Your Career in Investor Relations: What's Your Path? What's Your Plan?
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
7900 Westpark Dr.
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Lobby Level Tysons 1

Join us for an interactive panel discussion about shaping your career trajectory in investor relations. We will be discussing current trends in recruiting and compensation, how to approach your career path, and opportunities to expand and extend your skill set. Matt Brusch, CAE, Chief Programs Officer, National Investor Relations Institute will moderate our discussion.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Registration, Networking, and Reception
The Reception includes, dinner, beer, wine, and soft drinks
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Program
Capital Area Chapter Members and Guests:  $35


Join us for our annual year-end celebration! This will be our last event until September 2017 - come join us to celebrate a great year of programming and networking! Colleagues, friends, and spouses welcome.

  • Tejal Engman, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Washington REIT
  • Paul Levi, former Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, SAIC
  • Peter McDermott, Principal, Corporate Affairs Center for Expertise, Korn Ferry


Matthew D. Brusch, CAE
Chief Programs Officer
National Investor Relations Institute

Matt Brusch joined NIRI as vice president of communications in 2007 to direct the organization's communications strategy and associated operations. In his new role, he will lead professional development and other programming. Highlights of his tenure include creating NIRI's research program, and working with volunteers and staff, launching the first professional investor relations certification program in the U.S. His previous experience includes leading investor relations and corporate communications for several public companies, as well as regulatory and marketing roles with the NASDAQ Stock Market. Mr. Brusch began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for superior performance. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).



Peter McDermott 
Principal in the Corporate Affairs Center of Expertise
Korn Ferry

A seasoned communications recruiter with both US and European experience, Mr. McDermott has an impressive international track record placing senior level corporate communications and investor relations talent, across a wide spectrum of clients.

Mr. McDermott joined Korn Ferry from a boutique firm specialized in the corporate communications function, where he was based in London and New York. For the past year, Mr. McDermott has been based in London, and spent time in the APAC region doing both candidate and business development.  Previously, Mr. McDermott was an associate at a global executive search firm, where he supported multiple financial services practices through research, candidate identification and outreach. He began his career as an intern with Bloomberg LP.

Mr. McDermott is active in several of the professional organizations that are connected with the top functional leaders such as the Institute for Public Relations, as well as Arthur W. Page Society, and he has served as co-chair of multiple Page Learning Community Events in New York.

Mr. McDermott is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and American Studies, coupled with a concentration in Ethnic Studies and a minor in History.


Tejal Engman
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Washington REIT

Ms. Tejal R. Engman joined Washington REIT in March 2015 as Director, Investor Relations. She has overall accountability for external communications to key stakeholders and the investment community at large, as well as the media.

Prior to joining Washington REIT, Ms. Engman served as Vice President in the Institutional Equities' division at Deutsche Bank where she provided research-based investment advice to analysts and portfolio managers' at institutional asset management firms including Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, JP Morgan and Principal Global Investments. From 2006 to 2009 she was an Associate in the Institutional Equities division at JPMorgan where she primarily worked with institutional investors based in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Ms. Engman received a BSc. in Economics and International Relations from The London School of Economics.


Paul Levi
Recently Retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
cience Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Mr. Levi has over 35 years experience in the scientific and information technology industries. Most recently, Paul served as Director of Corporate Development for SAIC covering all M&A activity. Prior to becoming the Director of Corporate Development, he was the Director of Investor Relations for SAIC, he served in this role since August 2010. Paul was previously responsible for SAIC's business operations including activities involving National Security, Environment, and Energy Markets. Prior to joining SAIC, he was employed by Computer Science Corporation in Washington D.C and California, and the U. S. Navy, Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. 

Paul was previously the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for SAIC's IT and Network Solutions Group which represents over 10,000 professionals directly involved in Utilities, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Consulting, Outsourcing, Telecommunications and Developing Markets worldwide. In this role, he was a member of the senior management team and was instrumental in the successful negotiation of contracts, acquisitions, and the initial and follow-on contracts with BP and BG in the UK, Entergy in New Orleans, and the national oil company of Venezuela-PDVSA, and Scottish Power in Scotland.