Join us in Melbourne at COBA 2018 to explore how we can become Emerging Leaders through Emerging Change!

2018 marks the 16th 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 Melbourne Convention will be offered a program focused on personal and professional development in line with the theme: Emerging Leaders Through Emerging Change.

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 Melbourne in October!


COBA 2018 Emerging Leader Breakout Sessions**

Sunday 21 October

Emerging Leaders Session 1 – Kick off (1330 – 1700, with lunch available at 1300)

The Emerging Leader (EL) Program opens on Sunday afternoon. We’ll spend some time getting to know one another through a series of networking activities – expect the unexpected with our icebreaker activities!


Monday 22 October

Emerging Leader Session 2 – Using change to your advantage (1130 – 1300)

With change comes uncertainty, but also opportunity. Jessica Ellerm will explore how she used change to her advantage to shake up established industries, using her millennial mindset and technology. This will be followed by a workshop run by the COBA Emerging Leader Committee.

  • Jessica Ellerm: Co-Founder & CEO of a fintech wealth startup Zuper.

Emerging Leader Session 3 – Unearthing your leadership potential (1400 – 1515)

Covering topics including dream building and goal setting, as well as how to thrive not just survive, leave this session with a new understanding of yourself and your ability to be a leader.

  • Lisa McInnes-Smith: Keynote Speaker and High Performance Coach.

CEO & Emerging Leader Afternoon Tea (1515 – 1600)

Emerging Leader Networking Function (1830 – 2030)

The Bohemian, 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf VIC 3006


Tuesday 23 October

Emerging Leader Session 4 – The Modern Leader (1130 – 1300)

Mitch Wallis is an emerging leader in the Millennial generation with a lifelong mission to empower others to overcome suffering and reimagine the healing power of the mind through storytelling, community & technology. Mitch will explore how to be an honest leader for the benefit of your team and the importance of looking after yourself.

  • Mitch Wallis: Founder, Heart on My Sleeve.

Emerging Leaders Session 5 – World Café with Current and Future Leaders (1400 – 1530)

The customer owned banking sector boasts great talent, many of whom have started their careers as part of the emerging leader community. We’ll provide a World Café-style setting for you to hear about their experiences, tips and tricks in small groups. Bring your questions and a keen attitude.


*   To register as an Emerging Leader you are required to attend the full Emerging Leaders program and must be 35 years of age or under at 31 December 2018.

**  Sessions are subject to change


Emerging Leaders 2016 – Adelaide

Emerging Leaders 2017 – Brisbane

COBA 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Convention Dinner Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

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21 - 23 October 2018


Melbourne Convention &
Exhibition Centre

Key Dates

23 August 2018
Early Bird Registration Closes

12 September 2018
Accommodation Cancellation Deadline