Wendy Warren, CEO and Executive Director, Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB), will join an “all star panel” moderated by noted Financial Times journalist Vanessa Houlder at the upcoming [STEP Caribbean Conference CC10](http://www.stepcaribbeanconference.com) in Barbados this May. In a “no holds barred” Q&A session, Warren and her fellow panelists will discuss the topic **“Repositioning For Recovery”.**

Top of mind for any trust or financial services professional these days, Ms. Houlder will turn the topic on its head, and panelists will be asked for their honest assessments of what it will take for IFCs to face and thrive in the future. Under fire once again from the OECD, IFCs can also add a continuing economic downturn to the list of “must deal with”.

Always a key conference for trust professionals, the STEP Caribbean Conference finds itself in Barbados this year in what promises to be a watershed year for the conference. Delegates from around the globe will join Caribbean trust professionals from May 24 – 26 at the Hilton in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Vanessa Houlder has been part of the Financial Time’s economics team, specializing in tax issues, since 2003. She has worked as a journalist on the Financial Times since 1988 covering, in turn, British companies, the commercial property industry, technology, management and the environment. Before joining the FT, she worked for the Investors Chronicle for two years. She has a degree from Cambridge University and has won journalism awards for writing about property, science and technology. She was also LexisNexis Tax Writer of the year in 2007.

The Step Caribbean Conference, now in its 12th year, promises to reposition trust professionals to recover in 2010. Along with lessons from the brilliant minds scheduled to speak at this year’s conference, attendees will benefit from networking with other professionals in their field; they will gain knowledge for new business development; and indulge in continuing education with noted Canadian bestselling author of The Wealthy Barber, David Chilton.

Before breaking to home school his children, David Chilton was one of the most sought-after speakers in North America. He is known for his unique combination of expert knowledge and humour, which helps to take the intimidation and dryness out of financial planning. Chilton’s new speeches aren’t about just money; they’re about believing in yourself and overcoming mistakes (many of his are truly hilarious). Above all, his talks are about perspective – the missing ingredient in many people’s lives and financial plans.