Audit Teams, DEI, and the Return to the Office

Adrine Semerjian
Adrine Semerjian AuditBoard
Molly Mullinger
Molly Mullinger AuditBoard
Adda Grace Power
Adda Grace Power TripAdvisor
Nico Guetatchew
Nico Guetatchew RSM US LLP

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As the leader of AuditBoard’s People function, Adrine Semerjian lays the foundation for people and talent programs that enable the business to scale and employees to flourish. She brings nearly 15 years of HR and Management experience with a breadth of expertise in Employee Relations, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, and policy and process design/enhancement.

Molly Mullinger, CPA, is a Manager of Solutions Advisory at AuditBoard. Molly joined AuditBoard from EY, where she provided consulting services over regulatory compliance, including SOX compliance, technical accounting matters, and software implementations. Molly assisted organizations in designing control environments and performing strategic analysis over acquisition and divestiture activities to comprehensively identify risks facing organizations in times of turbulence. She is known for her technical accounting expertise and her ability to apply that knowledge to institutions in developing industries.

Adda Grace Power is a “passionately curious” auditor and has no shame in her audit geek game. She leads the Internal Audit department at TripAdvisor Media Group as the Senior Director of SOX & Internal Audit, reporting to the Audit Committee and Board of Directors. In this role, she oversees all Sarbanes-Oxley and Internal Audit activities for the organization, as well as PCI compliance project management activities. Prior to joining TripAdvisor in 2012, Adda Grace managed engagements across a variety of industries as part of the Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services group. Adda Grace has more than ten years of experience in project management in a wide range of enterprise risk areas that include operational process reviews, information technology, security, general compliance, and SOX. Adda Grace holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. When not working furthering her endeavors as an audit geek, she spends time with her husband, Justin, children, Aayden and Juliana, and their spoiled-to-death dogs, Jasmine and Belle.

Nico Guetatchew has provided strategic governance, technology and management advisory services to both large and mid-size organizations during his more than 8 years with RSM within the areas of security, privacy and enterprise risk management. In his current role, Nico has worked with private, federal, and Fortune 100 clients in the planning, development and execution of information security audits and risk assessments, as well as in the design and implementation of network defenses to counter modern cyber threats.


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With vaccination rates on the upswing and new cases of COVID-19 decreasing across the country, distributed audit teams are now beginning to focus on returning to the office. However, not everyone will be easily able to shift back into a work mode that has limited flexibility, challenges related to immunity compromise and accessibility of workspace changes, as well as considerations of potential impacts on mental health. Audit teams will want to ensure they have a seat at the table to influence the conversation on an equitable return to work within their respective organizations. In this panel discussion, auditors closely involved with their organizations' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs will discuss some of the concerns employees are facing when returning to the office and how to accommodate them in an equitable manner. The discussion will also cover tactics for proactively addressing human capital risk concerns more broadly, the importance of being mindful about inclusion within audit teams, and ways to build a productive partnership with the business on the topic of DEI.

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