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Laura Kiernan

Founder & CEO

High Touch Investor Relations

Larchmont, NY, USA

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Laura Kiernan’s Biography

Laura Kiernan is an advisor and strategist with over three decades of experience working with directorial boards, Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 companies to develop, lead and implement successful investor relations and corporate strategies. She is the Founder and CEO of two boutique investor relations businesses, High Touch Investor Relations and Raising Millions, an e-learning platform for business founders.

High Touch Investor Relations, founded in 2009, is a financial communications and strategic analysis firm that serves international and domestic clients. Laura and her team advise clients on strategy and company positioning at pivotal stages, including brand, valuation and other key metrics for business longevity and success.

Merging her entrepreneurial know-how with a passion for conscious capitalism, Laura formed Raising Millions in 2021, the go-to network for underrepresented early-stage founders and creators wanting to expand, fundraise and build their businesses through financial education.

Laura’s unique skillset has allowed her to expertly advise firms and boards...
Laura Kiernan is an advisor and strategist with over three decades of experience working with directorial boards, Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 companies to develop, lead and implement successful investor relations and corporate strategies. She is the Founder and CEO of two boutique investor relations businesses, High Touch Investor Relations and Raising Millions, an e-learning platform for business founders.

High Touch Investor Relations, founded in 2009, is a financial communications and strategic analysis firm that serves international and domestic clients. Laura and her team advise clients on strategy and company positioning at pivotal stages, including brand, valuation and other key metrics for business longevity and success.

Merging her entrepreneurial know-how with a passion for conscious capitalism, Laura formed Raising Millions in 2021, the go-to network for underrepresented early-stage founders and creators wanting to expand, fundraise and build their businesses through financial education.

Laura’s unique skillset has allowed her to expertly advise firms and boards on how to best optimize valuations through C-suite and board advisory, financial media, targeting, communication, valuation strategy and analyses, capital raising, short surveillance and investor story development. Several of her career successes include overseeing investor relations for World Wrestling Entertainment, the acquisition of the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation by Swatch Group Ltd. and as SVP, Investor Relations at Ubiquiti responsible for improving valuation and advising the C-suite on business strategies.

Laura is invited to share her insights by guest lecturing at business-oriented educational institutions including Fordham University, Northeastern University, the University of Pretoria and the National Investor Relations Institute.

She holds a BSc in Accounting from Ithaca College and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from NYU Stern School of Business.
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NIRI
The BIG I – Investor and Issuer Invitational Forum™

Laura Kiernan will be speaking as the moderator on a panel titled "Reddit, Robinhood & Regulation" as part of the 2022 The BIG I – Investor and Issuer Invitational Forum. The panel will focus on issues such as the risks that retails investors face while participating in stock-focused discussion forums and the regularatory safeguards in place on various apps.

Wall Street Journal
Connecting With Small Shareholders Remains a Challenge for Companies

Laura Kiernan of High Touch Investor Relations discusses how many companies are still struggling to engage with small investors a year after the meme stock frenzy began, and how CEOs are exploring new techniques to interact with individual investors.

 

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Laura Kiernan’s Background

High Touch Investor Relations
Founder & CEO
Oct 2009 - Present
Larchmont, NY, USA
High Touch Investor Relations is a boutique investor relations services agency. The company assists clients with capital raising readiness, and in improving corporate valuation and reputation through customized, full-service IR plans. Key clients include VIQ Solutions, WeCyclers, LFG Nexus, Cinedigm, New Millennium Chess, EDA, TTC Oncology, Everybody Water, Pop Viewers, Ubiquiti and Get Golden.
Raising Millions
Founder & CEO
May 2021 - Present
Larchmont, NY, USA
Laura teaches a seven-week course called Raising Millions, the Financial Literacy Course for Founders. She provides founders, business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to identify and manage their finances, as well as the processes they need to follow to procure capital to expand their company.
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Other Business Interests

Council for Inclusive Capitalism
Steward
Jun 2021 - Present
The Council for Inclusive Capitalism is a leading international body of corporate executives who are committed to benefiting the environment, people, and communities. The group welcomes global business leaders to join them and make pledges to the kind of corporate ethical practices that will help achieve a more vibrant economy and community.

Current Board Positions

EDA Inc.
Board of Directors
May 2022 - Present
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Established in 1983, Executive Development Associates (EDA) is a global provider of secure, AI-driven, human capital software and services, including EDASurveys, a SaaS and AI platform. EDA is a pioneer in the use of executive and leadership training to assist businesses in successfully addressing market difficulties and accelerating the operation of business plans.
Chief
Member & Speaker
May 2020 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chief is a private network for the most successful female leaders to enhance their leadership, increase their impact, and pave the way for others.
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Previous Board Positions

Mamaroneck Schools Foundation
Board of Directors
Apr 2009 - Jun 2016
Mamaroneck, NY, USA
It is the foundation's mission to improve the quality of public education in Larchmont and Mamaroneck by enlisting community support.
Playtex Products
Vice President Investor Relations & Board Liaison
May 2002 - Oct 2007
Westport, CT, USA
Established in 1932, Playtex Products is a brand of underwear, infant items, gloves, feminine products and sunscreen manufactured in the United States.

Previous Advisory Roles

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Advisor
Nov 2014 - Aug 2017
New York, NY, USA
Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges through programs from coast to coast.

Philanthropy

Ashita Tomorrow logo Ashita Tomorrow logo
Ashita Tomorrow
Volunteer
Laura volunteered as a summer host as part of Ashita Tomorrow for teenage Japanese foster children, including victims of the Fukushima tsunami. She hosted four girls over three summers in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
New York City Ballet
Benefit Committee
New York, NY, USA
New York City Ballet is world-renowned for showcasing a contemporary and athletic style of ballet. Laura has been on the Benefit Committee for the NYC Ballet in both 2018 and 2021.

Media

Raising Billions Podcast
Host
New York, NY, USA
The podcast, hosted by Laura, teaches individuals how to analyze and counteract short interest in their stock, as well as about High Touch Investor Relations.
Short Sellers Homing In on Greenwashing Accusations
Quoted
Oct 2021
Laura speaks on the importance of maintaining good investor relations to avoid being targeted by short sellers. She explains that companies should have long-term, low turnover shareholders.
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Interviews

Laura Kiernan — The journey to working with billionaire founders
Laura Kiernan speaks on her career and meaningful moments that have defined her professional journey, from leaving Philip Morris to advocating her herself to become Head of Investor Relations at Revlon, among other topics.
How IR teams should manage short-sellers
Interview
Mar 2020
New York, NY, USA
Jeff Cossette of IR Magazine speaks with Laura Kiernan, Founder and CEO of High Touch IR, an investor relations consulting firm, on how short-selling works and how IR teams can respond.

Features

Are IROs unfollowing social media?
Feature
Nov 2015
New York, NY, USA
Not many investor relations teams have fully realized the benefits of social media as a vehicle for investor communication. Is IR's interest in social media at an all-time high?

Accreditation

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FINRA
Various Licences
Mar 2019
New York, NY, USA
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a non-profit organization that governs member brokerage firms and exchange markets. Laura holds Series 7, 63, 82 and 99 licences.
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FINRA
Securities Industry Essentials® (SIE®)
Oct 2018
New York, NY, USA
The FINRA Securities Industry Essentials® (SIE®) accreditation is catered towards aspiring securities professionals.
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Publications

The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business logo The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business logo
The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business
Author
Oct 2021
Laura is featured in Chapter 3 of The Courage To Advance. The book shares inspiring stories from women who have risen above life's challenges to become leaders in their field.
Retail IR for smaller cap companies
Co-Author
Mar 2021
New York, NY, USA
In this article for IR Update, Laura and her co-author discuss how retail investors are more important for companies with a lower market capitalization. They outline a growth strategy that can be followed.
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Memberships

Athena Alliance
Member
Oct 2020 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Athena is a major provider of education and coaching services for board-ready professionals, as well as an international, digital community of top executive women in the industry.
The Female Founder Collective
Member
Feb 2020 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The Female Founder Collective is a network of women-led businesses that support women. Their mission is to enable and empower female-owned and led businesses to have a positive social and economic impact in communities.
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Awards & Endorsements

Institutional Investor's All-America Management Team Awards logo Institutional Investor's All-America Management Team Awards logo
Institutional Investor's All-America Management Team Awards
Best Overall Investor Relations Midcap
New York, NY, USA
As voted by the global buy-side, Laura placed in the Top 3 for Best Overall IR in Technology, Media and Telecom in 2019 and 2020 in the Mid-Small Cap category.
IR Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award logo IR Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award logo
IR Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated
2018
New York, NY, USA
Laura was recognized for her exceptional career in investor relations. IR Magazine’s award is presented to the top IROs in the United States.
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Specialist Courses

Columbia Business School
2022
New York, NY, USA
Laura will be enrolled in the Venture Capital Private Equity Program, which provides participants with a dynamic education into this ever-evolving investment area. The immersive program covers a wide range of subject areas, such as valuation frameworks, structure term sheets and portfolio management, as well as the development of skills in networking and sales.
NYU Stern School of Business
2020
New York, NY, USA
Laura completed a Growth and Leadership course relating to small company operations and entrepreneurship in collaboration with the NYC SBS, the NYU Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Citigroup.
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Academic Appointments

Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) - University of Pretoria
Guest Lecturer
Oct 2019 - Present
Pretoria, ZA
The Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria was founded in 2000. GIBS aims to be a great business school, a place that has a significant impact on the life, career and working life of the individual, be it a postgraduate student or an executive in a company.
Gabelli School of Business - Fordham University
Guest Lecturer
Mar 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University educates tomorrow's business leaders, delivering rigorous, up-to-date education in the field. The school prepares students for careers at the highest echelons of business, where they will apply their passion and sense of purpose to generate not only profit but also societal advantages.
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Speaking Engagements

The 2021 IRO ‘Digital Agenda’: Trends and Practical Advice for IR and Corporate Websites
Speaker
Mar 2021
New York Mills, MN, USA
Laura presents insights to an investor relations audience on research conducted to understand what people should be adding to their digital priority list in 2021.

Community Engagement

Catholic Charities USA
Catechist
Sep 2008 - Jun 2020
Larchmont, NY, USA
Catholic Charities' aim is to help individuals in need to campaign for social justice, and to encourage the entire church and all people of good will to do the same.
MasterVoices
Volunteer
Mar 2018 - Jan 2019
New York, NY, USA
MasterVoices brings great stories to life using the most powerful instrument in the world: the human voice.

Mentoring

Ithaca College
Volunteer Educator
Oct 2017 - Present
Ithaca, NY, USA
Ithaca College, founded in 1892 as a music conservatory, attracts motivated students looking to change their lives – and the future. Students, faculty and staff work together to effect positive change in their communities and around the world.
Junior Achievement USA
Volunteer Educator
May 2002 - May 2005
New York, NY, USA
Junior Achievement enables young people to take charge of their economic success. The course helps young people connect with relevant learning and realize the necessity of continuing in school through an innovative partnership between the corporate sector, educators and volunteers.

Laura Kiernan’s Education

NYU Stern School of Business
MBA | Finance & Strategy/Marketing
1995 - 2000
Ithaca College
BS | Accounting
1988 - 1991