IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum
Women in IR US

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New York, New York

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 $150,000-$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 evening 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. Join us!

Agenda and timings

  • 18:00 PM
    Networking, drinks and canapés

  • 18:45 PM
    Welcome to the event

    Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
    Lauren Tarola, vice president, financial communications and capital markets, Edelman

  • 19:00 PM
    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?

    Margaret Ferrer, chief financial officer, STANLEY Engineered Fastening, Stanley Black & Decker
    Stacie Swanstrom, executive vice president, Nasdaq
    Sara Vavra, senior executive and head of global macro, Point72
    Moderator: Kelly Weigel, head of marketing and client services, COWEN

  • 20:00 PM
    Q&A and wrap-up: Make the leap – take action now!

    Smooch Repovich Reynolds, managing director, global IR and chief communications officer practice group, ZRG Partners

  • 20:30 PM
    Networking drinks and end of evening

Panel of speakers

Bring your CFO for free

Your CFO, CEO or lead director are the change agents needed to get on-board with the movement to break the glass ceiling in investor relations. So please sign up for your pass below, and whilst you’re at it, get a free pass for your senior management or board-member!

Sign them up for free when you book your place to attend

Coalition for the Homeless

IR Magazine is supporting the Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step program through our Women in IR events. First Step gives homeless and low-income women the skills and confidence they need to achieve financial independence. A major part of this is to prepare women for employment. Often these women cannot afford a professional outfit to wear to interviews.

We would be delighted if you are able to bring along an unwanted business outfit. They will be donated to women on the First Step program.

Win a session with a leadership coach

In partnership with IR Magazine and Equanimity Inc., Carol Murray-Negron, executive and leadership coach, is pleased to offer three attendees of this evening event an opportunity to win a free coaching session! To learn more about Equanimity Inc. and to enter for your chance to win a free coaching session, please click here.

Carol Murray-Negron coaches and mentors senior executives and investor relations leaders to develop a dynamic executive presence, and strengthen their leadership and communication skills. She specializes in coaching women leaders to effectively communicate their value and “influence up,” so they get the rewards and recognition they deserve.


This year’s event will be held at Convene – Grand Central Lounge in the heart of New York City.


101 Park Avenue
Ground Floor
NY, New York 10178


Book your place

The event is open to all IR professionals – men and women – to build on last year’s discussion, learn how those leading the way are facing challenges head-on and helping 2019 become the year US investor relations can boast a truly level playing field.

If you are a member of NIRI, please use the code NIRINY45 while registering to get you the early bird rate of $45


Whether it’s exposing the glass ceiling for women in IR, highlighting the benefits of board diversity on financials or looking at the ways in which diversity is increasing in importance to the buy side, IR Magazine has been at the forefront of these issues.

Our journalists have put together an archive of gender and diversity articles, divided into three sections: IR-specific articles, cultural and financial. Each section is in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

Articles include:

Breaking the IR glass ceiling
Highlights from IR Magazine’s recent Women in IR series of events, held in September and October

‘Genuine interest’ exists to get more women in top IR roles, says search consultant
Women less likely to obtain top IR jobs, according to research, but there is growing demand for female IR heads

Female CFO pipeline slows in 2017, says Deloitte
Number of women reporting to the CFO drops in 2017

IR Magazine Global Forum 2017: Gary LaBranche
Gary Labranche, NIRI’s president and CEO, discusses women in IR, cooperation between IR associations and the impact of Mifid II on the US market

Find our full archive here.