President's Message

testIn the month of November, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter board members were fully engaged in a number of events. From discussions over coffee with our emerging professionals, chaired by Megan Soriano and Amar Sewnarine (Nov. 8th & 14th), to presenting general information to potential student groups, (i.e., City College of New York) chaired by Eugene Levin and Barry Dynkin (Nov. 19th). We also had an opportunity to meet with the student group at St. John’s University to discuss Audit Topics – Teena Bacchus led the charge on this activity. We also connected with the ISACA Global team this month to cover two important events.First, we partnered with ISACA’s One In Tech Foundation Team to present our 1st SheLeads Tech event, chaired by Marie Ivanov and Sharon Parker (Nov. 21st) andfinally, we met with the CEO, Daniel Samuelson and Vice Chairman, Brennan Baybeck for a Fireside Chat covering topics such as, the expansion of Academic Relations activities, new tools and products, Chapter best practices and other informative matters.

On November 19th, two members from my executive committee (Farid Abderkader, 1st VP, and Wei Tschang, 2nd VP) joined me for a Fireside Chat with ISACA’s CEO, Daniel Samuelson, Vice Chairman, Brennan Baybeck, members of the New Jersey Chapter and past presidents, Emil D’Angelo and Marios Damianides, who planned and hosted the event. The objective of this meeting was to provide a forum for ISACA Global (rebranded) to meet with very large chapters to discuss best practices, concerns and suggestions. In addition, we had the opportunity to hear some of the exciting changes taking place at the global level. This was a very productive meeting followed by an awesome dinner.

The SheLeads Tech Committee partnered with the Director of One In Tech Foundation, Alisha Wenc and the Executive Director, Virginia (Ginger) Spitzer on our 1st ever SheLead Tech event The panel discussion was great and included women who are either leading their own companies or leading as partners and key executives in large corporate enterprises. Johna Till Johnson, Radhika Bajpai, Medha Bhalodkar, Chloe Demrovsky, Jennifer Kamrowski, Jessica A. Robinson and Michelle Schaap are influential and impacting many people along their leadership journey. The discussion was lively, instructive and essential as it pertains to women leading with impact during challenging situations. The Chapter was also presented with an artistic rendition of Women in Technology, painted by JapNeet Kaur. JapNeet created an abstract painting which embraces women who are taking a lead across multiple layers of technologies across the globe.

Panelists and Moderator

JapNeet Kaur – Artist

Our Members & Guests

The Bylaws committee led by Jim Powers and Sharon Parker completed the requirements to obtain the first round of approvals. We expect to finalize the approval process at our December board meeting. The Risk Management, Legal and Compliance Committee led by Emmanuel James and Barry Dynkin completed the Chapter’s Internal and External Data Privacy Policies. We are now compliant in this area.

Continue to keep an eye on the website for updates to our Certification Exam Prep courses (chaired by Kwongmei To (Miss May) and Lance Flacco and Educational courses and webinars (chaired by Michael Maetz).

RENEW, RENEW, RENEW!!!  Membership Renewal is in full swing. Continue to take advantage of membership benefits by renewing before December 31, 2019.

Upcoming Chapter Events

December. 9, 2019
: It’s Holiday time and the Membership Committee is planning an exciting and festive social event for our members. Don’t miss our Holiday Winter Membership Social at FRAMES Bowling Lounge. Let’s ring in the Holiday Season sharing great food, having some fun and networking. We look forward to seeing you there! Members can invite one guest at no additional cost (FREE)!

January 30, 2020:Winter Membership Meeting and Networking Event – Earn CPEs. More information to come.

NOTE THE FOLLOWING EVENTS*:  Dates will be made available soon

Feb. 2020: Recognition and Past President Event, Union League Club

Apr. 2020: 2nd Annual Women in Cybersecurity - Spring Membership Meeting & Networking Event.

Apr. 2020: SheLeads Tech - Joint Webinar - ISACA East Meets South – New York Metropolitan & Tallahassee Chapter Event

June 18, 2020: June Gala / Annual General Meeting – The Union League Club

*Additional events will be announced as they become available.

Upcoming Partner Events:

March 1-4, 2020

The Westin Savannah Harbor
Golf Resort & SPA
Savannah, Georgia

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Visit conference.drii.org and discover the sessions, presenters, and activities waiting for you at DRI2020:

Feel free to reach out to me at president@isacany.org with questions.

Karen V. Alexander

President, ISACA® New York Metropolitan Chapter

“While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful”

Rakhi Voria