From Grad School to Allstate, meet Lisa a Senior Lead Internal Auditor and a big Michigan Wolverine fan
Tell us more about your Allstate journey.
I joined Allstate in February 2017 as an Internal Staff Auditor where I assisted the Lead Auditor with assignments such as putting deliverables together, documenting audit work within a workpaper and a few SOX projects. After a year, I was promoted to a Lead Auditor, where I became responsible for the project management of the entire audit. Currently, I am a Senior Lead Internal Auditor leading various audit and advisory engagements across the organization.
What attracted you to Allstate?
Upon graduating with my master’s degree, I knew I wanted to stay in the auditing profession, but I also wanted to branch out and learn something new. There are numerous opportunities for Internal Auditing professionals, but Allstate attracted my attention because of their continued investment in their workforce’s professional development and because they’re one of the largest insurance providers! There are a lot of career opportunities within the company and being part of the Internal Audit department provides me with many career learning experiences in such a short period of time.
What’s different about Allstate?
Allstate is the good hands company – and it really shows! Allstate encourages their people to volunteer and donate throughout the year and has been voted the most ethical company for the last five years. I enjoy giving back to the community through this great company and supporting the nonprofit organizations that are near and dear to me.
What work are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the variety of engagements I have worked on as a Staff Auditor and the projects that I have managed as a Lead Auditor. I have been able to quickly learn and perform the necessary research on the audited processes in order to successfully complete the audits. These successful engagements have resulted in value added findings that will be reviewed and improved upon by the business process owners.
What values are important to you at a job?
The values that are important to me at a job are the variety of challenging projects, having the opportunity to influence change for the betterment of the company, and the opportunities to demonstrate my leadership skills.
What are your biggest motivators at work?
I am motivated by challenging projects and engagements and the opportunities to expand my network across the organization because of the various projects I work on. Each audit or advisory engagement is an opportunity to learn a new part of the business and to connect with various leaders.
What are your favorite parts about your job, the team, and the workspace?
My favorite parts about the job are working on a wide variety of audits across the organization and the size of the Internal Audit team. The audit team, consisting of the Director, Manager, Lead, and Staff, is always different for each engagement and I really enjoy having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. You are encouraged to participate in a variety of projects and your feedback to your managers is usually considered for future assignment scheduling.
What qualities do people need to be successful here?
In order to be successful here, you need to be comfortable working in a team environment with a diverse group of people at all levels, including senior management, and also demonstrate compassion for what you do.
Any advice for someone who is considering working at Allstate?
The opportunities at Allstate are endless! Also, Allstate will invest in your career development through various leadership programs and will provide the educational materials you need to successfully pursue a professional certification.
How has Allstate supported your development?
Allstate has supported my development in numerous ways! I am currently pursuing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certification. Allstate has supported me with this by providing me with all the study materials and assisting with the exam fees. I also have the flexibility with my work schedule to study and prepare for the exams. Additionally, I was nominated and selected to participate in the One Finance Leadership Academy. The One Finance Leadership Academy is a 9-month program that provides participants with multiple learning, engagement, and development opportunities. The academy afforded me the opportunity to network and work with a group of Finance professionals across the organization and present on an executive-sponsored capstone project on the day of graduation.
Outside of work you can be found doing?
Outside of work you can find me running, participating in weight training classes, studying for my CIA certification or just relaxing and spending time with family and friends!
Fun fact: I moved to the Chicagoland area from Ann Arbor, MI. I am a big Michigan Wolverine fan and obtained my Master’s in Accounting from the University of Michigan. During this time, I also worked on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus as an Auditor!
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