Women in Leadership: Empowering Female Leaders, Building Influence, & Leading Change

Megan Visk
Megan Visk T-Mobile
Danielle Ritter
Danielle Ritter TriNet
Patrick Farley
Patrick Farley Yext
Sarah Alhafidh
Sarah Alhafidh Apria Healthcare
Alice Chuang
Alice Chuang AuditBoard
Pamela Young
Pamela Young AuditBoard

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Megan Visk is a Senior Manager on the Compliance & Ethics team at T-Mobile. An experienced governance, risk, and compliance manager, Megan designed and implemented the controls monitoring and testing function for T-Mobile Legal, focusing on public sector, privacy, and legal/regulatory controls. Megan also oversees the Compliance & Ethics Risk Assessment program, a critical driver of the T-Mobile Compliance & Ethics program. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Megan worked in IT, banking, business operations, family support and education, and marketing. Megan Campbell Visk has an M.B.A. from Colorado Technical University, a B.S. in Information Technology from University of Phoenix, is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a Leadership Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC). Megan has a Legal Risk Management certification from U.C. Irvine and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. She is a member of the T-Mobile Legal Internship Pipeline Committee, a volunteer with a giant breed dog rescue, and has served on multiple community Boards in the greater Seattle-area.

Danielle Ritter is a risk leader with 18 years of experience working with multinational and emerging start-ups in the technology, media, and services industries. With the technology landscape becoming increasing complex, she helps companies to enable technology, establish processes, and improve internal controls to increase productivity, protect brand reputation, and manage today’s global risks in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Currently, Danielle is the Executive Director of Internal Audit at TriNet, a Human Resources company serving SMBs, where she has established a successful audit function with audit and consulting responsibilities. Prior to TriNet, Danielle spent 16 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers advising clients on business process optimization and compliance requirements for software and internet business models. Danielle holds licenses as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA). She earned her undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems from University of Arizona and MBA from Columbia University. Danielle enjoys travelling, cooking and yoga. She resides in Pleasanton, CA with her husband and two daughters.

Patrick Farley serves as Yext’s VP of Internal Audit and is responsible for Yext’s global enterprise risk and audit functions. Pat joined Yext in 2016 and helped prepare the company for its IPO, including the establishment of its SOX compliance function and has since expanded his role to include operational audit and enterprise risk management. Prior to Yext, Pat started his career in public accounting at PwC and subsequently served in various accounting, finance transformation and audit leadership roles in the retail and manufacturing sector. Pat holds a CPA license in the state of NJ and received his MBA from Rowan University. Pat is currently riding out the pandemic at his home in New Jersey with his pregnant wife (due in November), two children (ages 5 and 3), cat, and dog.

Sarah Alhafidh is Senior Director of Internal Audit for Apria Healthcare. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Internal Audit team, planning and executing the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audit, and generating and completing the annual audit plan. She and her team evaluate Apria’s systems of internal controls and operational efficiency and effectiveness, with considerations to the company’s risks, goals, policies, and processes. Before joining Apria, Sarah led the Operational Audit team for Uber Technologies, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company. There she built the corporate operational audit function and audited business and IT processes supporting billions of dollars in transactions, including those related to driver payments. Prior to Uber, Sarah held various positions of increasing scope and responsibility in audit for NetApp and Intuit. She has a background in public accounting from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Sarah graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, Iman, and two children.

Alice Chuang is a Sr. Director of Client Advisory Services at AuditBoard, with over 13 years of experience in Internal Audit and SOX. She started her career in external audit with Ernst & Young LLP., and continued to grow her audit experience in operational and compliance audits at Allergan and Karl Storz Endoscopy. Alice has her Master’s in Accounting from USC, and holds active CPA and CIA licenses; in addition, she is a former CAE. She joined AuditBoard in 2017 and is currently part of the leadership team for Implementation Services at AuditBoard.

Pamela Young is Director of Solutions Advisory Services at AuditBoard. An experienced auditor and PwC alumna, she has served as Internal Audit Manager at Southern California real estate industry firms such as TRI Pointe Group and Grifols.


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According to a recent study conducted by the CFA Institute, women make up about 51% of the audit departments in large corporate entities. Yet, only 15% of audit departments of S&P 500 corporations are led by women. Additionally, AICPA's 2017 CPA Firm Gender Survey revealed that partnership in CPA firms on average remains overwhelmingly male, with women making up only 22% of partners. In this discussion, we will interview audit and compliance leaders on their perspectives about the unique opportunities and challenges female professionals may face throughout their career. The panel will explore strategies to cultivate diversity, advance career aspirations, and lead change in leadership roles, in audit, and in the business — especially in times of uncertainty.

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