why you should apply for the cmsf scholarship

Women in Super is proud to offer professional development opportunities to our members to assist with taking the next career step. We believe in the importance of continuing to learn and in broadening your professional and personal networks. 

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This year, we are again offering the Women in Super CMSF Scholarship which gives one member the opportunity to attend the Conference of Major Super Funds (CMSF) in 2019.

Held annually, CMSF is the premier idea sharing and networking event for Australia’s $1.2 trillion not-for-profit superannuation sector. Exploring some of the pressing issues facing the industry, the conference program provides valuable insights on investment, policy, governance, marketing, communications, insurance, compliance, trustee director issues, administration and business development.

CMSF 2019 will take place on the Gold Coast from 13 to 15 March and the scholarship is worth $4,500. This covers registration both to the conference and networking events as well as flights and accommodation.

Still hesitant? Need some encouragement and inspiration? Women in Super member and last year’s winner of the CMSF Scholarship, Sally Ramsey from Tasplan Super, shares her experience with you here:

“In my first week back at work after returning from maternity leave, I saw a Women in Super email promoting a scholarship to attend CMSF” recalls Sally Ramsey. “I’d been out of the industry juggling nappies and washing for the past seven months and during that time my company had merged with another super fund so I had returned to a completely different workplace.”

Finding out that she had won the Women in Super scholarship while she was still finding her feet back at work, was not only a wonderful, but also a much-needed confidence boost for the Technical Support and Development Team Leader at Tasplan Super in Hobart.

“I was flown to Brisbane the night before the conference started so that I could get settled into my beautiful apartment before kicking off with the Women in Super networking breakfast early the next morning,” the 32-year-old remembers.

“I downloaded my AIST Events app and mapped out the sessions that I wanted to attend over the next few days without kids climbing on me. Bliss,” the mother of Annabel and Chloe, now 3 and 1, laughs.

“The CMSF program was a mix of plenary sessions, discussion panels, demonstrations, workshops and learning labs, interspersed with a multitude of networking opportunities”, Sally says. Topics ranged from technology to investments, products, engagement, marketing, economics and sustainability. “There was quite literally something for everyone.”

Some of the sessions that Sally attended have had a particularly lasting impact on her: “The impact of the changing workforce on super, retirement and the wider community” presented by Nicholas Davis, “Robotics, artificial intelligence and digitisation, what will it mean for super funds” by J.P. Morgan, “Fair go no more” facilitated by ME and Adam Ferrier’s session “Marketing Super – what would Batman do?” “This one was hilarious but so on point at the same time,” Sally highlights. “And if you ever found yourself with some free time in between sessions, you could grab a free coffee and peruse the exhibition booths on display in the Great Hall.”

“Most sessions were hooked up to the app, so you could submit questions via your phone for presenters to address, or to take part in surveys. It was a really interactive experience.” Given her professional background, this was something the Technical Support and Development Team Leader from Blackman’s Bay, close to Hobart, definitely enjoyed.

A consistent theme throughout the 2018 conference was the industry’s genuine focus on improving retirement outcomes for all, says Sally and points out that it was great to see the industry support for the Women in Super’s Make Super Fair campaign.

The campaign considers a number of super initiatives aimed at bridging the super gender gap such as introducing extra contributions for low income earners, removal of the $450 per month Superannuation Guarantee threshold and payment of super on parental leave. If you would like to learn more about the campaign and show your support, please visit the website.

“If you’re considering applying for this scholarship – do it! It was a fabulous experience. I learnt so much about the industry and got the chance to meet so many interesting people,” says Sally and adds: “Thanks for the opportunity Women in Super!”

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply, click here.

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