Brokers are a broad breed. There are generalists and specialists. There are those who close international deals before breakfast and those whose bread and butter are the small businesses they call neighbours.

Some are part of cluster groups, others operate independently or hang their hat at a multinational. They’ve all got one thing in common though – they’re all a part of the NIBA Convention.

Returning to Melbourne in September, the Convention is the single greatest opportunity for brokers of every stripe to get together, regardless of their size or affiliation.

The expo hall, of course, will also be full of everyone from major insurers to niche underwriters and everyone in between. This means there is no finer forum for that most essential element of innovation – new ideas, cross-pollinating with old methods.

New ideas are of particular importance in our world right now. Digital technology is changing both the way we do business but also the way customers expect to interact with us. The connected world is a challenge but it is also an opportunity and preparing for the future is a strong theme running through the Convention program.

The likes of IBISWorld Founder Phil Ruthven and collaborative consumption thought leader Rachel Botsman mean there give brokers a dose of wisdom and prediction on this very topic, with both set to challenge brokers to reimagine where the industry will sit in tomorrow’s world. View the full program here.

But there will also be plenty of insights you’ll be able to put into action literally the day after the Convention, with an all-star gallery of industry experts speaking on crucial business and technical topics.

There’s no doubt the 2015 Convention is shaping up as one to remember. I hope you can join us. To register, click here.

– NIBA President Graham Stevens

The must-see speakers

Holly RansomFor those with a big team to oversee: Holly Ransom

Deemed one of the most influential women in Australia, Ransom is a social entrepreneur who has made a big impact in her short few years. She will be opening the Convention with an address on intergenerational leadership.

Phil RuthvenFor a vision of the future: Phil Ruthven

As the Founder and Chairman of IBISWorld, few people have their fingers better placed on the pulse of business than Ruthven. He will be using his renowned expertise in forecasting to paint brokers a picture on what’s next down the pipeline.

Rachel BotsmanTo keep pace with the digital age: Rachel Botsman

Her keynote session at NIBA14 was so highly regarded NIBA had little choice but to bring her back for another thought-provoking session on how online connections are reshaping the world of commerce.

Emilie WebsterFor ambitious young brokers: Emilie Webster

The NIBA College Head Assessor and Lex McKeown Trophy winner will be leading a panel session devoted to how to get ahead as a young broker, and bringing some hard-earned wisdom to the audience.

David WynerFor those out on their own: David Wyner

There are few people better placed to discuss how to thrive as an authorised representative than the Managing Partner of Reliance Partners, and that is exactly what he’ll be doing at this panel session.

Christopher WallaceFor anyone with clients in a major CBD: Dr Chris Wallace

As head of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, there are few people who have thought more about the risks of terrorism in Australia, making Wallace perfectly placed to give brokers an unvarnished view.

Simon McKeon For anyone keen to innovate in business: Simon McKeon

Best known as the 2011 Australian of the Year, McKeon will bring the benefits of his decades of experience with organisations such as CSIRO, AMP and Macquarie to discuss innovation.

Brendan NelsonFor those wanting a dose of inspiration: Brendan Nelson

The former Federal Opposition Leader, now Director of the Australian War Memorial, will help end the Convention with a stirring exploration of what Gallipoli means today.


How to make the most of NIBA15


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