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IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR

Thursday, May 23, 2024

TD Offices, New York

About the forum

In 2024, despite making up almost half of the wider IR industry across the US, women occupy just 30% of the leadership roles within it. Shockingly, these numbers are not only worse than in recent years but have barely changed at all since 2017 when IR Magazine began undergoing this research.

In this powerful event, we will shine a light on the journey of women in investor relations and provide practical advice on assessing, identifying and overcoming the professional barriers you face. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the conversation that is driving change across the IR landscape.

You will learn:

  • How to advocate for yourself and achieve your professional goals
  • How to find the balance between work and family life
  • How to identify and overcome the barriers to your success
  • How to gain new skills and make the most of those you already have
  • How to build your personal brand and expand your professional network

Holders of the NIRI IRC® certification can earn up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) per day. IRC-certified speakers may also earn PDUs. For more information about the Investor Relations Charter (IRC)®, please visit

Agenda: 2024

Click here to see the 2024 agenda as a PDF

All times displayed are in Eastern Time (ET)

  • 16:30 PM
    Registration, drinks and canapés: Build your network

    We’ll kick off the event with some networking drinks. Be sure to join us nice and early to grow your network and make new connections with like-minded women in IR.

  • 16:50 PM
    Welcome to the Women in IR Forum

    Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 16:55 PM
    Opening remarks

    Jana Zinn, head of corporate access, TD Cowen, a division of TD Securities

  • 17:00 PM
    Self-advocacy, career advancement, and personal branding: The keys to unlocking your potential as a woman in IR

    Whether you are at the beginning of your career or you are an experienced IR professional looking for the next step, knowing how to make the most of your role and how to prepare for advancement can be a challenge. In this session, our expert speakers will guide you through best practice on maximizing your potential and using your current position as a launchpad to senior roles in IR and beyond.

    • Learn how to self-advocate and get what you deserve, from expectations around sign-on perks in a new role to negotiating for a pay rise in your current position
    • Discover the importance of building your personal brand externally to your company and the most effective ways to manage this
    • Hear how to utilize relationship building and knowledge accumulation to place yourself in the best position for advancement
    • Consider how to be more intentional in working towards and achieving your professional goals
    • Find out what industry leaders look for and consider core competencies for senior roles
    • Learn what extra skills and credentials you need to be focusing on and make the most of the existing skill set you already have
    • Hear about the changing perceptions around C-suite roles and the growing prioritization of “soft skills”

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine
    Kaitlyn Mauritz, head of IR, Redwood Trust
    Smooch Repovich Rosenberg, CEO, Smooch Unplugged
    Katie Royce, CFO, ZenBusiness

  • 17:45 PM
    Breaking barriers: Stories and tips from successful women in the field

    From juggling professional and family life to navigating bias in the workplace, we know that women start the race towards professional success with a myriad of hurdles to clear. Join our panel of industry leaders as they touch on many of these obstacles and share their insights into overcoming barriers and achieving professional goals.

    • Discover how to establish and maintain your credibility and authority in every new role or project, and how to deal with biases or doubts from others
    • Consider how to overcome the mental barriers that may prevent you from applying for jobs, promotions, or opportunities that you are qualified for, but not confident enough to pursue, and how to deal with impostor syndrome, self-doubt, or fear of failure
    • Hear how others have navigated the pressures of motherhood within their career and approached achieving the elusive work / life balance

    Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine
    Ellen Cavaleri, senior vice president, IR and communications, Lyra Therapeutics
    Hope Dmuchowski, CFO, First Horizon

    Shivani Kak, head of IR, Moody’s
    Jami Taylor, senior vice president and head of IR, Coherus BioSciences

  • 18:30 PM
    IR Situation Room: Solving problems collaboratively

    Whether you are facing obstacles in your current role or you are looking for insights into reaching higher levels of responsibility and leadership, this forum will allow you to get sound advice from experts and peers.

    In this session, we encourage you to submit specific challenges and queries to the room and hear solutions in real-time from our audience. This is an opportunity to crowd-source innovative and thoughtful advice from our community of experienced and successful women.

    • Get the answers you need to specific challenges you are facing
    • Take advantage of the accumulated experience and knowledge of industry leaders
    • Share your solutions and thoughts in a private, collaborative environment

    Moderator: Christine Cloonan, IR manager, PagerDuty

  • 19:00 PM
    Closing remarks

    Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 19:10 PM
    Networking drinks continue

  • 20:00 PM
    End of the event

Key Speakers 2024

We're delighted to announce our speaker line-up for 2024!

Who attends our events

Our attendees are leading IR practitioners with an established track record and strategic IR role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past attendees:

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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What our attendees say

"Great set of speakers, very impressive women all around"


"It was excellent... truthful... with some important information shared. It was also well-run."


"[I liked that there were] speakers with different backgrounds who showed their opinions.


"Very open, candid and engaging sessions as well as advice on how to handle issues and situations going forward."


"Panelists were top notch. Well-versed on the topics, very forthright and clear."

Proteus Capital

"Panel discussions were engaging and informative."

WW International

"The speakers discussed relevant and interesting issues in the corporate/IR realm. Everyone was just fantastic."

EQT Corporation


We will be hosting the event at:

TD Offices
20th floor, 1 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

For transport options and directions to the venue, please click here.

IR Magazine have arranged preferential rates for attendees at nearby hotels. View the hotels and rates by clicking here.

Become a partner

Why partner with us? 

The IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR brings together some of the most influential people in thIR community.  

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR practice. Through our unrivaled knowledge of the subject matter and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience. 

The unique buzz we create at our in-person events – a far cry from a traditional conference – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their IR program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR community.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR. Get in touch with Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.


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Make a day of it: Join our think tank

Taking place on the same day of the forum, the IR Magazine Think Tank – East Coast is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior IROs.

It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting IR. We have over 100 senior IR professionals attending each year.

It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtables on select IR issues. All discussions are confidential so you can have a free and open chat with your peers.

Visit our think tank website to view the list of topics we will discuss and request an invite.


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If you have any questions please contact Thomas Williams at [email protected] or +44 208 090 2156.

Bottomless Closet

IR Magazine are supporters of Bottomless ClosetBottomless Closet is a New York based nonprofit seeking to empower disadvantaged women to enter the workplace and succeed. The Bottomless Closet experience is all about making women feel confident, prepared, and empowered to ace their job interviews, start that new job, and begin their journey to self-sufficiency.

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We would be grateful if you are able to bring along any of the items outlined in the list below, to be donated to disadvantaged women.

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