“Professionals like Leslie Kirsch are instrumental in elevating auditors to become sought-after resources to their clients and within their organizations,” said Carolyn Newman, President, Audimation Services. “Beyond helping the firm’s clients achieve success using data analytics, she has encouraged her peers to embrace technology. This is what drives our profession forward and we applaud the work she has achieved during her impressive career.”
Over the past year, Kirsch revamped Withum’s data analytics curriculum for auditors and created a community of practice within the firm. She has provided dozens of new analysts with initial hands-on software and conceptual analytics topics, trained the company’s new audit managers on brainstorming innovative analytics, and created a coaching program to provide continual support for the firm’s data analysts. She has also developed firm-wide guidance on the use of analytical procedures in accordance with professional audit and consulting standards.
Before joining Withum, Kirsch worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she used IDEA to uncover multiple instances where government agencies awarded contracts to vendors and contractors that were on the Excluded Parties List System, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. She also used data analytics to identify multiple cases of public or private schools that hired or retained individuals with histories of sexual misconduct.
Kirsch is a frequent speaker at conferences on the use of data analytics for the accounting and investigative professions. She serves as a hands-on IDEA trainer for AICPA, ACFE, and IIA chapters, as well as for private events. She has also provided support and training in IDEA and data analytics for accounting educators, including providing hands-on IDEA training for their students and presenting on careers in audit data analytics.
About Audimation Services, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® Data Analysis and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training and other valuable resources. For more information about Audimation Services, visit www.audimation.com or call 888.641.2800.
Established in 1974, Withum is a national top-ranking public accounting firm providing advisory, tax and audit services to businesses and individuals on a local-to-global scale. Withum is headquartered in Princeton, N.J., and has a presence in major financial centers including New York City, NY; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC.; and Orlando, FL. Withum also is an independent member of HLB, the global advisory and accounting network.
About CaseWare Analytics
CaseWare Analytics is home to CaseWare IDEA® Data Analysis and the CaseWare Monitor continuous monitoring platform. Our software solutions are built on a foundation of industry best practices and expertise, enabling audit, compliance and finance professionals to assess risk, gather audit evidence, uncover trends, identify issues and provide the intelligence needed to make informed decisions, ensure compliance and improve business processes. We offer solutions that meet the needs of auditors, analysts, purchasing card managers, compliance officers and more. With 40 distribution offices worldwide, CaseWare Analytics’ products and solutions serve more than 400,000 professionals in 90 countries. To learn more visit casewareanalytics.com.
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