Evolution of Corporate Engagement

The Rise in ESG and Decline in the Pandemic is Changing the Relationship between Corporate Management and Investors
Please note that this event will be through Zoom. Login information will be provided in the reminder email closer to the event
Hosted by: Education Advisory Group

Sitting across the table from the management team of a current holding or a potential investment has long been a crucial part of the investment process. As the pandemic subsides, our panelists will discuss their views on how corporate engagement will evolve from the current virtual world back to a combination of face-to-face meetings and ongoing virtual interactions.  

Perhaps an even greater impact on the evolution of corporate engagement will be the increasing prominence of ESG analysis. Investors have been requesting ever greater amounts of information and transparency from corporations to not only identify issues, but how executives plan to mitigate these risks. More recently, many asset managers have brought on board professionals that specialize in sustainability management to complement their financial analytical teams. These same managers are now beginning to actively use their shareholder votes to influence corporation behavior.

  • Review how the relationship between investors and corporate management teams changed over the past year and discuss how that relationship is expected to evolve as the pandemic subsides.
  • Expectations regarding the mix of in-person vs virtual meetings in 2021 and beyond.
  • Learn how the increased emphasis on ESG and sustainability has altered buy-side information requests and actions.
  • Provide an outlook on how an increase of shareholder activism will be used to influence corporation behavior. 
Jocelyn Cheng - Global Head of Corporate Access, Capital Group 
Shep Dunlap - Vice President, Investor Relations, Mondelez International
John Hoeppner - Head of US Stewardship and Sustainable Investments, LGIM America


Moderator: Dave Sekera, CFA - Chief US Market Strategist, Morningstar


Members - FREE  
Nonmembers - $20
NIRI Members - FREE (Please contact info@nirichicago.org to receive your discount code)
(member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

*Limited Sponsorships available. Please contact Kim Augustyn at sponsorship@cfachicago.org.

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 1 credit hour

Registration: Online  
Zoom login information will be provided in the reminder email closer to the event. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on June 15, 2021.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT: Program 
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*Distribution of presentation slides is at the discretion of the speaker and may not be available for this event


Jocelyn Cheng
is the global head of corporate access at Capital Group. Prior to joining Capital Group in 2019, Cheng worked in the equity research/sell-side industry at Sanford Bernstein for over a decade where she founded the Corporate Access product and team, and previously was at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and FactSet.

Cheng holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University. Cheng is based in Los Angeles.

Shep Dunlap
is the vice president, Investor Relations for Mondelez International. He is responsible for leading all of Mondelez International’s investor relations initiatives, including representing the company to equity and fixed income investors, and providing strategic counsel to support value creation and risk mitigation. Dunlap also provides guidance regarding the company's operating results, business strategies and sustainability initiatives to institutional investors and sell-side securities analysts.

Prior to Mondelez International, he served as vice president of Investor Relations for Motorola Solutions. He also spent 12 years at Dell, where his roles included investor relations, corporate planning, services marketing and corporate audit. 

Dunlap holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Kansas State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a CPA. 

John Hoeppner joined LGIMA in 2018 as head of US Stewardship and Sustainable Investments. He is the US representative of the Corporate Governance team. Hoeppner is charged with shaping the firm’s corporate engagements and driving demand for sustainable investing strategies in the US market.

Hoeppner joined from Mission Measurement where he led the Impact Investing practice, and launched an ESG data and consulting business. Prior, John held multiple senior product positions in the asset management divisions of UBS and Northern Trust. Hoeppner championed a range of corporate and product related sustainable investment efforts. He started his investment career at Cambridge Associates on the capital markets research team. John earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 


Dave Sekera, CFA
, is the chief US market strategist for Morningstar Research Services LLC. He has held several roles since joining Morningstar in 2010 as a senior securities analyst. Prior to joining Morningstar, he worked in the alternative asset management space generating capital structure, risk arbitrage, and catalyst driven investments. His other prior experience includes identifying buy/sell and long/short investment recommendations for a proprietary trading book and conducting portfolio risk management. Over the past 30 years, he has covered every part of the capital structure from equity to senior secured loans. Sekera graduated from Miami University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees
This event is complimentary for members only. Credit card required to guarantee all nonmember reservations. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Registration online is required and closes at 5:00 PM on June 15, 2021. Cancellations for refunds accepted until 5:00 PM, June 11, 2021.

Passport Program

Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Society Chicago member rate. Please call the CFA Society Chicago office at 312-251-1301 to register. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the Society member rate.

CFA Institute CE Qualified Activity:
This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the 
CFA Institute Professional Development Program.

6/16/2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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