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Expanding Horizons -- A NIRI-Chicago IR Workshop

2013 IR Workshop: Expanding Horizons

September 9, 2013 8:00 AM

(See session summaries at end of event page.) It comes just once a year: your opportunity to dig deep into the latest IR trends and catch up with your NIRI colleagues, on a single day and at a highly affordable price. NIRI-Chicago’s 2013 Investor Relations Workshop helped attendees become more effective in expanding their roles beyond “core IR” – not just as a subject matter expert and communicator, but also as an advisor and facilitator to both internal and external stakeholders. Our expert panelists shared best practices and updates on current issues to help you drive additional value within and outside your organization.

8:00 - 8:30   Registration/Breakfast/Exhibitor Showcase

8:30 - 8:45   Welcoming Remarks

8:45 - 9:30   Thinking Vertically: Building Your Organizational Influence
Your success as an IRO depends on the strength of your relationship with your management team. How do you build your credibility? How can you become the “go-to” person for advice and counsel on the financial markets and investment community? This panel of senior level IROs and consultants will discuss how to expand your influence, add value and effectively leverage your management’s time.

Panelists:  Chuck Burgess, President, Abernathy MacGregor; Tony Huegel, Director, Investor Relations, Deere & Company; and Nancy Krejsa, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Six Flags Entertainment

9:30 - 10:15   On the Horizon: Capital Allocation and Cash Management Strategies
Today, Corporate America is sitting on record levels of cash. While the decision to reinvest or return cash to shareholders is unique to each company, you’ll hear how equity and fixed income investors, investment bankers and corporate management think about capital allocation strategies and their impact on valuation.

Panelists:  Michael Holt, Director of U.S. Equity Research, Morningstar; Asad Kazim, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank; and Peter Sereda, Senior Vice President - Finance and Treasurer, Telephone & Data Systems

10:15 - 10:45   Break/Exhibitor Showcase

10:45 -11:30   Expanding Connectivity: Easy Communications in a 24-Hour World (Interactive Session)

11:30 - 12:45  Luncheon, Keynote Speaker
Shaping the Narrative that Drives Shareholder Value: A CFO’s & Director’s Expectations of Investor Relations
Cheryl K. Beebe, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ingredion Incorporated

12:45 - 1:30   Exhibitor Showcase

1:30 - 2:15   Turn Up the Volume: Getting Your Executive Compensation Message Across 
The dialogue surrounding executive compensation can be sensitive, emotional and irrational for boards, CEOs and investors alike, but all seem to agree that tying compensation to long-term company and stock performance is the best approach. How do companies effectively communicate how they’ve done this and how it aligns with shareholder interests?  Hear how one company successfully navigated shareholder-driven ballot measures by proactively communicating with institutional investors.

Panelists: Steve Shapiro, Partner, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks;  Katherine Smith, Corporate Counsel, Allstate; and Walt Young, Director NRG Energy and Chair, Board Compensation Committee

2:15 - 3:00   Moving Forward While Holding Course:  Maintaining and Enhancing Your Credibility During Tough Times (Interactive Session)

3:00 - 3:45   Looking Ahead: New Thinking About Disclosure Versus Transparency
The sell-side wants short-term details, the buy-side wants a long-term plan backed by strategic thinking. Your competitors hope to poach as much information as they can from your public communications. How do you educate without overwhelming? Do you balance the need to communicate to promote understanding of your business with the confidential nature of operating in a competitive environment?  Hear how your peers address these issues and balance the line between transparency and disclosure.

Panelists:  Shep Dunlap, Vice President, Investor Relations, Motorola Solutions; Heather Kos, Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications, Navistar: and Laura Zinanni, Senior Attorney, CBOE Holdings

3:45 - 4:00   Wrap-Up

4:00 - 5:00   Reception & Raffle

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611

Photo gallery Summary: Thinking Vertically: Building Your Organizational Influence Summary: On the Horizon: Capital Allocation and Cash Management Strategies Summary: Keynote Presentation Summary: Turn Up the Volume: Getting Your Executive Compensation Message Across IR Workshop webcasts 2013 IR Workshop brochure 2013 IR Workshop Committee

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