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IR Magazine Forum - Women in IR

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

London, UK

About the event

The Women in IR Forum is part of our global initiative to put diversity, pay gap and career opportunities for women at the forefront of hiring practices in IR. At this breakfast briefing, industry-leading panellists will share action plans to help increase the ratio of women in senior positions and balance the gender gap. The panel session will be followed by round table discussions led by CFOs with IR experience, women and men in senior IR positions, and IR professionals from diverse backgrounds on how we can translate these action plans into practice.

The research behind the event

Last year we uncovered a glass ceiling in the IR world: our global IRO survey revealed that while the number of men and women who work in IR is roughly equal, two thirds of heads of IR positions go to men. Such stats are depressingly familiar throughout the business world. Within IR, however, the news came as a surprise: IR has always been an industry with many women in senior positions. Despite this, the study shows more needs to be done to improve career opportunities for women in investor relations.

  • Globally, 67% of top IR jobs are held by men
  • Across four major indices – S&P 100, TSX 60, FTSE 100 and DAX – 25% of companies have a female IR head
  • 36% of female IR heads take home more than $200,000 a year – compared with 47% of male IR heads

We included this research in an entry for the Willis Towers Watson Media Awards and are happy to say we won the prize of best institutional investment publication. Our write up of our last women in IR event can be viewed here. We will be continuing to bang the drum for gender equality and highlight the issue of equality and inclusion.

Agenda and timings

Session details and speakers to be announced shortly*

*Timings are subject to change

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Book your place

This event is open to ALL IR professionals working towards equality and inclusion. To book your place, please fill in the form below and we will send you a confirmation along with detailed event information. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Alice Kenning at [email protected] or at +44 20 8004 6214.


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