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FPA champions Professional Leadership


Olympic and sporting greats share their secrets of success

August and September continues a packed calendar of professional events throughout Australia with a sporting twist.

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) will host a number of sporting champions to share their wisdom and experiences during special lunchtime speaking engagements with the financial planning profession. In an FPA first, these events have also been designed for members to bring along their valued clients.

The first Professional Leadership Series event takes place in Melbourne on 1 August 2012, with AFL legend Michael Malthouse as the guest speaker.

Mr Malthouse has had a remarkable 40-year career coaching at the elite level in the VFL and AFL. His track record includes taking one premiership as a player with Richmond, two premierships as coach of the West Coast Eagles and one as coach of Collingwood.

“The sporting and business worlds have a great deal in common. The challenges of building a new culture and putting in place a strategy to turn around a team get the best performance you can exist in many leadership roles. I’m looking forward not only to sharing some insights from my own experience but also exchanging ideas with FPA members and their clients,” said Mr Malthouse.

Mr Malthouse will present at an additional FPA event in Perth on the following day which is already sold out.

Australian elite athletes fresh from competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games will then feature at a number of other events to take place in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in late August and September:

Sydney – 29 August Swimmer
James Magnusson, current 100 metre freestyle world champion.

Brisbane – 3 September
Swimmer Jessicah Schipper, awarded Order of Australia in 2005, Bronze and Gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, former world record holder 200 metre women’s butterfly.

Adelaide – 5 September
Cyclist Anna Meares, holder of ten world titles, Olympic medal winner in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics.

“The Professional Leadership Series is a great new initiative to bring to our members and their clients. This is part of our ongoing commitment to engage with our members and provide them with more choice and opportunity. It delivers on our promise to add value in new and different ways, including ensuring our events are of a high educational quality and attract CPD points,” said FPA CEO Mark Rantall.

Mr Rantall went on to wish the three Olympian speakers the very best of luck in their upcoming London 2012 events.

Sponsored by IRESS, the event supports the Future2 Foundation.