You asked, we listened. Our latest research shows that as Administrative Professionals, YOUR number one learning and development requirement is keeping up with technology in the workplace. There simply is way too much of it and not enough hours in the day to research, learn and implement it all.
ExecSecTech is the answer you have been waiting for. A highly-anticipated training solution to bring you up to speed with what’s new and happening technology-wise, and how to use it all practically.
Broadcasting online, ExecSecTech will deliver 48-hours of condensed, tech-based training and development straight to a device of your choice, with on-demand access to all sessions up to 2 weeks after the event.
Our virtual training team will present back-to-back seminars, workshops, keynotes, digital product focuses and case studies to ensure you leave feeling confident, competitive and future-proofed.
ExecSecTech is the obvious solution to fast-track all the technical aspects of your role and will, undoubtedly become THE online training event our tech-hungry Assistants attend annually.
We look forward to bringing YOU a new era of technical training and learning this September.
ExecSecTech is now worth 38 IAAP re-certification points.
23 & 24 September 2020
Your tech-savvy journey starts here
Embrace technology, transform your mindset and boost digital confidence in the workplace.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON
#ExecSecTech - -290 day to go
Join us online for two days of intensive tech-focused training, product demos and must-know shortcuts, action-based case studies and ongoing networking opportunities.
ExecSecTech will help you to get up to speed on the market’s increasing collection of digital tools, versatile apps, integrated workflows and programme functions, all in a practical training format.
Have access to 20+ world-class presenters over 48 hours who will share the practical training insights you have been waiting for and a community of assistants who all engage and share experiences throughout the training and after.
Conclude your training sessions feeling transformed, empowered and digitally confident to roll out your knowledge across your team and organisation.
Meet Your Speakers
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Dr Lawrence Ampofo is the founder and CEO of Digital Mindfulness, a digital innovation company that provides research, advisory, and events focusing on ethical and responsible digital transformation. He has been at the forefront of shaping the global discussion on ethical tech, responsible tech and digital wellbeing since 2013. Lawrence hosts the popular podcast Digital Mindfulness and is a professional speaker, delivering presentations and trainings to organisations around the world on the evolving impact of socio-technical cultures in the workplace.
Lawrence is multilingual and will share up to date data-driven research and insights on the impact of technology on employees and in the workplace, inspiring you to create a digital environment that fits around your unique needs and personality. During Lawrence’s academic and industry careers, audiences have praised him for his innovative perspectives, science-based insights and inspiring delivery.
His warm and assured voice are balanced by an assured poise that inspires confidence and a willingness to learn more in audiences around the world.
Anna Beam is the C-Suite Executive Assistant & Office Manager at Engenius, a web design & digital marketing agency based out of South Carolina, USA. Anna has been in the assisting industry since 2012, and is passionate about encouraging other administrators. She is the creator and host of The Influential Assistant podcast, where she uses her vibrant personality to share relatable stories and honest takes on life as an Executive Assistant. Anna lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with her high-school-sweetheart husband, 2 year old daughter, and their dog. You can find Anna on instagram @Annabeam.ea or reach her at email@example.com
Tech Lover, Educator, Connector & Advocate for Executive Assistant
- Banishing Imposter Syndrome - how to talk tech with confidence - Lucy Brazier interviews Michelle Bowditch
- Panel Discussion: What is in your tech toolkit to lead from within?
Michelle Bowditch is a C-Suite Executive Assistant and Advocate with over 15 years’ experience across a wide range of industries in both the public and private sectors. Her professional background as Business Manager, Editor, Professional Speaker and Event Manager make Michelle a formidable leader in her field.
Michelle’s mission is to ensure an EA’s worth is understood and appreciated by all businesses and to support EAs to become the best version of themselves by empowering them with the right tools, tech and mindset. Her approach makes technology fun for all. Michelle is a ‘Woman in Tech’ and part of the global organisation womenintech.org
Michelle created Door20a to help Executive Assistants find their voice, disrupt the status quo and identify better ways to do business. She teaches EAs and small business owners how to harness technology and use it to propel their career forward.
Diana Brandl holds a Degree in International Administration and Management, specializing in Office Management. 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 and was formerly a Board Member and Chair 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. She created The Future Assistant podcast in 2020.
Diana describes herself as a 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 what it means to work with Millennial Managers and how important storytelling is in sharpening a profile.
Diana was selected to represent Germany in the 2018 World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt. Her first book was published in German in 2018. She is currently writing her second book which will be released in 2020.
In 2019 Diana was named Woman of the Week by the Global Digital Women and has been nominated for the Digital Female Leader Award.
Jack Bradley is a web design and digital marketing professional. Co-founder of Naos, a branding and digital strategy agency based in Spain, Jack works with many different clients, both locally and from around the world.
Jack has worked closely with Lucy Brazier and the team at Executive Secretary to develop the websites that now make it possible for delegates to book their places at events like ExecSecTech.
More recently, Jack has collaborated with local businesses to help them overcome the recent issues caused by the global pandemic. Businesses have needed to find a way to move online and to engage their audience. This has led to the need for innovation in the way that many businesses operate and an opportunity to appeal to a bigger market.
“Businesses have found ways to thrive; there has never been a more captive audience than when whole countries were locked at home. How you provided for your audience in a time of need will reflect how your business will grow in the future.”
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 emcee events in over 50 countries at over 450 events.
With access to the most forward-thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers and administrative business leaders in the world, as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants over the last nine 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 2018, Lucy was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Institute of Administrative Management. She was awarded the ‘PA Contributor of the Year Award’ by Office* Show in 2015 and the YPA Special Award ‘International Ambassador for the PA Profession’ in 2016.
As an award-winning social media influencer, Jennifer Corcoran knows a thing or two about leaving her comfort zone behind. She uses her experience to help others achieve sustained visibility and success. Too many of us feel lost when it comes to selling ourselves or our businesses online. Jennifer’s mission is to help entrepreneurs, individuals and businesses stand out on LinkedIn. Her business, My Super Connector, proves that you don’t need to be the loudest person in the room to get noticed.
While working in The City as an Executive Personal Assistant, Jennifer used social media to elevate her reputation. This helped her win regional, national and global awards. A back injury cut her City career short but led Jennifer to find her true calling – as a Pitman-accredited LinkedIn Trainer.
Jennifer is more than a skilled social media scheduler or self-pronounced “Expert”. Her talent and hard work are evident in her list of qualifications and awards, making her one of the UK’s most successful LinkedIn trainers. Her expertise is evident in her list of prestigious awards such as Social Media Influencer of the Year in the Venus Awards. Jennifer has been spotlighted in national campaigns such as F-Entrepreneur and has held first place on the #LinkedInROCKSTARS list.
You can count on Shelagh Donnelly. She walked your walk for almost three decades and brings insights and strategies based on experience as well as education and current best practices. Authentic, engaging and positive in her approach to assistants’ professional development, Shelagh (think “Sheila”) speaks pragmatically about career challenges and opportunities – and does so with a sense of humour.
The founder of Exceptional EA, Shelagh delivers training on minutes, communication skills, cybersecurity, and governance. She also presents on business writing, honing influence, interview skills, career growth and more. She knows what she’s talking about. She’s been a direct report to four CEOs and accountable to four board Chairs. Long active in Canadian and US professional associations, Shelagh’s been a mentor, launched internal networks, and served as the Chair of a national board of directors.
Now, she coaches and presents at conferences, in person and virtually, and has her own webinar series. Shelagh also delivers training for government, higher education, governance and business audiences, including corporations such as the NBA.
Successfully connecting people, business and technology. Microsoft Certified Trainer, Productivity Coach
- Excel: Next Level Skills-Power Query, the Data Model & More!
- Organizing Chaos: The Email Inbox (co-presented with Monica Seeley)
- Technology Leadership: Getting a Seat at the Table
- Face Off: Google vs Microsoft 365
(panel discussion with Neil Malek / Melissa Esquibel /Simon McCaskill)
While it’s true that if you don’t know where you’re headed, it doesn’t matter how you get there; not asking in the first place is the sure road to disaster when it comes to significant technology infrastructure changes. Ask any business unit executive who can’t do today what she did yesterday but keeps being told that the organization is now “in a better place,” technologically speaking.
Melissa Esquibel was in the thick of early business technology innovation when hardware and systems were kept in a virtual black box, and IT gatekeepers doled out functionality within a rigid systems architecture. Now, in the present, where end-users know how to access the power of technology independently and according to the agile timelines they need, this push and pull has created quite a mess in many organizations.
With her unique experience as the conduit between the gate-keepers and the gatestormers, she offers her unique perspective as “bridge builder” to you. Her sense of humor and commonsense approach will engage your team and produce results you can take to the bank in real world time savings and effective use of your organization’s resources. She brings out the best in people, coaxing out meaningful collaboration and impactful solutions.
Teaching the world's smartest people how to use their Microsoft technology
- Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Certification: Assess Your Readiness to Pass Your First Exam
Literally making the audience’s 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.
Selvaggia Fagioli is the Co-Founder and COO of The Assistant Academy and is a strategy mentor with over 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and Business Partner. She is passionate about start-ups and innovation and loves improving business processes and information flow. Selvaggia holds an Executive MBA from MIP-Politecnico di Milano. She is the President of the Umbria Business Group Association, which aims to create business through networking.
Known as The MS Office Maestro, Shelley has been a Microsoft Office trainer for over 20 years, delivering face to face training sessions, presenting at events and training people remotely with various online tools.
Helping administrators keep up to date with Microsoft Office has become a passion.
This is why Shelley set up Tomorrow’s VA – an online training suite of courses for busy assistants, helping them make the most of the software they use every day. From Microsoft Word, to PowerPoint, to Excel and Outlook and the new kid on the block Microsoft Teams.
Shelley is a Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute and holds the COLF (Certified Online Learning Facilitator) and CDOL (Certified Designer of Online Learning) qualifications from The LPI.
Over the last several years Shelley has spoken or presented at a variety of events specifically aimed at PAs EAs and VAs helping them to improve the way they work. Events include The PA Show, Hemsley Fraser – PA and Administrator Conference and the Practically Perfect PA online summit.
Julia Hawkins is an accomplished administrative professional with over four years’ experience supporting five partners at the largest venture capital firm in south-eastern USA, with everything from scheduling and travel to investor relations and financial operations.
As co-founder and CEO of Cabinet, she loves supporting admins that care about making an impact on the world and delivering products that strengthen their productivity and happiness.
Julia is a member of the TechStars’ NYC accelerator and received a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell University. She lives in Colorado, USA with her husband and rescue cat, Lego, and can be often found biking, boating, or skiing.
Ulrika Hedlund is a tech entrepreneur with a passion for technology and storytelling. She is the founder and Managing Director of Storyals, an Ed-Tech start up with a modern, subscription-based solution to help organizations inspire, motivate and educate users on how to effectively use technology through video-based storytelling. Ulrika is a frequent blogger, public speaker and an active spokesperson for women in IT.
Ulrika started her career as a Systems Engineer at Microsoft in Sweden 1997 and moved to the UAE in 2007 where she held numerous positions in Microsoft Gulf. In 2011, after finishing her MBA she resigned from Microsoft and founded her first company – Business Productivity, a media and consulting business. Today she has multiple companies with employees in four countries.
Ulrika has a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from London Business School. She has been identified as a top technology visionary and selected as a trusted advisor to Microsoft as part of their Regional Director Program. She is married to Peter and they have three children, 10, 8 and 5 years old.
When it comes to career and professional development, Marie Herman knows how to take you from where you are, to where you want to be.
As the owner of MRH Enterprises LLC, Marie helps office professionals to advance their careers through certification and education.
Marie, an author, mentor and subject matter expert, holds multiple certifications and can help you become better trained as well.
She turned her more than two decades of experience as an administrative professional and efficiency consultant into a thriving virtual training business. She is a regular contributor to Executive Secretary Magazine and also facilitates Organizational Management cohorts for IAAP.
Marie teaches webinars and seminars on various technology and professional development topics and also provides highly-respected online certification study groups for the Microsoft Office Specialist, Google G Suite, and Certified Administrative Professional certification exams.
Corinne Hoisington is a full-time Professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College in Virginia, USA, training our future Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants, and Admins. Corinne also travels over 200,000 miles a year providing keynote motivational topics and training to corporations, administrative assistants, and tech conferences in over 70 worldwide cities, this year for such customers as the Microsoft Corporation, Cengage Learning, the international South by Southwest event, APC Conference, Capital One World Admins day, and many others.
Professor Hoisington is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Business and Computing. Corinne presently has authored over thirty textbooks with Cengage Learning/National Geographic such as the Microsoft Outlook 2019, Office 2019, Office 365, Office 2016, Windows 10, SharePoint, Technology Now, and Visual Basic 2017 with App Development.
Laura Johnston is the creator of The Assistant’s Handbook and a Dubai-based Executive Assistant. An EA cheerleader, Laura is passionate about the assistant role, team culture and employee engagement. Having originally studied English Law and French Law, Laura pivoted upon graduating and joined an automotive consultancy supporting the Chairman. Since then, Laura has worked in corporate banking, an AI start up, and is currently EA to the c-suite for a food delivery service in Dubai.
A firm believer that the right tech empowers EAs to be more efficient, make smarter decisions and free up time to focus on business-critical projects, Laura seizes every opportunity to learn and share new skills. Laura has hosted and been a panellist for webinars and has featured on podcasts.
Laura’s mission with The Assistant’s Handbook is to build an online community of like-minded assistants. Through articles, videos and recommendations, Laura helps assistants step into their role and take control of their career.
Millennial Microsoft Expert Office 365, Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint
- Take your digital skills to the next level with Microsoft 365
- Increase your productivity with user-friendly automation tools
Lizebeth Koloko-Green is an Executive Assistant at Nutanix France and has over 18 years’ experience working in international corporate environments, including companies such as Symantec France and Areda Computer Systems. She holds a degree in Office Management from the University of Paris Créteil and is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint, and is bilingual in French and English.
Lizebeth is very passionate about learning and teaching Information Technology Software and often trains Executives, Sales Reps, and Administrative Professionals on Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as lecturing and speaking at conferences and events. She is a proud member of IMA France (International Management Assistants Network) and IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals).
Lizebeth was selected to represent France in the 2018 World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt as well as in the 2021 World Administrators Summit in Wellington, New Zealand.
Lizebeth grew up in Fremont, California, but was born in Paris, France, where she currently resides with her seven-year-old daughter, Aaliyah. In her spare time, she loves studying and learning foreign languages and new information technologies. She is currently studying German and Mandarin Chinese.
David Lovett-Hume is a serial entrepreneur with numerous successful events businesses including Event Assembly, Asemblr, MicePro and MiceOffers. David started his events career without any training at all and his events agency ran events for Google, Groupon, Bank of Tokyo and MasterCard to name but a few. In recent years David has turned his attention to building technology that can elevate everyone’s event game overnight. David has co-authored a training course tailored to Assistants.
Michela Luoni has over 10 years’ experience as a management assistant across different business sectors and runs Daily Facilitator – a virtual office management, communications and marketing business. Michela is the Co-founder and CEO of The Assistant Academy, developing training courses for Executive Assistants and support professionals across Italy. Using a combination of cutting-edge tools, knowledge and innovation, Michela provides distance learning and mentoring, helping EAs become the best they can be.
Software instructor and consultant focused on Microsoft Office, Power BI, collaboration with Microsoft 365
- File Triage: Quick Fixes to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Frustrations
- Face Off: Google vs Microsoft 365
(panel discussion with Neil Malek / Melissa Esquibel /Simon McCaskill)
Neil Malek is a software instructor and consultant who partners with businesses and organizations to identify and close skill gaps, making their teams more effective and efficient. After twenty years of teaching, he believes that fun, real-world practice is the most functional way to build a practical skillset. With clients like Ernst & Young, Lockheed Martin, and the Chicago Bulls, he has consistently delivered the most impactful, high-energy, and enjoyable courses those businesses have offered their workforce. Neil is Principal at Knack Training, a US firm focused on Microsoft Office, Power BI, and collaboration with Microsoft 365.
Google Masterclass Trainer, Speaker and Digital Planner
- Becoming a Gmail Superuser
- The Art of Virtual Communication
- Face Off: Google vs Microsoft 365
(panel discussion with Neil Malek / Melissa Esquibel /Simon McCaskill)
Simon McCaskill is a learning designer, facilitator, and speaker specializing in Digital Marketing (with Customer Centricity and Strategy being an area of obsession), emerging technologies, and data; especially around developing a data-driven mindset.
His enthusiasm for both the subject and for professional development shines as he is constantly challenging the learning process and exploring new ways in which to bring a subject to life; whether that be in a face-to-face or virtual environment.
His success comes from his unique ability to simplify the online and digital world and show you a new way of using digital as a tool to get the results you need for business growth, personal development, and well-being.
Simon has designed, developed, and delivered learning programs for many big businesses including Allianz, BBC, BT, Citi Bank, Colgate, eBay, Google, HSBC, L’Oreal, and Santander. He is currently piloting Google’s new virtual facilitation academy.
Through a passion for bringing people together, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize chaos, Paige McPheely co-founded 33Vincent, a remote executive assistant agency, with her long-time friend, Casey Putschoegl. Together, they recruited top talent and attracted high-profile clients, growing the company organically and sustainably to employ over 50 contract executive assistants who serve busy executives across the country.
Years of experience with executive assistants outlined common pain points and needs in their workflow; EAs lacked software of their own, a strong community, and a trusted source for training and resources. With a genuine desire to serve the executive assistant community, Paige turned her attention to creating a solution: Base, the first-ever tool built for assistants.
With its release in 2019, Base’s elite suite of tools helps assistants to succeed in supporting executive – from anywhere. No interrupted workflows, simply faster, more efficient ways to do your job.
Paige is CEO of Base and remains an advising partner for 33Vincent. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband Matt and their three sons, Jones, Sam, and Bennett.
Fraser Nicoll is the founder of Uncommon Solutions, a software development company specialising in the Microsoft Power Platform.
During his career as a product manager in various industries (construction, education, finance and automotive), Fraser repeatedly saw the headaches that slow and unnecessarily arduous tasks caused in the workplace.
What could people be doing if they didn’t have to follow these archaic processes? How could they pick up more responsibility, learn more, add more value and make an even bigger impact? Would having more time enable the causes these people serve drive positive change within society?
So, he decided to combine his years of experience and know-how to set up a business that would help others avoid these frustrations.
Common problems, Uncommon Solutions. There it was.
We create time!
With over 500 million new apps to be built in the next 5 years, Microsoft has revolutionised the way we create software applications and the way we could all work.
He asks…what would you do if I gave you back time?
Anna Read is an Asana Certified Pro and co-founder of Empowered Assistants Empowering Assistants (EAEA). She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of YWCA Central Alabama. The YWCA’s mission is to “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.”
Anna is a lively and informational trainer. She brings enthusiasm and passion as she gives you practical know-how into the tools she trains on. She has worked with non-profits and for-profit companies around the United States to streamline their processes, identify time-wasters, and create solutions for everyday efficiencies. Anna has been working with C-Suite executives for over 9 years. She holds a degree in Communication Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Emma Reynolds is a leading UK Executive Producer and expert speaker on virtual events. Over the past 25 years Emma has specialised in creating large-scale live and broadcast events and video and digital/interactive activations for some of the world’s largest brands and agencies, such as the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018; the past five years’ UEFA Champions League Finals; America’s Cup Jubilee for 70,000 participants, and producing international conferences for Samsung, TATA and EY. Emma’s delivery has been recognised in many client awards including The Drum, EvCom and M&IT Awards.
Centred on valuable insights learnt from live events, and her love and specialism in technology and virtual activations, Emma is passionate about the infinite possibilities within the virtual events world. Using her vast experience Emma shows how virtual events offer new and exciting opportunities for participants, whilst helping organisers recognise the differences in planning and managing a virtual event – what can you achieve and what can you play to.
Emma is the creator of the Best Virtual training series and is currently one of the UK’s leading authority on virtual meetings and behaviour.
Jeff Revel started out his journey in the wonderful world of technology in 1983, initially as a Trainee Microcomputer Engineer (well that is what he put on his passport at the time!) and rose through the ranks to eventually become IT Director of the company. Having stayed in the technical field for 16 years, Jeff decided to move into a sales role in 1999 and has never looked back.
Jeff joined Diligent in February 2012, finding his time at Diligent over the last 8 ½ years to be the most enjoyable and challenging of his career. He is passionate about empowering organizations with the technology, insights, and processes required to fuel good governance.
An accomplished, dynamic designer and educator with 25 years of industry experience, Abigail Rudner demystifies the design process for people.
Video-training author for LinkedIn Learning, and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, in both the Multimedia Design and the International Custom Programs departments, Abigail develops curriculum, leads workshops, and teaches internationally with great love and enthusiasm.
Using her special synthesis of design methodology, visual thinking, problem solving and digital graphics tools, she infuses individuals with creative thinking strategies needed to increase productivity and satisfaction in their work.
Devoted to spreading the gospel of design success, she thrives on fostering environments where innovation, communication, and critical thinking flourish. Deep intuition and innate ability to see the “big picture“ allows her to empower others to tackle design projects confidently.
When not mentoring and training, Abigail works closely with top administrative professionals, and producers to bring high quality media design – including works for print, interactive, animation and video to life.
Abigail holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and a Masters in Art Education from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is certified trainer (via Comp TIA), and an Adobe Certified Expert for InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Animate, Dreamweaver, and XD.
Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious … words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different.
Rhonda is a Professional Speaker recently inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, Trainer and Author, based in Ottawa. She has spoken to tens of thousands of people in 20+ countries.
Rhonda will share some things she has learned to help you thrive in your work environment, emerging at the end of the day with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. Audiences far and wide sing her praises for her relevant and useful tips on administration, communication and workplace effectiveness!
Her natural warmth and sincerity are balanced by a healthy sense of the absurd, a combination that is useful in any situation. With her CSP and HoF designations, combined with her Spirit of CAPS award, she is only one of two speakers worldwide with the trifecta of honours.
Rhonda’s professional speaking career began at age two… when her mother would offer her 25 cents to be quiet for five minutes!
Dr Monica Seeley, founder of Mesmo Consultancy, is an international authority on email best practice. Author of The Executive Secretary Guide to Taking Control of Your Inbox and Brilliant Email, Monica enables organisations and individuals to manage their use of email more effectively to improve business and personal performance and communications.
Through her one-to one coaching, workshops and strategic consultancy, those who work with her are able to save time and dramatically reduce email overload, which has become one of the major drains on people’s productivity. Her clients are drawn from a wide range of organisations of all sizes from the public, private and not-for-profit sector.
Shelley Trask is the Senior Executive Assistant to Cal Henderson, CTO and Co-founder at Slack, based in San Francisco, USA. She scaled the Engineering Admin team from a party of one to a team of eight, supporting over 900 people. Having previously supported C-level execuitves at startups in AI, Biotech and SaaS, she has also managed advertising and environmental planning offices. Currently working from home, she’s grateful for her partner who is both a gourmet chef and a photographer. When she’s not diligently working, you can find her gardening, playing with her tiny dog, browsing garage sales, and alternating between the 20 tabs open in her browser to find the best version of her current obsession. She would like to tell you about the bright future for art majors with discipline and strong organizational skills.
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Banishing Imposter Syndrome - how to talk tech with confidence
Lucy Brazier interviews Michelle Bowditch, C-Suite Executive Assistant and founder of Door20a, who is passionate about educating Executive Assistants how to harness technology and use it to propel their career forward.Session PDF
Take your digital skills to the next level with Microsoft 365
Productivity and efficiency are essential factors in the modern workplace. Microsoft 365 has set the standard for office productivity software and offers a robust collection of innovative tools that allow people to do their work faster, smarter, quickly, and more efficiently.
Learning the powerful features of the Office Suite and developing an awareness of the shortcuts available to you (software features) can make a difference in the way you work and can result in substantial efficiency gains that will boost your career.
In this one hour session, you will learn:
– Practical tips on how to use the powerful features of Microsoft 365 effectively on any device (from your desktop, tablet and mobile device) to make a difference in the way you work.
– How to work with a new collaborative mindset: shift from siloed apps to a single focus in all your activities.
– How to get better results from your software, get out of your comfort zone and distinguish yourself as a power user with the uncanny ability to get things done for yourself, your team and your company.
Podcasting: Your Voice. Your Platform.
Have you ever been curious about how to start a podcast? In this review of podcasting basics and a tour of Anchor.fm, Anna Beam – creator and host of The Influential Assistant podcast – will take you through the steps to create your podcast identity, publishing that first episode, and some tips and tricks she’s learned along the way. Your voice is important – rise up and be heard!Session PDF Workbook 1
Alexa is stealing your job!
Lucy Brazier interviews Rhonda Scharf: Alexa is Stealing Your Job
In this in-depth Keynote interview with Lucy Brazier, Rhonda Scharf explains where the world has been with artificial intelligence and how it affects the future of work.
Artificial intelligence is taking over. Ask Alexa to call a client or confirm your schedule for the day and she does just that immediately. Ask her a question, give her a command, or just share a joke together, and she becomes your new best employee. Today’s companies must keep up with artificial intelligence to keep their customers, and today’s employees must find new ways to provide value to their companies if they want to keep their job.
Author and speaker Rhonda Scharf explains how a willingness to adapt to the new normal keeps both businesses and their employees relevant in these changing times.Session PDF
Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Microsoft Office
Did you know you are one-click away from saving hours in your day? In this engaging session with Vickie Sokol Evans, based on her bestselling “100 Tips” series, learn the secrets of high-performing users and teams. Discover quick and easy tips in Word, Excel, PowerPoint (and more) that will help you deliver better results in less time by using more of the technology you know and love.
Eliminate the most common old (and bad) habits and unessential work. No more wasting valuable hours as you work on an assignment. No more feeling paralyzed by the latest technology. By properly leveraging the important tools at your fingertips, you will have everything you need to execute flawlessly!
Don’t miss this truly jaw-dropping session!
Note: This session applies to PC users but is still helpful for Mac users too!Session PDF Workbook 1
Leveraging Influence: Making a Portal Pipe Dream a Reality
Lucy Brazier interviews Shelagh Donnelly of Exceptional EA.
In the first year of her decade-long tenure supporting a board of directors, Shelagh Donnelly spent many evenings photocopying confidential documents and building dozens of board packages (“board books”) assembly line-style for each board meeting. She went through the same process for board committee meetings. Late submissions meant inserting colourful placeholders in each package and then storing stacks of agenda packages in a secure manner while waiting for additional documents to photocopy.
It wasn’t long before Shelagh began advocating for acquisition of portal software. She wanted to put a halt to the assembly line inefficiencies and also recognised that a portal could afford advantages and provide value to both the board and management team. However, this was 2009. None of Shelagh’s sector peers in her region worked with a portal, and this represented an unprecedented expense. There was some resistance to long-established practices, and not everyone was comfortable with the notion of preparing for meetings from a laptop or iPad screen.
To some, a portal seemed nothing more than a pipe dream. Yet, incrementally and in partnership with a board champion, Shelagh made it happen.
Join Shelagh and Lucy for a discussion of how an assistant can deploy strategy, diplomacy, networking and perseverance to overcome obstacles and add value.Session PDF
Diligent: Solutions for Modern Governance Practices
Executive Assistants play a critical role in facilitating good governance for their organizations. From helping to create board books to ensuring smooth meeting logistics, EAs do it all. But where is the role heading? With the introduction of more digital technologies in boardroom, are you prepared for how your board administrative duties will evolve? What will boards need to “future proof” their organizations, and how can governance professionals help ensure they receive adequate support? Join us to learn more about modern governance practices and how Diligent offers solutions every step of the way, including board portal, secure communication and survey tools.Session PDF
Shine with Google Sheets
Google Sheets is a powerful program that allows you to organize your data in spreadsheets. Built-in formulas allow you to turn raw data into useful information. Explore the functionality of this program from the basics of creating spreadsheets to visualizing your data with charts and summarizing it with pivot tables. Learn about sorting and filtering options, data validation tools, and more features. Collaborate with others no matter where they are with this cloud-based spreadsheet program. Use the wide variety of templates available to get started with minimal work.
There are so many options available for work that others have put together to improve the functionality of this software. Discover some of the time-saving shortcuts that are included with this software which will save you hours! We’ll also investigate some of the advanced functions that manipulate your data to be more useful. You can shine if you take the time to learn more about Google Sheets.
Exploring Canva: Online Design Made Easy
The key to making any presentation effective is to make it as visual as possible. One of the most frequent mistakes in preparing a presentation is to forget that the slides not only serve as a support for the speaker, but that consistent visuals and style help the audience maintain concentration on what is being said.
But it is not just about presentations: social media thrives on images, videos and stories. Knowing how to use these elements allows you to get straight to the point and to your target audience.
Canva is a flexible tool that can help you with all your design needs.
In this session, we will cover:
Virtual Events Masterclass
In a time where our appetite for shared live experiences has never been greater, how do you capture that essence and translate it into an experience-rich virtual event?
What technology you do choose? Which option will allow you freedom of design and fluidity in planning your virtual events to create compelling, memorable content and push limits in your event design?
This face paced masterclass will guide you through the basics of virtual events: from getting the best out of your speakers, to creating brilliant content and the best brand experience for your organisation, from strategic planning to ultimate delivery, Emma will share a deep understanding of the virtual event and meeting world in this insightful and practical session.Session PDF
How to use Slack to set your team up for success!
Slack is a channel-based messaging platform. With Slack, people can work together more effectively, connect all their software tools and services, and find the information they need to do their best work — all within a secure, enterprise-grade environment. It’s a powerful tool which enables you to collaborate on projects, communication and planning all in one place. Learn how to use Slack to set your team up for success, using techniques and templates that the EA team uses at Slack. I’ll also cover preferred settings and life-changing shortcuts.
* Being an EA at Slack
* 4 Ways that EAs Use Slack
– Collaboration, Feedback & Approvals
– Expedited Help
– Centralizing Information &
– Organizing Meetings
* Getting your Executives Involved on Slack
* The Benefits of Executive Assistants on Slack
* Managing Events on Slack
* App Integrations
* Preferences & Settings
* Life-changing Shortcuts
20 New Technologies Advancing our Offices Post-COVID
Become the person in your organisation with the latest technology and efficiency magic!
Take advantage of new cutting-new technologies to help you succeed now and in the future. See the next generation of automatic dictation tools (not a recording), learn to translate the voices of your international meetings into 100s of languages on everyone’s personal devices with AI, connect with Virtual Reality to onboard new employees, and take a proactive approach to educating yourself on the latest digital apps to assist in travel connections, to schedule meetings and handle expense reports. You will be on the edge of your seat as we take a look at how the Microsoft Neo and Duo devices change your office workflow.
Clearly Arthur C. Clarke was right —“*Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”Session PDF
Ramping up your Adobe InDesign Powers
Crucial tips and methods for taking control of your documents… beautifully.
Are you attempting to create and/or work on existing InDesign documents with little or no graphic design background or long-term training? Do you feel like you are swimming around in a swamp of information and over your head with projects?
Mastering Social Media for Your Best Online Presence
Lucy Brazier, founder of Executive Secretary Magazine, has built a hugely successful business using social media as pretty much her only marketing platform.
In this session, Lucy will explore the key types of social media and how you can use them to enhance your effectiveness in your role and your personal brand. She will explain why social media is no longer a nice to have, as well as the benefits of each of the four main brands; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. How do you build your profiles and cross-pollinate between platforms? How can you take advantage of the power of connection? What is the best way to minimise time spent but maximise solid results on social media? And with everything changing so fast, what are the latest trends and how can you best use them? Lucy will answer these questions and show you how to build both your business’s and your own presence online.
This is a must-attend session for anyone that doesn’t understand why social media is for assistants or how you can lead your team to victory once you have mastered it.Session PDF
Asana: Levering Project Management Software to Work Smarter
In this session we will go over Asana basics, pro tips, and all of Asana’s brilliant features. We will also cover how to use Asana to reduce the amount of weekly and project meetings; how to set, track, and achieve KPIs and Company Strategic goals plus how to make the most of virtual event planning in Asana! Whether you’ve never heard of Asana, you’ve been dabbling in Asana and still feel lost, or you have a good handle on Asana and want to know more, this course is for you.
Discover Google Docs
Collaborate with colleagues on documents large and small with Google Docs. This program brings ease of access with its cloud-based software that lets you write, edit and collaborate no matter where you are. Real time communication opens the door to more efficient partnerships with your colleagues, with no fear of losing data through redundant files. You’ll be able to integrate your documents, Drive files and email easily to keep information organized.
Whether you are creating reports or preparing proposals, use Google Docs to create your documents, edit and format them as desired, share and collaborate with others and access the rest of the Google G Suite to seamlessly share data across your team, no matter where they are located.
Discover how you can publish your documents to the web or enhance them with the built-in functionality of images, tables, charts and more. We’ll also discuss some of the most common issues you are likely to encounter, especially if you have moved from Microsoft Office to Google G Suite.Session PDF
The Assistant's Guide to Taming Microsoft Teams
Learn about Microsoft Teams and how to make best use of it as an Assistant.
You will discover:
– How to find your way around and understand all the different parts of MS Teams
– Understand what you need to have in place when working with external team members
– How to chat with other Team members
– How to set up and attend meetings
– How to collaborate on documents
– How to add other apps to MS Teams such as MS Forms for feedback or Polly for Polls
– How to share your screen and other things in a meeting
And much more.Session PDF Workbook 1
Panel Discussion: What is in your tech toolkit to lead from within?
Panel Discussion: What is in your tech toolkit to lead from within?
Michelle Bowditch leads an insightful panel discussion amongst three exceptional professionals from the Asia-Pacific region, looking through their lenses to discuss what is in their tech toolkit.
You’ll gain insights into how they used technology to lead throughout COVID-19 and learn how their best practices can empower you to successfully move forward into 2021.
Laurinda Moore – (EA) Executive Assistant to CEO & Chairman – IAG
Laurinda is an experienced Executive Assistant having worked with CEOs and Executives for more than 18 years.
Laurinda joined IAG in 2002 to support the Deputy CEO, and has supported IAG CEOs for the past 12 years, and the Chairman for more than 4 years. Prior to joining IAG, she was a Senior Account Manager within the advertising industry for several years. Professionally, Laurinda’s passions include workplace flexibility and role modelling workฉ\life integration, the importance of trust and great communication, networking, and relationships, and embracing new and improved technology. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her two young children, good food, wine and coffee, and spending time by the seaside.
Megan Sloane – (COS) Chief of Staff – Serco
Megan was appointed as Executive Officer reporting to the CEO for Serco Asia Pacific (AsPac) in September 2016 and progressed to become Chief of Staff in April 2018.
Megan works closely with the AsPac CEO and Executive Team to provide appropriate managerial support needed to execute Serco Asia Pacificกฏs business strategy. Her role is key in ensuring the day-to-day management priorities of the CEO are met to enable smooth companywide operations, governance of strategic projects and delivery of growth initiatives Prior to Megan joining Serco, she was Executive Officer in HR for an Australian State Government agency and has extensive experience in working for organisations in Local Government, Universities and Engineering.
Anneliese Boogerd – (ABP) Administrative Business Partner – Google
Anneliese is an Administrative Business Partner working in the large customer sales side of the business. Anneliese joined Google in 2013 and before taking on the role as Administrative Business Partner and currently works across People Operations and Real Estate and Workplace Services. Anneliese is co-lead for Age Engage, an initiative aimed at increasing digital engagement amongst seniors.Session PDF
Tame Your To Do List with Trello
Learn how to really get things done with Trello, one of the most accessible (and free) Project Management tools.
Trello can be useful if you:
– manage a team (even a small one – like you and your executive);
– prefer to have the most recent updates always to hand;
– choose to receive and respond to the comments of your colleagues and boss proactively, at your own time.
– learn how to turn your daily routine into a Trello board
– use an agile approach to achieve better results
– reduce downtime and work in progress, in a lean and efficient way
– assess the right priorities and decide how to tackle them
– make use of the new tool and approach in your daily routine
Tell Powerful Stories Using Sway and PowerPoint
Being able to tell stories and communicate them in effective ways using digital tools is an essential skill for many professionals. In this session Ulrika Hedlund will teach you how to use Sway and PowerPoint in Microsoft 365 to create visually attractive presentations. You will learn when to use what, and see in the story-based tutorials how these tools can be used in real life scenarios.
This session includes:
How to use Sway in real life:
– Create a Sway from a document
– Customize the design
– Insert and manage the layout of rich media
– Collaborate on a Sway
– Share a Sway with the rest of the world
How to use PowerPoint in real life:
– Collaborate on a joint presentation
– Apply a design using a template
– Leverage the image tools
– Insert video into the presentation
– Use animations and transitions to add effects
Introducing Cabinet: A New Software for Administrative Professionals
When choosing a platform to help organize your day, Trello, Asana, OneNote and other tools prove too generic or too robust for Administrative professionals. In this webinar, we will introduce to you a simple new task management platform designed specifically to help Administrative Professionals work faster and smarter: Cabinet. We will show you how Cabinet will help you plan and execute highly impactful performance reviews, manage multiple Executives’ information in one place, and enable you to effectively collaborate with other Admins inside and outside your organization.
In addition, Julia Hawkins, the co-founder and CEO of Cabinet, will walk you through how she started her career as an Executive Assistant and why she eventually made the jump to build Cabinet. Founded in 2018, Cabinet began as a free community for Administrative Professionals to connect with thousands of like-minded members, learn from experts, discover resources and opportunities, make friends and much more. With the support of over 2,000 members, in 2019 Julia and her team began building tech-enabled tools to help with specific functions unique to the Administrative profession.
Becoming a Gmail Superuser
Are you using Gmail to its full potential? If the answer is ‘no’ then this is the session for you! Become a Gmail superuser and get more done.
This workshop is for anyone who is currently using, or about to begin using, Gmail as their email client and wants to improve their skills and productivity.Session PDF
Excel: Next Level Skills – Power Query, the Data Model and More!
Whether your Excel proficiency has been a proud banner you wave or something for which you always try to change the subject in an interview, you can’t deny the ability to sling data in a spreadsheet is often non-negotiable for a top notch administrative professional.
For years, Excel stayed pretty much the same. If you wanted to do anything extraordinary, you needed to know how to program macros or create SQL (structured query language) scripts. If you are using the most recent versions of Excel, come and see how Microsoft has put advanced tools directly in your hands, code free.
In this session, Melissa will introduce you to Power Query, the Data Model and pro secrets for churning out high quality reports and dashboards without needing to know how to write code or learn a new application.Session PDF Workbook 1 Workbook 2
Human By Design: Digital Wellbeing At Work
As technology continues to blur the lines between the workplace and our personal lives it is increasingly apparent that technology plays a critical part in most people’s lives. How do we ensure it actually improves our lives rather than distracting from them? In this talk, you’ll discover why a healthy relationship with technology is so important, and how you can become more aware of your own digital behaviours. You’ll also learn about the different tools you can use to help you develop and maintain healthy tech habits.
Using LinkedIn to Find and Secure a New Job
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 706+ million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. The vision of LinkedIn is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.
Creating a good LinkedIn profile is a great way to introduce yourself to organisations and keep abreast of job vacancies, as well as finding out what is going on in the field that you are interested in. Employers look to social media to find our information about potential applicants.
In this session Jennifer will share top tips on setting up an effective profile on LinkedIn to help you with your job search.
Jennifer will highlight the importance of keywords and branding as first impressions count.
She will also help you to ensure that your profile is visible to your target audience and will touch on privacy & settings.
Once your LinkedIn profile has been fully optimised, Jennifer will share tips on how to lean into your network for introductions and how to use ‘search’ to find the right roles, content, groups, companies and people.Session PDF Workbook 1
Improving Cyber Security for PAs and EAs
Where is the weakest link in any organisation’s cyber security programme? Every business deploys a raft of technology to reduce the risk of a cyber attack, yet most often, we the users are unwittingly the weakest link. We inadvertently leak our own confidential information and use passwords which are easy to crack. The cyber criminals are so clever it is very, very easy to fall prey to them.
In this masterclass we explore how to improve awareness and what personal actions can be taken to reduce the likelihood of a cyber attack. Specifically:
This forty-five-minute session will contain case histories, best practice from a personal management perspective and available technology.Session PDF Workbook 1
Microsoft Certification: Assess Your Readiness to Pass Your First Exam
Do you use Microsoft Office every single day at work? Have you been using it for at least three years? Are you nervous about taking the steps to pursue MOS certification? Attend this session to assess your readiness to achieve the Microsoft Office Specialist certification in the programs you use every day.
Founder of RedCape and their MOS Study Group, Vickie Sokol Evans is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. She has successfully studied for and passed 25 “Core” and “Expert” certification exams on her first try and has perfected the MOS certification process.
While she is forbidden to tell you what’s on the exams, she and her team at RedCape can shorten the amount of time it takes for you and your entire team to get certified in the programs you use every day. But first, she wants to help you determine your certification readiness.
Vickie will walk through an overview of the four exams and their objectives and give you tips on how to study for your first exam. You’ll also find out what makes the first exam the most challenging of them all and tips to overcome that hurdle.
After passing your first exam, you’ll wonder why you didn’t pursue certification sooner. She did.Session PDF Workbook 1 Workbook 2 Workbook 3 Workbook 4
Notion: Lego for Your Working Life
Notion is the all-in-one workspace set to revolutionise how you work. Starting with a blank page, Notion brings together the functionality of Word, Trello and Evernote (to name a few) so you can fully customise how you work all from one place. Built with flexibility and collaboration at its core, use Notion to collate meeting notes, manage projects and maintain policies.
In this introductory session, you will discover with Notion is the productivity and collaboration tool set to supercharge your day.
At the end of the session, you will have learnt how to structure your first page and the foundational skills you need to incorporate Notion into your work life.Session PDF
Get Organized Using OneNote
Digital information that can be saved in the cloud and accessed from anywhere, is a great asset – but, if not organized properly, it can become a burden. In this session you will learn how to effectively use OneNote to organize notes, photos, receipts, tasks, and much more.
Ulrika will give a quick overview of OneNote, including how to set up OneNote to synchronize across different devices.
You will also learn how to use OneNote in real life to:
– Gather and organize various types of information
– Prepare for a meeting
– Take effective meeting notes
– Search and share notes
– Access notes from anywhere
Organizing Chaos: The Email Inbox
Dr. Monica Seeley and Melissa Esquibel, MCT, MOSM, will examine the why and wherefore of organization, then take you into the nitty gritty of folders, categories, labels and stars in both Outlook and Gmail.
There are many ways to organize and process email. Is your method working well or do you find it falling apart midstream leading you into another massive clean-up operation? Perhaps you are hoarding email, squirrelling away messages in folders so you don’t have to see the chaos (organized chaos is still chaos). After this lively session with the authors of 100 Tips to Supercharge Your Productivity (due for release Autumn 2020), you’ll walk away with new insight into why you keep messages, how to find them, where you keep them, and for how long.Session PDF Workbook 1
Becoming Your Best Virtual Self: The Ultimate Guide to Being Your Best in Video Meetings
Jumping on to a virtual video call with no preparation is like getting behind the wheel of car without driving lessons. You wouldn’t drive before you’d been taught, yet we expect people to understand how to turn up online and just get on with it. It is no wonder so many people find the process stressful and unsatisfying!
In this focussed 30 minute session, Emma Reynolds looks at the seven best ways to own your space on a video call. From diffused lighting, to framing, from WIFI troubleshooting to digital etiquette and what your background says about you, Emma will share seven tips to transform your virtual presence and become your best virtual self.Session PDF
Face Off: Google vs Microsoft 365 PART 1
A panel discussion with Neil Malek, Melissa Esquibel and Simon McCaskill
We’ve all heard the debates amongst people we know, declaring their passionate attachment to their chosen productivity platform and dismissing their rival. But which platform is better and for which jobs? For which types of organizations does each platform accelerate productivity? Which individual apps within these suites really shine and which could use a bit of polishing up.?
Come get the answers from the experts in this lively panel discussion.Session PDF
Finding the meaning in your Google Analytics
“You have the answer sheet, you just need to start asking the right questions.”
Your website traffic statistics are invaluable in understanding how users are interacting with your business. Are you doing a great job at Facebook marketing? Does Google traffic offer a better return on investment even though, at first glance, it looks the most expensive?
In this session we will look at building roadmaps to find solutions to problems. We will identify areas for improvement in your sales and marketing processes and discover which are your stand-out pages that you should look to develop further. Most importantly, we will look at translating this into an easily understandable format that everyone on your team will buy into. Take the guessing out of your decision making and make plans based on facts and figures.
File Triage: Quick Fixes to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Frustrations
If you’ve ever spent hours – or perhaps days – ‘cleaning up’ a document, spreadsheet, or presentation, this session is for you. There are incredible tools, tricks, and shortcuts in each of the major Office applications that can resolve complex problems in seconds, if you only know how to use them. In this 90-minute block, we’ll handle formatting, layout, and even the dreaded ‘dirty data.’
Face Off: Google vs Microsoft 365 PART 2
The second part of a lively panel discussion with Neil Malek, Melissa Esquibel and Simon McCaskill continues…
We’ve all heard the debates amongst people we know, declaring their passionate attachment to their chosen productivity platform and dismissing their rival. But which platform is better and for which jobs? For which types of organizations does each platform accelerate productivity? Which individual apps within these suites really shine and which could use a bit of polishing up.?
Come get the answers directly from the experts.Session PDF
The Remote Assistant Toolbox
Managing your manager in a remote environment is not only about tools but also about the right mindset. It all starts with your own self-management, a transparent communication flow and the art of leadership.
In this session, digital expert Diana Brandl will explore practical new ways of working with and managing your Executive remotely. With useful methodologies and tools to consider and adopt, you will be able to grow into a remote role with confidence, refining your skillset and mastering the art of remote leadership. Diana will be joined by Daniela Leutwyler, a remote assistant who will share how she operates with her Gen X manager and her favourite gadgets and tools.Session PDF
How technology helps you to do more with less and prove yourself as a strategic partner
Join Paige McPheely, founder and CEO of Base, the first-ever tool built for assistants, as she discusses how leading assistants are up-skilling and evolving in their role, proving themselves more than ever as a strategic partner to the executives they support.
Metrics are the key to future-proofing the ever-evolving role of an assistant. Paige and her team built Base to help tie clear ROI to the role of an assistant. Base has helped put 20% more productivity back into assistants’ work weeks, and it’s the company’s belief that automation is crucial to assistants’ having the ability – and time – to upscale and evolve in their role.
In this session, Paige will outline how technology can help you succeed in the following:
1. Set explicit goals and expectations – clearly align yourself with the goals and expectations of your executive and her role.
2. Define clear and predictable communication pathways – you and your executive(s) should know how and where to communicate with one another
3. Position yourself as a trustworthy source – your executive (and the rest of the company) will come to you for information, confidential and otherwise.
4. Determine “the next question”, anticipate its response, and then take action – always think ahead to what your executive may need next, or what may happen unexpectedly, and plan for it.
5. Embrace and own growth – your role will never be fully learned, nor will it ever stop evolving.
6. Let technology make you better – tech-enhanced assistants are irreplaceable. Instead of competing with technology, leverage it to amplify your outputs.
From Word to PowerPoint: the art of creating slides from a document
You are handed a document by your executive and asked to turn it into an all singing all dancing PowerPoint slide deck. Attend this session to learn how to shortcut the process and get that word document into PowerPoint without fuss or frustration.
You will learn:
– The importance of Document Styles in Word
– Why having a template is a brilliant thing
– How to set up your branding in PowerPoint and change the colour scheme
– How to modify the Slide Master in PowerPoint so you are off to a flying start
– How to import the word document to PowerPoint
– How to use SmartArt to tame your bullet points and to create a timeline
Template Mastery - InDesign Magic and Miracles : Leveraging Templates and Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries to Work Faster and Smarter Now
Once you understand the crucial InDesign processes, you are ready to get turbocharged. This session is for people who have been working with InDesign for a little while.
Master designer Abigail Rudner teaches you straight from her own experiences as an Adobe education developer, and an accomplished visual designer. Abigail will show you to show you how to become a Master of Templates using InDesign.
If you understand the ins and outs of Paragraph, Character, and Object styles and you have begun to use Master pages as well as numbering and sections, you are ready to level up!
Here you will become an InDesign power user, learning how:
– To save your frequently used documents as InDesign Templates
– Set up a new template using swatches, grids. text and image placeholders
– Find and evaluate free templates
– Discover the Adobe stock offerings
In addition we will look at creating and working with a style guide, EPUB and Interactive documents.
OneNote for All Things EA
Conquer Your Google Calendar
Become more familiar with Google Calendar, a software that allows you to organize your day effortlessly and better oversee your schedule, so that you can clear the chaos when managing your days. This program integrates easily with other programs like Gmail and has been set up to automatically update your schedule by scanning your inbox for travel details to track on the calendar. It allows collaboration with others through Google’s sharing and video features.
We’ll review how to create recurring events, set up meetings with video, share your calendar with others directly or through webpages and more. Discover what this powerful software can do to help you become more productive as we explore its capabilities, settings, views, and options for customization. Make your calendar easier to read and better suited to your working style. We’ll also briefly review some calendar best practices during this hour-long session.Session PDF
Microsoft 365: The Future of Office 365
Be on the front row of the latest reveal of Microsoft 365, the rebranding of Office 365, with powerful new tools for our busy remote and face to face offices.
In light of the pandemic that struck the world, and led to people working from home without any semblance of distinction between work and personal life, the Microsoft technology world is changing. Be the first in your office to know how, and explore what new features are now available. The new user interface will now allow you to move a simplified toolbar to anywhere on the screen as you require, while using progressive disclosure to reveal commands contextually. Explore the game changers for your office world!Session PDF
Technology Leadership - getting your seat at the table
As administrative professionals you possess unique talents and skills that make you valuable member of technology decision-making and rollout teams.
Getting recognized as someone who deserves a seat at the table depends upon how you react to change, whether and how you support it and what positive actions you take in the face of the bumpy road of implementing new tech.
Tech expert and end-user empowerment professional,, Melissa Esquibel guides you to how you can change your thinking and attitudes to secure your very important role as a technology leader.Session PDF Workbook 1
Processes Reimagined, Time Regained: How automation could raise your value
The world of software and process automation is a scary place: if computers can do my job, what will I do? Will my job cease to exist? How will I put food on the table?
Nobody knows what this world looks like, but we all know that there are those who will thrive, and those who will be follow on behind. The truth is that the world of automation creates a huge opportunity for anyone who is willing to look at it with fresh eyes.
During this session , Fraser will give an overview of how Uncommon Solutions views the world of process automation, what the Microsoft Power Platform can do, and how Executive Assistants can become even more valuable to the businesses they serve, by enabling their executives to be even better than they already are.
You could become the linchpin at the centre of it all!
This is a light-hearted but informative presentation with time at the end for Fraser to answer any questions you may have. It should be fun!Session PDF
Asemblr: Smarter Event Planning
Smarter Event Planning will focus on demonstrating the most advanced event planning technology in the world covering pre planning, research, comparison, negotiation and budget tracking.
Asemblr is a free to use system which was designed by Executive Assistants for Executive Assistants and is a valuable tool for users to make themselves indispensable.Session PDF
Workplace Technology Distraction: The Future of Employee Engagement
To remain competitive in a hyperconnected and remote workplace, businesses have turned to the latest digital technologies to improve employees’ productivity, collaboration and connection to other workers. While these investments are necessary, employees often pay a heavy price in the form of rampant workplace distractions. As companies attempt to stay competitive, they inevitably introduce technologies that distract their employees and set the precedent that employees should be always-on and always-connected. This creates an environment where employees spend most of their time on low-value activities and less on their actual job duties.
In this session, Dr. Ampofo lays the groundwork for administration leaders to create the technology environment that addresses the crisis of workplace distraction and strikes a better balance between connectivity, focus, productivity and wellbeing.
Increase Your Productivity with User-Friendly Automation Tools
In this one hour session, you will learn how to automate your workflow and business processes by integrating several automation tools such as Power automate, Flow, PowerApps and others.
With the tools that you are currently using, you can streamline repetitive tasks, make processes paperless, and discover that you can save time and increase your productivity.
– Discover automation using Microsoft Office 365 tools to automize basics tasks and retrieve data.
– Boost your daily productivity using email management, data file management, tasks and other tools. – Discover a better way to get things done across your organization through digital and robotic process automation for onboarding management.
– Put intelligent workflows to work by automating time-consuming manual tasks with built-in AI capabilities, giving you more time to focus on strategic, high-value opportunities.
– Quickly and securely automate an Excel file to build a business process available and accessible on any device.
The Art of Virtual Communication
How to take virtual communication to the next level to enhance and improve your online learning and collaboration experience.
In this workshop, we explore everything from the mastering the basics of virtual training and meetings to the more advanced skills involved in not only recreating the face-to-face experience, but enhancing the experience for both the participants and yourself, by creating enjoyable, engaging virtual content that leaves a lasting impression.
This workshop is for anyone who is planning to run virtual meetings or training and wants to improve the experience for all involved.Session PDF
A review and conclusion of our 48 hours plus of learning at ExecSecTech 2020.
“The virtual experience offered greater reach and interactions…
I’ve been absorbing my first-time experience attending ExecSecLIVE Global and in a word, I’d say it was #exceptional. LIVE offered robust content, outstanding speakers and engaging interactions from a talented community of administrative professionals from across the globe!”
Lá Shawn J. Sandifer
Certified Administrative Professional at Boeing
“Oh my, what an event. I didn’t quite know how it would go in the virtual world, but as usual, it exceeded my expectations. By far the #1 place to go for my profession, the support and boost this has given me as an EA is well timed and will be utilised to the fullest.”
Executive Assistant at MK College
“I was excited about how much I learned, not just in technology, but in other areas of my career as well. Plus it was very empowering and I feel more energized by my career than ever. I cannot wait to teach other admins in my office some of the things I learned, hopefully empowering them as well.”
Executive Assistant, Jacobs
“I walked away with a spring in my step with renewed motivation and determination to be the best I can be, using what I have learned over the course of the two days.”
Senior Business Administrator, Specialist Services, NHS Blood and Transplant
“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 and have spoken to one of my execs about leading a project to unify the EAs across our company.”
Executive Assistant, Bard Beckton Dickinson
“As each session finished, I thought “that was the best one yet – my favourite” and then a new session started!”
Chief Administrator at Syncrude Canada Ltd
“The EA profession is an incredible community. We learn to connect (and have lots of fun) on a global scale – and this weekend Lucy Brazier & her team showed us how it is done.”
Executive Assistant at Canberra Airport
“The chat, community, peer-sharing and connections made among our incredible Assistant family over 48 hours of #ExecSecLIVE was just extraordinary. I never imagined that aspect could blossom through a virtual event in such a complete way. Glorious. The ESM team rock!”
Executive Assistant at Marwell Wildlife
“I feel privileged to be a part of ExecSecLIVE Global. The last 48 hrs was the best time I’ve ever had in networking and gaining knowledge in my whole career. Thank you…”
FAQs & Benefits of Attending
ExecSecTech is a brand new event for professional Assistants. It will be broadcast live, on a device of your choice, on 23 and 24 September 2020.
The event features an impressive line-up of renowned trainers and presenters who, as experts in their fields, will share practical hands-on training and conversations around technology, products, remote working workflows and systems currently in market.
ExecSecTech is 48 hours of continuous broadcast, with access to replays for two weeks after the event. Our training team will present two days of intensive training, workshops, keynotes, digital product focuses, case studies and networking opportunities.
Tickets are sold as individual licenses to attend and access content, with group license bookings for larger groups of assistant teams.
ExecSecTech is a live, online, event for professional Assistants looking to become more tech-savvy.
Our recent qualitative market research indicates that a high percentage of Assistants feel overwhelmed by the digital space and technology as a whole.
Whilst all Assistants understand and appreciate that technology is an integral part of streamlining their role, the pace and depth of embracing so many varying forms of technology all the time is a daunting learning curve which can feel isolating and highly frustrating.
ExecSecTech is the training solution which will bridge the gaps and shortfalls we have identified within the Assistant’s technology arena. By providing practical guidance and hands on training we are looking to transform, upskill and empower our growing group of tech-hungry professionals quickly, conveniently and as affordably as possible.
If becoming more tech-savvy and digitally confident is on your agenda for 2020 and beyond, then this is the window of opportunity you have been waiting for to kickstart your digital journey.
Attendees will receive personal insights on how to embrace technology and products as practically as possible, with best practice guidance, tips, shortcuts, must haves and more as part of their 48 hour programme.
As well as bringing the community together in one place and providing a solution to what is a highly apparent need, ExecSecTech will provide the following benefits:-
This event will provide access to a wealth of shared digital knowledge and an opportunity to understand how others use tech to enhance their roles in the administrative profession. It will also lead to securing contacts that will provide ongoing benefits to your career development.
If you have an appetite to become more tech-savvy within your role, then this is the event you have been waiting for.
ExecSecTech will give you a unique opportunity to learn from the best technically-minded trainers in the business. You will discover proven techniques that will free up your time to make you more productive.
You will implement effective technology strategies and learn practical, hands-on skills to align your role and the business’s needs in ways that will reduce costs and improve performance. We’ll get you up to speed on the market’s increasing collection of digital tools, apps, workflows and functions in a practical training format, leaving you feeling transformed, empowered and digitally confident.
The content of this event directly supports making smarter use of your resources (people, processes and technology) to deliver higher quality service.
It is incredible value for the level of intensive education.
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