Successful investor relations officers can meld strategy, finance, communications, marketing and compliance – but superb technical knowledge and skills will not necessarily land you a promotion or a better job in another field. Our workshop will focus on identifying the most important leadership skills for the next step in your career, how to develop and demonstrate those skills to build influence within your organization, and real-world advice from experts and senior practitioners. You’ll end the workshop with valuable knowledge that can help you “wow them” during executive searches and progress further up the career ladder. Bonus: Complete a self-assessment before the workshop to better relate research and reality.
8 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - Noon Program
Julia Sweeney, Managing Principal, Korn Ferry
Julia Sweeney will discuss Korn Ferry’s research on the leadership skills required to advance in your career and provide insights on what it takes to move up in an organization – and just as important, how to identify, seize and manage inflection points in your career. As a member of Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting practice, Sweeney partners with clients to design and deliver talent initiatives to foster strategy alignment, leadership development and realization of business goals. She has more than 20 years of experience working across industries through both internal leadership roles and external consulting. Sweeney received her master’s degree in organization development from Loyola University, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
Our program will include insights from IR officers who have advanced in their careers by building and demonstrating leadership skills, including:
Aaron H. Hoffman
Vice President, Investor Relations, Illinois Tool Works
Aaron Hoffman heads the IR function for Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) He has more than 15 years of senior investor relations and corporate communications experience in industries ranging from foods and beverages to specialty chemicals and automotive equipment. Hoffman most recently was vice president, investor relations for Ingredion (2010-2014) and Sara Lee Corporation, where he worked from 1999 to 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. He is a member of NIRI’s Senior Roundtable and the Executives’ Club of Chicago.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alpha IR Group
Chris Hodges has been a strategic IR consultant for nearly two decades, including as founder and CEO of the Alpha IR Group, a strategic IR consultancy with offices in Chicago and Boston. Previously, Hodges was senior managing director at FTI Consulting where he ran the industrial sector and the Chicago office of the Strategic Communication Group. Prior to FTI, he co-founded Ashton Partners in 1997 and served as president until 2007, when the company merged with FD (a division of FTI Consulting). Hodges has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lafayette College and a MBA with finance concentration from Temple University.
Moderator: Stephanie Buckles, Consultant, Financial Officer Practice, Korn Ferry
Stephanie Buckles brings more than 15 years of experience overseeing the recruitment of executive candidates for clients in a breadth of markets, including the Fortune 500, private equity and family owners. Before joining Korn Ferry, Buckles was with another leading global executive search firm and led the executive search practice for a regional boutique. Buckles began her executive search and HR consulting career at Blackman Kallick & Bartelstein, the 10th largest public accounting and consulting firm in Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia.
P.O. Box 268611
Chicago, IL 60626
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