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Fresh off her recognition as one of Richard Chambers' 2023 Internal Audit Beacons, Elizabeth is a dynamic, engaging, and enthusiastic public speaker who presents virtually and in-person to Institute of Internal Audit chapters, Association of Certified Fraud Examiner chapters, governmental groups, and more.  View testimonials here!

All training options can be "mix-and-matched" and customized to create whatever length program you'd like. Click HERE to download an infographic outlining all training options. Course options are constantly increasing -- contact me if you want a topic that you don't see here!


  • Keynote: Life on a 5-Second Delay: Ethics Lessons Learned from Lifelong Hearing Loss (1 or 2 CPE hour options)

  • Audit Smarter, not Harder Series (courses can be 'mix and matched' or done stand-alone. Most can be up to 8 hours!):

    • Audit Universe and Audit Plans​

    • Smarter Risk Assessments

    • Fraud Risk Assessments

    • Agile Audit

    • Fraud + Ethics Toolbox

  • The Data Detective: Actionable Analytics for All

  • Mastering the Machine: an AI Training Series for Auditors

    • Artificial Intelligence 101 for Internal Auditors​

    • Auditing AI: the Basics

    • Using AI to Audit Smarter, not Harder!

    • Beyond Binary: Ethics and AI

  • Beyond Spreadsheets: Using Power Query to Audit Smarter

  • Dynamic Dashboards: Next-Level Excel Skills for Data Visualization

  • Navigating the Spectrum: Lessons Learned as an Autism Mom


  • Conference Speaker: IIA 2024 Great Audit Minds (GAM) Conference - rated in the top 10% of speakers!

  • Conference Speaker: 2024 Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference

  • Conference Speaker: 2024 ACUIA/ACUARP Annual Conference: Life on a 5-Second Delay (ethics)

  • Conference Speaker: 2024 I 💜 Audit Conference (IIA San Antonio): keynote speaker (ethics)

  • Conference Speaker: 2023 Rocky Mountain Area Conference: Small Audit Shop Toolbox

  • Conference Speaker: 2023 ACUIA/ACUARP Annual Conference: Synchronizing Collaboration Across the Three Lines

  • IIA and ACFE Chapter Speaker: Multiple in 2023 and 2024

  • Conference Speaker: 2022 ISACA/IIA GRC Conference: Data Analytics for your Small Audit Shop 

  • Conference Speaker: 2021 IIA Financial Services Exchange: Agile Audit for your Small Audit Shop

  • Conference Speaker: 2021 IIA Financial Services Exchange: Data Analytics Innovations

  • Conference Speaker (Panel): 2022 Audit + Beyond: The Advantage of a Multigenerational Disrupted Workforce



  • Risk-based internal audit, compliance testing, and retail branch audit plans

  • Development of Audit & Risk Universe

  • Board and executive reporting

  • Internal audit coordination with external and/or co-sourced partners

Modernize Your Bank Branch Audit Program

  • Digitize your opening and closing checklists or forms

  • Implement innovating monthly, quarterly, or annual reporting

  • Save time and money through streaml

Transitional Leadership Services

  • Interim and/or transitional Chief Audit Officer (CAE) services

  • Consulting for audit and risk leadership recruitment and candidate evaluation

  • Request for Proposal development and coordination (external and/or internal audit services)

GRC Implementation Consulting

  • Consulting on design of your new or improve your existing GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) or audit workpaper management system - build it for ongoing success!




Audit Forward ➡️ Audit Smarter, Not Harder! 

Audit Forward, LLC is an innovative internal audit consulting and training company designed with smaller audit shops in mind.  We transform, digitize, and modernize your credit union internal audit department, retail branch audit program, and executive reporting.

Elizabeth McDowell is passionate about advancing and advocating for the internal audit profession and credit union industry. She makes auditing fun (no, really!) and efficient, resulting in time and money savings.  Her credit union internal audit department has been described by state and federal regulators as "Best in Class," and she developed efficient data analytics tools and visualizations, effective and crisp executive and board presentations, and a robust risk-based internal audit plan that incorporated operational, IT, branch, and compliance audits. Specific accomplishments include development of a ground-breaking digital retail branch audit program and creation of a risk-based compliance testing program.

Innovation is essential to advancement, especially in the internal audit profession.  For too many years, Internal Audit was seen as the ‘police’ or the ‘gotcha’ department. Over the past four years at Achieve and Elevations, Elizabeth shaped the audit departments into trusted advisors that were proactively sought out for partnership and collaboration. This was done through quarterly one-on-ones with executives, enthusiastic promotion of the audit plan and department, and a transparent and collaborative audit process.

Internal Audit and Credit Union Advocacy Efforts:


  • 2023 Internal Audit Beacon, awarded by Richard Chambers

  • Certified Public Accountant (Alabama and Colorado)

  • Certified Internal Auditor

  • 20 years internal audit, external audit, risk management, compliance, and SOX experience

  • Dynamic and engaging conference speaker

  • Transition of the audit department from primarily being outsourced to nearly 100% in-house

  • Innovative and informative Audit and Risk Committee and executive management reporting using PowerBI and AuditBoard data

  • Audit and risk universe development (entities, sub-entities, risks, and internal controls)

  • Implementation of AuditBoard audit management software for use in all audits, risk assessments, audit universe, follow-up, branch audits, and compliance management; also experience with Teammate, Teammate Analytics, and Galileo.NET


Work Hard, Play Harder: Off-the-Job Interests:

  • Volunteering | Board, Broomfield FISH Family Resource Center & Food Pantry

  • Physical Fitness | Running (four half marathons!), Body Pump (weight lifting), and kickboxing

  • Mental Fitness | Jigsaw Puzzles (biggest accomplishment: 5,000 piece puzzle!) and reading


Let’s Work Together! Email Elizabeth to discuss your internal audit, training, or analytics needs!

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