Up to a quarter of the attendees at the NIBA Convention are Young Professionals, which makes it the biggest event on the insurance calendar for the under-35 community.
But it’s not just the numbers that matter. The NIBA Convention is also a highly relevant event for young professionals in that it strengthens their networks and stretches their thinking – all at an extremely cost-effective level.
If you’ve yet to attend the Convention and would like to be a part of it in Melbourne from 11-13 September, there are several compelling reasons to attend. We’ve laid these out below.
1. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best in the business on the topics that matter
With a future-focussed program, looking at how our industry and our lives will change over the next five years, the program is packed with learning.
High-calibre insurance industry thought leaders will tackle a range of topics, from the sharing economy and behavioural economics to the growing importance of emotional intelligence in business and the rising terror threat.
There’s content aimed specifically at young professionals, too, so there really is something for everyone.
2. Outstanding and inspirational keynote speakers
We’re very excited that Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne will open the Convention on Sunday 11 September. Michelle made history by becoming the first-ever female winner of the Melbourne Cup last year, and her story promises to get the Convention off to an inspirational and uplifting start.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied will appear on Monday 12 September. The Sudanese-Australian Muslim is a social entrepreneur and a mechanical engineer with a passion for football, boxing and motorsport. She embodies the Convention theme of ‘Reinvention’.
Renowned, high-energy economist Bernard Salt will discuss the best ways for brokers to focus their energies to grow their businesses sustainably over the coming years, and seven-time surfing world champion Layne Beachley will close proceedings on Tuesday 13 September.
Renowned Australian actor and writer Rob Carlton will act as Master of Ceremonies, too, and will add a touch of humour to proceedings throughout.
3. It’ll help you build networks that last
The long-lasting benefit of attending the NIBA Convention is the relationships you’ll take away with you. As well as the large numbers of young brokers and other YPs you’ll encounter, the packed Expo Hall offers plenty of opportunities for quality interactions with insurers, underwriting agencies and other service providers.
It’s a very valuable experience, and the people you add to your network at NIBA will very likely be part of that network for the rest of your career.
4. It’s great value
Full registration for YPs is one of the best investments you or your business can make, as it weighs in at just $795.
That price entitles you to entrance to all plenary and breakout sessions, and all social events – including the YP-only cocktail party on Tuesday 13 September, courtesy of Vero.
5. It’s a vital part of professional development
The NIBA Convention is a streamlined event, with a full two-day program and an opening keynote, but with an emphasis on important subject matter and technical sessions, it is rated at 12 CPD points.
We hope to welcome a record number of YPs this year. To keep up to date on all the latest program and speaker developments, visit the NIBA Convention website.