Keys to Managing an Effective Internal Audit Function

Instructor: Lynn Fountain
Product ID: 706029
  • Duration: 90 Min
Attend this webinar to learn the key competencies and responsibilities of today's internal audit management and methods for meeting the requirements of the internal audit profession. Also attendees will learn the aspects of internal audit frameworks and what challenges may arise when trying to implement processes.
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Why Should You Attend:

The globalization of business, ongoing changes in technology, increased attention of shareholders and stakeholders and the continuing demands of the Audit Committee and senior management require a dynamic framework for managing today's internal audit department. Internal auditors typically following the Institute of Internal Auditors professional practice framework, but it is important to understand aspects of the framework and what challenges may arise when trying to implement processes.

This session designed by a past Chief Audit Executive with significant exposure to a multitude of industries and internal audit frameworks We explore the key competencies and responsibilities of today's internal audit management and methods for meeting the requirements of the internal audit profession. We will also discuss some of the greatest challenges of the role and how to address those challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the role of today's internal audit leadership.
  • Recognize the role of internal audit in corporate governance.
  • Explore how to synergize the internal audit processes with other quality assurance groups.
  • Discover the keys to building effective relationships with management and the audit committee.
  • Discover the keys to staffing and training the audit group.
  • Identify how to develop a resource gap analysis for internal audit.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Audit Committee Members
  • Senior management including CFO and CEO
  • Internal Auditors
  • Chief Audit Executives
  • External auditors
Instructor Profile:
Lynn Fountain

Lynn Fountain
Former Chief Audit Executive, Aquila

Lynn Fountain has over 35 years of experience spanning public accounting, corporate accounting and consulting. She has 20 years of experience working in the areas of internal and external auditing. She is a subject matter expert in multiple fields including internal audit, ethics, fraud evaluations, Sarbanes-Oxley, enterprise risk management, governance, financial management and compliance.

Ms. Fountain has held two chief audit executive positions for international companies. Since 2008, she has served in positions where she was responsible for internal audit, enterprise risk management and Sarbanes-Oxley. Ms. Fountain has a private consulting and training business, and she has developed and delivered leading edge training sessions on COSO, internal audit, ERM, accounting, leadership, governance, compliance and ethics. She delivers training for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, and multiple seminar and training groups.

Ms. Fountain is the author of two technical books that released in 2015: Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations; Leading the Internal Audit Function. In addition, Ms. Fountain is a frequent blogger on the LinkedIn platform and has also had numerous articles published in professional and technical publications. She is currently authoring a third technical book on corporate ethics and the internal auditor’s challenge.

She has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and developed the first internal audit curriculum for the School of Business at the University of Kansas. Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate (non-active).

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