2022 IR Workshop

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September 23, 2022
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan, Willis Tower
233 S. Wacker Drive, 66th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Great value: Price includes the full-day workshop, breakfast, lunch, cocktails and appetizers. 

NIRI Chicago Members: $175 before August 31 ($225 afterward)
Others: $250 before August 31 ($300 afterward)

Investor relations officers needed to be even more flexible and strategic to succeed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fast-changing landscape caused IROs to “start” (e.g., more aggressively addressing concerns about ESG, supply chain constraints and other headwinds), “stop” (in-person meetings during worldwide lockdowns, often replaced by new and improved virtual meeting technology) and “continue” (emphasizing fundamentals to ensure an IR program meets its goals). This stop-start-continue approach seems equally valuable as COVID evolves into an endemic – and more manageable – issue. Evaluate your IR program’s start, stop and continue opportunities with help from insights and best practices of the industry trailblazers and thought leaders at our full-day IR Workshop. You’ll enjoy dialogue with panelists and IR colleagues, outstanding networking, meaningful connections and fresh ideas from IR service providers at our Exhibitor Showcase.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock 

Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock to Keynote 2022 IR WorkshopMichelle Edkins is responsible for BlackRock’s global institutional relations, policy on investment stewardship issues, and communications about BlackRock’s investment stewardship perspectives and activities. This includes overseeing a global team of 70 specialists who engage on ESG with the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of its clients. Who better to advise investor relations officers on how to help their companies improve how they discuss and execute their ESG strategies? 


Panel Discussions
A Look Forward at Next Generation Investors
While new investors have flooded into the markets over the past couple of years, how will they behave over the next decade? Disrupting priorities for “next generation” investors and IROs alike: ongoing ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as increased digital adoption; greater interest in ESG factors, further emphasized by pending SEC regulations; and greater market volatility fueled by passive investing and algorithmic trading. How can IROs prepare their programs, management teams and boards for these and future changes while appealing to the next generation of investors?
ESG Influences on the Buy-Side
While ESG has become a pillar of an IRO’s responsibilities, opinions vary on which ESG factors are most effective in moving the buy-side to make favorable investment decisions. Given rapid evolution of the ESG landscape and new SEC regulations on the horizon, how should an IRO help set priorities for corporate ESG programs, initiatives and disclosures? Our buy-side panelists play an integral role in their companies’ ESG investment decisions, so they can explain the most important factors in their decision-making processes and how IROs can maximize the value of ESG outreach to the buy-side. 
Creative Approaches to Investor Engagement
How investor relations professionals communicate with shareholders and prospective investors continues to evolve as we navigate a post-pandemic return to “normal.” How can IROs expand their engagement programs to better communicate with current and new investors? Our panelists will share their creativity and success stories on engaging with investors in the current environment using virtual meeting technology, multimedia, new targeting tools, social media and/or an in-person “boots on the ground” sales approach.
Demystifying Thematic Investing
Fast-moving economic, social and technological changes are encouraging thematic investing – which focuses on identifying and understanding how macro and structural trends drive trading activity and stock prices beyond a company’s fundamentals. Thematic investing and trading activity can have a far-reaching effect on a company’s stock price and investor relations strategy. Our panel will help IROs understand thematic investing approaches and how to navigate them.