This Friday (3 August), the Suncorp Stadium dressing rooms will be bustling with activity and the Members' Dining Room and other major functions rooms all full, but there will not be a football within sight.
The Stadium is playing host to day three of the Investment and Financial Services Association's Breakthrough 2007 Annual Conference. More than 1,000 delegates will attend the various activities scheduled at the Stadium during the day.
All of the Stadium's major function spaces will be in play. The official lunch will be held in the Stadium Members' Dining Room while the Milton and Paddington Rooms together with two of the dressing rooms will be used for ongoing sessions and presentations throughout the day. In addition, the Level 3 Concourse with a sweeping view of the playing field, will be set up for the official breakfast.
Queensland's series winning State of Origin coach, Mal Meninga, will be joined by former representative player Gary Belcher and local AFL champions, Alastair Lynch and Richard Champion, in special registration-only workshops in the dressing rooms. They will be lining up the 'suits' of the funds management industry to impart the latest on-field tactics and to debate the finer points of teamwork at the special 'coaching workshops'.
Prior to their time in the dressing room sessions, delegates will hear from Telstra's Phil Burgess about winning hearts and minds, Australian of the Year, Tim Flannery, about the future of the planet and other luminaries such as Macquarie Bank's Peter Maher, on the topic of Communicating with customers - weighing up the industry .
The Investment and Financial Services Association Limited (IFSA) is a national not-for-profit organisation which represents the retail and wholesale funds management, superannuation and life insurance industries. IFSA has over 140 members who are responsible for investing over $1 trillion on behalf of more than nine million Australians. Members' compliance with IFSA Standards and Guidance Notes ensures the promotion of industry best practice.
International delegates include those from New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.