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 attended

Attendees are leading IR practitioners with a strategic IR role within his or her company. This year’s attendees included:

Company Job title Company Job title
Investis Digital Account Associate Chimera Investment Investor Relations
Irwin Account Executive InspIR Group Investor Relations
The Piacente Group Account Executive InspIR Group Investor Relations
Cardinal Health Advisor, Investor Relations Sanofi Investor Relations
Okapi Partners Analyst Nasdaq Investor Relations, Strategic Marketing
LogMeIn Analyst, Staff Investor Relations IEX Group Listings Relations
Edelman Assistant Account Executive NiSource Manager, Investor Relations
Gladstone Place Partners Associate Xylem Manager, Investor Relations
IHS Markit Associate Director BNY Mellon Managing Director, Country Executive
Nasdaq Associate Director, Advisory Services Cowen Managing Director, Head of Marketing
Etsy Associate, Investor Relations Edelman Senior Account Executive
Balyasny Asset Mgmt. Broker & Corporate Relations IHS Markit Senior Analyst
Avon CCO & Head, Investor Relations IHS Markit Senior Associate
Acheloa Wellness CEO IHS Markit Senior Associate
CGIR CEO Teneo Senior Associate
High Touch IR CEO & Founder AlphaSense Senior Director, Product Marketing
BNY Mellon CEO, Depositary Receipts Blackbaud Senior Investor Relations Analyst
BNY Mellon CEO, Wealth Management Blue Apron Senior Investor Relations Analyst
Gladstone Place Partners COO & Partner Avon Senior Manager, Investor Relations
KeyBanc Capital Markets Corporate Access Moody’s Corporation Senior Manager, Investor Relations
AIG Deputy CFO & Head, Investor Relations Okapi Partners Senior Managing Director
Rivel Research Group Director, Business Development Harkins Kovler Senior Research Analyst
Conduent Director, Investor Relations T-Mobile Specialist, Investor Relations
Anterix Director, Investor Relations Tronox Specialist, Investor Relations
Balyasny Asset Mgmt. Director, Market Solutions BNY Mellon Specialist, Market Access
IHS Markit Director, Research & Analysis BNY Mellon Specialist, Senior Capital Markets Advisory
IHS Markit Director, Research & Analysis Edelman SVP
Fortis EVP & CFO Formerly Fifth Third Bancorp SVP
Celgene Executive Director, Investor Relations Gladstone Place Partners SVP
BNY Mellon Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion Zuylestein VP & Director
BNY Mellon Global Head, Investor Relations AlphaSense VP, Business Development
BNY Mellon Global Head, Marketing Issuer Services Tronox VP, Business Development
W2O Global lead, Int. Corporate Communications Etsy VP, Investor Relations
Nasdaq Head, Governance Services Fortis VP, Investor Relations
Minerals Technologies Head, Investor Relations Nielsen VP, Investor Relations
Moody’s Corporation Head, Investor Relations Tradeweb VP, Investor Relations
Mylan Head, Investor Relations BNY Mellon VP, Marketing & Communications

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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