LSU CIA Alumni Among the Institute of Internal Auditor’s 20 Emerging Leaders

05/07/2014 04:11 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Center for Internal Auditing alumni Leslie DeRouen Bordelon and Laura Allen Soileau are among the Institute of Internal Auditors’ 20 emerging profession leaders for this year. A panel of judges selected Bordelon, Soileau and the other 18 honorees from a pool of international candidates.   

According to Glenn Sumners, director of LSUCIA, Internal Auditor magazine featured the 20 selected individuals in a piece titled “Taking the Lead.”

“As the article states, these men and women are emerging leaders who are making a difference in their organizations and are helping shape the future of the internal audit profession,” Sumners said. “We are not at all surprised that Leslie and Laura were chosen to be highlighted.”

Bordelon graduated magna cum laude in 2006, and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a concentration in internal auditing. Additionally, she completed an internship in 2005, with Houston-based Protiviti Inc., where she now works as senior manager.

“To me, ‘emerging leader’ is a title that I am very humbled and thankful to be associated with,” Bordelon said. “I have been very fortunate during my time at LSU and Protiviti to have great leaders to guide me in my career.”

Bordelon added that her definition of a good leader is someone who helps others as much as they help themselves.

“Knowledge development is key, but to set yourself apart from the pack I feel that taking an active role in building relationships with co-workers and clients and caring about them as people is also important,” Bordelon said.  

Soileau earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and marketing from the University of Arkansas in 2000, and her master’s degree in accounting from LSU in 2001. In addition to being in the LSUCIA program, Soileau earned the award for the highest score on the CIA exam.

“The LSUCIA program was the highlight of my academic career,” Soileau said. “The opportunities available to me as a result of going through the program were above and beyond my expectations.”

For more information about the Institute of Internal Auditors emerging leaders, or to read “Taking the Lead” in full, visit the Institute of Internal Auditors’ website at

The Center for Internal Auditing at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business is a multidisciplinary program with students from more than 20 different business and non-business majors that is considered the premier internal audit program in the world. LSUCIA serves as a model for similar programs in other schools worldwide and provides training to graduate and undergraduate students for developing an understanding about the internal auditing profession which encompasses governance, risk, enterprise risk management, controls, and technology.

For more information, visit or call 225-578-6221.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014