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NIRI Kansas City - Market Structure Program – November 5, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, November 5 for a timely discussion on market structure – “How Markets Moved Away from Capital Formation.” With all the changes taking place in today's capital markets, what should IROs do about institutional targeting in a marketplace where 85% of all volume is driven by something besides fundamentals.

Featured Speaker: Tim Quast, President, Modern IR

Michael Lewis’s book “Flash Boys” cast a bright light on the structure of a stock market that, behind the scenes, has been subject to increasing criticism and critique following repeated glitches. This summer, a series of congressional and regulatory hearings ensued and now an SEC-mandated tick-size study may impact 50% or more of all NIRI members. How did the stock market, central to public-company balance sheets, change so dramatically, and what must you know to help management understand the implications for your company and its shareholders?

What you will learn:

  • Can IROs deal effectively with multiple investor audiences, from high frequency traders to dark pools and more traditional buy-siders who look at fundamentals?
  • What's the impact of the Federal Reserve on market behavior as we recover from the recession?
  • How might the mid-term elections alter the playing field if there's a change in control in the U.S. Congress?

NIRI Chicago - NIRI in Your Neighborhood North Suburban Breakfast Roundtable – November 6, 2014

Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests.

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking; 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Discussion
Walgreen Co., 108 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

NIRI New York – Managing the Deal: Tips from IR's Best Leaders – November 6, 2014

 Learn how to best prepare for and execute communications strategies for a successful transaction from our seasoned panel of experts, who have navigated a diverse range of corporate transactions. 

NIRI Virtual – Virtual Cafe Chats - Earnings/Disclosure Practices – November 6, 2014

Share and learn new methods, techniques, and processes to streamline and enhance delivery of your quarterly earnings messages. Topics will include press release and conference call content, PowerPoints and transcripts, website and social media.  

NIRI Silicon Valley – Building a Successful Partnership with your CFO - November 7, 2014

A good CFO-IRO partnership is at the core of every great IR program. Join us to hear what leading Silicon Valley CFOs are looking for in a great IR program — and person.

The CFOs and IROs:
Altera: CFO, Ron Pasek; IRO, Scott Wylie; SanDisk: CFO, Judy Bruner; IRO: Jay Iyer; Silver Spring Networks: CFO, Jim Burns; IRO: Bonnie Hyun; Moderator: Michael Sullivan, NIRI Silicon Valley President, VP of Investor Relations at Applied Materials

Today we’ll check in with a panel of CFOs from leading Silicon Valley companies and probe the ideas we need to consider as IR practitioners in order to stay “In Front.” We’ll find out what CFOs find most important in establishing an effective IR program.  What they look for in an IRO.  What they need more of — and what they want less of.  There is always the touchy subject of investor feedback, including the best ways of offering it to your CFO, and ensuring it goes up the chain to the CEO and Board in an appropriate way.  We want to know whether the CFOs see IR as a strategic role in their companies, and what IR-Board interactions — if any — should look like.  This is a great opportunity to generate dialogue and ideas around ways IR can better support the CFO and the company.  This will be an interactive session – so we invite you to bring your own most burning questions to the meeting.

NIRI Chicago - NIRI in Your Neighborhood West Suburban Breakfast Roundtable – November 11, 2014

Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests.

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking; 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Discussion
DeVry Education Group, 3005 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515 

NIRI Rocky Mountain - Corporate Governance & Proxy Panel – November 11, 2104

NIRI Rocky Mountain is pleased to welcome three distinguished speakers for a discussion covering multiple issues related to the upcoming proxy season, including:
• Knowing your investors and establishing effective shareholder engagement, including with activist shareholders
• Understanding proposed SEC compensation disclosure rules and how they might impact your company
• Learning about the latest trends in proxy statement litigation, disclosure and design

Speakers: Jason Day - Partner, Perkins Coie LLP, Denver, CO; Frederick Marquardt – Senior Managing Director, Morrow & Co LLC, Stamford, CT; Ronald Schneider –Director – Corporate Governance Services, RR Donnelley, New York, NY.

NIRI Connecticut/Westchester – Shareholder Activism - No one is Immune! – November 12, 2014

Shareholder activism has become the greatest threat to the boards of directors of public companies. In recent years, activist hedge funds have been very successful in using the threat of a proxy fight as a means to push for a sale, board representation or structural changes at target companies. In 2013, there were 219 reported shareholder activism campaigns and 90 proxy fights, and the data for 2014 to-date suggests that this year's numbers will set a new record.  Our guest speakers will give an introduction to shareholder activism, including an explanation of the activist's playbook and an overview of advance preparation measures:

Kai Liekefett - Member of Vinson & Elkins LLP's Shareowner Activism Response Team; Joseph Mills - Senior Managing Director and Manager of Morrow & Co.'s Stock Surveillance Group; Andrew Siegel - Partner with Joele Frank.

The NIRI CT/W chapter will be sharing this event with the Corporate Secretaries Group.  However, this evening is open to anyone from your company that would be part of your "Shareholder Activism Response Team".   Feel free to forward this information or bring a guest!

NIRI Philadelphia - The Responsible Investor:   How to Keep Up with the Growing Sustainability Movement – November 12, 2014

Institutional investors are increasingly self-identifying as Socially Responsible. What are they looking for from investor relations and corporate communications programs? How can IROs advise management on the role of sustainability today? How can we allocate resources to insure our messages are received by receptive audiences? Join our panel for a frank discussion.

Mary Jane McQuillen, Managing Director, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investment, ClearBridge Investments; Catherine Maxey, Vice President/Public Affairs, Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety, Trinseo; Marla Thalheimer, Director, Sustainability, Liberty Property Trust

NIRI San Francisco – Finding Opportunity in the Sell Rating – November 12, 2014

Revisiting one of the most popular sessions at the 2014 NIRI Annual Conference, our November lunch explores the mechanics of the investment research rating system and how IROs can use the dreaded ‘Sell’ rating to improve interactions with both sell-side and buy-side analysts. Among the topics we discuss are:
• What goes into a ‘Sell’ rating?
• What is the IRO’s role in dealing with sell-side analysts with ‘Sell’ ratings?
• How can IROs market with a ‘Sell’ rating?

Michael Look, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer – Shutterfly; Mitchell Schacher, Head of Corporate Access Origination – UBS; Keith Siegner, Equity Research Analyst, Consumer/Restaurants – UBS

NIRI Cincinnati Tri State – Save the Date to Hear Dr. Chris Bray – November 13, 20014

Dr. Bray has been working in the field of leadership, organizational development, employee engagement and career/life development since 2002.  He has worked with Fortune 500 organizations as well as mom & pop shops and everything in between.  Before leaving corporate America, Dr. Bray worked for Pfizer and Baxter Inc. for 16 years in numerous positions before stepping down from his position as Global Vice President of Organizational Development & Effectiveness. 
Chris was founding Director of the Oklahoma State wide Organizational Leadership Degree Program where he started with 4 students and grew the program to over 200 students in less than 2 years before leaving to start his own consulting firm. 

Chris graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Ph.D in Organizational & Adult Development.  He also holds an M.B.A and a degree in communications.  He will finish his 2nd PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2016.  He resides with his wife and five daughters in Gilbert, Arizona.

Where: Nicholsons
625 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Event begins at 5:30 p.m. 

To RSVP for this event, please contact Stephanie Johnson - (, 513-603-5950 

NIRI Cleveland/Northern Ohio – Preparing for the 2015 Proxy Season – November 13, 2014

Please join us on November 13 to network with your local IR peers and hear what you can expect in the 2015 Proxy Season from speakers: Cip Beredo, Partner, Squire, Patton & Boggs and Chris Hayden, Managing Director, Georgeson, Inc.

NIRI Dallas*Ft. Worth – Quarterly & Annual Financial Guidance – November 14 & 21, 2014

On November 14 and November 21, NIRI DFW will host lunch discussions in Dallas and Fort Worth, respectively, about one of the most fiercely debated topics in IR – quarterly and annual financial guidance. Companies, especially those newly public, continually ask themselves questions such as:
• Why should we provide guidance?
• What metrics should we provide? And how much guidance is too much / too little guidance?
• How does guidance impact share price, valuation and other key metrics?
• Does guidance help limit volatility around earnings?
• If we are going to miss our guidance, should we alert the street?
• What are other companies in DFW doing?
• What are best practices? And are the “best practices” the right practices?
• Will we guide to quarter or annual performance?

As you know, analysts and stockholders want full transparency; they want detailed guidance to help predict company performance. Management would rather limit guidance to keep everyone (inside and out) focused on the long-term strategy - instead of on the short-term numbers. Especially in the often-volatile energy sector, the question of visibility is an important one: how can a company be expected to anticipate—and be accountable for—forces beyond its control?

At our lunch events, we will convene a panel of local seasoned IR practitioners who will share their insights on this topic and will engage with you and others in the audience to hear your views on providing guidance to Wall Street. As a backdrop and to inform our conversation, we’ll discuss the results of research recently completed by NIRI and The Abernathy MacGregor Group.

NIRI Virtual - Straight From the Buy-Side: Investors Speak on the Mechanics of Their Process – November 14, 2014

A panel of analysts and portfolio managers will discuss a variety of factors which impact the investment decision making process.
Topics will include:
• How analyst/portfolio manager background impacts their process.
• Analysts/portfolio manager structure at your firm and how it drives the investment decision making process.
• How a company hits the radar as a potential investment and the process for making a recommendation.
• The role of sell-side analysts and sell-side research reports in the investment decision-making process.
• The role of conferences, non-deal roadshows, company press releases, and SEC filings in the investment decision-making process.
• Activities and behaviors Investor Relations & Company executives should stop, start, or continue.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
• Improve buy-side interactions by tailoring communications to differences that exist in structure and roles from firm to firm.
• Develop investor prioritization and relationship management based on target shareholders' investment decision-making processes.
• Enhance ability to predict or shape investor perceptions related to company performance, potential risks, and key strategic decision scenarios. 

NIRI New York - LEAD: The Journey Beyond...IR That Is!  - November 17, 2014

Join NIRI-NY for a workshop on the “C-Suite Equation” and career evolution in and beyond IR. Smooch Repovich Reynolds, EVP, Global Investor Relations and Communications Practice Group Leader at DHR International, will provide insights into how leadership behaviors make or break an IRO’s ability to be considered a strategist among the C-suite executive team. We will discuss why leadership skills are superseding technical skills at many corporations today and how to cultivate your ability to grow as a leader and advance your career to higher positioning with the management team.
Also joining Smooch for the workshop will be seasoned IROs and senior financial executives who can discuss their career evolution and the experience and skills most valued by the C-suite.  

NIRI Boston - Market Structure with Ronan Ryan – November 18, 2014

Join NIRI Boston to hear the latest on high frequency trading from IEX’s Ronan Ryan, featured in Michael Lewis’ latest book, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.” IEX is the first equity trading venue owned exclusively by a consortium of buy-side investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, and family offices. Dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets, IEX aims to provide a more balanced marketplace via simplified market structure and cutting-edge technology. 

NIRI Atlanta- Fall Conference – November 19, 2014

Join your peers for a day of learning at the Delta Flight Museum.  The agenda features Paul Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Delta Airlines and Gregory Miller, Chief Economist, SunTrust Banks and Rupert Della-Porta, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic Equities

The day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at noon with a complimentary guided tour of the museum.

NIRI Chicago - NIRI in Your Neighborhood Downtown Breakfast Roundtable – November 19, 2014

Informal breakfast roundtables are open to NIRI-Chicago members and invited guests.

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking; 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Discussion
JBT Corporation, 70 West Madison, Suite 4400, Chicago, IL 60602
(Note: Please plan for 5 - 10 minutes to sign-in with lobby security) 

NIRI Houston – Evening Reception – November 19, 2014

Don’t miss the Wednesday (11/19) evening reception with the NIRI-Houston Chapter.

Take this opportunity to catch up with your peers in Houston post-earnings. Please note: this reception and speaker are not industry specific and may be registered for separately from the Energy IR Symposium.

When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6 – 9pm
Where: JW Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX USA

Registration is complimentary and open only to corporate practitioners.

NIRI Chicago - They're Saying WHAT? An IRO's Guide to Monitoring Social Media – November 20, 2014

How are key market influencers using social media to shape opinions about your company, stock and industry? Do you even know who’s active out there? Don’t be the last person to find out that Carl Icahn just tweeted about your company! Join us to learn cutting-edge methods to monitor the social media output of key influencers, determine who is most influential for your company and industry, and leverage their output to enhance your overall IR program. Don’t think of social media in a traditional way, solely as a means to “push” your corporate messages – take a look at the “pull” side of listening and leveraging what’s being said about your company on social media.

NIRI Houston - 2014 Energy IR Symposium – November 20, 2014

Come hear from the buy side, sell side, and other leaders as they discuss the state of the energy industry, capital flows and energy politics.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8am – 2pm
Where: JW Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX USA

Registration is complimentary and open only to corporate practitioners.

NIRI St. Louis - Technology and Trading – November 20, 2014

When the opening bell sounds, what really happens to your stock? Join Anna Sakalis of NASDAQ OMX and Rich Barry of NYSE for a candid discussion around stock volatility, liquidity, dark pools, high-frequency trading, electronic platforms, flash crashes, and other phenomenon that influence how your company’s stock behaves in the market.

NIRI Twin Cities – Shareholder Activism – Could it happen to you? – November 20, 2014

Most companies will never be approached by a Carl Icahn or Bill Ackman. But activism continues to evolve and you need to be prepared. Did you know every day new hedge funds are being created for purpose of activism? Experts will discuss how companies can prepare for pressure from an activist investor.

The crucial questions:
• Who are the activists of today? Is activism becoming more common?
• What key factors can attract an activist to a company?
• Is the size of a company and performance a good defense to keep activists away?
• What are some current activist fund tactics? Is the activist playbook changing?
• What should a company do if an activist approaches? Can you/should you negotiate with them?

Speakers: Peter J. Ekberg is a Managing Partner of the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg; Steven M. Pantina is a Senior Managing Director with Georgeson and head of Georgeson’s Research Division.

NIRI Los Angeles - Proxy Season Planning – Insights on Hot-Button Issues and Shareholder Voting Patterns – December 3, 2014

• Joint program with the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professional
• Get a real-time update on aggregated voting trends and the issues and proposals driving shareholder behavior
• Learn how to leverage big data for insights into actionable information to benchmark your company’s voting results against your industry to better plan for the proxy season ahead 

NIRI St. Louis – Social Event – December 4, 2014

Catch up with your colleagues at St. Louis NIRI's December social event! Enjoy great food and educate your palate by sampling a variety of wines. Meet new members, reconnect with friends, and hear the latest chapter news. 

NIRI Boston – Holiday Social – December 9, 2014

Celebrate the season with your NIRI Boston friends and colleagues at the historic Hampshire House, a turn-of-the-century mansion in the heart of Beacon Hill where generations of Bostonians have wined, dined, and danced the night away. Enjoy seasonally inspired cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts in a festive holiday setting.

NIRI Chicago - Putting Together the Pieces: 2015 Outlook – December 9, 2014

So many factors could affect corporate profitability and investor decisions in 2015, including possible changes in Fed policy on inflation, interest rates and Treasury buyback programs; political instability in the Mideast, Ukraine and North Korea; emerging market growth rates; Congressional stalemates and the November elections.

What’s in store for the coming year? Our panel of experts will discuss these and other developing issues, as well as how they put together these puzzle pieces to arrive at their calendar year 2015 forecasts. 

NIRI Orange County – Holiday Social – December 9, 2014

Save the date for this opportunity to celebrate the holidays with your IR friends.  Details to come.  

NIRI Atlanta – Holiday Party - December 11, 2014

Join us at Local Three Kitchen and Bar for our annual holiday party! 

NIRI Houston - More Energy, Please: How Increasing Energy Use Is Creating A Richer, Freer World – December 16, 2014

Please join us for lunch with Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and author of Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong.  If you attended NIRI-Houston’s screening of spOILed last year, you’ll recognize him as one of the interviewees.  Mr. Bryce has written five books covering everything from Enron’s bankruptcy to the digitization of drilling technology and the future of batteries.

NIRI Los Angeles - Holiday Social & One Voice Volunteer Event – December 18, 2014

• Meet and mingle with your IR counterparts to celebrate the holiday season
• Afterwards, join over 2,000 volunteers to sort food for needy families
One Voice is a non-profit organization helping families living at poverty level within our community. Each year they host a Holiday Food Program that provides Christmas food baskets, toys and books to 2,500 families.  

NIRI Atlanta - Corporate Governance and the Activist Investor - January 23, 2015

Please join us for breakfast featuring Jason Alexander, Managing Director, Georgeson.

The event will be held at The Home Depot from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

NIRI Virtual – Virtual Café Chats - Corporate Access/NDRs – January 27, 2015

Share and learn new methods for managing broker-led and company-organized non-deal road shows. How are you and your IR peers working independently and with brokerages’ corporate access teams to ensure quality meetings and effective use of precious management time?

NIRI Virtual – Virtual Café Chats - Annual Reports – March 19, 2015

Share and learn about latest trends in annual report design exiting the 2014 annual report season. Topics will include migration to on-line vs. hard-copy; multi-media elements; social media utilization; print & delivery options. 

NIRI St. Louis - What’s New on the Web? – April 10, 2015

Elevate your IR web site to make it a strategic asset in investor communications! Panelists from Investis, Q4 Web Systems, and NASDAQ OMX will discuss best practices in IR web sites – going beyond the compliance function to make web sites a powerful component of an investor communications strategy.

NIRI Virtual – Virtual Café Chats - Board/IRO Interaction – May 28, 2015

Share and learn how IROs are evolving their interactions with, and reporting to, the board of directors, and how IROs are facilitating more direct contact between their board and institutional investors (not just with activists).