Consistent, Confidential, Community for Audit Leaders!

The ONLY program for audit leaders with all the tools and resources to increase your confidence, executive presence, and success as a trusted advisor.

Real, practical advice for the modern audit leader just like you!

"I've been officially promoted to the audit leader role to head the Internal Audit department at my company... Couldn't have done it without you! My growth during the last six months since I found your podcast, the Forum, and the Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) course has been nothing short of incredible!"
- Forum Member

Without the right support, your job can be very challenging, right?


The Audit Leader ForumTM is exactly right for you if:

  • You are already an audit leader (Chief Audit Executive, VP, Director, Manager).
  • You are a new audit leader (Chief Audit Executive, VP, Director, Manager).
  • You are at least 10 years into your career (manager level or above).
  • You have a team that directly reports to you.
  • You are committed to invest time and money in yourself and your career.
  • You want to improve your relationship, leadership, and communication skills.
  • You are willing to share, and learn from others.
  • You have high integrity and are willing to maintain group confidentiality.

Does that sound like you? If you said YES to 4 or more of the bullets, then the Audit Leader ForumTM is exactly right for you. Read on and register below...

Everything You Want and Need to BE a Confident, Successful Audit Leader!

Monthly Live Group Calls With Other Audit Leaders.

Participate in consistent monthly group video calls with other like-minded leaders from all over the world. This means you'll be able to get qualified advice based on your specific situation and learn from what others are doing. You'll feel more confident walking into board and executive meetings.

A Caring Community Of Like-Minded Professionals.

When you send an email, or pick up the phone you actually get a response from your friends, peers, and coaches. This means you'll be one of the most connected people in the industry, with direct access and support from top internal audit leaders.

Customized One-on-One Executive Coaching.

You can pick up the phone and have a conversation directly with experts in Audit, Risk Management, Compliance and Executive Coaches in between the live group calls. This means you have access to resources so you can work on whatever you or your team need confidentially. In fact, you will get a customized assessment to help you get started in your first 90 days.

Self Study On-Demand Resources and Tools

This is a virtual community that supports you all year and doesn't require travel. That means you don't have to be away from your family, or deal with the uncertainty, hassle and cost of travel. And you have access to tools in the online portal to help you exactly when you need the help.

AND, When You Register Today You Will Also Receive These Additional Bonuses Worth Over $5,000

Access to ALL Previous Group Call Recordings

Get access to years of previous Forum group call recordings. This means you have hundreds of hours of material you can use exactly when you need it.

Leader Toolbox

Get access to tools and resources nobody else in internal audit knows about. These are leader tools typically only shared with high level executives who spend tens of thousands of dollars a year with executive coaches. Real, practical tools (based on psychology and science) you can use to manage emotions, persuade and influence, communicate more effectively, and increase your performance both professionally and personally... so you know exactly what to say and do in any situation.

Save 25% on the Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) Professional Certification from cRisk Academy

The ONLY self-study, on-demand, internationally recognized certification program for Chief Audit Executives. Step-by-step guidance and resources for how to set up and run a world-class, successful internal audit group. Practical advice to make you successful which is usually 180 degrees different that what the profession tells you that makes your job harder than it needs to be.

Ninja Phrases and Questions Resource

A big part of communicating effectively is knowing exactly the right words to use and questions to ask. You will get access to a list of ninja phrases and questions you can start using today to increase the effectiveness of your communication and get people to take action. It's like having the secret Jedi mind tricks.

Proving Internal Audit Value to Management Mini-Course 

Prove the value of internal audit to executive management and the board. You will never be viewed as a cost center again. Avoid being the first to have to reduce your budget, being the one not getting the resources you need, being called things like the "cops," and worse yet being outsources or replaced. 

Delegation and Productivity Mini-Course 

Enhance your delegation and productivity skills to get back 20% of your time each week. Get the most out of yourself and your team without feeling burned out and over worked.

Additional One-on-One Coaching

When you register now, you also receive a 1-hour one-on-one coaching session to jumpstart your transformation and get a plan for your first 90 days in the program.

25% Discount at cRisk Academy

Both you and your whole team can save 25% of all courses through the cRisk Academy video on-demand learning platform. With hundreds of courses and certifications available related to internal audit, risk management, and compliance your team is sure to find exactly what they need, without the need for travel, and the convenience of taking the courses any time, any where, on any device.

Invest in YOU Options

Similar programs, and/or one-on-one coaching are typically $25,000 per year or more. But you can get started today for only...




Save When You Pay Quarterly




Self Study Videos and Tools

2 Live Group Calls Each Month

Confidential One-on-One Coaching

Everything You Want and Need to BE a Confident, Successful Audit Leader!

Over $5,000 in Bonuses





Save Even More When You Pay Annually


Success Current Members Are Getting, Just Like You When You Register!

Being an audit leader is a tough job, and here you are probably navigating some challenging waters fraught with countless difficult conversations, right?

You are a leader, manager, collaborator, facilitator, mentor, role model, risk management expert, motivator, counselor, technical audit professional, … yes, the list is countless. And, oh by the way, throw in some organizational politics, executive egos and board dynamics … Wow!!!

"I don't think any of my colleagues understand just how difficult this job really is." - Forum Member

If you are like most audit leaders, you are constantly juggling, and often struggling with general leadership challenges, and many of your challenges are unique to audit.

Are you:

  • Navigating your complex dual reporting relationship
  • Trying to anticipate the ever-changing risk environment
  • Managing a team of high-functioning, bright professionals
  • Wrestling with third parties and co-source partners
  • Navigating corporate politics with other executives or your board
  • Struggling with having sufficient budget and maximizing your resources
  • Taking the lead in coordinating and collaborating with other risk professionals
  • Striving to elevate the status and stature of internal audit
  • Implementing new technologies
  • Investing in your own professional development

Of course you are ... and the list goes on, and on, and on ...

Your job is really challenging, and without support it can be a relatively lonely place to be, unless you belong to a supportive community ... and your "network" and roundtables are not community.

I totally get it. Every audit leader I speak with expresses similar optimism about the opportunity, and similar stress and frustrations with the many challenges. Many times, you just need someone to work out issues with in confidence. I’ve been in your shoes and struggled with the same challenges. Now, I talk with, help, and coach countless leaders confidentially month in and month out.

"I love this group and the people we've pulled together. I love that there's stability and continuity to it, so that I feel comfortable opening up and sharing with others." - Forum Member

What has helped these leaders, especially as we are in a more remote working environment, is making sure they get the advice, counsel and support from both a network of peers of like-minded professionals, and also have an executive coach to help navigate these treacherous waters and your specific situation.

But where do you turn to so that you can have access to these priceless resources – CONFIDENTIALLY?

"There isn't anyone else in my organization I can turn to when I need help. If I did my peers will think I'm weak and don't know what I'm talking about. I can't even talk to my friends and family because they don't understand what I'm going through. The stress and pressure can be a lot to take sometimes. I'm so glad I found like minded peers in this group. It's exactly what I've been looking for." Forum Member

The good thing ... there is an answer to these dilemmas, and the choice is up to you on whether you want some help. 

AND ... it's way more fun to work through with friends and coaches than it is to do it all by yourself, right!

Do you want to keep struggling by yourself, or would you rather have the help of a supportive community??

You already understand the benefits of having health insurance when those unexpected things come along, but do you have the equivalent of career insurance??

Being a member of the Audit Leader ForumTM is like having your own career insurance policy when you experience challenges, and it's much more affordable than health insurance, and a long-term investment in your career.

"I like hearing the different perspectives and issues others are dealing with. It helps me understand better what is going on in my world and see things with different eyes." - Forum Member

And really, it's not about the investment anyway. It's about whether you are committed to your career and want to feel more confident and successful.

If this resonates with you, keep on reading…

You are very good at what you do, or you wouldn't be an audit leader, but it takes more than technical audit skills that you’ve learned up to this point to be a successful Audit Leader.

It takes more than technical skills to lead an Internal Audit Function.

It takes more than being called an Executive to have Executive Presence.

“The most vexing and challenging issues about being an audit leader are usually more about the ‘Executive’ part of the title and less about the ‘Audit’ part of the title.” - Forum Member

If you aren't getting the results you want, the root cause is usually not effectively managing five things really well simultaneously --- (yes, simultaneously!)

  • managing up (your bosses and fellow executives)
  • managing across (your peers and other leaders in the organization)
  • managing down (your staff)
  • managing external partners (service providers, co-sourcers, regulators)
  • managing yourself (investing in your self-development)

It's like the circus act of spinning plates. If you don't keep all the plates spinning, then they all start to crash down – one right after the other.

"Things are fine until they are not, and that's when I needed help. I found the help I needed in this community." - Forum Member

The problem is ... the traditional path to audit leader doesn't fully prepare you for being the executive plate spinner or provide you with the leader skills necessary to be a trusted advisor.

There are plenty of leadership programs, some are great, some good, and too many that are not so good... and none of them are specific on how to be a great AUDIT LEADER. There are plenty of audit roundtables, some are great but many are not so good... and no roundtable offers the sense of community, confidentiality and executive coaching to help you effectively manage all five areas simultaneously.

"I enjoy bouncing ideas around with others in the group. I appreciate you reaching out from time to time for individual calls between the group calls." - Forum Member

AND there are no executive development programs specifically designed for, and leverage deep knowledge of, the unique role of an audit leader.

Until NOW.

“During the pandemic, and the extensive length of the non-optional work from home ‘experiment’, having other audit leaders to talk with about common problems has been a lifesaver. Roundtables are all good and fine, but they don't allow me to exchange ideas and solve problems in a confidential setting.” - Forum Member

That is what The Audit Leader ForumTM is all about. Helping audit leaders solve their most pressing challenges, be better leaders, exude executive presence, and join a community of like-minded peers in a safe, confidential, and mutually supportive environment.

“I have met and gotten to know some audit leaders in this program solely via recurring Zoom calls yet feel like I can contact any of them for a confidential chat. That has been priceless.” - Forum Member

Membership in the Forum is not for everyone, but the fact you are spending time to read this website means it is probably exactly what you are looking for.

I'm sure you already see how you having access to these valuable tools, resources, and community will take your career to the next level, right?

Most executive leadership programs require a $25,000+ annual investment, but not the Audit Leader ForumTM


For a small monthly investment, you can get support from peers and executive coaches for the whole year.

You already understand the benefits of having health insurance when those unexpected things come along, but do you have career insurance for when unexpected this come along in your career?? How much easier would your life be if you had the support you need when things get challenging??

For an audit leader belonging to the Audit Leader ForumTM is like having career insurance for those tough challenges you will eventually experience, and it's much more affordable than health insurance, and a long-term investment in your career.

So now you've got a decision to make. 

Do you have the courage to invest in yourself, take action and get different results by joining a supportive, confidential community with executive coaching?
Do you want to keep doing everything along, by yourself and risk staying stuck where you are?
The choice is up to you.
It only takes a minute to register, and when you do you will start getting the support you deserve and realize you are not in this alone. There is a whole community of like-minded audit leaders and coaches here to support you. You don't have to do this alone.

Invest in YOU Options

Similar programs, and/or one-on-one coaching are typically $25,000 per year or more. But you can get started today for only...




Save When You Pay Quarterly




Self Study Videos and Tools

2 Live Group Calls Each Month

Confidential One-on-One Coaching

Everything You Want and Need to BE a Confident, Successful Audit Leader!

Over $5,000 in Bonuses





Save Even More When You Pay Annually


Who is facilitating the CAE Forum?

Hi, I'm Jason Mefford.

I've spent years coaching and training CAEs and professionals in internal audit, risk management, and compliance all over the world. I have a lot of degrees and TLAs behind my name, have written and developed models, frameworks, thought leadership content, multiple professional certifications, and books. I've got street credibility on the technical-skills side, and decades of research and training in psychology, peak performance, executive coaching and relationship and communication soft-skills.

In my career, I was a manager at Arthur Andersen and KPMG, a CAE at two organizations (where I was also Chief Risk Officer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, and responsible for information security). 

One thing that makes me different ... I'm also an executive coach that has been coached and trained for years by some of the top coaches in the world. I've studied psychology, peak performance, influence, intuitive leadership, and neurobiology for decades and understand what it takes to help people transform their lives and careers and get them to the next level. I've taken what I've learned over decades and put it into a context that is relevant and practical for audit leaders.

But more importantly, I have been in your shoes as a CAE, so I understand exactly the opportunities and challenges you face. I have collected a team of world-class expert coaches that makes the Audit Leader ForumTM the only program like this in the world, and I'm here to serve you.

"Jason is a remarkable guy! He is one of the top trainers and coaches in the business today."

Brian Tracy

"I have come to learn how skilled Jason Mefford is at the psychology behind being a successful Chief Audit Executive, and how he imparts this knowledge by helping others work through some of their most challenging situations in a supporting, coaching and elevating way."

Hal Garyn

"I have used many coaches and mentors over the years. The ideas and value I received in one call with Jason, was worth more than all of the other coaches and mentors I have used combined."

AJ MacQuarrie

"Jason has always been there for me to bounce ideas off, provide encouragement, and accountability. I'm so glad to have him as a peer and a friend. Jason is highly regarded in the internal audit community. He works hard to stay cutting edge, practical and full of relevant content."

Kelly Paxton

"Jason has a base of technical expertise, as well as professional expertise, upon which to draw that has helped me several times unpack the chaos in my own head as to which way to take my business. He’s offered his skillset, encouragement, and challenge to keep me moving in making strategic decisions and setting direction/ steps. I met Jason years ago for training, and he’s been a valued and trusted resource in my professional life ever since then."

Cheri Hotman

"Jason is good for the heart and soul and I am so very grateful to have connected with him. He helps people to shine! He is my trusted advisor!"

Theresa Cantley

"Jason is a Jedi Master!"

Jerome Wade

So, if what you hear is music to your ears, I look forward to having you join the Audit Leader ForumTM.

When you register now you will start to feel more confident and you will know how much value you get by joining a supportive community.

If you have any questions, check out the FAQs below.

Ready to sign up, but not quite sure and want to talk first??

The fact that you are asking that question means you probably already realize this is exactly what you want and need, but are a little scared to get started.

I understand. It's human nature.

Here's a link to my calendar if you feel you need to talk with someone before you register:

I'm excited to start helping you!

Jason Mefford


Yes. Anything of value requires a time and money investment, but that is exactly what it is ... an investment in YOU and your team.

Whether your organization supports you, or you decide to pay for your membership personally, it's at a level any audit leader can afford financially, and you can't afford to be without it.

Yes. Participating each year will earn you up to 20 hours of CPE per year. If you need a CPE certificate at year end, just let us know.

Yes. This is an investment in you, and in-directly your team, to add more value to your organization.

Your training or professional services budgets are designed for exactly this sort of investment. 

Most executives in organizations participate in similar groups or executive coaching. 

Of course you can pay personally for membership, many members do just that. After all, this is an investment in YOU and you will see the personal and professional benefits through your participation.

Of course you wouldn't allow the lack of support from your organization to hold you back in your personal and professional growth, right?

You have the option to pay monthly, quarterly or annually using a credit card, or company purchasing card.


No worries. I know you have a busy schedule and may not be able to make each group call, which is why all of the calls are recorded and available for you to view when you have time. You can submit questions and topics before the call when you register and if you aren't able to attend, we'll still try to get your questions answered so you can hear them on the recording.

You have unlimited access to the Audit Leader Forum for as long as you are a member. You are committing to a minimum 12 months, but can continue to renew and be a member for years.

In fact, the members who get the most benefit are the ones who stick around for years.

Absolutely. In fact, joining is risk-free. Simply join, go through the program for the year, do the work and you will see the results. If you follow the program and don't get results, I will give you back your investment.

** restrictions apply

The fact that you are asking that question means you probably already realize this is exactly what you want and need, but are a little scared to get started.

I understand. It's human nature.

Here's a link to my calendar if you feel you need to talk with someone before you register:

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