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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
8 Project Manager AIPM NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013 Express your interest as a delegate, presenter, sponsor or exhibitor for the AIPM National Conference 2013: Project Management --Changing the World, to be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, WA from Sunday 13 to Wednesday 16 October 2013. W: www.aipm2013.com.au •NEWS AIPM National Conference 2012 AIPM's National Conference was once again a great success, with more than 700 members in attendance to hear from 100 stellar presenters. MORE THAN 700 AIPM MEMBERS flocked to Melbourne's Crown Conven- tion Centre in early October 2012 for the AIPM National Conference. Sinclair Knight Merz CEO and MD Santo Rizzuto, and SPP Ser vices MD and former City of Sydney Mayor Frank Sartor delivered keynote presentations at the Opening Ceremony on Monday morning, setting the scene for the more than 100 presenters, industry luminaries and community leaders who followed over the next three days. Concurrent sessions focused on young and emerging project professionals, project management methodologies and methods, project human capital, meeting new world challenges, project gover nance, project communications, living in the commercial world, project portfolio management and education. Keynotes from industry luminaries included Chris Jenkins (CEO of Thales Australia), Professor Judy McKay (Swinburne University of Technology), and Hishem Al-Ansary (Director, Strategy and Commercial Development at Bupa Australia). Members heard of difficult challenges they had to overcome, along with great successes and plans for the future of project management. Delegates were honoured to listen to Li Cun xin's inspirational speech and how Mark Bouris achieved his now-famed success. Bouris, founder of Yellow Brick Road, engaged the audience with stories of his time in business with Kerry Packer -- at times nail-biting as the big man put the screws on Bouris, but ultimately triumphant, with Bouris now single-handedly heading up his iconic Australian financial ser vices company. Cunxin, now known the world over for his autobiography Mao's Last Dancer, spoke of growing up in abject poverty, his parents often forgoing meals in order to feed their children, and of recognising a visit from a gover nment official when he was just 11 years old as a chance at escape. Cunxin's tale took his audience to his family's village, the ballet school where he -- at first reluctantly but eventually passionately -- honed his craft and the US stages he graced after leaving Mao's China, and urged members to always strive to be the best. He highlighted the importance of inspiring younger project managers -- speaking of his early dislike of and failure at his ow n profession, both of which turned around when he was taken under the wing of a particularly inspiring teacher. Speaking after his presentation, Cunxin said that the love of ballet that he developed after meeting a teacher who tr uly inspired him was the secret to his success. His advice for project managers? "You need the passion and drive to succeed and to do something you really enjoy." ••• MEMBERS HEARD OF CHALLENGES ... AND OF GREAT SUCCESSES
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