The Difference Between a Good and Great Pay Program: Communication

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Learn how apply practical approaches to developing an effective executive pay communication strategy for your organization.

There is a direct correlation between communication quality, how well people understand pay programs and their perceptions of the value of those programs. about effective executive pay program communication strategies that will take your engagement efforts to a new level. At the end of this session, you will know how to:

  • Build the right team of people to develop and execute on the executive pay communication strategy.
  • Address critical content to ensure that messages about executive pay resonate with various audience segments (e.g., executives and shareholders.).
  • Identify the optimal time to communicate messages about executive pay both internally and externally.
  • Prepare your organization, including the Compensation Committee and Senior Management, to respond to potential questions about executive pay.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Sharon Podstupka


Sharon Podstupka is a Vice President in the New York office of Pearl Meyer & Partners. She is a key member of the firm’s Thought Leadership team and is focused on executive and broad-based employee pay communication consulting. She works closely with her clients in a wide range of industries to develop internal communications that educate and engage people in their pay programs. Ms. Podstupka also has extensive experience in developing critical shareholder communications (CD&As) that clearly explain pay-for-performance in the context of today’s challenging say on pay environment. Her key areas of expertise are communication strategy, stakeholder management and content development.

Ms. Podstupka is a popular conference panelist at The Conference Board and Corporate Board Member (NYSE Corporate Governance) events. She has also contributed to several publications including WorldatWork’s Workspan, Executive Pay Matters, Bloomberg BNA and Corporate Board Member. Ms. Podstupka joined PM&P in 2013 after 17 years at Towers (Perrin) Watson, where she served as a Director in the Talent & Rewards segment. In her most recent role there, she led the Executive Compensation Communications Services team for the Americas. Prior to that, she was a compensation and benefits administrator and communication specialist at EMI-Capitol Music Group.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
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