Winter Is Coming

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First, it was going to be somewhere in Latin America. Then Singapore. Then maybe Ivory Coast. Then Sao Paulo. Then Bogota. Then Fresno, CA. In the end, after much consternation, it was Chicago. I have been transferred to the Willowbrook, … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 3.0

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Bonjour from the Republic of the Congo. No, not that Congo. The one on the other side of the river. There are two Congos. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is most unfortunately often in the news for conflict, … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 2.2

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Week 3 – US Specialty Coffee Providence, RI Day 1 I’ve been in Rhode Island before, but I’ve never spent any time in Providence. This is my first time. It’s small. Very collegiate, with Brown, RISD, and Johnson & Wales … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 2.1

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Week 2 – US Cocoa  Day 1 – One World Trade Center, NYC It’s a shame that our office in the beautiful One World Trade Center skyscraper is one of the company’s smallest because it’s a cool office. From the … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 2.0

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After peanut ingredients, my next audit was for one of our larger US corporate entities. The audit would take me to Fresno, CA, NYC, outside Chicago, and to Providence, RI over three weeks of work. One week for each of … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 1.0

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I’m in rural North Carolina with a Mexican, a South African, and a Pakistani. It sounds like the start of a politically incorrect bar joke, but this is actually my real life, and this post is my continual effort to … Continue reading

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Enter the Matrix

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We used to experience new things and places for the sake of the experience. Something was gratifying about the new and the beautiful. Seeking truth and knowledge, beauty and understanding, were ends in and of themselves. That’s not the case … Continue reading

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Singapore Dungeons

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Many video games are filled with “dungeons.” These are multi-level, enclosed environments that the player has to navigate and eventually escape to advance to the next level of the game. There’s often puzzles, villains, and various challenges embedded in a … Continue reading

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Internal Audit Log: 0.5

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This isn’t my first Internal Audit rodeo. After college, I was a banking consultant with Ernst & Young, and my first project was in internal audit with Freddie Mac, the fabled mortgage financer in the United States. It was an … Continue reading

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From Future Leader to Present Leader

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This past week I completed my first year as a manager with Olam International and my membership in the Future Leaders Programme. The program had its ups and downs along with its side to sides. I certainly feel prepared to … Continue reading

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