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Peter Costello AM, Stephen M. R. Covey and 9-year old Finn Vicars to headline this year’s FPA Congress opening keynote

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) is pleased to announce the three opening keynote speakers for the 2018 FPA Professionals Congress, to be held in Sydney from 21-23 November 2018.

Peter Costello AM, Chairman of the Australian Future Fund, Nine Entertainment Corporation and former Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia, along with Stephen M. R. Covey, US-based bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, will kick off three exciting days of presentations and workshops.

Stephen M. R. Covey will join the stage live via satellite to explain how trust is not merely a soft, social virtue but a hard-edged economic driver that is learnable, measurable, and makes organisations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energising.

Future change maker and 9-year old child prodigy, Finn Vicars will join the opening keynote session to share his view on how “the world can be a better place through science, the environment and the economy”.

FPA CEO Dante De Gori, CFP® said “the 2018 FPA Congress promises to energise financial planners—both professionally and personally—to be better informed, better connected and better prepared to realise the many opportunities facing the fast-evolving profession. And I’ve been told, Finn Vicars can’t wait for the opportunity to ask Peter Costello a few questions.”

The full program will be announced in coming weeks.

This year, the largest annual event of the financial planning calendar is being held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney. Around 1,000 financial planners from across Australia are expected to gather over three days of keynote sessions, networking events, workshops and panels, and honour contributions by members to their local communities.

Delegates are encouraged to book now, to take advantage of the $245 early bird discount available until 31 August 2018.

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2018 FPA Professionals Congress Keynote Speakers

Peter Costello AM was Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia from 1996 to 2007 and a Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1994 to 2007.  He delivered twelve federal budgets including ten surpluses.  During this period, the Australian Sovereign Credit Rating was updated twice to its current AAA rating.  In 2006, after eliminating Government debt in net terms, Mr Costello established the Australian Future Fund of which he is currently Chairman.  He has served on the IMF Committee, as a World Bank Governor and is currently Chairman of the Nine Entertainment Corporation.

Stephen M. R. Covey is a US-based leadership expert who says that the ability to establish, grow, extend and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of our new global economy.  He is the bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his leadership, became the largest leadership development company in the world.  He led the strategy that propelled his father Dr Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to become one of the world’s most influential business books.

Introducing child prodigy, Finn Vicars
Finn is a nine year-old student who wants to make the world a better place. He is one of our future change makers and was one of the extraordinarily talented Australian children recently featured on ABC TV’s Making Child Prodigies series. With an IQ of over 130, he is passionate about science, the environment and the economy.  Finn recently met with Malcolm Turnbull to present him with a draft document for legislation to reduce our carbon footprint through water harvesting, recycling, utilising renewables and growing more of our own food.