Message from the Chapter President

Leading Through Critical Change:  THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ERA

Dear Chapter Members, Following our Annual Strategic Planning Virtual Retreat in August, the Board is energized and swiftly putting into action our plans for an exciting year.  We are starting with our Quarterly Spotlight Review under SheLeads Tech.  The Membership Committee is planning a themed event around “Diversity and Inclusion” as well as providing our members with emerging topics over the course of the year.  Topics such as business resilience, cloud computing topics, post pandemics risk awareness, emerging risk and more.

We will continue to foster existing business and association partnerships to provide additional learning opportunities for our members.  We are also partnering with major universities and colleges across the metropolitan area to provide a pathway to mentoring opportunities.   Our Emerging Professionals Committee will continue to facilitate Coffee-Breaks with dynamic speakers.  Take a break from the workday, grab a cup of coffee, and learn something new and interesting. 

Finally, Certification and Education Committees are planning a host of exam preparation and educational classes, respectively and expect to corporate relation events, which cater to our senior executive members.  These activities and others will be presented to you in calendar format in our next newsletter.  For now, read more about some of these events in this month’s newsletter.


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the scheduled March 2020 Singapore Global Leadership Summit (GLS was held as a virtual event and co-facilitated by ISACA Global Director Megan Moritz and Joseph Mendez.  The Virtual GLS 2020 was a great event and provided global leaders from chapters around the world provided input to critical areas of focus within the global organization.   The following members from the New York Metropolitan Chapter were in attendance:  Karen Alexander, President;  Farid Abdelkader,  1st VP;  and Wei Tschang, 2nd VP.

David Samuelson, President and CEO of ISACA Global, Nader Qaimari, Chief Learning Officer, Julia Kanouse, SVP of Membership and Ken Kujundjic, SVP of Enterprise Solutions discussed three lenses of the strategic future planning of ISACA Global.  These areas include: 1.  Professional Learning, 2. Engaged Community of Professionals and 2. Digital Innovation as a global organization.  The key here is to ensure ISACA remain relevant, trustworthy, and valuable.  Click here to watch the discussion.



October 13-15, 2020:  Northeast Annual Cybersecurity Summit.  We have partnered with the ISACA® Greater Hartford Chapter, ISC2 and IIA to host an affordable and high caliber Virtual Northeast Conference started on October 13th.  The focus themes for this year’s summit are:  Business Resilience, Cloud Adoption Security and Phoenix Rising: Managing Pandemic-Related Security.  If you are interested in presenting at this event or sponsorship, please contact me directly president@isacany.org


If you are interested in volunteering, just send an email to volunteer@isacany.org and let us know what committee you’re interested in and your time commitment.  See our volunteer webpage.

While the New York Metropolitan area is experiencing a decline in number of Coronavirus infections, continue to stay informed, stay safe, wear a mask, stay socially distanced. CDC Coronavirus Information

Feel free to reach out to me at president@isacany.org with questions or if you have any interest in joining us as a volunteer.

Karen V. Alexander

President, ISACA® New York Metropolitan Chapter


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

Rakhi Voria