ICR hosts Oct. 8 virtual boot camp from IPO Edge that will examine the preparation process for a new IPO listing. “IPOs, SPACs and Direct Listings,” which gets underway at noon EDT, will consist of two-panel discussions (each about 90 minutes long), followed by a live question-and-answer session. Topics to be discussed include: internal planning and readiness considerations, raising new capital in a direct listing, and considerations for going public during election season. In addition to ICR Capital managing director Greg McDowell and co-head of capital markets Steve Parish, the speakers will include representatives from Latham & Watkins LLP. Nasdaq, MorganFranklin Consulting, Woodruff Sawyer, GTS and Jeffries LLC. To register for the event, click here.


The Institute for Public Relations slates the second in its series of three virtual conferences addressing the “Future of Comms” for Oct. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The conference will examine such subjects as behavioral science in PR, leading through transformation, why there are so few African American men in the PR profession and the future of the agency. Speakers include Hotwire global CEO Barbara Bates, Edelman financial services sector global chair Deidre Campbell, and Hill and Knowlton vice president of behavioral science, US practice lead Lilly Kofler. For information about the event, click here.

ICON 2020, PRSA’s digital gathering of thought leaders, industry experts and partners in communication, public relations and marketing, set for Oct. 26-29. The virtual event will include interactive sessions, social events and opportunities to connect with colleagues. Keynote speakers will include historian and author Jon Meacham (Oct. 26), DiversityInc Media CEO Carolynn Johnson (Oct. 27), Wilson Center Disinformation Fellow Nina Jankowicz (Oct. 28) and science writer and author Laurie Garrett (Oct. 29). In addition, the ICON 2020 Expo Hall, a fully interactive exhibit hall with private meeting rooms, video displays and exhibit booths, will be open through the event. For more information or to register, click here.