Top Internal Audit Influencers to Follow in 2020: Part 1

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that COVID-19 is dominating headlines around the world. And if you don’t work in one of the few industries that require employees in the office or at the worksite despite this pandemic, you’re probably self-isolating and working from home.


It’s a bleak time of uncertainty in all corners of the globe, but with an abundance of time before us and the World Wide Web at our thoroughly washed fingertips, now is a great opportunity for auditors and accountants to catch up on reading and network online. And what better way to find great, industry-specific content and engage with peers and mentors than to connect with some of the biggest voices in internal audit and accounting today.


One great byproduct of this century’s explosion of social media is that niche industry experts have really had a time to shine. Just as YouTube has given experts a platform to share content with the world, social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter have helped subject matter experts share unique perspectives on issues and ideas pertaining to their specific fields, and that includes audit and accounting. 


With that, let’s look at some of the top audit and accounting influencers to follow in 2020. These names are provided in no particular order, and if there’s someone you think we are missing, mention it in the comments section.


Richard Chambers


You can’t have a post on powerful voices in internal audit without mentioning Richard Chambers. This admiral of auditing has a CV that spans four decades and features leadership experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Pentagon no less, so his stripes as President and CEO of the IIA are well-earned. 


Chambers has managed to consistently balance education, insight, current affairs, and challenging ideas across the nearly 450 articles he’s published on IIA’s must-read Internal Auditor magazine over the past 11 years. He shares timely, relevant content on Twitter, and rewarding posts on LinkedIn Pulse, such as this one on coronavirus and risk.



Laura Soileau


As Consulting Director of Louisana accounting heavyweight Postlethwaite & Netterville, Laura Soileau has intimate exposure to internal audit, internal controls, governance, risk, compliance and fraud. She brings her 20 years of internal audit experience to her IIA blog, Solutions by Solieau.


Her excellent contributions bring a human dimension to the audit and GRC world, and her thoughtful content ranges from career-minded insights and SOX compliance to what auditors can learn from family game night. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.



Michael Cangemi


A regular contributor to the IDEA blog, Michael Cangemi is a senior fellow at Rutgers University and a prolific writer, active speaker and senior advisor to an array of organizations. His years of experience as a CAE come across in his book, Managing the Audit Function, and his writings now focus on continuous auditing, analytics intelligence, and technology.  


Cangemi’s musings on the role of internal audit weave layers of organizational perspectives into his insights and analysis, and his depth and breadth of audit experience inform his assessments of the future of IT audit, a topic on which he commands great expertise. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Jim Pelletier


With an internal audit career that spans the corporate, government, and nonprofit worlds, Jim Pelletier shares forward-looking ideas on today’s issues impacting the profession. He offers very practical advice and tips on everything from the keys to better audit reports to internal audit’s role in AI success. He has a limited following on Twitter so far, but maintains an active presence on Linkedin



Dawn Brolin


While not limited to just internal audit, Dawn Brolin is an influencer in the field worth following, and she can adds the right amount of levity and spice to her much-lauded presentations on audit and accounting. Regarded as one of the most influential voices in accounting today by CPA Practice Advisor, Accounting Today, and CPA Technology Magazine, Brolin is a CPA and CFE worth paying attention to. She brings her trademark humourous and lighthearted presentation style to her Twitter feed and personal website, where she can be booked for one of her memorable talks. As Good Morning America’s Tony Johnson remarked of her: “Every audience braces for boredom when they know an accountant is about to take the stage. Yet, if it’s Dawn Brolin, within 30 seconds they’re howling with laughter and sitting up straighter in their seats.” 




Did we miss someone? Not to fear: we’ll be following up on this post with our more critical influencers to follow in 2020. In the meantime, follow IDEA on LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest news and insight on internal audit and data analytics.


Paul Leavoy writes on internal audit and data analytics for Caseware IDEA.