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Some say success is just as much about whom you know as what you know. (And some, to be sure, say the former is far more important than the latter.) What better way to work on both of those necessities than by attending a trade conference? Learn a little, mingle a lot, share what your company's been up to and make some potential clients or even future coworkers.

Here are a few upcoming conferences in the banking and finance industry in the U.S. for early 2012:

1. Made in America 2012: The 9th Annual Taft-Hartley Benefit Fund Summit
What it is: Organized by the Financial Research Associates, this summit describes its mission, per the organization's website, as "to provide advanced education for all Taft-Hartley trustees and administrators on investment issues and health and welfare topics." Though Taft-Hartley funds are generally exclusive to labor unions, members of the larger investment and benefits communities are invited to attend. Sponsors of the three-day summit include global asset management firm Schroders, private-equity asset management service provider Hamilton Lane, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and others.

Where it's happening: The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

When it's on: January 22-24, 2012

2. Investment Education Symposium
What it is: Opal Financial Group plans conferences in North America and Europe that target high-net-worth individuals and executives who deal with all manner of investments. Their intention with this conference is to provide "broad education and information on investing, fiduciary responsibility and selection of money managers to the key decision makers and other representatives of the nation's largest pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutional investors," as they state on their website. Representatives from both the traditional and alternative financial industries will be there to swap stories, insights, and contact information. This symposium occurs in conjunction with the Louisiana Trustee Education Council.

Where it's happening: Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, La.

When it's on: February 15-17, 2012

3.  ABA National Conference for Community Bankers
What it is: Brought to you by the American Bankers Association, the 2012 conference's title is "Open the Door to the Future: Forward-Focused Strategies for Your Community Bank." Changes the new economy and new marketplace are bringing, such as mobile wallets, emerging technologies, and the new majority, will be discussed in detail. Featured speakers include authors Jeremy Gutsche ("Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation During Times of Change," Gotham, 2009), Scott Klososky ("Enterprise Social Technology: Helping Organizations Harness the Power of Social Media, Social Networking, Social Relevance," Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011), and Dan Buettner ("The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest," National Geographic, 2011).
The ABA Community Bank Awards are part of this conference as well. They recognize institutions that have made innovative and effective improvements in their communities, and are awarded in the following categories: Helping to Achieve Homeownership, Encouraging Volunteerism, Fundraising for Foundations & Local Groups, Improving Financial Literacy, Reaching Out to the Underserved, Building with Habitat for Humanity, and Revitalizing Your Community. The conference also includes a golf tournament, ice cream social, peer exchanges, and much more.

Where it's happening: The JW Marriot Desert Springs, Palm Desert, Calif.

When it's on: February 19-22, 2012

Last Updated: 19/01/2012 - 9:20 AM

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