How to Make Sense of Reg FD and New Disclosure Channels – Free Webinar

CPE & CE Credits Available


The Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent endorsement of social media as viable disclosure channels for publicly traded companies has investors, executives, legal departments and communications professionals trying to make sense of the implications of market moving information surfacing on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.A Stanford University study recently found that tweeting can actually improve the liquidity of smaller, lesser-known companies. But there is also plenty of uncertainty about whether engaging in social media is actually beneficial for a company’s valuation. Executives are cagey about messages snowballing out of control, not to mention the effects of false rumors circulating on Twitter.

In this webinar, we will help make sense of social media in the context of disclosure for public companies, as well as provide tips on how to get the most value out of these new communication channels.

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Elizabeth Blankespoor  –  Stanford University 
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Elizabeth Blankespoor joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in July 2012. Her research focuses on the determinants of financial reporting and corporate disclosure choice, as well as the implications of these choices for capital market participants, regulators, and the flow of financial information. Her recent work examines the role of information processing costs in firm disclosure choice, the impact of changes in information technology on financial information flow, and the use of fair values in financial reporting.


Hillel T. Cohn  –  Morrison Foerster 
Hillel T. Cohn is a partner at Morrison Foerster, a globally recognized law firm. Cohn specializes in securities regulatory matters, including representation of foreign banking organizations, broker-dealers and investment advisers on securities compliance and regulatory issues. He assists such clients with designing their operations and products to comply with applicable laws, provides advice on securities compliance issues and provides counsel in their dealings with the SEC, FINRA and other U.S. regulatory authorities.


David Mehok  –  Dell Inc. 
Executive Director of Investor Relations
David Mehok currently serves as the Executive Director of Investor Relations for Dell Inc. Mehok is responsible for effectively leading Dell’s Investor relations function which includes communicating with Dell’s institutional investors, securities analysts, individual investors and internal audiences. In his previous role, Mehok was the Executive Director of Forecasting, Planning and Analysis for Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium business. This included forecasting, planning and managing the financial close for this Strategic Business Unit (SBU).


Evan Pondel  –  PondelWilkinson 
Evan Pondel is president of PondelWilkinson, an investor relations and strategic public relations firm based in Los Angeles. He specializes in financial communications, including representation of publicly traded companies across industries, and professional and financial services firms. He advises clients on social media engagement, communication with investor audiences, media relations, as well as crisis communications. A former journalist with The Wall Street Journal, Pondel provides strategic counsel to companies and executives on how to improve communication with stakeholders.


Bradley Scott(Moderator)  –  SNL Financial IR Solutions 
Senior Product Manager
Bradley Scott is the senior product manager for SNL’s IR Solutions team overseeing all investor relations product development initiatives. Bradley has spent the last six years with SNL serving in various roles within the IR group, and prior to that he began his career as an analyst with JPMorgan Chase. Bradley holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University.


CFA Institute 
 1.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit

SNL Knowledge Center is registered with CFA Institute as an Approved Provider of professional development programs. This program is eligible for 1.5 CE credit hours as granted by CFA Institute If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your attendance at this event will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary upon request.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 
1.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit

Participants who complete this program qualify for 1.5 hours of CPE credit (Specialized Knowledge and Applications). Program Level: Intermediate. Delivery Method: Group-based internet. SNL Knowledge Center is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 4th Ave N, Ste 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website: