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Expanding Horizons - A NIRI-Chicago Investor Relations Workshop


Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM (CDT)

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Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

 633 North St. Clair, Chicago

 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


This year’s program, Expanding Horizons, will help you become more effective in your expanding 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. We’ll share 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
      Sponsored by Broadridge
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 CFOs will discuss how to expand your influence, add value and effectively leverage your management’s time.
      Panelist:  Chuck Burgess, President, Abernathy MacGregor
      Panelist: Tony Huegel, Director, Investor Relations, Deere & Company
      Panelist: Nancy Krejsa, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Six Flags Entertainment
      Moderator: Larry Larsen, III, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Consultant
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.
      Panelist: Asad Kazim, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank
      Panelist: Michael Holt, Director of U.S. Equity Research, Morningstar
      Panelist: Peter Sereda, Senior Vice President - Finance and Treasurer, Telephone & Data Systems
      Moderator:  David Smith, Managing Director - Investor Relations & Capital Markets, Aviv Reit
10:15 - 10:45 Break/Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 - 11:30 Expanding Connectivity: Easy Communications in a 24-hour World
      Online connectivity links companies to the investment community 24 hours a day, every day. With information available via mobile devices, social media outlets, websites and blogs, communications with investors and analysts have grown significantly and move faster all the time. How do you leverage this opportunity for real-time communication and accessibility? Which tools are the most practical and useful — for both investors and IROs? Is there such a thing as over-communicating in the digital age?
11:30 - 12:45 Luncheon, Keynote Speaker
      Cheryl K. Beebe, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ingredion Incorporated
      Shaping the Narrative that Drives Shareholder Value: A CFO’s & Director’s Expectations of Investor Relations
        Sponsored by NYSE Euronext
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? What are the red flag that investors and the proxy advisory firms look for? And who really listens to the proxy advisory firms? Hear how one company successfully navigated shareholder-driven ballot measures by proactively communicating with institutional investors.
      Panelist Steve Shapiro, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks
      Panelist: Katherine Smith, Corporate Counsel, Allstate
      Panelist Walt Young, Director NRG Energy and Chair, Board Compensation Committee
      Moderator: Dee Johnson, Vice President, Investor Relations, Rubicom Technology, Inc.
2:15 - 3:00 Moving Forward While Holding Course: Maintaining and Enhancing Your Credibility During Tough Times
      Tough times come and go (or at least we get used to them), maintaining your and your company’s credibility is critical all the time. How do you maintain, and even enhance your credibility in the face of challenging market dynamics, strategic missteps or negative investor sentiment?   What can you learn from others’ examples? What tools did they use to enhance credibility? In this interactive session, you’ll be able to leverage others’ knowledge and experience and learn some strategies and tools that can be applied in your role, regardless if your company’s situation is buoyant or challenged.
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.
      Panelist: Joan Bates, Senior Director, Investor & Media Relations, DeVry Inc.
      Panelist: Heather Kos, Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications, Navistar
      Panelist: Laura Zinanni, Senior Attorney, CBOE Holdings
      Moderator: Chris Hodges, Founder & CEO, Alpha IR Group
3:45 - 4:00 Wrap Up  
4:00 - 5:00 Reception & Raffle
      Cap the day off with a beverage, hors d’oeuvres and great conversation with your fellow workshop participants. Plus, you will have the chance to win some great raffle prizes.



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

Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM (CDT)

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Chicago, IL 60626



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