The world's leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to United States for the first time in November 2017.

Featuring eleven of the most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers for the Administrative Profession.


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Washington DC

The Watergate Hotel

10 & 11 November

2017

11 Speakers

Featuring the best line-up of speakers for Assistants

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Speakers


The leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to Washington DC in November 2017.

Featuring the best line-up of speakers for Assistants anywhere in the world this year - eleven of the world’s most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers.

Speaker 1

Vickie Sokol Evans

The world’s top Microsoft Certified Trainer for productivity

Speaker 2

Laura Schwartz

Former White House Director of Events

Speaker 3

Julie Perrine

CEO and Founder of All Things Admin

Speaker 4

Heather Baker

World class trainer, best selling author & creator of BakerWrite

Speaker 5

Anel Martin

South Africa's internationally renowned rock star trainer

Speaker 6

Eth Lloyd

Globally recognised authority on the role of the Assistant

Speaker 7

Joan Burge

Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International

Speaker 9

Florence Katono

Pitman Assistant of the Year 2015

Speaker 8

Bonnie Low-Kramen

One of the most respected voices in the profession

Speaker 8

Lisa Olsen

Co-owner of Admin to Admin

Speaker 8

Lucy Brazier

Your host, CEO & Publisher of Executive Secretary Magazine

  • Vickie Sokol Evans

    Microsoft Certified Trainer, Vickie Evans has a passion for empowering (and entertaining) business users to save time and deliver better results faster and for helping organizations see a higher ROI on their technology investment.

    She is the author of the bestselling “100 Tips” series for both PC & Mac and has trained and coached professionals around the world, delivering thousands of time-saving presentations, classes and webinars to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, law firms, hospitals, professional groups and individuals.

    Having studied improv comedy in New York, Dallas and Austin, Vickie is highly engaging and adaptable during her sessions so that attendees end up learning MORE than what they expected.

    She has trained Bill Gates' team of Assistants how to most effectively use Microsoft for their day to day roles.

    Our feedback forms always rate Vickie as our most requested return trainer and she even had a marriage proposal from one of the EAs at LIVE last year.

    Sample Client List: American Airlines, Apollo, bgC3 (Bill Gates), Campbell Soup Company, Dell, eBay, Hillshire Brands, HP, KKR, MasterCard, Miami Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, The New York Times, Starbucks, Westminster Abbey, and many more!

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  • Julie Perrine

    Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, MBTI Certified, is an administrative expert, trainer, motivational speaker, and author. She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing and providing breakthrough products, training, mentoring, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.

    Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative profession spanning several industries and serving in corporate and startup settings. Julie has created several innovative tools and programs for administrative professionals including the Administrative Procedures Toolkit, Kick-Start Creating Your Administrative Procedures Binder Course, Professional Portfolio Builder, e-Portfolio Builder, and the Success Builder Series. She is also the author of The Innovative Admin: Unleash the Power of Innovation In Your Administrative Career (book), The Organized Admin and 5 Simple Steps to Creating Your Administrative Procedures Binder (e-book).

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  • KEYNOTE: Laura Schwartz

    The White House Years

    Laura Schwartz, the Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful productions. She arrived at the White House, with no political connections, at just 19 years of age as a volunteer answering phones in the press office. Immediately proving her value, Laura climbed her way up the ranks to Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television, and ultimately, the White House Director of Events. Following the administration, Laura travelled the world with Former President Clinton for the Global Initiative.

    Professional Speaker, EMCEE And Interviewer

    Laura has been taking her empowering presentations to stages across the world since 2001 and is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or a crowd of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura has received high marks for her work as emcee for many prominent corporations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Cathay Pacific, HSBC, BlackRock, Pacific Life, MACY’S, Hilton Worldwide, Oprah Winfrey Network, Hyatt, PepsiCo, Coldwell Banker, Asembia Pharmaceutical and more.

    Laura’s Book: Eat, Drink & Succeed

    In “Eat, Drink & Succeed!” Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. Through her acclaimed speaking series, she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world empowering, motivating and inspiring each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!

    Television Work

    Laura’s nonpartisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally. She is a regular guest host for Larry King on “Larry King’s Politicking” and is an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking and world events. She was the on-air political contributor for Fox News Channel from 2004 to 2007, covered the 2008 presidential campaign for “The CBS Early Show” on CBS, a regular on Sir David Frost’s “Frost Over the World,” and the special correspondent to “Larry King Live” at CNN for the 2008 Presidential Elections. Today, Laura appears on the “BBC World News,” China’s CCTV and the BBC. For more on Laura’s work visit her YouTube channel and recent appearances here.

    Honors And Board Involvement

    Laura is widely recognized for her civic, philanthropic and professional leadership and is humbled to have won numerous awards and accolades. In 2015, Laura was the first American woman to be featured as the cover story of The UAE’s leading entrepreneurial magazine and appeared as a featured contributing writer to Fast Company magazine. She has been recognized by various magazines; named one of the Best Keynote Speakers by Meetings and Conventions magazine, as well as by Successful Meetings magazine. She was also featured in The Meeting Professional magazine of MPI, named an “Elle Boss” by Elle magazine and featured in Glamour and Marie Claire. She serves on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Clean the World Foundation and Common Threads. She was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicargo” by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and named one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago magazine for her community involvement. In 2009, the prestigious Oxford Union in England invited Laura to speak on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.

    Laura is a proud member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the International Live Events Association (ILEA).

    She travels extensively both domestically and internationally to work with Fortune 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations, universities and non-profit organizations, motivating people from all over the world to reach their fullest potential!

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  • Heather Baker

    Heather Baker had more than 20 years’ experience as a secretary and PA before setting up Baker Thompson Associates Limited in 2000.

    Her corporate career took her to France for five years – working for the Commercial Director of cognac producer, Hine; her next move was to world-class pharmaceutical manufacturer ICI – now AstraZeneca; latterly Heather was PA to the MD of Granada Media operating between the company’s offices in London and Manchester during a period of great change in broadcasting.

    She now travels the world working with large and small companies enabling their PAs, receptionists and front-line administrative staff to perform more effectively.

    Heather is also a best selling author and creator of the BakerWrite speed writing system.

    She is the best-selling author of three business communications books which are available in hard copy or as electronic versions.

    Her first book,"Speedwriting" was published when her BakerWrite speedwriting system became so very popular. It was then picked up by Pitman Training and they used Heather's book to offer BakerWrite speedwriting in all their UK franchises.

    There are now many other licensed BakerWrite training providers around the world.

    Her other two equally successful books are on Minute Taking and Successful Business Writing.

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  • Joan Burge

    Joan Burge is known as the red-lipstick-wearing “Rock Star” of administrative and executive assistant training and a successful entrepreneur who created a unique business niche by founding a movement to help administrators see themselves as professionals so they could excel in business.

    Joan is an accomplished author, writer, speaker, consultant and corporate trainer after 23+ years of hard work, dedication, and sheer “No is not an option” attitude.

    In 1990, she created a business in an untapped niche, overcoming monumental obstacles involving corporations’ and managers’ attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes about executive assistants and administrative professionals. She dedicated herself to inspiring excellence and encouraging administrative professionals to reach for the stars! Her company, Office Dynamics International, is a global industry leader which offers a broad range of solutions and providing high-performance, sophisticated executive and administrative assistant training, and coaching.

    One thing is clear: executive assistants, their executives, HR business partners, administrators, and managers have come to rely on Office Dynamics International, because “only Joan is Joan.” Joan Burge is an original; the foremost expert in the demanding field of management support. She put in the hard work and high investment required to earn the reputational excellence and uncompromising trust of leaders in business. She illuminates through her empowering teaching, building better work relationships between executives and their assistants.

    Joan Burge’s never-ending quest to provide top-notch educational programs has earned the respect of premier clients like Cisco Systems, AT&T, Kindred Healthcare, The Boeing Co., Humana Inc., Sunoco, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Insurance, and Chevron.

    Joan is best known for her highly-acclaimed Star Achievement Series® course which promotes “Star Performance” among executive assistants and administrative staff. This flagship training program has inspired thousands of administrative professionals to achieve excellence.

    She is the creator and host of the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence™ (started in 1993); the World Class Assistant™ Certification course; Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership Certification course; and more than 40 customized workshops and seminars for executive and administrative assistants. She created several educational video series for assistants including 26 Weeks to Administrative Excellence, Reality Check, AdminologyTM and Now Is the Time.

    Joan has authored four groundbreaking books for administrative professionals including the 2012 hot new release and Amazon Best Seller – Who Took My Pen … Again? Secrets from Dynamic Executive Assistants. Her administrative career “bibles” entitled Become an Inner Circle Assistant and Underneath It All continue to be favorites among executive and administrative assistants worldwide.

    She is a member of the American Society for Training & Development, National Speakers Association Las Vegas Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management, and Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Anel Martin

    There is no doubt that Anel Martin is currently one of the world’s best Assistant trainers, consistently hitting the top spot on feedback ratings at conferences across the globe. An experienced presenter, EMCEE, facilitator and coach, Anel has had the privilege of working internationally with Assistants from 24 different countries.

    She is a Certified Master Office Professional with 15 years' corporate experience as an assistant for C-Level executives and is CAP-OM certified.

    Anel Martin was finalist in the National Office Professional of the Year 2009, PA of the Year 2011 and Pitman’s Super Achiever PA of the Year Finalist 2013.

    She covers a multitude of topics but firmly believes in speaking from the heart about topics she has expertise and practical experience in. Dynamic, knowledgeable and fun to watch, Anel is also a coach and a skillful mentor who is passionate about the potential of others and helping them achieve their best life with self-directed learning.

    Her first book, The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a Powerful Personal Brand has just been published by Marcham Publishing.

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  • Eth Lloyd

    Truly inspirational, Eth holds a Master’s in Education where her research looked at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals from their perspective. She has worked specifically with administrative professionals to support them gaining New Zealand national qualifications in Business Administration and First Line Management and enhancing their career opportunities. Recently she has been working voluntarily in Samoa using her administration skills and knowledge to set up a secretariat for a membership organisation and to train local administrators.

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  • Florence Katono

    Pitman SuperAchiever ‘PA of the Year’ 2015

    Florence was given an impressive accolade from the judges of Pitman's PA of the Year Award as “top of a very strong group of professional candidates from all over the world”. She joins our speaker lineup for 2016 with a line of incredible achievements under her belt.

    Principal Administrative Assistant at the Bank of Uganda, Florence acknowledges that the award has not only been internally gratifying but also a springboard to tell the world the beautiful story of administrative professionals.

    During her tenure, she played a key role in uplifting the administrative profession through speaking engagements including an interview with NTV Uganda on the changing role of the PA. Florence is now the Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA), the Strategy Champion for Administrative Assistants category at the Bank AND founder of Proudly Admin Uganda, an online PA network. Remaining humble, under an impressive array of work commitments, Florence is also mother to two adorable girls.

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  • Bonnie Low-Kramen

    Bonnie Low-Kramen is a Jersey girl whose voice is one of the most respected in the profession. With honesty and humor, she pulls the curtain back on a career that is glamorized and misunderstood. She is known for her passionate commitment to professional assistants and to affecting positive change in the workplace believing that the way to do this is through education and training of both assistants and managers. Both groups are the backbone of business and as such, are deserving of professional development in the form of training.

    For 25 years, Bonnie worked in show business as the personal assistant to actors Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. One of her biggest accomplishments was surviving 1988 which was the year Olympia won the Oscar for Moonstruck, Michael Dukakis ran for the presidency, and Bonnie gave birth to her son Adam…and all without a computer or a cell phone.

    Seeing there were so few resources for assistants, she authored the book, Be the Ultimate Assistant: A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer. Her articles on workplace issues affecting professional assistants are widely published. Bonnie is a co-founder of the professional association New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA) and works to build positive collaborations and networks between assistants around the world.

    A New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, Bonnie is a popular speaker at conferences around the world, on her quest to set the record straight.

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  • Lisa Olsen

    Lisa advocates continuous learning and encourages administrative professionals to expand their potential, take initiative and engage in being “relationship engineers.”

    She is currently the Executive Assistant to the CEO/Clerk of the Board at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, a metropolitan planning organization. She is the co-owner of Admin to Admin, presenting fresh, stimulating and creative one day educational events for assistants.

    Lisa taught at the junior college level and developed the curriculum for the Administrative Professional Certificate program. She is a past member of the Advisory Council for the Administrative Professionals Conference and a repeat presenter at the IAAP International Forum, Behind Every Leader conferences, CA Women’s Conferences and the Office Dynamics Annual Forum where she is a Certified Trainer for Star Achievement and World Class Assistant courses.

    As a faculty member for the Especially for Youth program sponsored by Brigham Young University, she facilitates summer workshops for youth age 14-18 on leadership, integrity, spiritual growth and family values.

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  • Lucy Brazier

    Lucy Brazier is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession.

    As CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Secretary Magazine – a global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals - Lucy works with the best trainers of Executive Assistants from around the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market.

    Her passion is for the Assistant role to be truly recognised as a career and not just a job. Her formidable training expertise and speaking style have given her opportunities to train, present and Chair in over 45 countries at over 400 events including Chairing the 2015 World Administrator Summit in Papua New Guinea. This has created much needed discussions from encouraging Executive Assistants in Blue Chip companies to work towards becoming centres of excellence within their companies, to explaining why college students should see the Assistant role as proper profession with a career path.

    Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants over the last five years, Lucy’s knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day to day basis are second to none.

    In 2016 Lucy was awarded the YPA Special Award 'International Ambassador for the PA Profession' and in 2015 the ‘PA Contributor of the Year Award’ by Office*. The magazine has been a finalist in the PPA Business Magazine of the Year Award, the PPA Media Brand of the Year Award and the PA-Assist Members Awards.

    Lucy runs a LinkedIn group for assistants which currently has over 44,000 international members who share information, network and learn. She also launched #adminchat in January 2012 – a weekly free training session presented on Twitter and hosted by a different world-class trainer every week. Now boasting an average of over 3,000 attendees a week, #adminchat is a manifestation of Lucy’s commitment to providing the very best training to assistants all over the world.

    Lucy has been a Publisher and Events Organiser for 29 years. Lucy has previously worked as a Publishing Director for Wilmington PLC, and has managed a team based in Singapore, New York, Germany & London responsible for 13 magazines, 12 international conferences, awards, trade show attendance and marketing for EMAP. Other companies worked for include The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass's Guide.

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Benefits of Attending


If you only attend one event this year, then this is the event you should attend. Executive Secretary LIVE features your favourite Executive Secretary Magazine authors, together in Washington DC for two days only.

11 world-class speakers are flying in not just to motivate and inspire you, but to provide essential training that will boost your knowledge, skills and productivity. Executive Secretary LIVE is two days filled with a packed conference agenda, an innovative practical training day and great networking opportunities.

Delegates will leave the event with a plethora of practical tips, as well as immediately actionable ideas to increase productivity and impress. But above all, we want to inspire you to go back to your businesses and use what you have learned to add new dimensions to your role. We hope you will agree that we have put together a programme that is a mixture of both the inspirational and practical.

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    Executive Secretary LIVE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from the best. You will discover proven timesaving techniques that will free up your time to make you more productive. You will implement effective strategies to align your role and the business’s needs in ways that will reduce costs and improve performance.

    The content of this event directly supports making smarter use of your resources (people, process & technology) to deliver higher quality service. It is extremely good value for the level of intensive education. Over the two days, you will have access to:

    Two half day Masterclasses – "Office Systems & Procedures: The Admin’s Ultimate Power Tools for Efficiency and Productivity" and "Be the Ultimate Assistant", focused on both the soft and hard skills necessary to excel as an Assistant. Julie Perrine, Bonnie Low-Kramen and Vickie Sokol Evans are the leading trainers and presenters for Assistants on their subjects in the world.

    A keynote presentation from Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant to Bill Clinton and the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration.

    Case studies that will provide visibility to lessons learnt – so that you can avoid as many of the pitfalls as possible.

    Practical presentations that will highlight best practice, current research findings and advanced approaches from the world’s top industry experts and thought leaders for Administrative Professionals.

    Discover the latest products, meet new suppliers and encounter some great services in the exhibition area - including the bookstore and book signing sessions with the authors who are presenting.

    A Delegate Pack to take away, packed with workbooks, presentations and useful information to support the topics covered over the two days which can be brought back to the office and shared with your peers. 98% of last year’s attendees in London said the delegate pack was exceptional or excellent.

    In addition to the above benefits, there will be many networking opportunities including a Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner. These will offer the opportunity to meet other senior administrative professionals. They will provide access to a wealth of shared knowledge and an opportunity to understand how others tackle common challenges. It will also likely lead to future contact that will provide ongoing benefits. The average number of years of experience in the field at London's event was 18. Attendees came from 24 different countries.

    Providing content under one roof, the Executive Secretary LIVE 2017 Conference offers countless educational opportunities. It is likely that you would need to attend dozens of webinars and training sessions to achieve the same level of learning available at this one event.

Programme

  • ‘Be the Ultimate Assistant Workshop’ presented by the inspirational Bonnie Low-Kramen PLUS BONUS SESSION from Microsoft Office Master Instructor, Vickie Sokol Evans

    This highly interactive and jam-packed workshop is geared towards Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and future PA’s of every level-whether you are a seasoned expert looking to perfect your skills or an entry level PA looking to break into the industry. The class is designed to develop and fine-tune the mindset, confidence, and tools needed to succeed with the most demanding employer. It will focus on both the soft and hard skills necessary to excel as a PA including; communication skills, organization techniques, problem-solving strategies, and career management.

    PLUS

    Having been fortunate enough to see Vickie Sokol Evans in action at numerous events in the last five years, and discovered that it is not just marketing hype, and that the tips she offers are truly jaw-dropping (I literally watched the audience gasp & their jaws fell open when they realised the amount of time she had just freed up) I have asked her to join Bonnie Low-Kramen on the morning of Friday 19th February to add some of her content to the workshop.

    If you use Microsoft Office on either PC or Mac this is a MUST ATTEND workshop. To not attend would be a criminal waste of an opportunity to see a trainer who is undoubtedly one of the best Master Microsoft Trainers in the world right now. Bonnie & Vickie’s ‘Be the Ultimate Assistant’ workshop is one of the best courses available anywhere in the world. They currently tour the world training Assistants. This half day taster session has been specially developed for Executive Secretary LIVE.

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  • Networking lunch

  • Office Systems & Procedures: The Admin’s Ultimate Power Tools for Efficiency and Productivity - half day masterclass - Julie Perrine - PLUS our now legendary 30 in 30 BONUS SESSION from Lisa Olsen

    Are you feeling overwhelmed in your job? Could you benefit from reliable systems for time and workload management? Do you lack documented procedures of daily tasks for easy reference and cross training?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then join All Things Admin Founder (and procedures pro!) Julie Perrine for this masterclass on office systems and procedures!

    Effective systems and procedures are an admin’s ultimate power tools. They allow you to do more with less, and work smarter, not harder. They’re also the key to streamlining workflow and improving office operations, keeping the office running smoothly, and building credibility, trust, and confidence in those you support.

    Systems and procedures are applicable and useful to many areas of your admin career and beyond, including:

    · Meeting and event planning
    · Scheduling
    · Project management
    · Filing
    · Travel planning
    · Strategic career planning
    · Health and wellness
    · Self-care

    This master class will teach you how to create and utilize systems and procedures that work in all of these areas! Some session highlights include:

    · The difference between procedures and systems, and why both are necessary.
    · Identifying where you need systems and procedures.
    · Creating effective systems and procedures to streamline your work.
    · Implementing and troubleshooting your systems and procedures.
    · The keys to making systems and procedures work for you.
    · Five core systems your office needs to be efficient.
    · Five simple steps to get you started on creating your procedures.
    · The appropriate items to include in a procedures binder.
    · How to fast track your procedures with a few key templates.

    And much more!

    You’ll also get an inside look at some of the exact systems and procedures Julie and the All Things Admin team use to stay organized and productive!

    With effective systems and procedures in place, you can navigate unexpected changes and absences, find support and resources quicker, keep yourself and those you support organized, and bring calm to the chaos that surrounds you. Join Julie for this master class to learn how to do all of the above and optimize your effectiveness at work and beyond!

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  • The Art of Communication

    Heather Baker, World class trainer, best selling author & creator of BakerWrite

    Our session will enable you to become more aware of the power of communication and give you proven techniques to build successful relationships at all levels with outstanding confidence and assertiveness skills.

    Heather will show you ways to exceed managers’ expectations, neuro-linguistic programming practices and you will also learn how to create professional, effective and persuasive written communications.

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  • Tips from the Top

    Florence Katano, Pitman Assistant of the Year 2015 & Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA)

    Florence Katano reveals the secrets of her phenomenal career: a career that has taken her from a childhood in Namumira, Mukono district, Uganda to winning the Pitman PA of the Year award in 2015, ranking her as the best Assistant in the world. Principal Administrative Assistant with Bank of Uganda, Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA) and the Strategy Champion for Administrative Assistants category in the Bank, Florence has also founded an Association for Assistants in Uganda.

    Florence will share her story and career advice for getting to the top of your profession and staying there.

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  • Setting Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace, 7 Sure-Fire Tips for Assistants Who Want To Be More Assertive

    Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International

    There’s a common mindset that too many administrative professionals fall victim to: It’s the one that tells us to stay quiet, don’t be pushy, always say “yes” because “no” isn’t allowed. We’re trained to support others and, all too often, that means we fail to support ourselves.

    On the other hand, some assistants take it to the other extreme. They try too hard to assert themselves and become aggressive. They end up stepping on toes, harming their professional reputation and even their career.

    Being an assertive assistant requires a delicate balance of skills. Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics, has mastered the techniques through years of practice and real-world experience, and she’s sharing her wisdom with you. In this educational one-hour webinar, you’ll gain the confidence and know-how required to speak up and stand out. You’ll never again feel like a doormat, and you’ll no longer worry about going too far. You’ll find that perfect place of power—where you’re able to support the needs of your executive without sacrificing yourself in the process.

    Learning Highlights

    As an attendee, you will learn:

    • How to evaluate your current communication and boundary-setting style so you can build on your strengths and address areas for improvement.

    • Why assertiveness in the workplace matters, especially for assistants, how it benefits you and what it really means. (Hint: It’s often totally misunderstood!)

    • How to recognize and minimize the risk involved so your message is received and your professional image remains in tact.

    • How to appropriately set limits, voice your ideas and opinions, and articulate your needs using thoughtful, diplomatic communication techniques.

    • 7 essential action steps for becoming a more assertive assistant. (You’ll hear tons of examples and learn specific language to use in common challenging workplace situations.)



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  • Networking Break

  • Inspirational Advancement, Professional Development & Career Pathways 

    Eth Lloyd, Globally recognised authority on the role of the Assistant

    Truly inspirational, Eth holds a Masters in Education where her research looked at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals from their perspective. She has worked specifically with administrative professionals to support them gaining New Zealand national qualifications in Business Administration and First Line Management and enhancing their career opportunities. Recently she has been working voluntarily in Samoa using her administration skills and knowledge to set up a secretariat for a membership organisation and to train local administrators.

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  • Excellence in action - Building a powerful brand

    Anel Martin, South Africa's internationally renowned rock star trainer

    We all understand what a brand is, but most of us do not know how it applies to us as office professionals or human beings. Brands are the way we identify companies and organisations. It is their colour, logo and often their slogan. But there is a far bigger concept at work here! 

    Your brand is what customers believe and invest in, it is a symbol of what you are and what you stand for, and it encourages confidence. With this session Anel will help you to define your personal brand and provide tips and guidance in order to market and apply your brand correctly.

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  • Networking Lunch

  • Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Windows 7 & Office 2010 (PC*)

     Vickie Sokol Evans, The world’s top (and most engaging) Microsoft Certified Trainer for productivity

    Are you overwhelmed by the work on your plate that can’t be delegated to anyone else? Do you feel like it takes too long to get things done in Excel, Word or PowerPoint, but you don’t have the time to learn the shortcuts and new features? Or have you ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be an easier way?” More often than not, you are right! There is an easier and FASTER way. In this engaging Jerry Maguire-inspired session, discover quick and easy tips and tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint (and more) to learn…

    · How to instantly format long documents in Word that just might make you cry

    · Secrets to adding and manipulating data in Excel

    · Simple ways to manage and organize content in PowerPoint to keep you from going insane, and more…

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  • Networking Break

  • KEYNOTE: Eat, Drink & Succeed!

    Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant to Bill Clinton and the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration

    Laura Schwartz, the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration, NATO’s 50th Anniversary, the Concert of the Century and many others. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the Presidency’s ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful events. She arrived at the White House at just 19 years old with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office. Proving her value immediately Laura climbed her way up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events. Following the Administration, Laura traveled the world with Former President Clinton for his Foundation and Global Initiative.

    In her first book, Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. As a professional speaker she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world in her acclaimed speaking series to empower, motivate and inspire each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!

    Laura appears regularly as an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking, domestic and foreign affairs, pop culture and special events. She covered the 2008 presidential campaign for the CBS Early Show, was the on-air political contributor for Fox News Channel from 2004 to 2007, and was the special correspondent to Larry King Live and CNN for the 2008 presidential primaries. Laura appears on the BBC World News, BBC Wales and has also appeared on Sir David Frost’s Frost Over the World. Laura’s non-partisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally.

    Laura is a well-known mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events including charity galas, sporting events, panel discussions and fashion shows. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or an audience of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura is the annual emcee for several prominent charitable events and organizations, including the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Chicago’s Grant Park, the YWCA annual Leader Luncheon, which honors women and mentors for outstanding achievement in their chosen career fields.

    Laura has been named one of the Best Keynote Speakers by Meetings and Conventions Magazine and is a member of the National Speakers Association serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Clean the World Foundation, Common Threads and Event Solutions Magazine. She was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and named one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago Magazine. In 2009, the prestigious Oxford Union in England invited Laura to speak on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.

    Laura is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, where she founded White House Strategies in 2001. As Laura’s career transformed into predominantly live appearances – from keynotes and panel discussions to television and book signings – Laura Schwartz Live was established, a brand that truly reflects her core services.

    Laura travels extensively both domestically and internationally to work with Fortune’s Top 50 and 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations, universities and nonprofit organizations, motivating people from all over the world to EAT, DRINK & SUCCEED!

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    We understand your role:

  • We know your role is to make the person you look after as effective as they can possibly be.
  • We know your workload is huge and you want to know how to be more efficient and productive.
  • We know that since the recession, you have taken on many of the middle management tasks but have never had training in how to do them properly.
  • We know that you are in a unique position in your company as the "go to" person who solves all problems.
  • We know that you are becoming more of a "strategic business partner" than the stereotypical Assistant and that your businesses need you to increase your business knowledge.


  • That is why we have put this unique programme together for you. No other programme combines real business solutions that you will take back to the office and implement immediately to improve your systems and productivity, the best tips & tricks that you will ever receive on how to use Microsoft Office products most effectively and a huge dose of inspiration that will reconnect you with your role and what can be achieved for you and your business as a world class Assistant.

Networking


Get connected and join an elite network of senior Assistants from all over the globe.

  • Mount Vernon & Hillwood

    Begin your day touring Mount Vernon. Visit the two newest facilities at Mount Vernon - The Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

    Walking Involved - Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

    Spend the afternoon at Hillwood, the famous walled estate of Post Cereal heiress and Washington hostess, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her final home remains a monument to her extravagant lifestyle, as well as to the opulence of the Russian Royal family. There will be an orientation film, self-guided tour of the home, and time to visit the gift shop and gardens. Enjoy afternoon tea in the sophisticated Hillwood Café.

    Fee includes transportation, admissions, lunch, taxes and gratuities.

    $132
  • Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour

    When the sun goes down, Washington turns into a different city, and Old Town Trolley Tours knows just the right way to show off the Capitol City at night!

    Enjoy a night of moonlight merriment aboard Old Town Trolley Tours. You haven’t seen Washington until you’ve seen it at night!

    Our professional tour guides will take you right to some of the city’s most popular monuments and let you see the city in a different light, stopping at:
    · Thomas Jefferson Memorial
    · FDR Memorial
    · Lincoln Memorial
    · Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    · Korean War Memorial
    · Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Our 2 1/2 hour Washington DC Monument Tours will depart from the hotel at 8pm

    The cost of this tour is just $42

    Or buy the Monuments by Moonlight and Arlington National Cemetery tours together for just $52
  • Arlington National Cemetery

    Our conference takes place over veterans’ weekend and we wanted to include something that honors the veterans.

    We have therefore organised a tour of Arlington National Cemetery.

    A trip to Washington D.C. would not be complete without visiting Arlington National Cemetery.

    Spread across 600 acres of rolling hills and beautiful gardens, this historic landmark is about 4 times the size of the National Mall and offers an exclusive tour service for guests looking to see the entire property in a manageable amount of time. A 45-minute loop gives visitors the chance to hop on and off at a variety of key points of interest. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience one of the most informative and awe-inspiring tours in Washington D.C.

    One of the most significant sites to see is the Tomb on the Unknown Soldier, where the remains of unknown service members from World War I, II and the Korean War are laid to rest. Soldiers from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment keep guard of the tomb 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and their vigil is something you shouldn’t miss, a ritual that includes the changing of the guard every hour.
    Other important memorials to see are the Arlington House (Robert E. Lee Memorial), the US Coast Guard Memorial, the Spanish American War Memorial, the Civil War Unknowns Monument, the Vietnam War, the World War I and World War II Memorial Tree, the Confederate Memorial, the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Memorials, the Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial and many more.

    Notable Graves to See
    The first military burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery in 1864, with the funeral of Private William Christman. Since then, hundreds of thousands of service members have been laid to rest. Among them, some of our nation’s most honored, distinguished leaders. While here, be sure to stop and take a moment to pay tribute to these remarkable Americans. Notable graves include Abner Doubleday, Thurgood Marshall, George Washington, Parke Curtis, William Christman, President William Taft, Alexander Haig, Jr., President John F. Kennedy and family, Omar Nelson Bradley and many more. Maps of the cemetery provide grave numbers and directions to each of the sites.

    The cost of this tour is just $13.50

    Or buy the Monuments by Moonlight and Arlington National Cemetery tours together for just $52
  • The O Museum

    On Thursday afternoon we have lined up something really unusual for you!

    The O Museum in the Mansion has been voted one of the top 5 historic venues to explore - in the world by Smithsonian.com

    Located in the nation’s capital, The O is located in a series of five interconnected town houses that includes over 100 rooms and over 70 secret doors.

    Designed in 1892 by Edward Clark, architect for the US Capitol two centuries ago, in the 1930's the home was converted into three separate rooming houses for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's G-men.
    In the 1960's, the student leaders of the protest movement lived at 2020 O Street now home to O Street Museum. Norman Mailer wrote about them - and the house - in his book "Armies of the Night".
    From 1977 to 1990 "America’s Black Forum", a nationally syndicated news broadcast, & "Sounds of the City", a black radio series both recorded at 2016 O St. "America’s Black Forum" is one of the longest running U.S. syndicated television series and is now produced and recorded at TV One.
    UniWorld Group, Inc., (the parent company of Uniworld Entertainment, UniWorld Hispanic and UniWorld Healthcare) run by Walker Williams and Byron Lewis was also housed in 2016 O St. until it was sold to the current owners and reconnected to the original buildings in 1990. Walker was a Mansion on O Street Board Member for over 30 years.
    Home to singers, songwriters, over 60 signed guitars, rare authentic rock memorabilia, photographs and more, The Mansion has music at it's core. From the Grateful Dead to The Beatles to The Stones and beyond you'll put your knowledge of music to the test as you search all four floors for Rock & Roll items found only at The Mansion. Explore our themed rooms and search for secret doors.

    Explore the ever-changing architecture, themed rooms and secret doors. Listen to one of the largest private rock music collections in the world. View up-close-and-personal more than 1500 pieces of art, photographs and sculpture by artist like Fredrick Hart, Gerald Johnson, R.E. Gorman, Frederick Remington, Chip Duncan, Mersad Berber and Elie Abrahami.

    Marvel more than 60 signed Gibson guitars from rock icons like Bob Dylan, The Boss, U2, Rolling Stones, Les Paul and more. Delight in rare memorabilia including letters from Mrs. Rosa Parks. J.Edgar Hoover, Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon, a revolver from Pirates of the Caribbean, signed movie scripts and more. Browse more than 20,000 books including ones authored on-site and rare first editions. The list of things that will inspire your imagination is endless at the O Street Museum - it is always new, always changing, always growing - and so will you.

    Bring your own shopping bags. Everything is for sale!

    MUSEUM CLOSES AT 5pm and you will be free all evening to socialise with other delegates.

    The cost of this tour is $35.
  • The One Profession, One Voice Choir – First Rehearsal – 6pm - Free

    One of our most popular activities in London and Auckland this year; led by our fantastic choir master Helen Rees.

    No experience necessary – just lots of enthusiasm.

    Our song this year is Labi Siffre’s ‘Something Inside So Strong’ which kicks off a year-long project to record Assistants all over the world, singing the backing track for a new Isipho Admin video to support our Foundation in 2018.
    The wellbeing benefits of being part of a workplace choir were evident last year but you can click here to read more.

    There will be two rehearsals of the choir at 6.00pm on Thursday and 5.30pm Friday with a performance at the Gala Dinner.

    To find out more about the Isipho foundation please click here.
  • The One Profession, One Voice Choir – First Rehearsal – 5.30pm - Free

    One of our most popular activities in London and Auckland this year; led by our fantastic choir master Helen Rees.

    No experience necessary – just lots of enthusiasm.

    Our song this year is Labi Siffre’s ‘Something Inside So Strong’ which kicks off a year-long project to record Assistants all over the world, singing the backing track for a new Isipho Admin video to support our Foundation in 2018.
    The wellbeing benefits of being part of a workplace choir were evident last year but you can click here to read more.

    There will be two rehearsals of the choir at 6.00pm on Thursday and 5.30pm Friday with a performance at the Gala Dinner.

    To find out more about the Isipho foundation please click here.
  • Informal Networking Dinner - 7.30pm

    At the end of the first day of Executive Secretary LIVE, we always hold an informal networking dinner with both delegates and speakers. It’s where a lot of the relationships that continue after LIVE are made. Our Washington Informal Networking Dinner will be held at Fogo de Chão.
    They have given us our own private dining area and we are looking forward to an exceptional Southern Brazilian culinary experience!

    Price includes:
    · Market Table and Feijoada Bar with seasonal salads, exotic vegetables, imported cheeses, smoked salmon, cured meats, Fogo feijoada (traditional black bean stew with sausage), seasonal soup, and more
    · Fire-roasted meats including Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Picanha, Lamb Chops, Chicken, Sausage, and more
    · Traditional Brazilian sides of warm pão de queijo (cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas
    · Choice of desserts including Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Mouse Cake or and Cheesecake.
    · Two glasses of house red/white Wine or Beer per person
    · Fountain beverages, coffee and tea

    Please note that if you are a Vegetarian or Pescatarian, we can also offer a terrific Chilean Mango Sea Bass Entrée. The count for the Sea Bass must to be confirmed at least 2 days prior to our event date. The fish entrée can be substituted for the full meat service with our Package and it does not affect the package price. The Sea Bass entrée is glazed and served with a fresh tropical Salsa and grilled jumbo asparagus.

    The cost of the informal networking dinner is - $90 a head

Venue


Hotel Infomation

Executive Secretary LIVE Washington will be held at the iconic Watergate hotel


Step inside a legendary revival at The Watergate Hotel, a luxurious urban resort located along the banks of the Potomac River. Here, modern design blends with an iconic landmark to redefine luxury. A place where travel and business are occasions worth celebrating, attention to detail is the standard, and intrigue can be found just beyond every curve.

The Watergate Hotel's flowing avant-garde architecture was designed by Luigi Moretti to emulate the mighty Potomac, and its stunning new Ron Arad-designed interior lives up to the building's original elegance. Complementing the hotel's new, modern feel are the retro-chic staff uniforms, by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant.

The Watergate Hotel takes classic elegance and bold mid-century modern design and adds all of the extravagance and warmth of contemporary luxury. This one-of-a-kind hotel pays tribute to its own storied past, while paving the way for a new chapter to be written.

Click here for Hotel website

We have negotiated special rates with The Watergate for your stay of just $255 a night (normal rate:$435). Please email info@executivesecretary.com for details on how to secure this rate.

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Testimonials


Here are just a few comments from previous events:

"What can I say? Top speakers, top organization, top team :-)"



"On the first day of Executive Secretary LIVE, I learnt more from my peers and the fantastic line-up of subject matter experts who were presenting than I had from several courses over the previous three years.

Executive Secretary LIVE opened the door for me to be able to provide that real Executive Assistance support relationship that we are all looking for with our Executives as I learnt how to manage projects, think strategically, write reports on my Executive’s behalf, represent them at high-level meetings etc. when they were unavailable and truly be that right hand, go-to person.

If there is only one conference you are able to attend, make it this one. You will go away with a plethora of skills and tips from those who you’ve networked with which you can implement immediately and make dramatic changes to how you work and support your Executives.

"Absolutely the best value for money PA event there is."


"I have never felt more motivated about my role. I am now proud to be an EA and will give the best I can to do an amazing job."

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  • Executive Leadership Forum

    The Executive Leadership Support Forum Series is a two day professional development course that covers a wide range of challenges faced by executive assistants (EAs) with the promise of increasing the productivity and profile of the executive leadership support role. With forums held in cities across North America, EAs are provided with a uniquely elevated professional development and networking opportunity with expert advisors and regional EA peers. Workshops led by professional training and development facilitators coupled with robust and collaborative exchange group sessions provide high-level strategies to EA supporting senior level executives.

  • IVAA

    The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant. IVAA provides continuing education, networking opportunities, member benefits, as well as a member directory and Request for Proposal (RFP) system for parties interested in utilizing member services. Virtual assistants are independent contractors that work from a remote location (usually from their home or office) to support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.

    Birth of An Industry. From her rural home in Connecticut, Christine Durst founded the Virtual Assistance industry in 1995. She believed the Internet could open her door to global business, and she was correct. With Michael Haaren, she co-founded Staffcentrix and IVAA separately but simultaneously opened its doors. IVAA was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1999 and became officially recognized as a 501(c)(6) on February 2, 2001 with 28 members. Since then, IVAA’s membership has grown to more than 550 in 16 countries. Collectively they conduct business worldwide, via the Internet. “Originally telecommuting was reserved for those who were administrative in nature,” she continued. “With advancements in technology, the Virtual Assistant Industry now consists of enterprising individuals, many of whom have elected to leave corporate positions to provide highly-skilled services virtually, as entrepreneurs.”

    Benefits of Being a Virtual Assistant. IVAA members enjoy many benefits, including a private Facebook Group, Expert of the Month speaker series, live and online Summits, a Request for Proposal (RFP) system for job opportunities, as well as a host of other benefits.

    Advantages of Working With A Virtual Assistant
    · Advantage to Employers – No overhead
    · Clients – Virtual assistants come from all industries, including real estate, financial services, corporate, industrial and a myriad of others, so clients can run their businesses well with VA professionals.
    · Portability of Work – Popularly called “Nomads, VAs can work as they are travelling and moving from place to place. This flexibility allows for VA’s to accommodate clients from anywhere.
    · International telecommuting – VA’s are available to work from all over the world.
    · Fees – As virtual assistants have experience in a variety of industries (i.e., Online Business Managers, Executive assistants), technical (i.e., website designers) and create (i.e., graphic designers), fees that VA’s charge are scalable.

    International Virtual Assistants Association is “Your worldwide Connection To Virtual Professionals.”

Executive Secretary in the Press


We’ve picked up media interest from our campaigns to bring the role of the Assistant to the forefront of businesses across the globe. Here is a selection of some of our global media coverage which is actively assisting in shattering the stereotypes that surround the role.



Prices


Price $1799

Ticket includes:

• two networking breakfasts
• welcome drinks reception
• two half day Masterclasses
• the full day Conference
• two networking lunches
• speed mentoring with Bonnie Low-Kramen
• conference materials
• our Gala Dinner Celebration

Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. There are only 300 places available.

Please note that if you buy three tickets, you get the fourth for free.

We also offer special group rates for more than 12 Assistants. For more details please email info@executivesecretary.com

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