84% of our attendees, across the world, tell us that LIVE is either THE best or one of the best conferences that they have ever attended. That is because our CEO, Lucy Brazier, spends most of her life attending conferences globally – both large and small, in order to source the most inspiring speakers and the most relevant topics to ensure that you get to see the best of the very best.
Like the magazine, LIVE doesn’t bring you the run of the mill or the obvious. We are continuously looking for new ways to teach the skills that will futureproof your role and ensure you learn, thrive and excel in your career.
Our conferences take place throughout the year on each of the five major continents around the world. We are excited to be back with five new lineups of trainers and speakers to inspire and educate you.
Click on the links below to see who is coming to your continent this year.
Nelson Mandela’s secretary, gatekeeper and constant companion for the best part of 20 years
Zelda la Grange was born in the Apartheid South Africa. After completing her secondary education she completed a 3 year National Diploma as an Executive Secretary. She started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure and in 1994 applied for a job as a Senior Ministerial Typist in the Office of the Presidency. In 1997 she was promoted to become one of the three Private Secretaries in President Mandela’s personal staff and in 1999 he requested her to remain in his services beyond retirement. Together with Professor Jakes Gerwel, Zelda was the only other founding staff member of the post Presidential office of Mr Nelson Mandela and from there the Nelson Mandela Foundation was established.
Executive Assistant to the CEO of Microsoft
Cynthia Thomsen is the executive assistant to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Cynthia has been with Microsoft for 23 years, serving as the EA to Nadella since 2003. Prior to that, Cynthia served in Microsoft’s marketing business, coordinating domestic and international business events.
Working in a dynamic and fluid environment, Cynthia’s focus spans managing relationships and engagements with key constituencies and optimizing the CEO’s daily and annual schedule for success. Cynthia’s passion is connecting to people –listening, engaging with and learning from others. She has a talent for cutting through the noise, thinking about the big picture, understanding individuals’ unique needs, and helping them feel welcome. She enjoys mentoring and speaking at administrative events.
Born and raised in Washington, Cynthia still resides there with her husband Beckett and her teenage son, Zach. She is a Board member for local Woodridge Swim Club, and when she can, she loves to travel and immerse herself in local history and cultures.
Microsoft Certified Trainer to Bill Gates’ Assistants
Literally making the audiences’ jaws drop, Vickie Sokol Evans, author of the bestselling “100 Tips” series for both PC & Mac, is one of the leading tech trainers in the world right now.
Who knew that Microsoft Office could be so fun? She’s witty, sharp, pointed and knows more about how to get the most from Microsoft Office – teaching Assistants tricks to turn what usually takes hours into solutions that takes minutes, by learning how to use the programs to their full potential.
Vickie is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, specializing in Microsoft, Google and Apple productivity platforms such as Microsoft Office, OneNote, SharePoint, Skype/Lync, Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail, The Cloud, and more!
Vickie has taught at every LIVE event and is our most requested return speaker, with 98% of our audiences wanting her back.
Vickie travels the globe as a sought-after international speaker delivering live Jerry Maguire-inspired keynote presentations to major brands including Microsoft, Starbucks, MasterCard, The New York Times, eBay, American Airlines, The Gates Foundation, and most notably, Bill Gates’s Admin Team. Vickie helps businesses to save time and deliver better results faster – showcasing an immediate ROI after each session.