If you only attend one event this year, then this is the event you should attend.
Your favourite Executive Secretary authors, together in London for one weekend only.
Eight world class speakers are flying in not just to motivate and inspire you, but to provide essential training that will boost your knowledge, skills and productivity. Executive Secretary LIVE is three days filled with great networking opportunities, a packed conference agenda and an innovative practical training day – see the programme and speaker’s details below.
Delegates will leave the event with a plethora of practical tips, as well as immediately actionable ideas to increase productivity and impress. But above all, we want to inspire you to go back to your businesses and use what they have learned to add new dimensions to your role. We hope you will agree that we have put together a programme that is a mixture of both the inspirational and practical.
To view a video trailer for the event, click here
Programme and speaker information
Friday 22nd March
9am to 1.30pm (includes lunch)
Be the Ultimate Assistant Workshop presented by the inspirational Bonnie Low-Kramen PLUS BONUS SESSION from Microsoft Office Master Instructor, Vickie Sokol Evans
This highly interactive and jam-packed workshop is geared towards Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and future PA’s of every level-whether you are a seasoned expert looking to perfect your skills or an entry level PA looking to break into the industry. The class is designed to develop and fine-tune the mindset, confidence, and tools needed to succeed with the most demanding employer. It will focus on both the soft and hard skills necessary to excel as a PA including; communication skills, organization techniques, problem-solving strategies, and career management.
Bonnie Low-Kramen is a Jersey girl whose voice is one of the most respected in the profession. With honesty and humor, she pulls the curtain back on a career that is glamorized and misunderstood. She is known for her passionate commitment to professional assistants and to affecting positive change in the American workplace believing that the way to do this is through education and training of both assistants and managers. Both groups are the backbone of American business and as such, are deserving of professional development in the form of training.
For 25 years, Bonnie worked in show business as the personal assistant to actors Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. One of her biggest accomplishments was surviving 1988 which was the year Olympia won the Oscar for Moonstruck, Michael Dukakis ran for the presidency, and Bonnie gave birth to her son Adam…and all without a computer or a cell phone.
Seeing there were so few resources for assistants, she authored the book, “Be the Ultimate Assistant: A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer.” Her articles on workplace issues affecting professional assistants are widely published.
Bonnie is a co-founder of the professional association New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA) and works to build positive collaborations and networks between assistants around the world.
A New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, Bonnie is a popular speaker at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. on her quest to set the record straight.
Having just been fortunate enough to see Vickie Sokol Evans in action at the Behind Every Leader Conference in Anaheim, and discovered that it is not just marketing hype, and that the tips she offers are truly jaw-dropping (I literally watched the audience gasp & their jaws fell open when they realised the amount of time she had just freed up) I have asked her to join Bonnie Low-Kramen on the morning of Friday 22nd March to add some of her content to the workshop. Bonnie & Vickie regularly tour the States training Assistants together
If you use Microsoft Office on either PC or Mac this is a MUST ATTEND workshop. To let her fly to the UK and not attend would be a criminal waste of an opportunity to see a trainer who is undoubtedly one of the best Master Microsoft Trainers in the world right now.
2pm to 5pm
The exceptional Julie Perrine presents “Become a Procedure Pro: Creating an Effective Administrative Procedures Manual for Ongoing Use” - a half day practical session
During Julie’s session, you will learn how to:
Make it easy for others to successfully fill in and cover for you when you’re out of the office!
Create a tool that serves as an all-inclusive reference tool for you each and every day
Quickly and efficiently document what you do each and every day at the office
Make procedures documentation a regular part of your routine
Demonstrate the value you add to the team and ALL of the responsibilities you handle (especially important for annual performance review time)
Use your procedures manual as an administrative training guide for the person taking your place, should you pursue a promotion or another job
Showcase your documentation and organisational skills
Saturday 23rd March
9am to 11am
The Email Masterclass - Taming the E-Mail Tiger
The two best selling authors in the world on the topic, together on stage for the first time EVER - Marsha Egan and Dr Monica Seeley present a two hour session on email productivity and etiquette.
Is your e-mail running your life? Do you feel "e-ddicted" to the ding of a newly received message? Is your inbox a reflection of your out of balance world? Join us for this not-to-be-missed presentation by the two world authorities on email management and best practices, Marsha Egan, PCC and Dr.Monica Seeley.
In this timely presentation, Egan uses the steps in her internationally acclaimed 12 step program to cure e-mail e-ddiction to challenge you not only take control of your inbox, but of your life. Each step's productivity tips will not only add hours of productivity to your days, but more poignantly serve as motivating life leadership tips. Dr. Seeley, aka The Email Doctor", will provide the tools to write effective emails that people will not only read and appreciate, but sharpen your email etiquette to the point that it enhances your career, and leaves others less savvy in the dust.
11am to 11.20am - MORNING BREAK
11.20am to 12.10pm
Eth Lloyd on Inspirational Advancement, Professional Development & Career Pathways - truly inspirational, Eth holds a Master’s in Education where her research looked at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals from their perspective. She works specifically with administrative professionals to support them in successfully gaining New Zealand national qualifications in Business Administration and First Line Management and enhancing their career opportunities.
12.20pm to 1.10pm
Susie Barron-Stubley will be exploring The Inter-Connection of Charisma, Co-operation and Collaboration. Susie is the Managing Director of Castalia Coaching and Training, a specialised company based in London dedicated to the professional development needs of senior Corporate PAs and Executive Assistants across Europe and beyond.
Susie Barron Stubley is probably currently the most experienced and sought after international Executive Coach, Trainer and Motivational Speaker for Assistants in the world. She specialises in developing senior level Executive PAs and EAs, and has changed the working practices of thousands of PAs around the globe. She has a passion matched by few for the professional and personal development of PAs. She is a regular traveller and delivers Advanced Executive PA Training in Australia, China, South Africa, Dubai, India and South East Asia, giving her a comprehensive global perspective on the role of Senior Assistants. In the UK she continues to research, develop and deliver innovative and challenging development programmes to support Assistants in rapidly changing business environments to meet the increasing skill sets required of Senior PAs. She is a prolific writer on the development needs of Assistants and sat on the judging panel of The Times/Hays PA of the Year Awards for two years and has written a book for Executives on how to develop the business partnership with their Assistants "Create a Business-Busting Partnership with your Assistant - The Executive's Guide."
Susie herself spent 10 years as a PA and Executive Assistant before re-training as an Executive Coach in order to use her extensive experience to support others to reach their highest potential in this challenging and complex role. She has supported high profile public figures and corporate leaders and has liaised with institutions from British Royal Households to global business executives. Her unique insight into the world of the Executive PA brings a distinct quality and depth to her specialist development programmes.
Susie was recently interviewed for Executive Secretary Magazine, to read the full article please click here.
1.10pm to 2pm LUNCH
2pm to 3.00pm
Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Windows 7 & Office 2010 (PC*) Presented by Vickie Sokol Evans, Microsoft Certified Trainer
Are you overwhelmed by the work on your plate that can’t be delegated to anyone else? Do you feel like it takes too long to get things done in Excel, Word or PowerPoint, but you don’t have the time to learn the shortcuts and new features? Or have you ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be an easier way?” More often than not, you are right! There is an easier and FASTER way. In this engaging Jerry Maguire-inspired session, discover quick and easy tips and tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint (and more) to learn…
· How to instantly format long documents in Word that just might make you cry
· Secrets to adding and manipulating data in Excel
· Simple ways to manage and organize content in PowerPoint to keep you from going insane, and more…
Author of the Tips in Minutes series, Vickie is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Office Master Instructor with 15 years of classroom training experience, specializing in Microsoft Office, OneNote, and SharePoint, including Microsoft's latest cloud offering, Office 365. Formerly a business analyst with Microsoft, she travels the world delivering live Jerry Maguire-inspired keynote presentations to a variety of audiences; teaching engaging instructor-led courses; and facilitating Microsoft Experience Center events for many of Microsoft’s largest customers.
Having studied improv comedy in New York, Dallas and Austin, her improv background makes her highly adaptable and flexible during her sessions so that you end up learning MORE than what you expected. Caution: There’s a very good chance you will both laugh and cry during one of her sessions. She will.
3.00pm to 3.20pm - AFTERNOON BREAK
3.20pm to 4.10pm
PAs Can Change the World - Bonnie Low-Kramen
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson
Indeed. PAs see and hear everything. They are ultimate problem-solvers and extraordinarily intelligent, resourceful, and resilient. They hold the power to affect positive change inside our modern workplace.
The key is to consciously choose to put fear aside and speak to what we know is true. It’s time.
Bonnie Low-Kramen (author of Be the Ultimate Assistant) has walked this road as the Personal Assistant to Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for 25 years. She will share “been there, done that” work/life experiences to provide real-life tools to tap into the leader in you. What you will gain is nothing less than your own professional and personal growth, and the freedom to be who you are.
4.15pm to 4.55pm
Top leadership author, Doug Dickerson will be exploring how you become a 'Centre of Excellence' within your business. Doug Dickerson understands leadership. Most important, he knows that leaders are "grown" in those day-to-day moments where they make decisions that can change the course of people's lives - and the life of their organisations. Doug also has the ability to show us something old in a whole new way, with a thought-provoking question or different perspective. In doing so, he makes us think - and feel, and come to the conclusion that, yes, maybe we can be the leaders we always wanted to be.
5pm to 6pm
Laura Schwartz, The White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration
Millions of Americans wanted to tell President Clinton what to do every day, and Laura Schwartz did.
Laura Schwartz, the former White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1000 White House events including 12 State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America's Millennium Celebration and NATO's 50th Anniversary. While producing the President's events on the world stage, leaving no room for error, Laura demonstrated the Presidency's ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful events. As an eight-year veteran of the Administration, prior to being named The Director of Events in 1997, Laura served as The White House Director of Television and The Midwest Press Secretary for The President. Following the Administration, Laura traveled the world with Former President Clinton for his Foundation and Global Initiative.
In her first book, Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage adding color with personal anecdotes from her life & White House years. As a professional speaker she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world in her acclaimed speaking series to empower, motivate and inspire each audience.
Laura serves on both national and regional boards of non-profits and media organizations including the American Heart Association, The Illinois Institute of Art, P.A.V.E. and Event Solutions Magazine. In 2011 she was named one of the '100 Most Influential Women' by Today's Chicago Woman Magazine and in 2010 Chicago Magazine named Laura as one of Chicago's Five 'Most Bold and Beautiful' for her contributions to the community. Laura was honored by the American University, Washington DC with their "Leadership in Education" award in 2007 and in January 2009, Laura was invited to speak at the prestigious Oxford Union in England on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.
Option to attend our Gala Dinner on Saturday night - To celebrate the 2nd Birthday of Executive Secretary Magazine and as part of our Executive Secretary LIVE programme, we are offering you a real treat and a once in a lifetime opportunity to party in Harrods after hours and to sample a selection of 10 taster meals, considered to be among the finest that Harrods has to offer.
Options on Sunday to take part in a a trip to historic town, Richmond Upon Thames with a traditional Sunday lunch at a country pub (see http://www.thedysartarms.co.uk) situated at the bottom of Richmond Hill or a luxury Spa Day.
This event has a 30 day cancellation policy
When & Where
The Grange City Hotel - discounted room rate available for delegates. Contact the hotel direct on 020 7863 3700 for details and quote code 220313X
14 Cooper's Row
Friday, 22 March 2013 at 09:00 - Sunday, 24 March 2013 at 15:00 (GMT)
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