2ND ANNUAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FORUM: BOSTON

MAY 3-4, 2017 – BOSTON, MA
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DAY ONE | WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

7:30 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:00 CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
Do you think that your executive views you as a strategic business partner?

 

8:15 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON THE EXECUTIVE AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT RELATIONSHIP  
When an executive and the assistant establish a strong strategic and supportive business partnership, possibilities for both careers are endless as the success can often be felt throughout an organization. Having the executive’s respect and trust is empowering for the assistant and will positively affect every aspect of his or her work. Conversely, knowing that the assistant is autonomous, capable of safeguarding time and handling other priorities, will allow the executive to focus on significant matters. Establishing this partnership and continuing the relationship requires on-going collaboration and communication. Through discussion and professional moderation, one executive and assistant team will share insight into their professional partnership.
(Speakers Pending)

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
Do you have autonomy in making some decisions on behalf of your executive?

 

9:00 SCENARIO-BASED WORKSHOP: BECOMING A WELL-RESPECTED PARTNER OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Executive assistants are, among many things, trusted advisors to the executives they support as their responsibilities take on an evolving and critical role in business. Communicating with multiple departments and various executives both internally and externally is an everyday expectation for EA’s, yet provides an additional set of challenges as some peers have antiquated perceptions of the role. In a team-based workshop setting, attendees will address real scenarios in which EA’s have to exert leadership to get the job done and gain the respect of their colleagues.

  • Inserting yourself into the business
  • Strategies to become indispensable
  • Managing departmental relationships
  • Embracing corporate change and reorganization

Susan Kelley
Executive Assistant to CEO & COO
SPARTAN RACE, INC.

Elizabeth Green
Executive Assistant to CFO
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

 

9:45 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:15 SHOW ME THE MONEY: TIMESAVING (AND JAW-DROPPING) PRODUCTIVITY TIPS USING MICROSOFT OFFICE
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, fast paced session based on the bestselling “Tips in Minutes” series, 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 managing your data in Excel that will transform the way you work
  • Manage & organize content in PowerPoint to keep you from going insane

Vickie Sokol Evans
CEO & Founder
THE RED CAPE COMPANY

 

12:15 LUNCH & LEARN SEMINAR: INDUSTRY BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Designated tables will be assigned to specific industry sectors, enabling participants to meet and discuss like-minded issues with cohorts from the same industry. Core areas for discussion will include industry-specific training opportunities, online and print resources for gaining industry knowledge, as well as industry-specific challenges.

 

1:15 THE GAME OF LIFE: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT EDITION
EA’s 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. Based off the classic board game, The Game of LIFE, in this edition, 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!

Doris Wells
Executive Assistant to EVP
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Gabriella Graceffa-Bunker
Executive Assistant to President, North Atlantic Region
WHOLE FOODS MARKET

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
Are you able to disconnect from work on evenings, weekend and holidays?

 

2:15 PANEL: PUTTING YOURSELF FIRST TO MASTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE
For an executive assistant, work is demanding with availability expectations often extending 24/7 as the adoption of smart phones has made it nearly impossible to fully disconnect. Research has shown that consistent bleeding of work into personal time can jeopardize physical and mental well-being. The first step in achieving a sustainable work-life balance is communicating openly with the executive to establish appropriate boundaries. EA’s from diverse industries will share strategies to attain a happy medium.

Jamie Doron
Executive Assistant to President
BOSTON RED SOX

Nichol Goldstein
Executive Assistant to EVP of Sales & Marketing & EVP of Finance & Administration
KASPERSKY LAB

Pamela Chaves
Executive Assistant to CFO
STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

3:00 COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

 

LIVE POLL: ANONYMOUS TEXT RESPONSE
Is the Executive Assistant role a lifelong career for you?

 

3:30 ADVISORY PANEL: CREATING A PERSONAL BRAND & 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, EA’s possess a number of transferable skills and are well-equipped to cross-function and pursue alternative career avenues. EA’s will discuss their journey in finding a vocation, sharing inspirational career success stories and advisement in taking your career to the next level.

  • Short stories for success
  • Expanding upon the EA skill set
  • Seeking opportunities for career growth
  • Networking and creating a brand

Michele Abraham
Office Manager/Executive Assistant to President & CEO
ENTERPRISEDB

Mary Browne
Executive Assistant to CEO
GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Christine Mousseau
Executive Assistant to President, US Business
KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN

Catherine Colt
Executive Assistant to Chief of Dermatology
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Anne Lamontagne
Executive Assistant to SVP & Global Partner, Healthcare Transformation Services
PHILIPS HEALTHCARE

 

4:15 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT: AN INSIDE LOOK
As executive assistants continue to discover unconventional avenues for professional development, others have made the leap from working within the traditional EA role to becoming a virtual assistant. Uniquely, virtual assistants manage their own business as an assistant while facing the common challenges of time management and executive preferences. Through case study presentation, a virtual assistant will offer insight into the role and the transition from traditional EA to full-time business owner and virtual assistant.

  • Possibilities and limitations
  • Pro’s and con’s
  • Assuming the role of business owner
  • Resources to get started

 

5:00 CLOSING REMARKS & DAY ONE CONCLUSION