Industry-oriented Membership Organizations are, without a doubt, the most powerful tools a corporate citizen has at his or her disposal when it comes to finding a key fact, solving a pressing problem, looking to network with and gain best-practice tips from peers, or seeking out strong and reliable service-providers.
Most public companies we know would get their membership money back the first time they get a question answered, vs. the cost of calling outside counsel for the answer, or for a few leads on where to go.
Here are our two favorites: The Society for Corporate Governance and The Shareholder Services Association (SSA) – which focuses intensively on practical, operational and money-saving issues.
Quite aside from the wonderful ‘libraries’ of written materials and sample forms and documents they have, or can quickly obtain by “emailing for info” - the biggest benefit, by far, is in the networking opportunities they facilitate. You can get an answer, or brainstorm potential solutions to a problem, simply by browsing the membership list – and calling or emailing anyone who seems likely to have an answer – or by posting your question on their networking sites.
Another thing we like especially about both organizations are the wonderful ‘leadership development opportunities’ they offer you – and/or your key staff members.
When WE think of membership organizations, we are constantly reminded of the venerable old truism that “the biggest and best ‘secret of success’ is simply showing up.” It sure has worked well for us. So please consider having a membership in both organizations – and showing up with regularity.
NIRI is dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of its members. Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. The largest professional investor relations association in the world, NIRI’s more than 3,300 members represent over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.
Society of Corporate Governance Secretaries
Founded in 1946, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Inc. (the “Society”) is a non-profit organization (Section 501(c)(6)) comprised principally of corporate secretaries and business executives in governance, ethics and compliance functions at public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Members are responsible for supporting their board of directors and executive management in matters such as board practices, compliance, regulation and legal matters, shareholder relations and subsidiary management.
The Society seeks to be a positive force for responsible corporate governance, providing news, research and “best practice” advice and providing professional development and education through seminars and conferences. The Society is administered by a national staff located in New York City, by members who serve on board and standing committees and through the member activities of 21 local chapters.
The SSA is a nationwide network of shareholder services industry professionals. Our diverse membership includes corporations of all sizes, transfer agents and a wide variety of specialized service providers.
Whether you are new to the industry, a seasoned professional or someone who has multiple responsibilities, the SSA offers education and networking opportunities to help you succeed.
- Career Development
To join or learn more, visit www.shareholderservices.org, call 952-928-4650 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.