Samantha Guarnero tries to diversify her skills whenever the opportunity arises. “Whether it be testing a new process or using test approaches that are unfamiliar, it’s important to continually improve on skills and find new challenges to overcome,” she says. This is what has drawn Guarnero to internal auditing there are always opportunities to identify new risks or find improvements, she says. Guarnero adds that the profession also helps provide a more extensive understanding of a business and each engagement is different.
“Samantha has taken many step-up opportunities to manage audit projects on complex engagements,” says Joy Clark, senior manager, Internal Audit, at TIAA, and Guarnero’s former manager. Guarnero recently joined National Grid after four years at TIAA.
While at TIAA, she learned how to write code in SQL and execute more extensive and timely audit testing. In addition to enabling her to test a full population, she says, “the skills and techniques that I learned enabled me to obtain data sets independently, resulting in a more reliable population for testing.”
Outside of work, Guarnero enjoys hiking, participating in intramural sports, and reading a good mystery novel. She also volunteers to mentor students across the U.S. as well as associates at her company. “The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the way we were able to volunteer over the last two years,” she says. “However, one silver lining is that there was no geographical restriction on giving back.”
Guarnero, who has a master’s degree in accounting from Bentley University, is a member of the IIA–New York Chapter.