NIRI NY NextGen is a sub-group of our chapter geared specifically to meet the needs of up and coming IR professionals who are newer to the workforce and have been in IR for less than 5 years. We strive for NIRI NY to be an engaging, educational, and welcoming place for those starting out in investor relations. Whether you’re embarking on your first role in IR after a stint in equity research , are in a rotational IR spot from finance or elsewhere in your company, or working as an IR consultant or service provider, we encourage you to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge in our community.

Jumpstarting in IR

For public companies and IR consultancies, NIRI NY offers educational insights from experienced practitioners. Newer members are exposed not only to relevant trends – such as shareholder-board communication and international investor outreach – but also to thought leaders with real world context on the fascinating relationships between public companies and their shareholders. Complementing traditional education, NIRI NY NextGen exposes newer members to advanced discussions and develops a more nuanced understanding of approaches in our high profile profession.

Building Your Network in NYC

With our gatherings in the world-class city known for its finance prowess, NIRI NY NextGen attracts renowned speakers and well respected IR practitioners. Newer members have the opportunity to hear from experienced professionals, bringing relevant concepts and learnings back to the office. Our collaborative network of professionals can have a powerful and influential impact on your career and organization.

Recent NextGen Event

On May 16, 2019, NIRI NY NextGen IR professionals attended a fireside chat with Spencer Wang, IRO of Netflix, at Shake Shack’s headquarters in Manhattan. The fireside chat was moderated by Tanya Kamatu of Catalyst IR. The event was hosted by NIRI NY NextGen Committee members Allison Sobel, Sherif El-Azzazi, Tanya Kamatu, Adam Fromowitz and Mei Kuo.

Spencer Wang, Vice President of Finance/Investor Relations & Corporate Development at Netflix, comes with an impressive background, starting in equity research before being handpicked by the CEO of Netflix to lead investor relations. As moderator, Tanya spoke with Spencer about his career, IR best practices and career advice. Below are key takeaways from the fireside chat:

  • In addition to his role in IR, Spencer does significant work in business development and commercial partnerships.
  • Crucial skills for IR include a forward-looking view, the ability to think critically and analytically, a deep finance background, and verbal and written communication skills, as well as to be a big believer in the company.
  • A good IR practitioner will be transparent and communicate clearly their objective, attract the right investors, have depth of knowledge in finance, and spend time with company leaders to become a source of knowledge on all matters related to the company.
  • Netflix does a post-earnings sell-side call including all the analysts in place of individual calls. This allows for efficiency and lets analysts hear more questions.
  • The IR website is a great tool for making information available and organizing it for investors.
  • Ways to improve financial literacy include formal qualifications but you can learn basic accounting and financial statement analysis by taking online courses.
  • It’s important to spend most of your time with the buyside – win investors over with the depth of your thinking and the ability to articulate why you made a choice. Even if investors disagree, they will respect your view.
  • If you bring value to other people, you will be rewarded.
  • Regarding promotions, always be prepared for when an opportunity opens up.
  • It is crucial to find a culture that matches your values and risk tolerance.

Following an engaging talk with Spencer Wang, attendees had the opportunity to network while enjoying refreshments courtesy of Shake Shack, Brooklyn Brewery and Gotham Wines.

Join NextGen

NIRI NY NextGen is a sub-group of our NY chapter geared specifically to meet the needs of up and coming IR professionals who are newer to the workforce and have been in IR for less than 5 years. We strive for NIRI NY to be an engaging, educational, and welcoming place for those starting out in investor relations. Whether you’re embarking on your first role in IR after a stint in equity research, are in a rotational IR spot from finance or elsewhere in your company, or working as an IR consultant or service provider, we encourage you to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge in our community. If you are interested in learning more about NIRI NY NextGen, please contact Adam Fromowitz, the NextGen committee's head of membership, at afromowitz@astfinancial.com.

Discounted Membership

A membership in NIRI NY NextGen represents significant savings when compared to the NIRI national membership and the regular NIRI NY chapter membership for the first three years. Members get full benefits of NIRI national as well as the NIRI NY chapter including regular industry updates and publications, various professional development programs as well as peer-to-peer networking in New York City, and access to NIRI’s Career Center.

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