership.



I’m very excited to share some information about the great speaker we have lined up for our March hybrid meeting. We will be joined by Kristie Stocker - CEO, Kinetik Edge LLC.  Kinetik Edge is a leadership coaching and training company that works with driven professionals and executives who want to boost profits, gain productivity and build an unshakeable leadership advantage. Kristie has over 20 years of past experience in marketing and communications for a multi-billion dollar corporation, so she knows a thing or three about working with different personalities, various teams and differing opinions. Kristie will be our speaker for the entire evening to talk about the very important topic of leadership.  There will be two parts to the topic - Lead Like a Top Influencer: The Crucial Communication & Team Building Secrets Every Leader Should Know. 

Becoming a confident, influential leader who leads high-performing teams doesn’t happen overnight. Or can it? Strong leadership requires many things, but there’s one strategy required for anyone wanting to step up as a leader — and the top influencers do it every day. Without it, entire organizations disband, companies go bankrupt and leaders feel empty and unfulfilled. Then, pair this one strategy with team-building secrets that can result in less turnover, solid client relationships, happier employees and your best people kicking out rockstar results. Imagine solid communication and an enthusiastic team that’s motivated to act while you gain a leadership edge.

In this 2-part experience, we’ll reveal how you can become a sought-after leader, communicate clearly with anyone and light the spark in high-performing teams even in hybrid or remote environments.  


Thank you to those that attended the IIA/ISACA Spring Conference this past week in Novi at the Suburban Collection or virtually.  We hope you all enjoyed your courses and perhaps made a few new connections in the process. A special “Thank You” goes out to our board member, Juman Doleh-Alomary, whose countless hours of hard work and effort helped to make the Spring Conference a great event it’s known for.  Thank you, Juman!


  • Join the Privacy Ask Me Anything happening now!

Privacy Jedi and member of ISACA’s Digital Trust Council, Michelle Dennedy, is answering questions in the Privacy community on Engage, this week only! Join the conversation. 



Blog post: Smoothing the Path for an Even Brighter Future for ISACA




  • ISACA’S FIRST DIGITAL WORLD IS IN BOSTON You’re invited to join us at ISACA’s first Digital Trust World, coming to Boston, Massachusetts, Europe and virtually in 2023. Be part of a natural evolution and get exclusive access to the same dynamic session content, networking and CPE opportunities offered by ISACA conferences while empowering you to advance digital Trust. Register your interest to get the latest updates! 

  • 2023 GRC Conference to be hosted in Las Vegas, NV and virtually from August 21-23 The IIA and ISACA® formally invite you to attend the premier event for governance, risk and control. Join us in celebrating a decade of partnership and success at GRC 2023, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada and virtually from 21-23 August.

  • ISACA Virtual Summit 2023: Building an Effective Risk Management Program—22 March 2023, 9:00 am (CT) / 14:00 (UTC). Sessions include: 

  • Managing Security in the Digital Age

  • Cybersecurity Breaches Are in the News: How Internal Assessments Can Help Avoid One

  • 5 Steps to Building a Successful Data Access Governance Program 

  • Top Technology and IT Risks for 2023 and How to Prepare

Register here. Four hours/up to four FREE CPE credits.

  • Webinar: Hiring & Retaining Digital Trust Talent—28 March 2023, 11:00 am (CT) / 17:00 (UTC). This panel discussion will explore some of the challenges companies face in attracting and retaining professionals into digital trust professions and what companies can do successfully recruit talent and increase retention.

Register here. One hour/one free CPE. 

  • Webinar: Are You Ready for Increased Regulatory Scrutiny? Start Thinking About Your Compliance Workflows—6 April 2023, 11:00 am (CT) / 17:00 (UTC). This webinar will share which regulatory compliance obligations are expected to change; the costs of not optimizing compliance and risk workflows; and how to respond to changes and communicate with stakeholders.

Register here. One hour/one free CPE.


Important guidance for exam candidates: 

ISACA Journal vol. 2: Interruptions Disruptions and Impact of Emergence.



Shannon Desjardins


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Congratulations Exam Passers & Newly Certified

  • Balaji Venkateswaran Srinivasan – CISM certification
  • Ravi Karnam – CISM exam passer
ISACA Detroit congratulates all exam passers and newly certified chapter members this month! The individuals listed above provided consent for use of their names in this publication.

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Mike Forrest Outstanding Member Award

The ISACA Detroit Chapter is accepting nominations for the Mike Forrest Outstanding Member Award. This award was developed to recognize outstanding contributions to the Detroit chapter and community through dedication, volunteerism, knowledge sharing and positive influence of others.  These are some of the qualities demonstrated by our former board member, friend, mentor, Mike Forrest, through his many years of service.


More information can be found in the presentation. Completed forms are required for nomination considerations and must be submitted by April 29, 2023.