Executive assistants are the linchpins of their organizations, ensuring that everything is done correctly and on time. Take up on the opportunity to surround yourself with qualified professionals dealing with some of the same career challenges as you. Learn how to become even more efficient and vital to your executive.
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As a member of the C-Suite, an executive is expected to make big decisions, sometimes worth millions of dollars, on a near-daily basis. And at their right-hand for all of those decisions is their assistant, helping to make everything possible. Executive assistants are the linchpins of their organizations, ensuring that everything is done correctly and on time. And at the 7th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit, you’ll learn how to become even more vital to your executive in those important decisions.
Join us and meet new friends for an experience that will leave you inspired, informed, and empowered!
Executive Support Professionals, including:
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.
Patrick Jephson is a consultant, journalist, broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author based in Washington D.C. His byline has appeared in every major UK newspaper and international titles as varied as TIME magazine, People, The Spectator, Paris Match, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the National Catholic Reporter. He is a published authority on corporate and personal branding, addressing conferences worldwide as well as events at the US State Department, the American University and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He also writes, presents and advises on factual and drama programs, appearing on every major US network as well as international platforms. He is currently a technical consultant to the award-winning Netflix series The Crown.
He is founding partner in JephsonBeaman, a boutique communications consultancy specialising in international high-profile, sensitive and UHNW services. With more than 25 years’ experience in the government, luxury and family office sectors, Patrick’s portfolio has included globally-admired brands as well as national agencies and NGOs. He has also worked on reputation and legacy briefs with European, Middle Eastern and Asian families, including royalty.
Patrick owes much of his practical administrative and communications experience to Princess Diana, who chose him to be her equerry and only private secretary/chief of staff. He served the Princess for eight years (1988-96), responsible for every aspect of her public life, worldwide humanitarian initiatives and private organisation. Under relentless media scrutiny, his tenure covered the period of Princess Diana’s greatest popularity as well as the constitutional controversy of her separation from Prince Charles.
Patrick was born and raised in Ireland and holds a master’s degree in political science from Cambridge University. As an officer in the British Royal Navy, he served all over the world before being selected for royal duty. In March 2015, he became a naturalised citizen of the United States.
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. A trainer and author based in Ottawa, Canada, she has spoken to tens of thousands of people in almost 20 different 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. Rhonda has written eight books, with her latest “Alexa is Stealing her Job” due out Spring 2019, and her best-seller “Common Sense is NOT Common Practice” still available.
Rhonda’s professional speaking career began at age 2… when her mother would offer her 25 cents to be quiet for five minutes!
Valentina Kordi is a mindset and high-performance coach, an international speaker and the author of the book “Success is a mind game: How to achieve your business and professional goals by changing not only your own mindset and behavior but also your team’s”. She studied business administration at Newport University of California, USA. She holds a master’s degree in human resource management and she did extensive, certified studies in mindset coaching. She worked for 15 years as a business administration executive in multinational companies.
The last nine years she has helped worldwide entrepreneurs, executives and work teams reach their professional and corporate goals, by changing their own mindset and behaviour in the workplace. Applying her unique method, Self-Leadership Mindset for Motivation©, which is based on finding the real, basic and personal human motives that drive each one of those whom she coaches, she makes success inevitable for them.
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.
Paula Simpson is the Executive Assistant to the Europe Chief of Staff at Visa Europe, and has excellent digital skills which include 14+ years of support experience, with over 10 years at CxO level and over 4 years at CEO/COO level. Her significant customer facing responsibilities have included liaising with the C-level offices of high value (£100m per annum) customers.
Her wealth of expertise and experience comes from Exec support roles at Harrods, COLT Telecom, SCOR Reinsurance, William Hill and Fujitsu, where she worked on a large CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative for a local charity called “Old Hands at Mud Pies” who went on to win £43,000 on the Peoples Millions Lottery in 2013.
Paula has a very bubbly personality, loves spending time with her family, as well as reading, learning, and debating Technology.
Miriam Elst is the founder of the startup Bricks & Brains and co-founder of Pixels in Stereo. Offering fully customised, human-centred design services and trainings to businesses, organisations and public services through workshops on design thinking, innovation, creativity and sustainable leadership. Miriam is an expert in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodologies, game-based learning and is a master in group facilitation processes. She became passionate about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® after seeing the positive and impactful results over and over again at each workshop. Group dynamics changed positively, creativity and innovative thinking emerged and bridges were built in teams and organisations. Using 3D modelling to visualise abstract ideas is very powerful, especially the conversations that happen during the process. Getting aligned visions and actionable outcomes make it an incredibly effective tool in today’s fast-paced world. Slowing down, away from high tech is sometimes exactly what teams need to unlock their hidden potential and to reinforce their creativity. Before Bricks & Brains, Miriam had different roles in several companies as a service designer, UX manager, UX strategist, design coach and UX designer for BNP Parisbas Fortis, Belfius, ING, Telenet, Borealis Group, Godiva Chocolatier and others.
Andrea Bross, is a passionate Executive Assistant and looks back on over 20 years of experience as an assistant at C-level. Among other positions, she worked for the EMEA President of the software and hardware reseller Insight Technology Solutions for over 11 years. After working for Paychex and LinkedIn, Andrea joined Microsoft Germany in July 2019 and works for a member of the management board, Public Sector division. She has a passion for communication and knowledge transfer and is actively involved in the "Families at Microsoft" Employee Resource Group (a group under Microsoft's Diversity & Inclusion umbrella), which contributes to making Microsoft an even more family-friendly company (than it already is!) and gives parents at Microsoft a platform for exchange.
Andrea lives her passion for knowledge transfer as being the main coordinator of Microsoft's "Assistant Workshops". These are workshops from Microsoft assistants for their customers' assistants focusing on digital transformation and the transformation of the assistant role itself, the use of Microsoft technology in the cooperation between an assistant and his/her boss(es), between the leadership team, between the own department, and between other project organizations. Andrea also likes to share her experiences in setting up an assistant network, internally within the organization as well as externally.
Also, Andrea is co-organizer of recent Microsoft Assistant Summits as well as the "Microsoft Virtual Assistant Week" that took place already twice this year. The focus of these events lies on digital transformation, state-of-the-art technology and building up assistant networks.
Daniela Ullmann is an accomplished intercultural Administration and Communications Professional with a 20-year, international career in Europe and the US.
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5th Annual Global Executive Assistant Summit