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General Information (13)

When/Where is Conference held ?
The 2015 NIRI Annual Conference is held June 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency hotel located in Chicago, Illinois. Stay at the Hyatt Regency, enjoy great NIRI rates, and be at the center of all Conference activities.
151 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 6060109

View Hotel and Travel information.
What is the agenda ?
The agenda was developed by the IR-practitioner Annual Conference Committee to support advancement of the profession, build strong practices, and to help IROs build value in their careers and companies.

View Conference agenda at-a-glance and sessions that both are subject to change as new information is posted.
Is there a host hotel or headquarters for the Conference ?
All Conference sessions and nearly all events are at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

View Hotel and Travel information.
How can I attend a pre-Conference seminar ?
The very popular pre-Conference seminars are held at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday, June 13th. To attend a seminar, you must register separately from Conference. To register for or learn more about "Finance 101 for IR and Corporate Communications" and "Keys to Successful Investor Presentations", access the event link from the Agenda at-a-Glance.

Please note that Saturday seminar registrations do not include registration for Conference.
Can my guest attend meeting functions, as well as evening receptions ?
Guests may not attend sessions, sporting events, or workshops. Guests are allowed to attend the following evening functions:
  • -Sunday Welcome Reception
  • -Monday Happy Hour, and
  • -Tuesday Services Showcase Reception

All guests of registrants must register in order to participate in evening events. The guest fee is $100, is required for access to evening events, and only covers evening events. Guest registrations do not include breakfast, lunch, and session access. Registered guests include any party not professionally in the field of investor relations or a related discipline. A member may not be a guest pass recipient.

To register a guest while at Conference, please visit the Need Assistance registration desk.
I have more questions about the Conference. Where can I get answers ?
Please send inquiries to the Professional Development Team at
Can I email a session description, tweet a session, or add a session to my calendar ?
When visible, use the mail icon on the right side of the top menu bar. The email and tweet icons will apply to the page you are on. The calendar icon will display when you are viewing the detail of a session. All times are in U.S. Central Time.

NIRI twitter hashtag: #NIRI
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What are the topic breakout discussions/How do I join a topic breakout discussion?
Topic breakout discussions are IR practitioner-peer facilitated open-forum discussions located in various rooms. Rooms are posted to the topic breakout description page within 2 weeks of Conference.

Come for open dialog. Bring your questions. Engage.
What is the Global IR Summit and Reception ?
This Sunday afternoon event is an opportunity to network with global peers and engage in conversation on IR programs. A reception immediately following the 2 sessions that open the event.
Who developed Conference? Who is the Annual Conference Committee
Conference is developed by the Annual Conference Committee (ACC) of IR practitioners. Led by Co-Chairs Dennie Kimbrough (Microsoft) and Shep Dunlap (Motorola Solutions), ACC began work in the Summer of 2014 and followed a well-defined process that includes:
  • -topic identification and ideation
  • -review of session concepts submitted by the IR Community (more)
  • -a respectful challenge by Co-Chairs and the NIRI research and practices group
  • -session refinement via conference calls and in-person meetings where ACC members challenge, defend, and validate session ideas

Please contact Mike Hyatt ( to learn more about ACC and find out how to join.
Is there an attendee list ?
The electronic attendee list will be available in the NIRI conference app.
Is there a Conference app ?
The free Conference mobile app is available for download for Android and iOS devices.

To download the official app, search "NIRI AC15" in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or text "NIRI" to 99000 to receive a download link on your phone.

The Access Code for the app is communicated through email to all attendees.

Web access:
Information from the app can also be accessed through .
Can sponsors contact me via email/How did they get my email address?
Per the NIRI policy statement on disclosure of registrant information in the Conference registration confirmation email, NIRI only provides name, title, company, and physical mailing address to Conference sponsors.

Though the policy does not explicitly prevent a sponsor from reaching out via email, NIRI does not provide email addresses.

Additionally, sponsors may not obtain email addresses from the NIRI membership directory.

NIRI assumes that sponsors comply with email opt-out requirements per Federal regulations and include opt-out methods in their communications.

Note that some providers not sponsoring Conference may reach out to you to "fish out" your possible attendance and attempt to meet you. Please respect your IR Community and do not accept meetings with providers who are not sponsoring Conference.

Registration (12)

What is included in the cost of my registration ?
Your conference registration includes full and open* access to all sessions, the Experience Showcase, keynotes and special events. Breakfast (Mon - Wed), lunch (Mon & Tue), evening receptions (Sun - Tues) and breaks (Mon & Tue) are also included.

Please note that Saturday seminars require separate registrations and are not included in Conference registration.

*Service providers may not market or sale in sessions, hallways, or networking events. Only sponsoring exhibitors may engage attendees in the Experience Showcase.
Can I substitute/transfer someone else to attend the Conference ?
You can substitute someone else by emailing with the new registrant's name and contact information.
How can I cancel my registration ?
Please send all refund requests to Mike Hyatt (
Conference Registration Cancellation Procedure
May 17: Last day to cancel and receive a refund minus $125 administration fee.
May 18: Beginning on this day, NO refund can be provided for registration cancellations. However, contact NIRI as soon as possible to send a substitute.
How can I obtain an invoice/receipt for a registration or group of registrations ?
A receipt is sent via email at the time of registration. A confirmation email, with more information about your registration, is also sent at that time.

Click on the "My Transaction" link at to reprint the system generated receipt.

Should you need additional assistance, please reach out to Mike Hyatt ( for a receipt, invoice, or additional questions related to registration receipts and confirmations.
Are meals included with my registration ?
NIRI provides breakfasts, lunch and afternoon breaks on Monday, Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday. The Welcome Reception on Sunday evening includes hors d'oeuvres. The Happy Hour reception on Monday and the Experience Showcase on Tuesday includes hors d'oeuvres.
Do speakers need to register?
All speakers must register for the conference. Conference presenters with an active NIRI membership who are presenting a session or sessions in the conference must register for the Conference even if they are attending for just one day. There is no prorated fee.
What are the registration deadlines ?
Standard registration ends May 11 and Late registration ends June 12. On-Site registration begins on June 13 and runs through the end of Conference.

View Registration for more information.
Where can I register on site/What are the registration hours ?
You may register during the convention at the registration areas located in the main NIRI area.
Registration hours*
Saturday, June 13: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday, June 14: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, June 15: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 16: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 17: 7:30am - 1:00pm

*Subject to change
Do I register for Sunday and Wednesday workshops ?
Conference registration entitles you to attend any of the Sunday and Wednesday workshops. Workshop seating is open.
Can I pay to attend only one day or part of Conference ?
We do not offer a partial registration. Please note that Saturday seminar registrations do not include registration for Conference.
Does NIRI provide continuing education credits, CPE credits, or a certificate of attendance ?
NIRI provides a certificate of attendance with details of the sessions you attend. You must sign the sign-in log for each session you attend to receive detailed session confirmation on the certificate. You are responsible for submitting the certificate to the appropriate governing body for credit reporting. Learn more and contact Mike Hyatt ( with inquiries.

Logistics (5)

What is the attire ?
The dress code for the Conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures will vary, so wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort. We also recommend comfortable shoes.
Where is the Information Center ?
General questions about Conference and NIRI are answered at the NIRI Full-Registration Desk and NIRI Booth (center of the Experience Showcase).
Where is the Speaker Lounge ?
While at Conference, go to NIRI Full-Registration Desk to pick up your name badge as it is required to enter the NIRI Conference space.

The speaker ready room is behind the Registration Area in the Grand Suite 3 in the East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This area is exclusively for speakers. A representative of NIRI is in the speaker ready room during Conference hours to assist throughout the event. Speakers are able to:
  • -preview and practice presentations
  • -meet with their panels
  • -make edits to presentations
  • -ask questions of NIRI staff
  • -submit presentations to be uploaded to the Conference website
Contact Mike Hyatt for assistance.
Is there audio and videotaping of sessions or broadcasting live on the web ?
The General Sessions will be videotaped, and concurrent session and workshop audio will be recorded. All available sessions will be archived for replay by registrants on the NIRI Annual Conference website.

Links to audio and video are included in the material box on session description pages. A session will be marked if it does not have audio, video, or session material.

Registrant log-in is required to access. To access, you must be a 2015 NIRI Annual Conference registrant, did not cancel the registration, and have a valid email address in your NIRI profile.

Will there be presentation handouts provided onsite ?
Per the NIRI less-paper and social responsibility initiative, handouts will not be printed in advance. Session material is accessible from the Conference website and mobile app.
What is the closest airport ?
Chicago is served by 2 airports, O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). See the Travel and Lodging Information Document to learn more.
What are the ground transportation options ?
The Hyatt Regency is located in downtown Chicago on the river. Take a look at the Travel and Lodging Information to learn more about transportation options from both airports.

Conference attendees are responsible for their own air travel in and out of Chicago, as well as transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency. We recommend arriving by 11:00am on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and departing no earlier than 2:00pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
I am attending Conference and I have special needs (dietary, mobility, etc.). How can I inform you of them ?
NIRI and the Hotel will make every effort to meet your specific accommodation needs. Please contact Sharon Wall ( | 703.562.7682) by June 1, 2015, to allow sufficient time for attempts to address your needs..
Is childcare service provided ?
Childcare service is not provided. Attendees may contact the concierge at the Conference hotel for hotel and local childcare options.

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