IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum
Women in IR Europe

Friday, November 9, 2018

Searcys at The Gherkin, London, UK

About the event

In 2017, 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.

Fast forward to summer 2018 and the situation has improved – although only slightly. According to our latest Global Salary & Careers Report (published in IR Magazine, spring 2018): women, who accounted for 33 percent of IR head jobs in 2016, now occupy 35 percent of the leading IR roles.


A look at salary figures shows that both male and female IR heads have the same global median pay range of US$150,000-US$199,999, but that the percentage of women IR bosses earning above this range has decreased from 36 percent to 35 percent year on year, compared with 41 percent of men (down from 47 percent in 2016). More on this can be found here and on our global salary and careers report.

Women in IR: Work in progress

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 conducted showed more needs to be done to improve career opportunities for women in investor relations.

This event is part of our global series of events aimed at putting pressure on the industry to confront these issue and improve the value of women in IR. These events will feature prominent speakers from IR and beyond, as well as panel debates, case studies and discussions to address the issues of gender equality, pay and inclusion.

Agenda and timings

  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and breakfast

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the event

  • 09:15 AM
    Panel: Breaking the IR glass ceiling

    • Why does gender diversity matter in IR? The business case for breaking the glass ceiling and moving away from the status quo
    • IR teams are small (1-3 people), so does it matter that senior women in IR are outnumbered 2:1?
    • Who hires IROs? How can we influence CEOs and CFOs to consider gender diversity in the IR role and across all executive leadership functions internally?
    • What gender targets should we be aiming for in the IR profession? 50/50? If so, how can we drive change, given that IR teams are small?
    • How do you calculate your own market value? What practical tips can the panel share for women to ensure they receive pay parity with their male counterparts?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Marina Calero, director of IR, McCarthy & Stone
    Jennifer Ramsey, head of IR, Rolls-Royce
    Anne Sheedy, CFO, Vision Capital
    Madeleine Szeluch, head of IR, UK Government

  • 10:00 AM
    Q&A and discussions

  • 10:45 AM
    End of event

Panel of speakers

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Venue and location

Searcys at The Gherkin
30 St Mary Axe
London, EC3A 8EP

IR Magazine have arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the venue. Click here to view the hotels and rates.

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