Prior to Mr. Oxley (now a vice chairman at the NASDAQ), John White, director of the division of corporation finance for the SEC, took the stage to talk about the SEC's focus on communications. Technology, including the Internet, is changing the way people communicate, including IROs, White said. However he cautioned everyone -- rather seriously -- against ignoring regulation in online communication. "Web site disclosures are no different from paper [disclosures]," he said.
Finally, I'll end the day with two quotes that I found particularly interesting: Jerre Stead, chairman and CEO, IHS: "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you realize why."
Jeff Morgan, president and CEO, NIRI, quoting what he said is a popular saying in Washington: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."