Date: 9/30/2020
Event start time: 3:00 PM
Event end time: 4:00 PM

A lively discussion that explores how IROs at large and small cap companies responded to the pandemic and its economic fallout. IROs from the courier, medical and education industries will share their communications stories. This session will also attempt to answer questions about the practice of investor relations during and after COVID-19.


  • Julie Dewey, IRC – Sr. VP & Chief Communications Officer at Wright Medical Group N.V.
  • Jeff Smith, CFA, IRC – Director, Investor Relations at FedEx Corporation
  • Chris Symanoskie, IRC – Leading small-cap IRO V& VP, Investor Relations at American Public Education, Inc.  

This IRC Lounge Session will also attempt to answer the following questions about the practice of investor relations during and after COVID-19: 
  • How do IROs define success during the pandemic?
  • Have IR department goals, strategies and tactics changed as a result of COVID-19?
  • How has the crisis impacted the already dynamic role of IROs?
    • IROs as crisis managers enhance the value of IR?
    • What role did trust and credibility play in helping management and investors through the crisis?
    • Has anyone thought of ESG during the pandemic?
  • IR has always involved important, face-to-face meetings - now what?
    • In-person NDRs are “so last year” and IPO roadshows may be never be the same – is this the new normal for IR?
  • Have guidance practices changed and is there any earnings visibility?
  • What have IROs learned during the crisis, and how will they respond in the future? 

IRC® credential holders can earn one (1) Professional Development Unit (PDU) for attending this session.
Domain 2: IR Planning, Implementation and Measurement.

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