My Early Experiences
I have always aspired to do technical work. I grew up in a family that owned an electric motor sales and service business. When I was in high school, I tried to get into the local High School Vo-Tech Electronics class, but was turned down. I was however accepted in the Information Technology program. I learned how to operate an old accounting machine, keypunches, sorters, and programmed on an old IBM computer. Although I graduated from the 2 year program - tied for the top of my class - there were only keypunch jobs available in the early 70's for a female with an IT background. I accepted a keypunch job and learned how to type. I keypunched for 3 years.
At 21, I had the opportunity to explore an area that had always interested me - my family's electric motor sales / service business. My job was rewinding electric AC motors. I rewound motors on a part-time basis for almost 15 years until I became allergic to all the electric motor dust and dirt. I loved getting my hands dirty and working alongside the guys.
My Corporate Experience
It was time to do something new. I went to college and graduated with a B.A. in Information Management (top of my class) with a minor in Mathematics. While in college, I did an internship and contracting job with US Steel. This was my first exposure to Information Technology system migration work - something that I found fascinating.
I was hired by Mellon Financial Corporation upon graduation from college and supported their Retail Banking Asset applications beginning as a Programmer Analyst and working up to an Application Architect over a 12 year period. I understood applications from front to back and enjoyed seeing how tweaking one piece of system code could affect another piece. I was quite skilled at debugging. As an application architect, I had major roles in large projects.
In 2004, I switched hats from application development work to audit & review work. I tested BNY Mellon’s IT Sarbanes-Oxley controls. My job included assisting users in completing their control documentation, designing and carrying out test programs for IT infrastructure, applications, and spreadsheets / access databases. My background in application development and architecture enabled me to view IT controls from a broader perspective than other reviewers who only had an auditing background. I was considered one of the toughest testers because I could usually see things that were not apparent to others. My testing comments were always directed at improving the control environment and helping others to understand how to create a more secure environment. I enjoyed traveling to work sites, quickly learning systems and working with many users.
Diana H. Shutt Consulting LLC
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Beginning April 1, 2010, I joined my husband in retirement. It only took a couple weeks until I began to feel the urge for another challenge - creating my own consulting firm. I used some of my MBA skills that were collecting dust during the last 10 years or so, and with some hard work, and a great group of people supporting me, I created my consulting business.
I am looking for my first business assignment. In the meantime, I am working as a consultant for another firm performing SOX testing for a major corporation.
My Education and Other Interests
My education includes an MBA with an Information Management concentration, as well as a BA in Information Management with a minor in Mathematics. I have an ISACA Certified Information Systems Audit (CISA) Certification and have applied for the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Certification. I have also completed a number of Information Technology classes offered at work and local colleges.
My interests include perennial flower gardening, painting, photography, and church volunteer work. I also enjoy spending time with my grown children.