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Equality in IR 2020
Driving your career forward

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LIVE from 8am to 1pm EDT (1pm to 6pm BST)

About the forum

Moving UP in the new normal:

Building on the success of our Women in IR campaign from the last three years, we’ve launched our very first Equality in IR forum – part of our global initiative aimed at creating a level playing field for excellence in the IR community. In 2020 we’re expanding our discussion to welcome professionals of all genders, ethnicity, age, religion and sexual orientation to better reflect the IR community we serve.

With the help of expert speakers and those leading the charge at public companies, we’ll have extensive debates, hands-on mentoring sessions and practical advice on how to build a more inclusive IR community at a professional level, while on a personal level we’ll cover how to negotiate new responsibilities and move up the ladder.

What to expect:

An interactive, virtual experience connecting you to experts from across the globe

Far removed from a traditional webinar format, our virtual event platform allows attendees to:

  • Hear from those leading the charge globally on how companies can and should affect change
  • Join mentoring sessions to receive tailored guidance on key aspects of career progression
  • Hear from successful heads of IR & CFOs on negotiating new responsibilities in a new normal
  • Participate in group chat and speaker Q&A to share personal experiences and seek advice
  • Have one on one private video meetings with fellow IR professionals to build your network

We also have a special guest speaker to help us navigate these trying times as an IRO. Hear how to differentiate between good stress and bad stress, and how to find that balance when you’re rocking the boat. We’ll be announcing our speaker line up shortly. In the meantime, book your place now to learn new ideas, be inspired and move up!

Holders of the NIRI IRC® credential can earn up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) per day. IRC-credentialed speakers may also earn PDUs. More information is available at


All times below are in EDT. All sessions will be available for replay.

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  • 08:00 AM
    OPENING REMARKS: Welcome to the Equality in IR event

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 08:15 AM
    PANEL DISCUSSION: Addressing diversity within the investment community

    Given that IROs are constantly pitching to the investment community, and members of the investment community often become IROs, it is crucial to begin the conversation of how we can address and increase the diversity in the investment community as a whole.

    • How to recognize unconscious biases in the workplace and affect cultural change?
    • Going beyond value statements to set achievable targets and assign accountability
    • How to enact real change and ensure it has significant, long-lasting impact?
    • What are some dynamic ways that an investment firm can give back to communities in need, beyond simply donating or volunteering?

    Sandhya Douglas, senior managing director; partner; and COO of investments, Wellington
    Tanya Rowntree, global head of client success, equity capital markets, TMX Group
    Mary Turnbull, managing director, corporate access, Raymond James
    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:00 AM
    PANEL DISCUSSION: What is the role of the company in leading cultural change?

    The culture of a company plays a huge role in building an environment that promotes diversity and practices inclusion. If you are the head of an IR team or leading the charge with recruitment and diversity at a public company, this session is a must-attend.

    • Navigating unconscious biases and gender pay gap in the workplace and during meetings
    • The role of a company in shaping careers and promoting diversity
    • What does diversity look like in a two-person IR team?
    • How have companies responded? Examples of effective diversity initiatives
    • Countering under-representation at C-level – recruitment, retention and remuneration
    • The value of D&I – addressing investor concerns on earnings calls

    Lynn Antipas Tyson, executive director of investor relations, Ford Motor Company
    Betty Liu, chief experience officer, intercontinental exchange and executive vice chairman, NYSE
    Ripa Rashid, managing director and head, inclusion and diversity, Cowen
    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:45 AM
    TALK: Putting mental health first: Good stress, bad stress and finding the balance

    Right now, there is a lot to think about – in both our professional and private lives – and, between the constant flow of news, concern for the health of ourselves and our loved ones, and the uncertainty of what is to come, we are under a great deal of stress. Join this session, led by an expert on mental health to learn how to spot the signs and find that balance. We’ll discuss managing stress, impostor syndrome and practicing good mental health.

    Michael Futterman, assistant VP, manager, Labs PD, Janus Henderson Investors

  • 10:15 AM
    PANEL DISCUSSION: How can you build influence and drive your career forward?

    IROs who have climbed the ladder from various career starting points share their recommendations on the key skills necessary to succeed in the world of IR and beyond.

    • Developing professionally as an IRO – what are the marks of a good IRO?
    • Negotiating new responsibilities to broaden your role, step up and stand out
    • How to move forward when there is nowhere to go? Creating new opportunities
    • Working in an IR agency vs. in-house IR – pros, cons and advice for making the move
    • Getting a seat at the table – ensuring IR have a voice at the company’s strategic level
    • Landing a message: The art of making your voice heard in male-dominated sectors
    • What’s holding you back? Identifying gaps in skillset for the role you want
    • What are the critical steps IROs need to be taking in the next few weeks to move up?

    Ilkay Demirdag, head of investor relations, Enerjisa
    Sri Maddipati, VP, treasurer and IR, Consumers Energy
    Kate Scolnick, vice president of finance, Anaplan
    Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine

  • 11:00 AM
    CLOSING KEYNOTE: Smooch on the global pivot: How influence and success is shifting before our eyes

    Hear thoughts and insights on future professional pivots from the managing partner at ZRG Partners as the world desperately attempts to rebalance itself. Understand the key tenets of being an influencer and why they count more today than ever before. Learn why now is the time to pivot your leadership brand in the eyes of management and the board – don’t hold back. Innovators are impacting our future, and IROs hold influential leader roles to serve organizations differently.

    Smooch Repovich Reynolds, managing partner, global IR practice group, ZRG Partners

  • 11:15 AM
    ROUNDTABLES: Mentoring sessions and virtual roundtable discussions

    Our mentoring sessions are back by popular demand, but this time they’re virtual! Choose a theme and get practical advice from our esteemed ambassadors on:

    • Navigating career change: Moving from consulting and finance to in-house IR – Juan Gomez Stolk, manager of investor relations, JetBlue Airways Corporation
    • Managing work/life balance: Adapting to life as an IRO during the Covid-19 pandemic – Camilla Bartosiewicz, vice president of IR, Altus Group
    • Relationship management: Building key connections with senior management, analysts, etc. – Gabriel Ratcliff, IR director and Patricia Cruz, IR associate, Etsy
    • What’s your leadership brand? Cultivating your strengths, gravitas and a personal identity – Carol Murray-Negron, executive coach, Equanimity
  • 12:15 PM
    1:1 NETWORKING: Expand your global network

    Our one-on-one networking feature works like speed dating. You will be matched at random with another attendee and you have five minutes to decide whether you’d like to exchange contact information. It’s good fun!

  • 13:00 PM
    End of event

Speakers and mentors

We are thrilled to unveil our fantastic list of panellists, mentors and roundtable leaders!

Mentoring sessions and networking

Take part in interactive sessions as part of a virtual event


Mentoring sessions: Our mentoring sessions are back by popular demand, but this time they’re virtual! Following its overwhelming success in 2019, we’re offering attendees a range of sessions with some of the most senior and experienced figures in the IR community to help mentor and advise the talent of tomorrow. Each mentor will cover a specific area of personal development. The full list of topics can be found on the agenda.

Participants will receive notes, tips, and take-aways on how to deal with specific challenges, improve your way of working, and structure your career.



Speed networking: Match with fellow attendees and share experiences one-to-one. Our platform randomly matches you with another IRO for a quick one to one conversation. You only meet once, so be sure to click connect and continue the conversation after the event by exchanging contact details.

Book your place now to connect with the global IR community, learn new ideas, be inspired and move up!

Who attends

Attendees are leading IR practitioners with a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our attendees from previous years include:

Job title Company Job title Company
Associate director, advisory services Nasdaq Head, Governance Services Nasdaq
Associate partner Buchanan Head, investor relations Minerals Technologies
CCO & head, investor relations Avon Head, investor relations Moody’s Corporation
Co-head of client relations Orient Capital Head, investor relations Mylan
Director Powerscourt Group Managing director FTI Consulting
Director, head of investor relations Peel Hunt Managing partner Instinctif Partners
Director, investor relations Conduent Partner Instinctif Partners
Director, investor relations – ESG Lloyds Banking Group Partner Taylor Bennett
Director, investor relations & corporate communications Anterix Senior vice president Formerly Fifth Third Bancorp
Executive creative director five corporate reporting & consulting Vice president J.P. Morgan
Executive director, Europe & Asia Rivel Research Group VP, business development Tronox
Executive director, investor relations Celgene VP, investor relations Etsy
Executive vice president & CFO Fortis VP, investor relations Fortis
Head of IR Barratt Developments VP, investor relations Nielsen
Head of IR ADLER Real Estate VP, investor relations Tradeweb

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Our Partners

What attendees say

"I enjoyed seeing everyone in on camera discuss the topics - very effective."


"I liked the participants' content, the diversity of topics and ability to tune in to selected agenda items."

Bibicoff + MacInnis

"I liked the virtual format-worked well for me. The chat on the right were an added bonus."

Curran & Connors

"Great having video incorporated into the all-day event and appreciated the range of speakers."


"I was tremendously impressed with the content and also the seamless-Hopin platform! Kudos to you and the IR team for pioneering these fantastic virtual events!"


"Thank you for a great event. It was great that we could all attend all three mentoring sessions, as they were why I was there. Very helpful. Thank you"


"I especially liked the mentoring sessions. Small groups are a great format. "


"First time at IR Magazine's Forum and thought it was well done all around. I enjoyed the mentoring session and found the panel discussion to be quite helpful. Good event for networking as well. "


"Enjoyed the relaxed style of the panel and the variety of perspectives the panelists brought to the table. "


"High quality of speakers. Relaxed interesting conversation. I believe very useful to junior and future IR Professionals

Mithra Advisors

Organizations we support

Coalition for the Homeless   American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)   The Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)

IR Magazine are long-term supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the coalition is doing all in its power to ensure that homeless New Yorkers get the help and protection they need during this crisis.

As we are unable to collect items in-person right now, we would encourage you to make a monetary donation via their website. Please visit:


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

IR Magazine supports this mission and, as a first step, will be donating a percentage of the revenue from the Equality in IR Forum to the ACLU.


Liberties, and their members, want the people of the EU and its member countries to live in societies where their civil liberties are protected, where they can participate freely in the democratic process and where their governments respect the rule of law.

IR Magazine will be donating a percentage of the revenue from the Equality in IR Forum to Liberties, as a first step in support of the work they do across Europe.

Register now

The event is open to all IR professionals who are interested in building an equal and inclusive IR community and furthering your career. A percentage of proceeds will go to the organizations we support.

If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 4989. We look forward to seeing you virtually!

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