Position:Editor's Note - Upcoming auditors - Column

For the fifth consecutive year, Internal Auditor is recognizing the rising leaders in the internal audit profession. The magazine's Emerging Leaders program was created in 2013 to not only highlight outstanding young internal audit professionals, but also to bring forth the next generation's voice within The IIA--a must-do as millennial are expected to comprise 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

The program has been an overwhelming success. Since its debut, many of these leaders have gone on to contribute to the profession in a variety of ways. Their contributions enable The IIA to better determine what is important to the next generation and the tools they need to do their jobs, as well as share with previous generations the views and approaches of up-and-coming internal auditors.

Take, for example, Seth Peterson (@swpete85), one of our original Emerging Leaders. Seth was already a member of The IIA's Chapter Relations Committee when he was named an Emerging Leader in 2013. By 2016, he sat on The IIA's Audit Committee. Today, he is a member of The Institute's Global Finance Committee and vice chair-finance of the North American Board.

Seth also serves as the North American Board liaison to The IIA's Young Professionals Task Force. Among the priorities of this task force, which includes Emerging Leaders from 2015 and 2016, are contributing to articles and webinars, planning networking opportunities at IIA events, and providing insight to the North American Board related to attracting and serving young professionals.

Other Emerging Leaders are serving on IIA committees and participating in a variety of ways to...

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