Conference Program

Tuesday 15 December 2020

The Corporate PA Summit program is designed to deliver content that is cutting-edge, highly beneficial, easily transferable, empowering and inspirational. It’s designed specifically to help you fulfil your potential and be the best you can be.
8:30 – REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
9:00 – OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
  • 9:10
FLEXING YOUR MENTAL FITNESS MUSCLE

Mike King ONZMinternationally recognised NZ comedy icon & mental health educator

New Zealander of the Year, and relentless Mental Health campaigner Mike King is on a personal crusade to create positive awareness of mental health issues.

Mike’s inspirational talk will help you identify individuals in your network that could need a helping hand and give you the tools you need to deal with them.

Hear him discuss his own battles with depression and addiction, how he is casting light on New Zealand’s growing suicide problem, plus:

  • Overcoming the stigma, and changing your own attitude around mental health
  • How to ask for help, and to be someone that is asked for help
  • The best ways to support those suffering from mental health issues in the workplace and at home
  • Build life-long habits to improve your mental wellbeing into the future
  • Practical, simple and effective tools and techniques to add to your own mental wellness toolkit
  • 10:00
FULFILING YOUR POTENTIAL AND OVERCOMING IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Jess Stuartauthor, coach and speaker

According to the International Journal of Behavioural Science, 70% of people suffer from Imposter Syndrome. It’s the domain of high achievers yet rarely talked about and the more success we achieve, the greater these feelings can become. Do you struggle to own your success, downplay achievements or wave away praise?  If you worry that people around you over-rate you and might find out one day that you’re not as good as they think you are this might be the reason! Jess Stuart is a master at helping you recognise – and appreciate your successes, and helping you achieve your full potential

  • Understand what Imposter Syndrome is, where it comes from, how it manifests and ways we can navigate it to ensure it doesn’t halt our career progression and development
  • Learn how to overcome feelings of self-doubt, the importance of owning your success, being comfortable accepting praise and the power of leaning in
  • Understand the impacts of fear of failure, perfectionism and our people pleasing tendencies
  • Unlocking our true potential and banishing feelings of self-doubt to truly achieve our goals
10:45 – MORNING COFFEE
  • 11:15
RELATE. COMMUNICATE. COLLABORATE

Monique Helstromformer executive assistant (chief) to Simon Sinek, trainer and keynote speaker

StrengthsFinder. DISC Assessment. Myer-Briggs. We may have taken these personality tests and consequently learned about ourselves, and how we observe and react to the world around us. This also brings to light our innate differences, including communication and listening behaviors, ways of motivating or deterring, handling conflict or feedback, among so many others.

So how do we thrive and connect when surrounded by the spectrum of personality types within one organisation, team, or personal circle? How can we build solid teams, when no two people – and no two partnerships – are the same?  How can you use your instinctive skills and natural abilities to establish your worth and grow in your position?

In her session, you will hear Monique Helstrom, former Chief of Simon Sinek, the New York Times Best-Selling author and TED celebrity, present the precise steps you can take to cultivate successful relationships with multiple personality types, thereby unlocking the secrets to increased productivity, efficiency, profits, resources, and harmony in your life.

  • 12:00
CREATING A POWERFUL PERSONAL BRAND – LESSONS FROM THE ULTIMATE PROFESSIONAL

Kelly Coeco-owner, director and designer of Augustine

As the co-owner, director and designer of one of NZ’s most loved fashion labels Augustine, Kelly Coe has spent the last 10 years cultivating an incredible following for her colourful and relatable clothing line. Kelly has a keen interest in the role that fashion plays in personal and professional settings, as well as the importance of promoting yourself and bringing your whole self to work. Join Kelly for this session, where she will share her guiding principles in business and life, including:

  • How to build your personal brand by leveraging your strengths and interests
  • Creating impactful first impressions when representing your executive and your company
  • How to stay at the forefront of your manager and team’s minds to ensure you are considered as opportunities arise
  • The importance of being your authentic self, finding your community and making connections
  • Kelly’s top tips on creating a powerful personal brand which works for you, both in and out of the workplace
12:45 – LUNCH BREAK
  • 13:15
START WITH YOU – TUNE-IN, STEP UP AND ADAPT

Belinda Brosnanleadership expert and coach

Before you even contemplate leading others, you need to have the courage and curiosity to lead yourself first.  We know that five different generations are now operating in the workplace, meaning that a PA’s ability to adapt and navigate different people is key.

In this keynote, Belinda will have you “tuning-in” to shift out of autopilot to be adaptive in times of change and uncertainty. Feel fuelled rather than fatigued by the people stuff, learn to shift your influence up a gear, and build your adaptive intelligence muscle along the way!

  • RECOGNISE: How to shift out of cruise control and work with discomfort, so you lead yourself consciously, ensuring bias and blind-spots don’t create self-sabotage
  • STRATEGISE: Human beings need safety, belonging and meaning. Recognise patterns of resistance and engage it to build stronger connections
  • GALVANISE: How to adapt, shift gears and get the buy-in of those you want to influence by building trust and re-calibrating as you go
  • 14:30
SUPPORTING AND SUSTAINING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CAREER

Gemma McCawformer Black Stick striker, Olympian and performance coach

Rarely is life as simple as achieving work-life balance. More likely you’re juggling of myriad of roles. Maybe as well as being an awesome Executive Assistant, you’re also managing relationships within your Executive Board. Event Planner? Strategy sounding board? Crisis Manager? Maybe you’re a mother or father, supporting a colleague, friend or family member through health issues, maybe those health issues are your own. How do we keep these balls in the air?

Gemma McCaw is only too aware of being pulled in different directions, and to giving her all, in whatever she undertakes. In this talk, Gemma will draw on her experience as a world-class hockey player and Olympian, her work as a performance coach and studies in sports science, not to mention her personal experience of juggling.

Gemma will share how to enhance your personal wellbeing, especially in the areas of exercise, nutrition, sleep and balance to live a happier and healthier life. She will also offer her candid advice on how to reach your full potential and maximum performance in all areas do your life.

15:15 – AFTERNOON TEA
  • 15:45
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Q&A

This session will include a Q&A with Monique Helstrom and a selection of successful New Zealand executive assistants

16:15 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
  • 16:30
INSPIRATIONAL ADDRESS – HARNESS YOUR INNER STRENGTH AND TAKE FULL OWNERSHIP OF YOUR LIFE

Dr Paul WoodDoctor of Psychology and speaker

‘Failure is just an opportunity to learn and grow and come back stronger’ – Dr Paul Wood, Doctor of Psychology, author and internationally sought keynote speaker and coach. Dr Paul’s TEDx talk is the most highly watched and rated of any TEDx events in New Zealand and was listed by the New Zealand Herald as one of its top 10 TED talks to watch. It might come as a surprise that Paul is also the first person in New Zealand’s history to progress through undergraduate and Masters degrees while incarcerated.

Paul will explore what it means to show moral and emotional courage, to be open to your own limitations and willing to learn and grow.  This eye-opening session will relate to his own story of transformational change and growth, and the relevant key messages and insights that can be applied to your role as an assistant.

  • Turning adversity to your advantage
  • Taking control of your own personal development
  • Demonstrating courage in the pursuit of excellence
  • Incorporating your values into everyday workplace interactions
  • Proactively building and maintaining the emotional fitness (i.e., mental toughness/grit and resilience) required to remain effective and rewarding to deal with
  • How to build resilience, display moral courage and lead by example
17:15 – CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR, FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING DRINKS
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