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IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR

Thursday, April 27, 2023

TD Offices, New York

About the forum

Our seventh annual forum was back again by popular demand! The event was part of our global initiative to create a level playing field for excellence in the IR community. With the help of expert speakers and those leading the charge at public companies, the event included practical advice on the following:

  • How to balance the demands of the IR role with the needs of being a parent
  • How to build a more inclusive investor relations community and expand your network
  • How the role of an IRO has now evolved, the new skills required, and bridging the widening gender pay gap
  • How to progress in your career through the adoption of new responsibilities. Learn how to excel in the IR profession and beyond


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


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  • 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 meet new people in the IR world.

  • 16:45 PM
    Optional pre-event mentoring sessions: Career advice and Q&A with experts

    You can choose a theme and get practical, informal advice from our esteemed ambassadors on dealing with specific challenges, improving working methods and structuring your career.

    1. Career development tips for in-house IR professionals
    2. Intentional networking: Building your brand internally and externally

    Tierney Saccavino-Payne, investor relations, Acorda Therapeutics
    Foli Pontillo, global head of investor engagement and perception, Nasdaq

  • 17:30 PM
    Opening remarks: Welcome to the Women in IR Forum

    Based on the statistics from IR Magazine’s latest research report, hear what factors generally lead to gender disparity in IR, what we, as a community, can recognize and counter in your teams, and a statistical breakdown of diversity in the IR role.

    Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine
    Foli Pontillo, global head of investor engagement and perception, Nasdaq

  • 18:00 PM
    Advancing your career, overcoming challenges and building skills for success

    • Navigating the evolving role of IROs: Addressing the top three challenges, including balancing work and home responsibilities
    • Competitive differentiation in IR: Exploring strategies for standing out in the growing field of IR professionals, especially amidst the influx of diverse backgrounds during the pandemic, and leveraging past roles for career advancement
    • Building a personal brand: Utilizing social media and networking to create new career opportunities and enhance visibility in the IR industry
    • Women in senior IR roles: Investigating the changes in representation over the past five years, overcoming barriers to women in leadership, and discussing ways for women to network effectively and support one another in the workplace
    • Addressing the gender pay gap: Exploring mechanisms to detect disparities in pay for IR professionals and offering strategic advice for negotiating compensation in the current economic climate
    • Promoting equity and inclusion: Identifying actionable steps to support diversity in the IR field and fostering a supportive environment for female professionals. What is the one action you can take to support equity and inclusion?

    Moderator: Swaroopa Desai, MD and head of corporate access, TD Cowen
    Keri Mattox, SVP, chief communications and administration officer, Zimmer Biomet
    Katie Royce, CFO, ZenBusiness
    Alethia Young, CFO, Graphite Bio and board of directors, PTC Therapeutics

  • 19:00 PM
    Closing remarks

    Lauren McDonald, conference producer, IR Magazine

  • 19:15 PM
    Networking drinks continue

  • 20:00 PM
    End of the event

Key Speakers

We're delighted to announce our speaker line-up for 2023!

What our attendees say

"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

"Amazing event and great speakers."


"Subject matter was spot on; panelists were knowledgeable. Networking and mentorship sessions were impactful."

Telsey Advisory Group

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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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.


Register your interest for 2024

Register your interest for the 2024 forum by filling in the form at the link below. You will be the first to receive important updates about the event and details about how to book your place.

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



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