Speakers

Conference Speakers in 2020

The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers, celebrity speakers and leading EAs. The 2020 Summit will build upon this tradition, with an agenda packed full of exceptional presentations.

Photos and bios of confirmed speakers will be made available on this page in the coming months.

Would you like to be considered as a speaker at future ThinkTank events? You can submit an application here.

Monique Helstrom

Monique is passionate about helping both visionaries and those that support them understand their essential and unique role in making great ideas – and great partnerships – come to life. For the past 21 years, Monique has methodically moved projects, products, campaigns, events, and entire businesses from concept to reality using her energetic combination of:

  • Functional solutions and achievable outcomes
  • Well-defined and specific short-term action plans
  • Harmonious team building that relies on streamlined goals
  • A practical understanding of how to achieve ultimate success
  • Loyalty, dedication, discipline and encouragement

Monique knows inspiration only comes to life if there is a good process to back it up and thus has perfected the art of making things happen. After nearly a decade as the Chief of Simon Sinek, New York Times Best-Selling author and TED celebrity, Monique now uses her unique set of skills and experiences to build, organise, and manifest her clients’ and partners’ dreams. Monique understands how to thrive in an ever-changing environment and build the consummate partnership between Executives and their Assistants.

Thad Cummings

Thad Cummings is the author of Running from Fear and Radical Compassion.

He spent a decade running social enterprises and a non-profit as one of the foremost sustainability experts in the Midwest. After consulting for some of the largest corporations in the world, he realized he could make more impact helping other businesses build holistic and sustainable cultures.

As a result, Thad founded Changing Company where he shares his passion for bringing new conversations to the landscape where all voices are heard, barriers are broken, and the polarization of our community is diminished.

Phoenix Normand

Phoenix Normand started life as a farm boy in rural East Texas. After discovering a talent and love for the arts at a young age he graduated with honors and became a professional tour dancer and singer, traversing the globe for over a decade with 12-time, Grammy nominated artist Ledisi. He’s lived and studied in five countries and is conversational in several languages. He’s met and performed for three US Presidents, stadiums full of screaming fans, and even met the Dalai Lama…completely by accident.

As a top 1%, career, C-suite Executive Assistant he’s supported top CEOs in investment banking, retail and tech for over 27 years. He’s had a front row seat in dot com 1.0 and 2.0 helping many of today’s big businesses grow from fledgling startup to global ubiquity including Amazon, Levi’s, Square, Flipagram, and Boom Supersonic. Among his many legacies in the role, Phoenix designed and produced the pitchbook that won the Amazon.com deal for the investment bank that eventually took Amazon public. Many of the stories that shaped Phoenix’s storied career can be found in his newly released book, “AS I SEE IT, Volume 1: Business.”

Phoenix travels the world with his traveling “skills and mindset bootcamp” trībU helping to produce the “next gen” executive and personal assistants ruling the top of the game. His private trīb has quickly become one of the most sought-after resources and communities for top EAs from 12 countries.

LtCol Patricia Murray

Patricia has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and used her scholarship earned as Miss California 1992 to pursue a career in commercial aviation.

She was recruited by the California Air National Guard to fly the C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft and she was awarded the top honor of the Commanders Trophy at military pilot training graduation. She was inducted into the Order of Daedalians, a WWII flying organization. She retired after a 21-year military career as a LtCol and instructor pilot for the California Air National Guard in the 115th Airlift Squadron.

She flew six tours of duty in the Middle East and has been awarded 5 flying Air Medals. She was named the 2010 California Air National Guard Field Grade Officer of the Year. She has also earned her Masters of Science in Military Science and Operational Art.

Patricia is a director on the Disabled Veterans Charities board that helps disabled and struggling veterans in the Los Angeles Area and is CEO of the Miss California Organization since 2015. She has flown 20 years as a pilot for American Airlines and resides with her husband Andrew and three daughters in Redondo Beach, California.

Sarita Maybin

Sarita Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better.

During the past 20+ years as a speaker, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious TEDx stage. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County, Department of the Navy and University of California, among others.

Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winner and a Past President of the National Speakers Association, San Diego chapter. She has also been interviewed by the media about her book “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?”

Lauren Parsons

Lauren is an award-winning wellbeing specialist who believes that everyone deserves to thrive. With 19 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing profession she is a sought-after speaker, coach and consultant.

TEDx speaker, author of real food less fuss, and Seven Fitness Myths to Overcome, founder of the Snack on Exercise movement, host of the THRIVE TV Show and regular contributor to AAPNZ and Executive Secretary Magazine among other international publicationsLauren helps busy people re-discover how to feel vibrant, confident and energized.

Described as inspiring and life-changing, Lauren is a dynamic and highly engaging presenter, and master story-teller who will have you laughing, moving and learning in a memorable way. You will leave Lauren’s session feeling uplifted and empowered to create positive change, today!

Lauren lives in New Zealand, with her husband and three children, she can often be found hosting dinner parties, spending time outdoors or playing board games. Lauren travels regularly to speak at conferences and in-house, and specializes in helping organisations create a high-energy, peak-performance team culture, which enables people to thrive.

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