Conference Program

Tuesday 29 November 2022

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 – ATTENDEE REGISTRATION
9:00 – OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR – SUZANNE WALDRON

9:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL AND EXCEEDING YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand is the 2020 New Zealander of the Year, and the First Lady of New Zealand theatre. She’s an actor, director and Te Reo Māori advocate. Over the last 40 years, the award-winning actress has amassed a list of stage and screen performance credits that would make the Encyclopaedia Britannica seem short.

To fulfil your potential as an EA you have to be willing to get outside to your comfort zone. Successful EA’s stand up and stand out and get comfortable with being uncomfortable as that’s is where real growth happens.

As proud New Zealander and 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2020, Jennifer is familiar with getting outside of her comfort zone. Whether she’s acting on stage or in in a boardroom, Jennifer continually looks for ways to excel. 

In this inspirational keynote presentation, Jennifer will show you how to make your voice heard, to live with purpose and be the best version of yourself

  • Remaining true to your values and reaching your full potential
  • Being the best you can be, whatever the world throws at you
  • Culturing compassion in a challenging world
  • Remaining adaptable to change and flexibility
  • Having the courage to become a key influencer, and how to influence positive morale

10:00

THE ART OF THE MODERN EA

Ivette Salame, Strategic Assistant to the CEO at Woop

The modern EA – aka the problem solver, the expert communicator, the creative genius, the gateway, the scheduling genie, the IT whizz, the Zen master, the project manager, the trusted counsel, ruthless organiser, the oracle…. and the list goes on. Maybe you are many of these things, perhaps you are all – and that can even be in the space of 10 minutes! Ivette Salame, EA to the CEO at Woop is no stranger to wearing many hats.  

In this session, Ivette will share the skills that have helped her stay at the top of her game and how to: 

  • Manage competing priorities and deadlines 
  • Manage overwhelm, and appear calm and in control – even when you’re juggling all of the balls! 
  • Create boundaries and the ability to focus on the important whilst not neglecting the urgent 
  • How to create buy-in from your executive for new tools, technology and initiatives 
  • Approach difficult conversations and situations with confidence 
10:40 – MORNING COFFEE

11:15

MENTAL HEALTH FOCUS – BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

Jazz Thornton

Jazz Thornton is an international mental health advocate who Co-Founded Voices of Hope. In 2021, Jazz was awarded The Point of Light award from Her Majesty the Queen and was named the 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year.

Mental health is more openly discussed that it has been in the past, but mental ill health is also more prevalent.  Maybe your mental health is suffering, or you’re feeling the effects of stress or burnout or isolation, or maybe it’s your colleague. You’re only one person but you can make a real difference.

This presentation will focus on facing challenges while identifying opportunities, particularly in the field of mental health, remaining mentally fit and being able to help those around you who may be struggling with the effects of the pandemic. Jazz will discuss:

  • Overcoming self-doubt and fear of failure to build sustainable self-belief and self-confidence
  • Presenting yourself confidently, when inside you may be feeling anything but
  • Ways to help deal with feelings of underappreciation, hopelessness, anxiety or depression
  • Applying positive psychology to seemingly insurmountable challenges, and fostering a positive mindset
  • The best ways to support those suffering from mental health issues in the workplace
  • Strategies for thinking clearly under pressure so you have capacity to help others who may also be struggling

12:00

TELL ME THE GOOD NEWS: TAKE BACK CONTROL AND AVOID OVERWHELM

Jehan Casinader

Award-winning journalist Jehan Casinader is one of New Zealand’s top storytellers. For more than a decade, he has been a familiar face on our screens, reporting for primetime shows like TVNZ’s Sunday, Seven Sharp and Close Up. Through challenging, inspiring keynotes, Jehan reveals how storytelling can transform every area of our life – including productivity and relationships.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

From breaking news to social media, we’re bombarded with negative, anxiety-inducing content all day long. Much of it is detrimental to our mental health. Most of us have no idea how to regulate the information we consume. How do we choose what to read and watch? How do we stay informed – without being overwhelmed? How do we process news that makes us distressed?

Jehan Casinader offers a rare, unique “insider’s view” on how the media works. He explains how each of us can take back control – and find the good news.

  • Where our information comes from, how it’s curated and how it affects our brains
  • Simple strategies to regulate your consumption of news, social media and other content
  • Tools to help you reframe unhelpful narratives
  • Being intentional, gaining perspective and changing our habits
12:45 – LUNCH BREAK

13:45

COMMUNICATING WITH IMPACT: FINDING THE CONFIDENCE TO GET WHAT YOU NEED

Clarke Gayford

Clarke is a well-known and respected broadcaster, currently hosting Fish of the Day – a TV series where fishing becomes the perfect excuse to show off world-class travel destinations. When he’s not spearfishing, Clarke has filled in as a host on Seven Sharp and RNZ ’s The Panel.

Join Clarke in this inspiration keynote, as he shares with you how to build up your confidence to use your voice and your language to maximum effect. Mastering your communication skills can help you in all sorts of ways, including getting what you need from people, when you need it, to resolve conflicts, to influence others and affect change. Clarke will share with you everything’s he’s learnt in his media journey and as ‘first man’ of New Zealand.

  • Effective ways to communicate with diverse personalities and manage difficult conversations
  • Body language – how to read people and respond accordingly
  • Do’s and don’ts of communicating and negotiating with others
  • Making yourself visible and allowing yourself to be taken seriously
  • Overcoming resistance, pitfalls and obstacles that may arise along the way
  • Building your confidence to speak up and deal with conflict situations head-on
  • Empowering, influencing and inspiring others

14:30

EA CASE STUDY: THE ART OF EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

Nick Ginsburg

Nick is the Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice-President at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about productivity, emotional intelligence, and helping the global Assistant community thrive. He was a finalist for the 2019 and 2020 CEO Magazine, Executive Assistant of the Year awards. In 2020 Nick launched The Admin Collective, a judgment-free community for Admin Professionals worldwide where there is a strong focus on shared learning.

This presentation will focus on understanding how to consistently exceed the expectations of your executive, take control of your success, and master the art of staying one step ahead. Our outstanding EA speaker Nick Ginsburg, will help you navigate the landscape of understanding your manager, to have the tools and ability to create a relationship based on deep insight and knowledge.

  • Observe human behaviour and mastering the ability to adapt and be flexible
  • Elevate expectations through identifying opportunities where you can outperform
  • Tactical tips for calendar management, email management, project management and consistency
  • Staying focused on your goals, not your obstacles!
  • The delicate art of delegation – up, across and down
  • Juggling projects when you can’t delegate them
  • Ensuring you are able to fit everything into core working hours to avoiding working late or weekends
15:00 – AFTERNOON BREAK

15:30

INSPIRATIONAL ADDRESS – THE GLORIFICATION OF BUSY: SLOWING DOWN, TO SPEED UP

Cassie Roma

Cassie is a bundle of positive energy fuelled by the belief that great corporate culture is built on a foundation of kindness. One of her biggest passions is working on projects that aim to put necessary, powerful and impactful stories into the world – most of which aim to lift others through education, diversity, and action. Her insights and discussions are inspirational, thought-provoking and and utterly fascinating.

Cassie Roma is a powerhouse in the boardroom, and in front of a camera. And, after 18 years in New Zealand counts herself as a proud YanKiwi.

Passionate about creative content, social media strategy, the influencer economy, and storytelling across mediums both emerging and traditional, Cassie has literally lived & breathed the digital revolution. All the while steering the social media ships for brands like Air New Zealand, ANZ Bank, Mighty River Power, NZME, & The Warehouse Group. As of 2021, she can also chalk up Advisor to the CEO on The Apprentice Aotearoa on TV1 here in New Zealand.

Despite her enormous success in business, Cassie’s main professional goal in life is to deliver results, but have fun doing it. In her empowering closing keynote, Cassie will show you realistic strategies for making space to get off the hamster wheel of busyness, slow-down, to think deeply, and to find time to work more effectively across your day-to-day projects.

16:30 – SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS
16:40 – CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
16:50 – NETWORKING DRINKS

An absolutely inspiring day that has provided me with valuable tools to use on a daily basis. Great insightful presentations delivered with passion. Very grateful to have participated in this conference.
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