The Manning School of Business welcomed more than 80 corporate leaders from across the region when it hosted the annual meeting for the Boston chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) this summer at the UMass Club.
The event in downtown Boston was also sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), an organization for which Manning School Dean Sandy Richtermeyer formerly served as global chair.
“This is a great way for us to bring the corporate community together and build new relationships,” said Richtermeyer, a member of both the IIA and IMA. “Professional associations are, to me, one of the best things for anybody’s career because through the professional association you get access to this huge network of people.”
Four Manning School student leaders — Carolina Belasque, Kevin Coluci, Dan Parravano and Jacob Ashley — attended the event, which featured panel discussions and networking opportunities.
Guests included the heads of internal audit for Raytheon and General Electric, as well as Bob Hirth, chairman at Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Panelists covered a wide range of sectors, including financial services, tech and gaming.
Alum Chris MacKenzie, who earned his degree in accounting from UML in 1984 and is now managing partner at RSM, Boston, also attended.
Although the Manning School doesn’t yet offer an internal audit course, Richtermeyer said she would like to see students, particularly those in the Master of Science in Business Administration program, be able to take advantage of the growing career path in the future.
“This is a seed-planter,” she said. “I would love to have students become involved with the IIA and learn about career opportunities.”