Melissa Clawson graduated from Marietta College in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Public Accounting and a Leadership Studies minor. While a student, she was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Pi Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Pi Kappa Delta/the Forensics team, Alpha Lambda Delta and was active in Chi Omega sorority. She was a member of the Student Senate for two years as treasurer and worked in Admissions as a tour guide and senior interviewer. Melissa went on to earn her master’s in Accounting at The Ohio State University in 2006.
Currently she works as the director of internal audit for The Wendy’s Corporation where she manages the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives, leads operational audits to improve business processes and works closely with the company’s compliance and risk management (including cyber security) functions. Prior to joining Wendy’s, Melissa worked at Ernst & Young (EY) for 11 years in the Risk Advisory Services group, focusing on internal audit co-sourcing projects for a variety of large public companies across sectors. In her time at EY, she also served two global rotations: leading the firm’s internal audit (IA) methodology refresh, client insights (including the global client IA survey) and IA training for EY employees; and leading global risk trainings across IT, IA and cyber security methodologies for EY employees.
Since graduation, Melissa has been involved with Marietta College and was an integral part in the launch of the College’s Central Ohio Regional Association. She also stays very active in her professional organization, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), both at the local chapter level, where she currently serves on the Board and was past chapter president, and at the North American level by serving on the Learning Solutions Committee. Melissa resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband Jared, and their goldendoodle, Fritter.