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Connexus : Issue 40
2012 Events JULY 15-18 July 2012 World Credit Union Conference, Gdańsk, Poland AUGUST 15-17 August AM Institute High Performance Leadership Program, Gold Coast, Qld SEPTEMBER 19-21 September 22nd Annual Credit Law Conference 2012, Gold Coast, Qld 22-26 September Mutuals 2012, the Abacus AM Institute Convention, Gold Coast, Qld 23 September Abacus Annual General Meeting, Gold Coast, Qld OCTOBER Abacus Compliance Forums, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide 18 October International Credit Union Day NOVEMBER Abacus Social Media Seminar – Sydney Supporting new talents Learning new skills and networking are valuable features of the Emerging Leader Program. The Emerging Leader program at the Abacus AM Institute Convention provides practical tools and skills to young professionals so they can help their organisations in increasingly challenging environments. Now 10 years old, the program delivers exceptional opportunities for networking and professional development in the mutual sector. Highlights include sessions on innovation and leadership facilitated by Glenn Capelli, an expert educator in thinking and learning skills. Delegates will take part in two-day workshops to develop skills that enhance leadership strategies. They will learn how to enable and manage change, and promote creativity and innovation in themselves and others. To build on those skills, delegates will spend a session with Nigel Collin, founder and CEO of consultancy Thinkativity. Collin will teach Emerging Leaders about creative problem solving. Mahir Momand, CEO and director of risk management for the Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperative (IIFC) in Afghanistan will offer an international perspective. The IIFC plays a signifcant role in promoting self suffciency in rural and urban communities beset by political, social and economic unrest. Momand was awarded the 2012 International Credit Union Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Political Action. He will talk to delegates about his experiences and the importance of building and maintaining relationships for the continued growth and stability of the IIFC. The Emerging Leader program is a good opportunity for younger or new managers to learn leadership skills and concepts, says Belinda Hogan, Community Alliance Credit Union employee and program committee member. "Program participants are also able to network with their industry peers from around the country, forming connections that will help them in their careers," Hogan says. For more information or to register, visit ww w. abacusconvention.com.au Delegat wil learn how to enable and manage change, and promote creativity and innovation in themselves and others. New Heritage account for retirees Heritage Bank has launched a simple, capital-guaranteed option for investing superannuation savings. The Secure Super Account meets the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's rules for a retirement savings account. The account pays an interest rate equal to the Reser ve Bank of Australia's cash rate, plus an additional 0.5 per cent. For example, if the cash rate was 4.5 per cent, this account would pay 5 per cent per annum. The Secure Super Account won't necessarily always provide a better return than other superannuation funds, says Heritage, but the important point is that it's capital guaranteed and the interest is always 0.5 per cent better than the cash rate. NEWS 10 Connexus