IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR
Bridging the gap in pay and skillset

Thursday, September 12, 2019

BNY Mellon Offices, New York

About the event

IR Magazine’s Women in IR campaign has sparked a lively debate around the globe about how women can achieve gender equality and pay parity in the IR profession.

Our research showed that while the IR profession has a 50/50 gender split, 67 percent of senior positions are held by men and just 33 percent by women.

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. The evening was part of our global initiative of events, articles and research reports aimed at throwing diversity within the IR profession into the spotlight.

On the night

  • 17:00 PM
    Registration, networking drinks and canapés

  • 17:45 PM
    NEW! Group mentoring and table discussions

    We would like to invite you to take part in our new mentoring session. We offer three 20-minute sessions with some of the most senior and experienced figures in IR to help mentor and advise the talent of tomorrow. Get notes on how to deal with specific challenges, improve ways of working and structure your career.

    Sally Curley, advisory board member, MOBILion Systems; adjunct faculty, Georgetown and CEO, CGIR
    Keri Mattox, global lead, integrated corporate communications, W2O
    Deb Wasser, vice president, investor relations, Etsy

  • 18:45 PM
    Welcome to the event from IR Magazine & BNY Mellon

    Opening remarks: What factors in general lead to gender disparity in IR? What can we do to recognize and counter these in our teams?

    Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Catherine Keating, chief executive officer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

  • 19:00 PM
    Panel discussion: Bridging the gap in pay and skillset to ease gender disparity in IR

    • How does an IRO’s past role impact his/her current pay and career advancement? Are women without a capital markets or corporate finance background at an irreparable disadvantage, or are there other ways they can bridge the perceived skills gap?
    • What additional IR responsibilities determine an IRO’s pay and career experience? Is international experience a factor? What is missing from your skillset?
    • Are you more likely to get senior jobs or higher compensation by staying with the same company or moving frequently? If the latter, how frequently should you move?
    • Research suggests that where you derive your job satisfaction from determines your salary expectations. How should you view job satisfaction as an IRO in order to progress?
    • What is your strategy? How do you build long-term relationships with the C-suite and investors? When your company is struggling, how do you pitch professional development and diversity?
    • Should balancing work and family even be part of our discussion? Would it be, if this was a ‘men in IR’ networking event?
    • Building an advocacy network: How to include female and male allies and what does that entail?
    • Practical do’s and don’ts: negotiating equal or better pay, being heard, handling interruptions, saying the right things in investor meetings, networking

    Amy Greene, chief communications officer, head of IR at Avon and Chair of Avon’s Foundation for Women
    Lauren Odell, partner and chief operating officer, Gladstone Place Partners
    Jocelyn Perry, executive vice president and CFO, Fortis
    Sabra Purtill, deputy CFO and head of IR, AIG
    MODERATOR: Kelly Weigel, head of marketing and client services, Cowen 

  • 20:00 PM
    Summary and Q&A: Strategic career leadership advice

    Negotiating “marketplace value” compensation, defining your voice as an IR leader, building an unshakeable internal brand – the ultimate positioning to advance your future.

    Smooch Repovich Reynolds, managing partner, global IRO & CCO practice group, ZRG Partners

  • 20:30 PM
    Networking drinks continue

  • 21:00 PM
    End of evening

Speakers and mentors

Mentoring sessions

We invited you to take part in our new speed mentoring session at the Women in IR event in NY. We offered three 20-minute sessions with some of the industry’s most senior and experienced figures to help mentor and advise the talent of tomorrow.

Participants received notes on how to deal with specific challenges, improve ways of working and structure your career.

Women in IR: Research report

Based on responses from more than 900 IR professionals, our 2019 research report on Women in IR follows on from the findings in the IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018. The report examines the pay and career experiences of women working in investor relations according to three factors:

  • What their role was before IR
  • What additional responsibilities they have in their job
  • What their primary focus is for job satisfaction.

It then compares these with those of their male counterparts to see where gender differences lie.

The report goes beyond the headline figures to identify when and where men and women are treated differently – and, indeed, equally – in their pay and career experiences. It shows that, while there is little overt or deliberate sexism in IR, a number of circumstantial factors have led to the overall gender disparity we currently see. Find out more about the report.

Who attends?

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

Job title Company name Job title Company name
Account Executive Alliance Advisors Managing Director, CFO practice ZRG Partners
Analyst, Investor Relations Integra LifeSciences MD, Head of marketing and Client Services Cowen
Assistant Vice President Alpha IR Managing Partner Harbor access
Associate Director Ipreo Managing partner, global Investor Relations DHR International
Associate Director, Corporate Access Point 72 Market Access Specialist BNY Mellon
Associate Vice President Prosek Partners MBA Intern, Investor Relations CIFC Asset Management
Business Development, Assistant VP Alliance Advisors Policy Officer Principles for Responsible Investment
CFO Stanley Black & Decker President Edelman
Chief Business Development Officer CorpAxe President Equanimity
Corporate Comms & IR Director Trinseo President The Equity Group
Corporate Access Balyasny Previously VP of IR Ascena
Corporate Comm New York Community Bank Public Relations and Financial Comms Mithra IR
Director Catheen Mayrose Consulting Quantitative Summer Analyst AIG
Director Ipreo Sales Associate Clinton Group
Director Nasdaq Senior Advisor Arbor Advisory Group
Director IR Kadmon Senior Analyst NRG Energy
Director IR Seavest Investment Senior Associate I-advize Corporate Communication
Director, Client Services MerchantCantos Senior Associate Taylor Rafferty
Director, Investor Relations SkyBridge Capital Senior Associate Teneo Strategy
Director, IR Voya Financial Senior Executive Interviewer Rivel Research
Diretor, Corporate Governance Services Donnelley Financial Solutions Senior Investor relations Analyst Blue Apron
Executive Director Acorda Senior Manager, IR and Corporate Comms Crestwood Equity Partners LP
Executive Vice President Grayling Senior MD, Regulatory & Market Initiatives Computershare
Executive Vice President Nasdaq Senior Vice President Okapi Partners
Founder CoachDoshi Specialist, IR T-Mobile
Founder/ Exec Producer QuidPro Video, Inc. Sr. Financial Analyst Century 21 Department Stores
Head of Global Investor Relations Mylan N.V Student New York University
Head of Global Macro Point 72 SVP Abernathy MacGregor
Head of Institutional Research Sales Dudack Research Group SVP Investor Relations Ubiquiti Networks
Head of Investor Relations AG Mortgage Investment Trust Team Lead, Corporate Account Management Ipreo
Head of listings IEX Vice President Edelman
Head of Smart Connect North America Kepler Cheuvreux Vice President of Investor Relations Blue Apron
Investor Relations Chimera Investment Corporation VP, Corporate Access & Client Services Baird
Investor relations Grace IR VP Teneo Strategy
Investor Relations Pinnacle Asset Management VP Invester Relations PVH
Investor Relations Associate Catalyst IR VP Invester Relations Sotheby’s
Investor Relations Specialist BNY Mellon VP of Investor Relations iHeartMedia
IR Vitamin Shoppe VP of Investor Relations and Market Analysis Weight Watchers International
IR & Communications Consultant Parrella VP Marketing & operations Hightouch IR
IR Manager Pdv VP, Corporate Access Leerink Partners
Managing Director Burson Marsteller VP, Global IR Advisory, DR BNY Mellon
Managing Director CounterPoint Strategies VP, Investor Relations Burns McClellan
Managing Director I-advize Corporate Communication VP, Investor Relations T-Mobile
Managing Director ICR VP, IR and Corporate Communications Minerals Technologies
Managing Director Noble VP, IR ICR
MD & Head of Corporate Access Telsey Advisory Group VP, IR Synergy Pharmaceuticals
Managing Director Investor relations Ambac

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.


This year’s Women in IR US forum is hosted by BNY Mellon!

BNY Mellon
240 Greenwich Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10286

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