Senior Associate Auditor, RF Central Office
Mentoring: Carly Brunco, SUNY Poly
Why I want to be a Mentor:
"I am motivated to be a mentor because I feel that this will be a great learning opportunity for both myself and the protege. Between completing the mentoring program several years ago as a protege, and reaching a level in my career that involves the supervision of multiple staff, I think that I will be able to pass on what I have learned to a protege. Additionally, by helping someone else out with their goals, it may provide perspective on the goals of my own, and which direction I would like my career to pursue. In my current position, public speaking is a common occurrence when conducting an audit as this is necessary during the entrance and exit conferences. Since public speaking is a major component of the mentoring program I would be able to provide a protege with a lot of knowledge and experience that I have gained over the past few years."
"I am a Senior Associate Auditor with the Research Foundation Internal Audit department. I have been with the RF for four years starting immediately after graduating from SUNY Geneseo with bachelor and master degrees in accounting. My current responsibilities include directly supervising staff auditors during the conduction of compliance and risk based audits, lead and conduct entrance and exit conferences with management, serve as liaison for external audit partner during annual single audit, and effectively communicate findings to management and develop recommendations for corrective action."
"As someone is the supervisor role in the Internal Audit department, it is my responsibility to train the staff in any way that I can. When I first started at the RF, my supervisor told me that she would do everything she could for me to succeed, because if I succeeded, she succeeded. This is the philosophy that I follow today. Since the Internal Audit department works very closely in a team environment, it is in everyone's best interest to help each other grow because when an individual can improve, the team as a whole can improve. Just recently, I was responsible for leading an entrance conference at a campus, to kick off a campus grant audit. One of the staff had a speaking part in the entrance meeting, but was very nervous as they were not comfortable with speaking in front of numerous people in a more formal setting. In the days leading up to the entrance conference, I gave all the advice I could to give the staff member."
Commitment to Diversity:
"I have demonstrated my commitment to diversity and the individual growth of people, by understanding that we are all working on the same team, and when we help each other all will benefit. I also believe that everyone on a team is a unique individual with different backgrounds, experience, strengths, weaknesses, thought processes, judgement, etc. By understanding that we all have something unique to bring to the table we can work together as a stronger more cohesive team that will yield better results."