EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FORUM: PHOENIX

SEPTEMBER 13-14 | PHOENIX, AZ
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DAY ONE | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
8:30 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00 WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
Emily Burley
Director
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FORUM

 

9:15 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: COMMUNICATION, CREATIVITY & CHARISMATIC CONNECTORS
Did you know that “Charismatic Connectors” are 68% more productive than your run-of-the-mill employee?  Do you know what a Charismatic Connector is?  Are you one?  This interactive and exciting workshop will use improvisational fundamentals to better communicate, create and connect with others. Explore what it means to be a “Radical Listener” and develop greater skills of how to be genuine with others.  PLUS:  In your line of work, things don’t always go as planned. Frequently, you need to be flexible and ready to make the necessary adjustments, changes and adaptations at a moment’s notice.  Not just “reacting” in the moment but setting up yourself (and others), for success with ideas and solutions…   Take full advantage of your creativity and ideas!

Jef Rawls, Director & Producer, JESTERZ IMPROV

 

10:45 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
Is the executive assistant role a lifelong career for you?

 

11:15 MASTER CLASS: A CAMPAIGN STRATEGY FOR YOUR CAREER
A job description hardly reflects the ever-increasing responsibilities of an executive assistant. Whether searching for a new opportunity, preparing for an annual review, or priming for an interview, having a clear career strategy in place is a vital first step. By documenting significant projects and accomplishments, EAs are better prepared to negotiate desired salaries, benefits, and title changes. During this master class, attendees will gain best practices surrounding resume development and tips for developing a standout LinkedIn profile with the goal of taking the first step in establishing a campaign strategy for your career.

Kent Lee, CEO, PERFECT RESUME

 

12:00 GROUP PHOTO & LUNCHEON

 

1:00 SAVVY: THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CHALLENGE
EAs are business game changers, always making the impossible possible for their executive on numerous levels. This interactive and exhilarating session will put participants to the test. In a board game challenge, attendees will demonstrate their EA skills while picking up some new best practices along the way as they compete in teams to become the ultimate executive assistant!

Emily Burley, Director, EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FORUM

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
How many years of experience do you have as an executive assistant?

 

1:45 ADVISORY PANEL: CREATING A PERSONAL BRAND AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Executive assistants take to tasks and responsibilities like a chameleon changing color, making them well-rounded and proficient in a variety of business aspects. With exposure to numerous facets of a business, EAs possess a number of transferable skills and are well-equipped to cross-function and pursue alternative career avenues. EAs will discuss their journey in finding a vocation, sharing inspirational career success stories and advisement in taking your career to the next level.

Marina Higdon, Administrative Assistant, CVS HEALTH
Branch Director,
IAAP AZ/NM

Bess Thomas, Executive Assistant to CFO and CRO, EARLY WARNING

Nikki Duhamel, Executive Assistant to President & COO, SYNEXUS

 

2:30 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

3:00 EXPERIENCE-LEVEL EXCHANGE GROUPS
Forum attendees will break into groups based on their experience level as an executive assistant to discuss the evolution of the EA role as well as some of the challenges faced at the current stage of their career. Best practices around training, professional development, salary negotiations and career next steps will be shared. The breakout session will be facilitated for seamless flow of conversation and information.

BREAKOUT BY EXPERIENCE AS AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT:
9 YEARS OR LESS
Traci Cornett, Senior Executive Administrator, Office of the Chairman
APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP

10-19 YEARS
Jenniffer Wentzel, Executive Assistant to President
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

20+ YEARS
Barbara Conley, Senior Executive Assistant to Doug Ducey, Governor
OFFICE OF THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
What is your current annual salary?

 

3:45 CLOSING THE WAGE GAP: SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATING TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Despite the fact that executive assistants negotiate daily, be it personally or professionally, very few undergo formal negotiation skills training that could be applied to terms of employment. Considering the imperative need of the EA role, developing the skills to effectively, calmly and confidently negotiate employment terms is a must for all EAs pursuing career advancement. Through anonymous live polling, attendees will gain real-time data on the salary and benefits of their EA peers followed by short stories of those who have successfully negotiated terms of employment.

Ginger Korljan, Owner, TAKE CHARGE COACHING

 

4:30 CLOSING REMARKS & DAY ONE CONCLUSION

6:00 DINNER: CONTINUE NETWORKING & GOOD CONVERSATION
The ELS Form will organize a reservation for attendees that wish to extend their networking beyond the meeting room. The dinner will take place at a restaurant within walking distance of the forum venue and will require payment to the restaurant directly. Dinner details and the option to RSVP will be provided to all registered attendees and speakers one week prior to the forum.