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3434 Peachtree Rd NE
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Hand-picked to ensure you receive cutting edge training from the world’s most inspiring speakers and trainers.
International Speaker, Mentor & Author
Diana Brandl holds a Degree in International Administration and Management, specializing in Office Management.
Throughout her career, she has worked successfully for C-Level Executives within global corporations such as Sony.
Diana has a strong background in Communications and is a dynamic networker. She joined the professional network IMA (International Management Assistants) in 2006, and is an active member proudly looking back at her involvement as Board Member and Chair of Regional Group of IMA Berlin.
She continuously supports the role of the management assistant by speaking at international events and publishing various articles in Germany and abroad focussing on Digital Transformation, Personal Branding, Strategic Networking, Mentoring, Diversity and Social Media. Diana writes her own blog The Socialista Projects and is influencing the industry with her creative initiatives such as launching the hashtag #WeAreInThisTogether.
Diana Brandl describes herself as Digital Native and has worked in the start-up world, where she rediscovered her role as a management assistant with 17 years of professional experience within the New Work generation. She teaches first-hand what it means to work with Millennial Managers and how important Storytelling is in sharpening a profile.
Diana is a regular interview partner in Germany and abroad sharing her stories as an expert in Digital Transformation and Personal Branding. Her first book was published in 2018. She is currently writing her second book which will be released in 2020.
Diana was named in 2019 as Woman of the Week by the Global Digital Women and has been nominated for the Digital Female Leader Award.
World-Class Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Coach & EA
Laura Belgrado is an internationally recognized trainer and coach, specializing in educating and inspiring top-level Executive Assistants. She is the former EA to Frank McCosker (former MD Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts) and currently divides her time between delivering her globally recognised training programmes and working for the President and two Vice Presidents for Multisales of Mars Europe. Laura continuously updates her training to fit the fast-paced business environment and the ever-changing demands and challenges for Assistants worldwide.
Laura is a native Belgian and studied languages, business administration & management. A true natural linguist, fluent in four languages, and her passion for training EAs across a wide range of cultures has given her extensive global experience.
Co-owner of Admin to Admin
Lisa advocates continuous learning and encourages administrative professionals to expand their potential, take initiative and practice being “relationship engineers.” An enthusiastic and sought after international speaker, her presentation style is engaging, educational and motivational.
Currently, she is the Executive Coordinator at Dignity Health for the Sacramento Region. She leads an administrative team of five and serves as the Board Coordinator for the Sacramento Hospital Community Board.
Her successful career as a senior executive assistant spans over 20 years. She taught at the junior college level for five years and assisted in developing the curriculum for the Administrative Professional Certificate program. She served as a member of the Advisory Council for the Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) and has enjoyed presentating at the Executive Secretary Live Conferences, IAAP International Forum, the Professional Business Women’s Conference (PBWC), the Central CA Women’s Conference (CCWC), the Women’s Initiative Conference, the Administrative Professionals Conference, the Behind Every Leader Conference, Executive Leadership Forum and the Office Dynamics Annual Forum.
Since earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resources Management she has continued to support education and opportunities for professional development. Her first book, When Work Becomes You, It’s All About the Fit, was published in 2007 and she is a contributor to the Admin Pro monthly newsletter and the Executive Secretary Magazine. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program in Organizational Leadership through Colorado State University.
Founder and Publisher of Exceptional EA
Assistants recognise that internationally recognised speaker and thought leader Shelagh (pronounced “Sheila”) Donnelly has walked the walk. She worked with C-level executives for more than 25 years, including a decade supporting a board of directors. Having been a direct report to four CEOs and accountable to four board Chairs, Shelagh speaks from experience when it comes to building and maintaining a successful career.
Shelagh founded Exceptional EA, https://exceptionalea.com/, which is read around the globe, in 2013. Her weekend polls and Real Careers interviews are hugely popular with readers and keep her attuned to assistants’ and employers’ needs. Long active in Canadian and US professional associations, Shelagh’s been a mentor, led numerous initiatives, and served as the Chair of a national board of directors.
Passionate about educating and inspiring assistants, Shelagh is herself a lifelong learner with an eye on the future of the role. Her presentations reflect a pragmatic sense of humour and a commitment to career currency, as well as a reprieve from bullet points! Shelagh writes for Executive Secretary Magazine and her weekly governance articles are published by Diligent Insights. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Resilient Assistant.
Founder & CEO, Office Dynamics International
The keynote speaker at the Executive Secretary LIVE event in London on March 27-28, 2020 is the illustrious Joan Burge, Founder & CEO of Las Vegas-based Office Dynamics International— the pioneering company in administrative training. Esteemed for her many accomplishments, Joan is an author, professional speaker, consultant and corporate trainer. Yet there is so much more to Joan that makes her a star in her own right.
Training for administrative assistants was hard to come by until the year 1990 when Office Dynamics International (ODI) was born. Visionary Joan Burge identified an untapped niche and built up a training company to inspire excellence among administrative professionals. Now celebrating its 29th year, ODI has grown into a global leader, offering a broad range of solutions and sophisticated coaching and training programs for executive assistants and administrative professionals.
As with any success story, ODI started as a big idea. There were obstacles (many of them!) as well as doubts and fears that Joan had to hurdle in order to ignite that big idea into existence… and more importantly, to keep its flame burning bright.
On March 27-28, 2020, attendees of the Executive Secretary Live in London will get to know Joan Burge at a deeper level as she shares her journey, describes the challenges she faced along the way, and reveals the proven formulas that push one to succeed.
Joan has always been a staunch advocate of the administrative profession. As a once-upon-a-time executive assistant and now a CEO, she leverages her unique insights having worked from both sides of the desk. This she combines with her skill in instructional design to customize her development and mentoring programs.
International Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Author, Storyteller, Time Management Coach
Anel Martin is a multi-award winning Personal Assistant and international trainer, based in South Africa, and taking the world by storm.
A true rock star trainer, Anel captivates audiences with her passion and drive to help Assistants succeed and develop in their career paths. Training Assistants to develop upwards to better support their bosses and teams, her sessions have become so popular that she took the leap of faith last year, becoming a full-time trainer and hasn’t looked back.
Anel’s fresh, down to earth and passionate presentation style, combined with her youth and commitment to excellence within the role, making her a favourite all over the world.
Past President of PAFSA, holding office as the Head of the Academy of Excellence in South Africa, Anel has written extensively for industry publications around the world and is published Author of The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a Powerful Personal Brand. She has extensive experience as a speaker, trainer, and chairperson and therefore widely considered as an industry expert.
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. This is evident in her commitment to the ISIPHO charity work in South Africa to give underprivileged young adults access to training to become an Assistant. www.isiphoadmin.org.za
EA & Author of ‘Not Just an Admin’
Peggy Vasquez is an author and motivational speaker. Peggy’s passion and personal mission statement: “To empower others to succeed,” is realized through her latest book, “Not Just an Admin” and by providing presentations to audiences around the world as well as by providing support to executives. She gravitates toward opportunities to inspire, teach and lead others. Peggy has been the Chief Executive Assistant to the Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2005. Prior to joining PNNL, Peggy was an Executive Assistant for senior executives in the nuclear, financial and agriculture industries.
In this capacity, she provides a valuable resource for all matters involving relationships, time management, disseminating information and facilitating communication, chief among them: tact, business etiquette, diplomacy, sound advice and judgement. In addition to providing strategic administrative support to executives, she is often requested to provide leadership and training to internal and external audiences. Peggy has led teams and implemented many programs, including recognition and mentoring programs.
Speaker, trainer and coach, formerly the Chief Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cisco
Debbie Gross, CEA, has over 20 years’ of experience in the administrative field. She joined Cisco Systems in March 1991 as the Executive Assistant to John Chambers, then Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. In 1995, when Chambers became President and CEO, Debbie assumed the lead role for Cisco’s broad 1000+ person administrative team.
She was instrumental in promoting Cisco programs that support administrators, and continues to be a strong proponent of best practice sharing and career development through mentoring programs, process and policy improvements councils, and training opportunities including being a member of the UCSC Extended Campus Board for Curriculum Development, as well as teaching within the Administrative Professionals program there.
She is a member and one of the original founders of the SVCA (Silicon Valley Catalysts Association) which is a 30 member organization of Executive Assistants who support CEOs in Silicon Valley.
Former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, Certified LIfe Coach & International Speaker
Libby Moore is a Certified Life Coach, speaker/storyteller, adventurer, and creative connector, who loves inspiring people to reconnect to Possibility in their life and career. Prior to this, Libby served as Chief Of Staff to Oprah Winfrey for 11 years, through to the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
She also worked as a consulting Producer with the original team that created the Emmy award-winning, Super Soul Sunday on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to her years with Oprah, Libby was an Executive Assistant to Jann Wenner of Wenner Media, publishers of Rolling Stone, US Weekly, and Men’s Journal. It was a position she held for four years. Before the magazine world, Libby collected great stories through two years of random-crazy-NYC-freelance jobs, all while advancing through comedy improv workshops at Gotham City Improv, and performing in the sketch comedy group, Urban Side Effects.
Before jumping into the comedy world, Libby was the personal assistant to Maury Povich, who she credits for launching her Executive Assistant career, (even though she failed typing in College). Early in her career, Libby worked on Boston’s North Shore in radio and print at: WFNX Radio, The Marblehead Reporter, and WNSH Radio. She currently lives a creative and inspired life, splitting her time between sweet spots on both the East and West Coasts of America.
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.
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.
Your host, CEO & Publisher of Global Training Resource, Executive Secretary Magazine
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 seven 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.
Don’t miss this opportunity to spend two days focusing on your career progression and development! Engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues and speakers, expanding your administrative resource network.
Learn to lead alongside your executive and your teams. Come away with new, updated, and practical skills.
We know you will leave inspired to challenge your role, and excel your career as an Assistant.
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The extraordinary Zelda la Grange tells her ‘behind-the-scenes’ story of working for arguably the most influential man of our time; Nelson Mandela. The session also includes an open Q & A so you can ask the questions you want to know the answers to!
In Europe, both Diana Brandl and Laura Belgrado’s names are synonymous with quality training. We are delighted to bring both of them to share their expertise in the USA. Enjoy their two deep-dive half-day masterclass sessions – The Future of Work & Executive Assistant, the new Power Job.
We firmly believe that the networking is as important as the education – especially at your level. That is why we organise a whole host of tours and dinners around LIVE, so that you get to know the speakers and the other delegates on a personal level. This year, as well as our Gala Dinner, there are options to do an evening food tour and a Martin Luther King Tour. Details under the Networking section.
• Artificial intelligence versus human intelligence: Are Alexa, Siri & Co. future colleagues or competitors?
• Millennials and digital leadership: Meet the new manager generation and their leadership style
• Your digital toolbox: Productivity tools and apps for you and your executive
(includes a 30-minute networking break at 10:30am)
• Difficulties in a modern world business environment
• Maximize your contribution to the organization by learning how to handle difficult situations and become a trusted advisor and team player
• Understand emotional intelligence
• Lead the imperative business partnership with your Executive
• Boost your performance by focusing on your strengths
• Development of advanced corporate communication skills and handling highly confidential matters
• Build a relationship founded on trust and integrity (advanced communication and influencing skills)
• Negotiate contracts with suppliers, vendors and set up contracts; decision-making and effective problem solving; applying negotiation skills to arrive at win-win solutions
• Practical tools for increasing productivity
(includes a 30-minute networking break at 3pm)
• Understand why cybersecurity is such a buzz word
• How is it relevant to an organization’s ability to deliver on its strategic plan
• Why EAs are targeted
• Learn key cybersecurity terminology
• Raise awareness of how social engineering is used to target employees
• Prepare to implement proactive measures that can benefit you and your colleagues
Why is it that certain assistants stand out where others do not?
Joan Burge asked herself that very question when she started Office Dynamics in 1990. Joan thought back to her 20 years’ experience in the administrative profession to come up with the answer. Joan’s magic formula has changed the lives of thousands of assistants.
In this dynamic presentation, Joan will:
• Tell you why it is important to be stellar in your career
• Inspire you to bring forth your natural gifts
• Share with you her formula for success which has impacted the lives of thousands of assistants for 29 years
• Show you how to move from being a lost-in-the-crowd employee to a head-turning dynamic executive assistant
• Motivate you to “reach for the stars!”
• Quantum technological advancement
• Working for multiple bosses
• Working with remote teams
• Information overload and tech stress
• Stress in the workplace
• More diverse management teams, with different working/management and communication styles
• Why developing your inner circle is a crucial part of success in ALL areas of your life, not just work
• What your inner circle really brings to the table. Hint: It’s not just about “networking” for a new job!
• How the idea of the inner circle is revolutionary and why it has the power to raise the level of respect for our profession
• Simple strategies for creating your own inner circle and attracting meaningful connections with the right people
Debbie Gross provides key insights from her vast experience in the administrative profession and her tenure as Chief Executive Assistant to the CEO at CISCO.
Learn how administrative professionals can add value by thinking differently about the role so that they are recognized, valued and indispensable.
Libby served as Chief of Staff for Oprah Winfrey for 11 years at Harpo Productions.
In this session, she will explain how she reached that level, and how one can maintain the demanding pace and peak-level performance at the highest level of the administrative profession.
Reduce late hours at the office and get 3x more done in 1 day using the technology at your fingertips!
• 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?
• Have you ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be an easier way?” Discover quick and easy tips and tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook to learn
• Join the many attendees who have reported saving hours every week, using these time-saving tips!
Side effects may include: wanting to get back to the office to try out your new skills right away!
Zelda la Grange will tell the story of how she had her life, beliefs, prejudices and everything she once believed in utterly transformed by the greatest man of her time.
It is the incredible journey of redemption: an awkward, terrified young typist in her twenties, later chosen to become one of the President’s most loyal and devoted servants, spending most of her adult working life travelling with, supporting and caring for the man she would come to call ‘Khulu’, or ‘grandfather’.
This session will be 35 minutes, after which there will be time for questions.
Our host hotel is the phenomenal and historic Whitley Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead.
This 5-star Marriott Luxury property has recently finalized a complete renovation.
With an awe-inspiring view of the city skyline outside and timeless sophistication inside, The Whitley, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, welcomes guests to Atlanta’s coveted Buckhead neighbourhood. Explore our newly redesigned lobby and guest rooms and experience luxury reimagined in chic Southern style.
From the Whitley Hotel information page:
For 30 years this iconic hotel has served the vibrant community of Buckhead. Recently elevated to The Luxury Collection, part of the luxury brand portfolio of Marriott International, The Whitley interwines heritage and new discoveries to provide memorable experiences.
Back in the 1800s, long before Atlanta was a thriving metropolitan hub, the area was a wild and rural land. Through the years and with the help of a frontiersman named John Whitley, the community of Buckhead was established. Legend has it the hunter displayed his prize buck near Henry Irby’s tavern, aiming to create a gathering place where curious and adventurous souls could meet and socialize. This place of hospitality came to be revered as Buckhead.
Remaining deeply rooted in our Southern history as we begin a new chapter, The Whitley’s transformation reflects Buckhead’s original purpose of meeting, doing business and trading ideas, all in a modernized space designed to capture imaginations and introduce new discoveries. What will remain the same, is our genuine hospitality and anticipatory service at every turn.
We hope you join us in our excitement as we celebrate our storied past and the rebirth of Atlanta’s most iconic hotel. So pull up a chair, let us pour you a drink and get ready as we embark on a captivating journey.
Executive Secretary LIVE has arranged a special rate for attendees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on rates and for booking details.
Here are just a few comments from previous events:
I feel truly energised to provide an even higher level of service to my executives… I’ve started researching a topic that I would like to write an article on & have spoken to one of my execs about leading a project to unify the EAs across our company… to use Dinah’s phrase “I’ve removed the box
I am reassured, rejuvenated, reminded and remotivated that I am in the right profession, a position that requires endless skill sets and constant demand…we do it all and with a smile. It takes a special person to do what we do everyday and we are phenomenal at it. It is a career that I love
I enjoyed each minute, I cannot say anything else. That is the truth
I am in awe… so utterly fantastic to have been a part of it!!
I loved meeting a group of people who understand our role. We are unique and sometimes people do not understand what and why we go to the lengths we do. Those at the conference just get it
I walked away with a spring in my step with renewed motivation and determination to be the best I can, using what I had learned over the course of the two days.
Aside from the amazing content, I gained so much from networking with the other delegates and speakers.
I was excited about how much I learned, not just in technology, but in other areas of the career as well. Plus it was very empowering and I feel more energized by my career than ever. I can’t wait to teach other admins in my office some of the things I learned, hopefully empowering them as well.
If you only attend one event this year, then this is the event you should attend.
Learn, network and train with 12 of the Administrative industry’s leading speakers from across the world.
This is your opportunity to spend two days focusing on your career progression and development. You will learn to lead with your executive and with your teams, you will come away with practical skills, and you will leave inspired to challenge your role, and excel your career as an Assistant.
Included with your ticket are two days of:
We will introduce you to 12 of the most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers and speakers for Assistants in the world. Not only will you learn from their training sessions, but you will spend time with each of our speakers over the course of the event, at dinner, over coffee, and on group tours of the city.
Each speaker has been carefully selected to deliver training, experience, and motivation based on current challenges and trends which assistants in Atlanta and around the world are facing this year.
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 an incredible value for the level of intensive education.
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.
Delegates registration includes conference materials, 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 Auckland said the delegate pack was exceptional or excellent.
Email email@example.com and we will send an easy letter template to fill in and take to your company explaining the value that they will get from allowing you to attend.
Click the articles below from some of the world’s top trainers for Assistants, published in Executive Secretary Magazine on how to ask for training and why it is so important for your career to do so.
“Getting to Yes! – Gaining Support for Training” by Joan Burge
“Your Training Business Case” by Julie Perrine
We want to encourage you to bring your team, so if you buy three tickets, you get the fourth for free.
We also offer special group rates for more than 12 Assistants.
Included in your ticket are refreshments, lunch and the gala dinner reception on Saturday night. Tours and excursions, along with the informal dinner are chargeable at local rates.
Please refer to the networking section for a breakdown of additional excursions or email Matthew Want for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just email email@example.com and we will send a PDF brochure that you can put in front of your Executive or HR department to help make the case for you, and your fellow Assistants to attend.
Please note that if you buy three tickets, you get the fourth for free.
Please note that for those that want to take part, and spend quality time in Atlanta, we will organise tours and networking events from Wednesday evening, so you may want to take that into account when booking flights.
Travel is self-arranged, but as we bring partners on board, updates on travel information will be provided when possible.
Please let us know if you need assistance with obtaining visa and governmental approval to attend, email Matthew Want: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have negotiated a special rate for delegates wishing to stay at the Whitley Hotel.
For more details please contact Matthew Want at email@example.com
Get connected and join an elite network of senior Assistants from all over the globe. You will have plenty of chances to speak directly with the program leaders because Executive Secretary LIVE limits the number of conference attendees to promote interaction. You can ask all the questions you have ever had and get real answers!
That is why we have put this unique programme together for you. No other programme combines real business solutions that you take back to the office and implement immediately to improve 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. Get reconnected with your role, what can be achieved for you and your organization that will reconnect you with your role and what can be achieved for you and your business.