Audit Committee Best Practices | Women in the Boardroom

Recorded Webinar

Audit Committee Best Practices

The Audit Committee is the focal point of some of the most important work performed by boards, including engagement of outside auditors, oversight of financial performance as well as systems and controls, and often oversight of risk management as well. Our panel of experts will discuss how audit committees can effectively discharge their responsibilities, and detail some “best practices” that can serve as valuable guideposts in planning the important work of the audit committee.


Howard Brod Brownstein, Amy Rojik, Cindy McLoughin

Date & Time

April 21, 2020
12:00 PM ET


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About The Speakers

Howard Brod Brownstein

President of Brownstein Corporation

Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Rojik

Partner, National Assurance

Amy Rojik founded and directs BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, overseeing the firm’s communications and governance efforts. Amy has more than 25 years of experience in the auditing profession, engaging with financial reporting executives, audit committees, and board members.  Amy leads a collaborative effort in providing continual thought leadership and educational opportunities for clients and contacts of the firm across a broad variety of corporate governance and financial accounting and reporting topics of interest. This includes live and on demand webinar programming, in-person board of director forums and presentations, as well as the development of practice aids, surveys, publications, and alerts.

She also participates in the development and implementation of BDO’s national strategies and initiatives that support industry, business, technical, and client service goals. She leads the publication and issuance of BDO’s annual voluntary Audit Quality Reports.

Amy currently serves as BDO’s Policy Lead to and participates on the Center for Audit Quality’s (CAQ) Advisory Committee and assists in CAQ initiatives, including audit committee communications and audit quality indicators. She has participated in the AICPA’s EDMAX forum for accounting firm learning specialists to share knowledge/practices on learning methods.

She fully supports BDO initiatives aimed at flexibility, development and career progression and serves on BDO’s Women’s Inclusion Initiative and Virtual Parenting Network.

Amy has a combined 11 years of prior Big Four firm public accounting experience serving manufacturing and high technology companies as well as private companies, primarily in the wholesale distribution and biotechnology markets. Such experience included assisting clients with public debt offerings and acquisition transactions.

Amy is a CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants

Amy is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, where she is a Governance Fellow and a Directorship Certification Holder. She further serves on the education committee for the NACD New England Chapter.

She received her M.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting at Northeastern University, and holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Union College. Amy can be reached at (617) 239-7005, or

Cindy McLoughin

Managing Partner, Consumer, Hospitality, and Manufacturing Practice

Cindy McLoughlin, CPA, leads CohnReznick’s Consumer, Hospitality, and Manufacturing Practice (CHAMP), providing services to a wide range of clients in these industries. With more than 25 years of experience, she has expertise providing audit services to mid through large-sized companies typically backed by private equity or publicly traded. Cindy leads the group for the firm which includes over 200 individuals in all practice areas from audit, tax, advisory and operational consulting.

Before joining CohnReznick, Cindy was the partner in charge of the audit practice of a large, national accounting firm in Long Island, New York where she led numerous engagements and served as the concurring partner on the audits of several large public companies. She also held responsibilities there as an internal audit quality reviewer.

Cindy is a sought-after expert and has been most recently named one of the most influential solutions providers and operators in the country, as chosen by Nation’s Restaurant News readers. She has also received countless other accolades including the Achievers’ Award from the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, the Corporate Leader award from Long Island Women’s Agenda, Top 40 under 40 from Long Island Business News’, and was also named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business.

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