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Emerging Leaders

Join us on the Gold Coast at COBA 2019 to develop your skills and network as an Emerging Leader!

2019 marks the 17th year that the Emerging Leader Program has formed part of the COBA annual Convention. The program aims to equip our future leaders with the skills, networks and opportunities to develop themselves – and make meaningful contributions to their organisations and the customer owned banking sector.

The Emerging Leader delegates at the Gold Coast Convention will be offered a program focused on personal and professional development. For the first time we will commence will a full day of sessions on Sunday, allowing some additional flexibility to attend the main program on Monday and Tuesday.

‘Breaking Through’

COBA Emerging Leaders are facing a changing workforce while pushing the boundaries and trying things differently.

We are breaking through barriers and stigma to have our voice heard amongst other leaders.

We are developing relationships and working together to ensure our sector remains relevant into the future, even if that means changing the way things have been done in the past.

Each session allows our Emerging Leaders to work with their peers and professional facilitators to enhance their own capabilities as our industry faces an increasing set of disruptive challenges and opportunities.

With plenty of opportunity for social networking with other delegates, as well as senior executives across the sector, the program will culminate in the announcement of the Bridges COBA Emerging Leader Award.

Delegates will leave with valuable insights into leadership and opportunities to build a diverse network of peers from across the sector and learn how to successfully navigate careers as young leaders.

We look forward to seeing you in Gold Coast in November!

COBA 2019 Emerging Leader Sessions**

Sunday 10 November 2019

09:10 – 09:40
Cooperative History and the Meaning of Mutuality

Understanding the mutual difference and how to be a mutual leader comes from understanding the history of the sector and how cooperatives differ from other business models. Mark Worthington will share examples from the sector including Endeavour Mutual Bank and the Australian Mutuals Foundation.

Presented by Mark Worthington

09:40 – 11:15
Ice breaker

This is the first session of the convention for the emerging leaders. As its name suggests, it is designed to get you engaging with your fellow attendees. In short, be prepared for anything.

Presented by Total Team Building

11:45 – 13:00
How to pitch your best pitch

During this session you will have the opportunity to hear from an inspirational guest speaker whom will share their experience with getting an idea off the ground, pursuing their dream & leading change through the eyes of a millennial. We will also be joined by several industry leaders who are currently working in our sector. This session will be run as a workshop where delegates will gain insights from our industry leaders to assist them with practical tips for preparing & presenting to boards or senior executives. Future emerging leaders will walk away from this session, feeling empowered and have the foundations required to merge their ideas into a pitch worthy reality.

Presented by Lachie Smart and Sally Mackenzie

13:00 – 13:45
13:45 – 15:00
Emerging Leaders session
15:00 – 15:30
Afternoon Tea
15:30 – 16:45
Emerging Leaders session

Monday 11 November 2019

CEO & Emerging Leader Afternoon Tea
Emerging Leader Networking Function


Tuesday 12 November 2019

07:30 – 09:00
Emerging Leader Breakfast
14:00 – 15:15
World Café

The customer owned banking sector boasts great talent, many of whom have started their careers as part of the emerging leader community. This popular session will provide you with an opportunity to hear about the experiences of the leaders in our sector, and they will share their tips and tricks to help you in your career. Bring your questions and a keen attitude!

Presented by Mark Worthington and Jennifer Miller


*  To register as an Emerging Leader, you are required to attend the full Emerging Leaders program. You must be an employee of a Customer Owned Banking Institution or a confirmed COBA 2019 sponsor or exhibitor, and you must be 35 years of age or under as at 31 December 2019.

** Sessions are subject to change.