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15 - 16 November '19

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Welcome To Executive Secretary Live - Atlanta

15 - 16 November '19

15 - 16 November '19

Join us for two days of unparalleled workshops, training, motivation and networking

Limited Spaces Available

Limited Spaces Available

We purposely limit our numbers to 200 to ensure maximum engagement with the speakers & your peers.

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The Whitley Hotel

The Whitley Hotel

3434 Peachtree Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

United States

12 Incredible Guest Speakers

12 Incredible Guest Speakers

Hand-picked to ensure you receive cutting edge training from the world’s most inspiring speakers and trainers.

Meet Your Speakers

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Diana Brandl

International Speaker, Mentor & Author

Laura Belgrado

World-Class Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Coach & EA

Lisa Olsen

Co-owner of Admin to Admin

Shelagh Donnelly

Founder and Publisher of Exceptional EA

Joan Burge

Founder & CEO, Office Dynamics International

Anel Martin

International Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Author, Storyteller, Time Management Coach

Peggy Vasquez

EA & Author of ‘Not Just an Admin’

Debbie Gross

Speaker, trainer and coach, formerly the Chief Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cisco

Libby Moore

Former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, Certified LIfe Coach & International Speaker

Vickie Sokol Evans

Microsoft Certified Trainer to Bill Gates’ Assistants

Zelda La Grange

Nelson Mandela’s secretary, gatekeeper and constant companion for the best part of 20 years

Lucy Brazier

Your host, CEO & Publisher of Global Training Resource, Executive Secretary Magazine

Don't Miss Out

Here are some of this year's highlights

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.

See you in Atlanta!

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Discover what it was like to be part of history with Zelda la Grange

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!


Half Day Masterclasses from two of Europe's best!

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.


Explore all that Atlanta has to offer

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.


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Day 1 15 November '19
9:00 am

Half-Day Masterclass - The Future of Work: How to become a smart, agile and digital leader - Diana Brandl

• 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)



12:00 pm


1:30 pm

Half Day Masterclass - Executive Assistant, the new Power Job - Laura Belgrado

• 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)


Day 2 16 November '19
9:05 am

The Mindset of a Mentor - Lisa Olsen

  • Learn the art and science of mentorship – a unique perspective
  • What are the “rules” of mindful mentorship?
  • Which came first; the mentor or the mentoree?
  • Leading and mentoring – is there a difference? Can you do one without the other?
  • Discover the 3 secret keys of mindful mentorship. What does each require?
  • What does mentoring leadership require? Learn 8 new leadership attributes that may surprise you!
  • Impression Management is essential to professionalism and developing the right mindset for mentoring
  • What is blocking your true potential? Discover 3 practices that will open your thinking processes
  • 8 Thinking Traps that sabotage our motivation to be our best
  • Discover 6 simple but powerful principles for practising informal influence
  • Take the mantle of horizontal leadership for increased influence and personal empowerment


9:45 am

Cybersecurity: How to Take the Lead in Risk Mitigation for Admin. Professionals - Shelagh Donnelly

• 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

10:25 am

The Stellar Assistant - Joan Burge

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!”


11:10 am

Morning Network Break

11:30 am

The Modern EA’s Survival Guide: Dealing with the Challenges of the Contemporary Working World - Anel Martin

• 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


12:10 pm

Building a Powerful Inner Circle - Peggy Vasquez

• 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


12:50 pm


1:50 pm

The Strategic Assistant Playbook - Debbie Gross

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.


2:35 pm

Tips from the Top - Libby Moore

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.


3:40 pm

Show me the money! New time saving (and jaw-dropping) digital productivity tips! - Vickie Sokol Evans

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!

4:40 pm

Good Morning Mr. Mandela - Zelda La Grange

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 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

Colette Martin

Executive Assistant, Bard/Beckton Dickinson

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

Amber Manezes

Sr. Administrative Assistant, Seattle Genetics

I enjoyed each minute, I cannot say anything else. That is the truth

Cathy Van Mastrigt

EA to CEO, Hull Speed Associates

I am in awe… so utterly fantastic to have been a part of it!!

Alison Palm

EA to the CEO & Board, Sandvik Process Systems

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

Carol Lloyd

Enesi Pharma Ltd, EA to CEO

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.

Lorraine Tresnak

Senior Business Administrator, Specialist Services, NHS Blood and Transplant

Aside from the amazing content, I gained so much from networking with the other delegates and speakers.

Carol Prince

PA, Marwell Wildlife

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.

Kayla Hutchens

Executive Assistant, Jacobs

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