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.
We’ve secured some fantastic speakers in 2019, and you can find the full program below.
Rob Fyfe is one of New Zealand’s best known businessmen and former CEO Air New Zealand. He guided the airline through major changes and was at the helm during a period of intensive growth. Rob is currently a director of Air Canada, Michael Hill International and Antarctica New Zealand. In addition, Rob is a strategic advisor to Craggy Range Wines and acted as both CEO and Chairman of Icebreaker from 2012 until its sale in 2018. As Rob himself says: “I’ve never thought in terms of a career path or career goals. My career has been shaped by curiousness, a desire to constantly learn and grow, an incessant dissatisfaction with the status quo and a sense of adventure and appetite for risk. As a result, I’ve never planned my next move until something comes along that makes me think, ‘wow, that looks really exciting, I need to unpick that, find out what it’s about and try to make it better.” Hear from Rob about how to:
- Recognise opportunities and act on them
- Adapt to change in a fast-paced corporate environment
- Maintain a constant desire to learn, grow and do better
- Be yourself, develop a sense of purpose and passion for your role – and make a difference
- Create opportunities for leadership and career development within your role
As an Executive Assistant, you are in an enviable position. You hold and build relationships throughout your business, with colleagues and suppliers. Not only do you hold the confidence of your executive, but you have a clear understanding of the dynamics and of the inner workings of your department and companies. You are in a position to use your innate creativity to propel your company, your executive and your career forward, and Mykel’s presentation will show you how.
- Learn how to harness your innate creativity, and develop your own ability to improvise in the EA role
- Develop specific techniques to build creative confidence and develop an authentic confidence to be all of you, all of the time.
- Break free from traditional thinking and uncover vast new possibilities
- Expand your ability to deal with ambiguity and recover from setbacks.
- Learn practical techniques to discover your differentiated edge.
- Unlock the power of contrast, juxtaposition and paradox when describing yourself.
- Learn to be transparent and vulnerable without losing yourself.
- Develop ways to own, enjoy and leverage your quirk and individuality.
10:45 – MORNING COFFEE
EA CASE STUDY – RAISING THE PROFILE OF BOTH THE EA PROFESSION AND YOUR OWN ROLE, THROUGH ADVOCACY, NETWORKS AND MUTUAL RESPECT
Caroline McGlynn Tran – Executive Advisor to Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Social Development
As an EA you are hugely valuable to your organisation, but in order to reach your full potential, it’s important to advocate for the role of the EA, cultivate authentic and trusting relationships with all your colleagues, gain buy-in and ensure you are working as a team with equally engaged and aligned colleagues.
Age and experience aren’t the only things valuable in working relationships. There’s always room for a younger employee to teach an older employee valuable lessons – typically on technology or social media issues, and in return more seasoned employees can help the new ones get to grips with when to tweet and when not to tweet. If you view others as trustworthy, and focus on sharing information and collaborating fully, chances are your colleagues will reciprocate and we all thrive. Hear Caroline’s perspectives on:
- Leveraging networks to become more effective in your role
- Providing guidance and support to others, whilst understanding what you need to progress your own role
- Boosting your effectiveness by working with equally engaged and aligned assistants toward the same objective
- How aligned teams and networks (virtual or otherwise) can create a new cohesion, and become excellent at all times
Executive Assistants are not immune to the role changes that are being generated by the increased use of robotics and automation across workplaces globally. Role change for EA’s isn’t new, but what is new is the pace and breadth of the impact.
In a world of work which is constantly changing, you can’t rely on others to accelerate your career. Each person needs to be the leader of their career. Building a dynamic and progressive career isn’t about luck. It’s about the decisions that a person makes each and every day.
In this session, Michelle will share learnings from her executive career and the interviews she conducted as part of her second book – Career Leap: How to Reinvent and Liberate your Career, as well as insights into the changing nature of the working world. You will be:
- Challenged to think about how you currently manage your career, and whether it is holding you back or getting you fit for the future
- Introduced to the steps you can take to amplify your career success
- Encouraged to make deliberate choices to liberate and future proof your career
12:30 – LUNCH BREAK
Known as the ‘Thelma and Louise of Wellbeing’ Shannah and Lyndall have been operating in the wellness space for over three decades, working with Australasia’s blue-chip companies, Olympians and Elite athletes. They know what it takes to be successful in this modern era. They also know that with the right foundation and the right habits, we can truly connect with our better selves, and support our executives, without autopiloting through our life and career. Their essential keynote will help you
- Understand the essentials of stress management – sleep, exercise, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, goal setting and positive mindsets.
- Challenge your time management beliefs – It’s not about getting more things done, it’s about getting the right things done
- Address your individual core values, and how these relate to your role and your company
- Get off the treadmill of life – How to own who you are and the choices you make – to understand a deeper sense of purpose
Our parents and grandparents only had to be OK with money and they’d be alright, but those default settings will see the current generation worse off than their forebears. We don’t do financial literacy very well in this country – but even better financial literacy alone is not enough to combat the challenges the current generation is up against. 83% of us are financially stressed – so it’s not just about earning enough! Finances are the leading cause of insomnia in women and most retirees have run out of money within 10 years.
We’re not in control and we don’t have the tools to change – but Hannah McQueen does. She’s literally written the book on finding The Perfect Balance, and one on killing your mortgage and sorting retirement, (not to mention the one about raising financially capable kids) and she’s helped thousands of clients take back the reins and sleep at night knowing they’re on track. Don’t miss this opportunity to take the reins of your own finances, learn how to empower your staff, and become financially savvy for the future.
3.00 – AFTERNOON TEA
3.30 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
The workplace rarely stays the same for long. With new challenges, restraints on your time, ever evolving company culture, not to mention different personality types, you need to be able to roll with the punches. In this session, you will hear tips and tricks from a Senior Executive Assistant on how they bring their best self to their role, regardless of what kind of day is happening around them. Hear their tips and tricks on:
- ‘Managing your manager’ and tackling difficult conversations that you’d rather avoid
- Facing challenges head-on, and creatively finding solutions, when others might not persevere
- Exceeding expectations by identifying opportunities where you can outperform
- Speaking up and putting your ideas across with confidence
- Tactical tips for calendar management, email management, project management and consistency
- Staying focused on your goals, not your obstacles!
- Negotiating, developing and enhancing your career
- Providing support, and being the best you can be, in any situation
Dr Libby Weaver is no stranger to working hard and she is a strong advocate for the importance of self-care. In this session she will give her key insights and a welcome dose of honesty around health and the ways in which we can look after ourselves, our workplaces, and how these can be applied to the everyday role of the modern EA:
- What does a healthy workplace look like in the stressful corporate environment of today, and common challenges to be aware of
- How you can promote and encourage good nutrition within a busy workplace and support your colleagues
- Coping with the demands of work and home, whilst still finding time to nurture your wellbeing
- When and how to ask for help when you need it
- The simple things that could be sabotaging your health
- Practical steps to support your physical and psychological wellbeing and avoid the feeling of overwhelm
- Understanding why we do what we do, even though we have the knowledge about food/health that we have