Deanna Sullivan
Deanna SullivanFounder & Principal

Meet Deanna Sullivan

Deanna Sullivan is the founder and principal of SullivanSolutions, specializing in enhancing both corporate and individual business performance via customized solutions. Deanna has a diverse background ranging from auditing and accounting to consulting and training. Formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen, Deanna was Global Director of Process and Methodology for Andersen’s Risk Consulting practice. She developed Andersen’s Quality Assurance Review Methodology and the Global Best Practices for Internal Audit. Previously, Deanna was responsible for international and operational auditing at Enron Corp in Houston and Maxus Energy in Dallas.

Deanna with Julie Ziglar Norman and Tom Ziglar.

She received her BBA in Accounting from West Texas State University. Deanna is an internationally-recognized speaker and trainer. She is a frequent speaker for conferences and events around the globe and was a top-rated speaker at the 2007-2012 IIA International Conferences. In just the last few years, Deanna spoke at IIA events in the Netherlands, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Slovenia in addition to those in the US. Deanna conducts programs for both technical and management development. Deanna is also a Ziglar Legacy Certified trainer (Click here for more information about her connection with the Zig Ziglar and Ziglar, Inc).

Deanna pictured while speaking at a conference in Jakarta.

Her most popular topics are in the areas of fraud, ethics, leadership and communications. Deanna has been delivering courses for the IIA’s On-Site Training since 2003 and is often their Featured Instructor. The following are examples of her typical evaluations: “Ms. Sullivan is an outstanding instructor. She is very knowledgeable and her energy is contagious. She made the class very interesting and appealing.” “Deanna was great and I learned a lot! She brought the material to life with her experience, insight and excellent teaching techniques.” Deanna has the ability to take those less-exciting topics and make them interesting. She delivers a highly-rated ethics course, “Ethics for CPAs – It’s a Matter of Choice,” which is certified by the Texas State Board.

Deanna has been actively involved with the IIA since 1987 when she was selected Outstanding New Member of the Dallas Chapter. She has served in a variety of roles at both the Chapter and International levels. She was a member of the International Conference Committee from 2004-2011 and Chairman of the 2006 International Conference in Houston, Texas. Deanna currently serves as Chairman of the Houston Chapter’s Annual Conference which draws 1,200 participants each year. Speaking is part of Deanna’s life and when not traveling she teaches a Bible Study class, reads a program for Taping for the Blind, and is on the Speakers Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

What Our Clients Say

“Deanna is a dynamic speaker who captivates and motivates the audience. Her breadth of topics is limitless due to her experience. I highly recommend Deanna.”

LARRY HARRINGTON • Former Vice President of Internal Audit • Raytheon

“Deanna is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging trainer and speaker…she should be on everyone’s speed dial for their training and presentation needs.”

PAUL SOBEL • COSO Chairman • Former Vice President • Georgia Pacific

“Deanna’s programs were so well-received by our staff, I brought her back multiple times.”

J. MICHAEL PEPPERS • Chief Audit Executive • The University of Texas System

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Media Appearances & Contributions as an Author

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