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15 Oct 2023
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My Gratifying Experience Speaking at the Institute of Internal Auditors

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By Tyrone Showers
Co-Founder Taliferro


Engaging with industry experts and thought leaders serves as an indelible part of professional development. Thus, when the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) extended an invitation for me to be a speaker at their virtual event, I was both honored and enthusiastic. My talk on the imperatives of cloud computing and data governance was warmly received, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the professionalism and precision that defined the event. I'd like to take this opportunity to delve into my experience and express my openness for future speaking engagements.

The Art of Virtual Speaking

It is not a trivial endeavor to maintain an engaging atmosphere in a virtual setting; however, the IIA executed this with meticulousness. From the planning phase to the post-event follow-up, every detail was tailored to provide an environment conducive to meaningful engagement. The virtual platform chosen was user-friendly and offered a suite of functionalities that enhanced the quality of interaction. These digital accoutrements facilitated the articulation of my ideas and fostered a more dynamic discourse.

An Unblemished Execution

What stood out the most was the IIA's rigorous attention to detail. Well before the event, I was briefed on the format, the audience demographic, and the technical specifics. These briefings were not perfunctory but in-depth, ensuring I was well-prepared to deliver a talk that would be both relevant and insightful. During the event, impeccable timekeeping and a streamlined question-and-answer session proved indicative of their exemplary organizational acumen.

Recognizing Expertise

I was humbled by the IIA's recognition of my expertise in cloud computing and data governance. It resonates strongly with our ethos at Taliferro Group, where we are dedicated to sharing insights that yield tangible returns on investment and operational efficiencies for businesses. To be identified by such a distinguished institution signifies that our efforts have not only been impactful but are also aligned with industry requisites and advancements.

Open to Future Engagements

The success of this virtual talk has invigorated my enthusiasm for future speaking engagements. The profundity of the questions posed and the caliber of professionals in attendance affirmed the need for ongoing dialogues on the subjects I hold dear. I am earnestly open to more such interactions, whether they are in-person or virtual, that would allow me to share the knowledge and expertise I have cultivated.


I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Institute of Internal Auditors for organizing an event par excellence and for the honor of being a speaker. The meticulousness of the event planning and execution was a testament to the IIA's commitment to fostering an ecosystem of knowledge sharing and professional growth.


Speaking at the IIA's virtual event was not merely an honor; it was a thoroughly enriching experience that epitomized the capabilities of virtual engagements when executed with precision. The event stands as an exemplar in my career, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it. I look forward with keen anticipation to future collaborations and endeavors that continue to push the boundaries of what we can achieve in the realm of information technology and beyond.

Postscript: Acknowledging the People Behind the Success

A special acknowledgment is in order for the dedicated professionals who made this exemplary event possible. My heartfelt thanks go to Atarah J. Smith, Manager – Conference at The Institute of Internal Auditors, Global Headquarters, for initially reaching out to me and orchestrating this incredible opportunity. The seamless execution of the event bore the unmistakable hallmark of her proficient leadership.

I'd also like to extend my gratitude to my other esteemed contacts at the IIA: Brittany Yates, Gabe Rivera, Shawna Flanders, and Damaris Marino. Their collective efforts contributed significantly to the event's triumph and created an atmosphere conducive to intellectual engagement and meaningful dialogue.

Your professionalism and commitment to excellence are deeply appreciated, and I eagerly look forward to the prospect of future collaborations.

Tyrone Showers