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Clarissa Lucas

Auditing With Agility

Navigating Beyond Traditional Auditing with Empathy and Expertise

Step into a world where auditing transcends traditional practices with Clarissa Lucas, a luminary in audit and risk management, particularly within the nuanced sphere of the financial services industry. Clarissa doesn’t merely operate within the realms of audit and risk; she pioneers new pathways, ensuring that auditing is a strategic, collaborative endeavor.

As the esteemed author of “Beyond Agile Auditing: Three Core Components to Revolutionize Your Internal Audit Practices,” Clarissa doesn’t simply share knowledge; she lays down a roadmap to revolutionize your internal audit practices, ensuring they are agile, efficient, and strategically aligned with the ever-evolving business landscape.

Her insights into Auditing with Agility have been encapsulated within the pages of her book and shared through articles published by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and echoed through the halls of numerous industry conferences, locally and internationally. Clarissa doesn’t just speak; she inspires professionals to adopt methodologies that promise improved, more strategic, agile audit and risk management practices.

Not merely an author and speaker, Clarissa has helmed teams of adept professionals in internal audit and risk management within the insurance and financial services industries. Through these experiences, she brings her audiences and students beyond the theoretical into a reality where auditing is not a hurdle but a strategic asset.

Clarissa, a pioneer of the Auditing with Agility Movement, leads with a vision where auditors and audit clients form a synergistic partnership, leveraging each other’s strengths to generate enhanced value from audits while mitigating audit-induced challenges. Enriched with experiences as an auditor and an audit client, her journey empowers her to bridge the gap between these entities with unique empathy and expertise, fostering harmony in historically adversarial relationships.

Her fervent passion for continuous learning and growth ensures that her work and teachings are perpetually evolving, remaining relevant and strategic in a business environment that changes with unrelenting velocity. Clarissa is not merely a leader; she is a coach at heart, ensuring that those she guides are not just following a path but crafting their own, achieving their objectives, and realizing their dreams.

Join Clarissa in navigating through the future of audit and risk management, where every practice adopted is a step towards ensuring that your audit practices are not just a regulatory requirement but a strategic asset, steering your organization towards a future where risks are not just managed but are strategically navigated through.

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beyond Agile Auditing

By Clarissa Lucas

Three Core Components to Revolutionize Your Internal Audit Practices

In Beyond Agile Auditing, experienced audit and risk management leader Clarissa Lucas shows organizations how to go beyond collaboration and build a partnership between auditors and clients. By leveraging this partnership, organizations can experience more value-added audit work, faster time to results (and resolution), greater engagement and satisfaction from all parties involved, and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Foreword by Misty Kuamoo.

About The Book

Just like DevOps revolutionized the way we deliver software, Beyond Agile Auditing will revolutionize internal audit.

Beyond Agile Auditing shows auditors and organizational leaders how to revolutionize the audit experience. 

For decades, auditors have unintentionally struck fear in their clients. They are rarely welcomed into an area with open arms and are often viewed as one more obstacle to delivering value. But internal audit serves a vital function in reducing risk and ensuring success for all organizations.

In Beyond Agile Auditing, experienced audit and risk management leader Clarissa Lucas shows organizations how to go beyond collaboration and build a partnership between auditors and clients. By leveraging this partnership, organizations can experience more value-added audit work, faster time to results (and resolution), greater engagement and satisfaction from all parties involved, and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

By building upon the work of the DevOps community, which reinvented the relationship between two groups that historically saw each other as adversaries and obstacles, Lucas applies new and better ways of working to the audit process. In this reimagined world, auditors (as well as other assurance providers) work closely with their clients to become strategic differentiators instead of obstacles, providing stakeholders value they never imagined. Come join us in this brave new world of audit.

What Others Are Saying


“Clarissa Lucas’ book Beyond Agile Auditing challenges the status quo and the conventional wisdom of internal auditing. She rightfully demands a mindset shift, suggesting internal auditors should collaborate with clients more effectively and more efficiently when rendering truly value-adding outcomes. Her wealth of ideas can help practitioners to audit ‘at the speed of risk’ (as suggested by Richard Chambers and Norman Marks).”

Dr. Rainer Lenz

Chief Audit Executive at SAF-HOLLAND Group


“Beyond Agile Auditing provides a fresh, innovative, yet perfectly logical approach to auditing (with agility). I appreciate Clarissa’s challenge to think differently, through her own stories of obstacles encountered and successes obtained. My curiosity is piqued, and I can’t wait to try out some of these concepts. Thank you for offering a more flexible, collaborative, and value-driven viewpoint.”

Pam Pesta


Chief Audit Executive, Erie Insurance


“I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to enhance their auditing practice. Lucas’s insights and expertise make this book a must-read for anyone seeking to improve their skills and knowledge in this critical area.”

Misty Kuamoo


VP, Security Shared Services, Nationwide

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