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5th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit

  • 14th – 15th June 2018
  • France flag France Nice
  • Holiday Inn Nice – Port St Laurent 167 Promenade Des Flots Bleus, St. Laurent Du Var, 06700

The 5th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit is your ticket to excellence! Enhance your abilities with the best professionals in the industry, let them guide you, teach you how to become your best, and help you become a star!

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The 5th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit is your ticket to excellence! Enhance your abilities with the best professionals in the industry, let them guide you, teach you how to become your best, and help you become a star!

Do you want to become more efficient? Do you think about how you can expand your network? Do you dream of becoming your executive’s business partner? Do you envision yourself becoming a leader in your company and in your industry?

We will help you!

The 5th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit is a brilliant assembly for Assistants from all over the world in a number of different industries. Look at your everyday work through the eyes of like-minded people, learn from high-class mentors, embrace the wisdom of professionals, and see your job from a different perspective. Understand your importance in the company you’re working for!

Through the help of industry titans, learn new ways to impact your role in the executive office while accelerating your career and personal brand. Hear personal stories of success to inspire future aspirations. Receive top-notch training to keep on top of new technologies. Participate in influential workshops to infuse vitality into your work relationships. Join hundreds of others who have already begun the investment into themselves and to their career.

After four successful Global Executive Assistant Summits in Cannes in October 2014, Paris in May 2015, Lisbon in June 2016, Rome in June 2017, and three regional events in Stockholm and Berlin in December 2016, and Munich in November 2017. This year, we have decided to host the 5th Annual Global event in the Heart of the Riviera, Nice, France. The capital of Côte d’Azur, it is beautifully curved around the Bay of Angels, desirable, and as lively as you like.

The time has come to widen your horizons, add new skills, and make new friends!

Who Should Attend

Executive Support Professionals, including:

  • Executive Assistants
  • Executive Support
  • Executive Coordinators
  • Business Support
  • Administrative Managers
  • Personal Assistants
  • Faculty Support and Administration
  • Executive Officers
  • Administrative Assistants

Key Practical Learning Points of the Summit

  • Masterclass with Lucy Brazier: Develop an effective conflict resolution skill set as an essential component of a building a sustainable business model.
  • Master training with Lizebeth Koloko-Green: Time-saving tips & tricks for increasing productivity with Microsoft Outlook and OneNote
  • Explore how to manage your mindset to peak potential with the professional hypnotherapist and author Andy Workman
  • Taking organisational wellbeing to the next level with award-winning PA of the Year Scandinavia 2017, Julia Schmidt
  • Learn about your own strengths and opportunities that come with the digital age with Diana Brandl
  • Transform your strategies and tactics to operate through digital technologies and remain innovative and competitive with Menekşe Ahbab
  • Best practices on how to manage the agenda of your executive with senior management assistant, Corina Wenzel
  • Learn the 10 top traits to make you stand out from the crowd and become an exceptional PA with Marion Lowrence
  • Build long-lasting partnerships with executives and colleagues to ensure better work outcomes by Edwige Bouleau
  • Discover 1-click methods that will repeatedly save you hours of time and much more in the live training session with Vickie Sokol Evans, Microsoft Certified Trainer to Bill Gates’ assistants

Lucy Brazier, UK

CEO, International Speaker, Conference Chair, One of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession

Marcham Publishing 

Lucy is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession.

Her passion is for the assistant role to be truly recognised as a career and not just a job. Her formidable training expertise and speaking style have given her opportunities to train, present and chair in over 45 countries at over 400 events, including chairing the 2015 World Administrator Summit in Papua New Guinea. This has created much needed discussions from encouraging executive assistants in Blue Chip companies to work towards becoming centres of excellence within their companies to explaining why college students should see the assistant role as proper profession with a career path.

Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward thinking, passionate and knowledgeable authorities on the role in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of assistants over the last seven years, Lucy’s knowledge of the market and what assistants all over the world are facing on a day-to-day basis are second to none.

Lucy’s unique insight into the world of the executive assistants brings a distinct qual­ity and depth to her specialist development programmes. She continuously researches, develops and delivers to bring the most current, innovative and challenging development programmes to support assistants in rapidly changing business environments to meet the increasing skill sets required of senior assistants.

Lucy has been a publisher and events organiser for over 29 years. Lucy previously worked as a publishing director for Wilmington PLC, and has managed a team based in Singapore, New York, Germany and London responsible for 13 magazines, 12 international confer­ences, awards, trade show attendance and marketing for EMAP. Other companies worked for include: The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass’s Guide.

Lucy has been a publisher and events organiser for over 29 years. Lucy previously worked as a publishing director for Wilmington PLC, and has managed a team based in Singapore, New York, Germany and London responsible for 13 magazines, 12 international confer- ences, awards, trade show attendance and marketing for EMAP. Other companies worked for include: The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass’s Guide.

Vickie Sokol Evans, US

CEO/ Founder / Bestselling Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer & Engaging Speaker

The RedCape Company / Trainer to Bill Gate`s Team

Author of the bestselling Microsoft Office 100 Tips series for PC/Mac, Vickie is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with nearly 20 years of classroom training experience, specializing in the Microsoft, Google, and Apple productivity platforms such as Microsoft Office, OneNote, SharePoint, Skype/Lync, Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail, The Cloud, and more!

She travels the globe as a sought-after international speaker delivering live Jerry Maguire-inspired keynote presentations to a variety of audiences and teaching engaging instructor-led workshops and courses to such major brands as Microsoft, Starbucks, MasterCard, The New York Times, eBay, American Airlines, The Gates Foundation, and most notably, Bill Gates’s admin team.

Vickie earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas and holds over 15 Microsoft certifications.

Having studied and performed improv comedy in New York, Dallas, and Austin, Vickie is highly engaging and adaptable during her sessions so that attendees learn MORE than what they expected while having fun in the process.

Lizebeth Koloko-Green, FR

Bilingual Executive Assistant to the Senior Country Director

Symantec France

Lizebeth is bilingual in French and English. She is currently the executive assistant to the senior country director of Symantec France. Lizebeth has been with Symantec for fourteen years.

Prior to that, she worked as an executive assistant to the CEO of one of Microsoft partners, Areda Computer Systems, in San Diego, California.

Lizebeth is very passionate about learning and teaching information technology software. She often trains executives, sales reps, and admin professionals on Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Outlook.

Lizebeth is a proud member of IMA France (International Management Assistants). She is currently serving as deputy administrative officer and training coordinator and she enjoys lecturing and speaking about information technology in general, at administrative conferences and events.

Lizebeth holds a degree in office management from the University of Paris Créteil. She was born in Paris, France but grew up in Fremont, California. Currently, she resides in Paris, France with her five-year-old daughter, Aaliyah.

In her spare time, Lizebeth loves studying and learning foreign languages and new information technologies.

She is currently studying German and Mandarin Chinese.

Julia Schmidt, NO

Award Winner C-Suite Executive Assistant, Published Author, Former National Chairman of IMA Norway – International Management Assistants

Julia Schmidt is an award-winning senior executive assistant, writer, mentor, and public speaker. Julia is former national chairman at IMA - International Management Assistants in Norway and has published many articles on LinkedIn and Eventopedia’s blog, The Proud PA. She is an active networker and has created the hashtag #BeTheBestAssistant. Julia is a proud graduate of the University of Norway with a master’s degree in Portuguese language and literature. She has also studied business administration. Julia has been promoting organizational health and wellbeing among administrative professionals. She has been speaking at conferences, interviewing assistants and experts, and publishing articles about the subject. Julia has also created a website dedicated exclusively to sharing organizational wellbeing tips, successful stories, and articles.

Diana Brandl, DE

Senior Executive Assistant and Founder

The Socialista Projects

Diana Brandl holds a degree in International Administration and Management, specializing in Office Management. Throughout her career, she has worked successfully for C-level executives within global corporations such as Sony. Diana has a strong background in communications and is an active networker. She joined the professional network IMA (International Management Assistants) in 2006, and is a vocal and well-respected member of IMA Germany chairing the regional group of IMA Berlin. She continuously supports the role of the management assistant by speaking at international events and publishing various articles in Germany and abroad focussing on digital transformation, personal branding, strategic networking, mentoring, diversity and social media. Diana writes her own blog, The Socialista Projects, and is influencing the industry with her creative initiatives such as launching the hashtag #WeAreInThisTogether.

Diana describes herself as digital native and has recently 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 has been selected as one of three delegates to represent Germany in the 2018 World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt. She will be working on the future of the admin industry with office professionals from all over the world. As an influencer in this industry, Diana will have a strong voice in leading this profession to the future.

Diana is a regular interview partner in Germany and abroad sharing her stories as an expert in digital transformation and personal branding. Her first book, Chefsache Assistenz, will be published at the end of 2018.

Corina Wenzel, DE

Senior Management Assistant in the Directorate General for Information systems

European Central Bank

Corina Wenzel works in the IT department at the European Central Bank. Based in Frankfurt, DG-IS develops, provides, and supports the information and communications systems of the ECB necessary to carry out the tasks of the Eurosystem/ESCB. With her great passion for the role of the assistant in general, she co-founded the ECB Assistant Community where assistants can share experience and good practice, improve communication, and procedures for the benefit of all ECB staff, liaising to this end with the support services under the chief services officer and finding ways to develop professionally.

Corina has 13 years of professional experience in the assistant field yet did not set out to be an assistant. She is a trained hotel specialist, studied comparative literature and romantic philology at the University of Frankfurt, and has experience in radio as a radio host at a local radio station in Frankfurt.

Menekşe Ahbab, TR

Senior Executive Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Keynote Speaker, Trainer Former EA to AGree Managing Director

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Menekşe graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in classic philology and Latin language and literature. She started her career in 1995 as a personal assistant of the founder and CEO of a London-based education company, FutureMinds Educational, in Istanbul. In 2005, she assisted the general manager of Adidas Zone Middle (Turkey, Romania, Israel, Cyprus and Bulgaria) and in 2007 she continued her career at Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu as an executive assistant to the board member, strategic business development partner, and CFO simultaneously.

Menekşe then joined Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as an assistant to the HPE Turkey managing director in 2013. She then carried several key regional roles at Hewlett-Packard such as assisting the MEMA (The Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa) indirect sales director who was responsible for 70 countries in the region. In June 2015, she took a virtual assistant role and assisted the MEMA distribution director and soon after she was a virtual assistant to the HPE Africa & Greece managing director. Since December 2017, Menekşe works as a consultant and virtual assistant for international projects. She also is a strategic partner for international EA organizations.

Menekşe has extensive experience in the profession and a truly passionate professional. She has joined Executive Assistant events as a keynote speaker and trainer for many years. She is continuously elevating the profession by attending university conferences as an industry expert, mentoring/coaching the students and her colleagues in their early career. Sharing knowledge and expertise is in her DNA and is thus an active networker. She joined IMA (International Management Assistants) in 2015 and led IMA Turkey’s establishment as a national group. Menekşe is the former IMA Turkey Chairman.

Menekşe is based in Istanbul, married, and a mother of two girls. She is a strict follower of all education programs and activities related to children.

Andy Workman, UK

Mindset Specialist, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Author & Motivational Speaker

Andy Workman is a successful mindset specialist, clinical solution focused hypnotherapist, author, and international motivational speaker.

Having previously served for more than 30 years as a police officer, in both the Royal Air Force and the civil Police Service, he brings a wealth of life experience and characteristic humour to his work as a therapist and speaker.

Andy’s presentation ‘Cavemen and Polar Bears’ offers a proven strategy for the effective management of your mood and mindset. It is supported by his book of the same title, which has received glowing reviews and is included in the required reading lists of a number of training establishments.

In addition to this signature presentation, Andy also offers workshops, keynotes, and presentations on subjects including body language and conflict resolution as well as bespoke events produced to meet his customers specific needs. Numerous organisations, businesses, and social groups have used his services to improve their teams understanding of their own mood, mindset, temper, and capabilities, whilst making their staff more effective in the day to day interactions that are an essential part of any business. Those customers include The Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Bristol International Airport, Newcastle International Airport, The Macular Society, The Federation of Small Businesses, The PA Network, Aviva Insurance, and numerous schools and colleges to name but few.

Andy lives in Bristol with his wife Karen and they have two adult sons, Sam and Adam. Away from his work, he relaxes with his many hobbies including, painting, playing saxophone, and ballroom dancing. There is NEVER a dull moment, but he says that’s a blessing in itself.

Edwige Bouleau, FR

Executive Assistant to the BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems (PS) Worldwide President

BD

Edwige Bouleau was appointed executive assistant to the BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems (PS) president in March 2015. She is based in Pont de Claix, France at the PS headquarters and serves as a member of the BDM – PS leadership team.

She has worked for BD for 10 years, supporting the VP operations, VP HR and talent management, and WW finance controller. Prior to joining BD, Edwige brings 15 years of experience supporting management teams. She supported several leaders in multinational companies, such as American Express and Motorola.

Her current role is to support, organize, communicate, and coordinate for her boss and his team. She operates in an international matrix management company where culture is strong.

Edwige has a university degree in applied foreign languages, (LEA), in English and Spanish from the University of Grenoble, France. Edwige likes to have fun both in her personal and professional life.

Marion Lowrence, UK

Founder and Co-Director of The PA Hub

The PA Hub Ltd

Marion is a multi-award winning former PA, winning Yorkshire PA of the Year in 2011 and Pitman Training Super Achievers, PA of the Year in 2012. Marion has worked in various administration and management roles for over the last 30 years building up her expertise and networks throughout this time. This has included working for the Civil Service and the NHS before joining Yorkshire Universities as a senior PA in the higher education sector.

Marion has presented to various groups of PAs throughout the UK and overseas and she loves to network both in person and through social media. Marion was the founder of the Yorkshire Universities Internal PA Network which led her to set up The PA Hub with her husband and business partner Jon Lowrence, where they run 2 independent UK PA networks in Leeds and Liverpool as they continue to promote the profession as well as running conferences, showcases, and PA Awards.

Marion is also the events director for Executive Secretary LIVE, running events in Johannesburg, Auckland, Washington DC, Sydney, and Silicon Valley.

Lucy Brazier, UK

CEO, International Speaker, Conference Chair, One of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession

Marcham Publishing 

Vickie Sokol Evans, US

CEO/ Founder / Bestselling Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer & Engaging Speaker

The RedCape Company / Trainer to Bill Gate`s Team

Lizebeth Koloko-Green, FR

Bilingual Executive Assistant to the Senior Country Director

Symantec France

Julia Schmidt, NO

Award Winner C-Suite Executive Assistant, Published Author, Former National Chairman of IMA Norway – International Management Assistants

Diana Brandl, DE

Senior Executive Assistant and Founder

The Socialista Projects

Corina Wenzel, DE

Senior Management Assistant in the Directorate General for Information systems

European Central Bank

Menekşe Ahbab, TR

Senior Executive Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Keynote Speaker, Trainer Former EA to AGree Managing Director

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Andy Workman, UK

Mindset Specialist, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Author & Motivational Speaker

Edwige Bouleau, FR

Executive Assistant to the BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems (PS) Worldwide President

BD

Marion Lowrence, UK

Founder and Co-Director of The PA Hub

The PA Hub Ltd