Laurence Talley ’91
Job Title: Risk Management Advisor
Original Hometown: Bedford Heights, Ohio
Current Job Title: Internal Audit and Risk Management Advisor, Ernst & Young
I consult companies in the design of internal audit functions including governance, resource management, infrastructure and operations. I also advise companies to enhance controllership and risk management processes. Efforts include leveraging data analysis techniques to evaluate the cost of controls, risk tolerances and the alignment of controls with business objectives.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I chose Mount Union because of its small, intimate and comfortable environment. Not only did it have an attractive student-faculty ratio and a high job placement rate, but two highly-respected and admirable guys I grew up with attended Mount Union too.
Mount Union Success
Mount Union offers a unique balance of outstanding academics, athletics and traditional collegiate living in a very intimate and accessible format and package. The environment is undergirded by a diverse set of students and faculty with a common interest in academics, professional and personal success.
Professor Penny made me respect the accounting profession and also helped me to believe that I could be successful in the field.
Mount Union Memories
One of the most memorable moments is my experience was the Alpha Phi Alpha led sit-ins and marches to encourage the acknowledgement and celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This was the impetus to what’s now an outstanding day of programming and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Dr. King is one of the most prominent members of Alpha Phi Alpha, which makes our effort even more special. Additionally, dance parties with the Black Student Union (in the basement of the old medical center) created many memories.
Starting a Career
I worked at National City Bank (now PNC) in the internal audit department. I served as a trainee and participated in an audit development program.
I interned at Park View Federal Bank in Cleveland, OH. I worked primarily as a teller and supported a variety of retail banking activities. I actually landed this job with the help of my mom, who knew members of the bank’s leadership team.
I was a peer advisor at Mount Union, as well as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the men’s basketball team and treasurer of the Black Student Union.
I earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University. I always enjoyed wearing my Mount Union paraphernalia while taking classes at John Carroll.
Preparing for Life After College
In addition to providing a great foundation in accounting and finance, Mount Union provided an outstanding network of accomplished professionals who I could easily leverage for mentorship, career guidance and marketing opportunities.
I lived in Cunningham Hall and the Alpha House, which is now a vacant lot that I would love to see turned into a study park!
I absolutely remain in contact with a lot of my friends from Mount Union. Social media has been a great medium to support connectivity. Also, I typically return to campus for Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. The various alumni events during that weekend provide an outstanding opportunity to reconnect with old friends.
I want to learn to play the guitar well enough to play publicly.
One of the most memorable moments is my experience was the Alpha Phi Alpha led sit-ins and marches to encourage the acknowledgement and celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This was the impetus to what’s now an outstanding day of programming and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.
- What is number one on your bucket list?
- I want a two-week vacation touring the castles of South France with no computer or concern of accumulating emails and voicemails.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- I dislike kids under the age of 18 calling me by my first name (instead of Mr. Talley). I got in trouble for doing this when I was a kid. I also dislike the new Harlem Shake craze and Gangnam Style!
- What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
- Yard Bird Sandwich from Slow’s BBQ in Detroit - smoked chicken breast topped with Slow’s special sauce, mushrooms and cheddar cheese and piled high with crispy bacon. It’s special.
- What is your usual bedtime?
- Eleven-ish. I usually fall asleep watching Everybody Loves Raymond!
- Do you dance in the car?
- Yes—always have (which, by the way, is why I gave up listening to the radio for Lent). If someone spots me dancing I look them right in the eye, keep dancing and invite them to dance with me while mouthing the words to the song.