Conference Program

Wednesday 25 November 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.

*Please note, all times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)*

9:00 – OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR, JESSICA STRUTT
  • 9:10
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LIVING WITH PURPOSE AND MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD

The Hon Julie Bishop

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years. She was the longest serving Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives, elected in 1998 until 2019.

In her presentation, Ms Bishop will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that face the modern EA in today’s work environment, and in particular how you can ensure that your voice is heard and you are able to find real purpose in your work. Her presentation will show you how you can remain true to your values and reach your full potential.

The session will include a 20 minute ‘in conversation with’ Q&A, during which time you will be able to pose your own questions to Ms Bishop.

  • 10:00
RELATE. COMMUNICATE. COLLABORATE. 

Monique Helstrom – former 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.

The session will include a 15 minute Q&A with Monique Helstrom.

10:45 – BREAK
  • 11:00
START WITH YOU – TUNE-IN, STEP UP AND ADAPT

Belinda Brosnan – leadership 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
  • 11:45
THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE – DEVELOPING PURPOSE, CONNECTION AND PERFORMANCE MINDSETS

Ben Crowehigh performance coach and mentor for women’s no 1 tennis player Ash Barty

As a renowned expert in connection and storytelling, Ben will take you on an inspiring and unexpected journey to discover the quirky and counter intuitive principles behind successful teams and leaders – unpacking authenticity, vulnerability, connection and storytelling.

Ben explains the power of purpose using stories from some of the world’s most successful organisations, teams and athletes, and explains how a counter intuitive focus on gratitude, humility and humour can help achieve peak performance, avoid the distractions that typically sabotage performance and balance achievement with fulfilment.

Using story to highlight the principles of “Connection” mindset, Ben explains how to embrace vulnerability, imperfection and self-worth, and will challenge you deeply about your own perspectives towards themes such as:

• Expectation vs appreciation
• Resume virtues vs eulogy virtues
• Extrinsic motivation vs intrinsic motivation
• Achievement vs fulfilment
• I vs WE

  • 12:30
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT PANEL: SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNICATION

How we communicate has changed on so many levels. EA’s need to use communication to cultivate trust and respect in relationships, to be productive and reliable, but are under more pressure than ever. Our panel will discuss how they communicate clearly, regardless of what their external environment looks like:

  • Samantha Webb, EA to the CEO at Beyond Blue
  • Carmel Bond, EA at Grocon and founder of the Melbourne EA Group
  • Kate Brownscombe, EA team leader at EY
13:00 – LUNCH BREAK
  • 13:45
PRODUCTIVITY AND SELF CARE – AN UNLIKELY DUO

Nick Ginsburg – executive assistant to the provost and senior vice-president at Monash University

Nick’s passion for his role as executive assistant at Monash University, is only matched by his enthusiasm to share his experience and wealth of knowledge to help others.

Productivity is a particular strength and interest of Nick’s; however, not simply through the lens of output or efficiency, but also how you can ensure increased productivity leads to improved self-care. We don’t often think of productivity and self-care together, but they are a marriage made in heaven. Over the years, productivity has received a bit of a bad rap, often seen as a tool for management to increase workload and profits. Sure, this can happen, but productivity is so much more than that.

In this session, Nick will share:

  • Easy tips and tricks to increase your productivity
  • How to use your increased productivity as a self-care tool
  • Productivity tools to help reduce stress, be present and focus on the tasks you love
  • 14:15
EMOTIONAL AGILITY AND RESILIENCE FOR THE MODERN EA

Chelsea Pottengerfounder of EQ Minds, internationally accredited mindfulness and meditation practitioner, and R u Ok? ambassador

What do you wish you could change about your brain? Do you wish to have a stronger sense of calm, less anxiety and be less reactive? Do you wish you were equipped to come up with solutions under pressure? Maybe to have a stronger memory, or be a more creative thinker? Perhaps it is a combination of a few. Then you can’t afford to miss this keynote dedicated entirely to your mental wellbeing.

As an ambassador for mental health charities, Chelsea’s greatest passion is the development of mental resilience. She draws on her insight into brain science to show you how to prioritise your wellbeing, whilst harnessing peak performance and productivity. Chelsea will provide tips, hacks and mindset shifts that can be applied at work and home, and she will show you:

  • Valuable tools to become more resilient, powerful and perform at your best
  • How to break negative feedback loops when we get caught up in stress or worry
  • Neuroscience behind clinical habituation and discipline, and how to stay on track with new habits
  • Neuroscience behind meditation, along with positivity, empathy and compassion
  • Mental health: Spotting signs and symptoms within yourself, your peers and your family
  • Personal rituals and non-negotiables
  • Mindset shifts for mental fitness
  • Easy hacks for sleep hygiene, gut health and your brain health
15:00 BREAK
  • 15:15
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT PANEL: NETWORKING AND PERSONAL BRAND FOCUS

2020 has seen a shift in how we network and interact, and there certainly isn’t a one size fits all solution. Combined with an increase in digital interaction, our digital footprint and personal brand has never been more critical. Join our panel as they share their insights on networking and personal brand for the modern assistant, and how you can flourish regardless of your personality or interaction type:

  • Sarah Tabboush EA to VP at ServiceNow and founder of Sassy Assistants
  • Rhiannon Ward, former EA to the founders at Canva
  • Laura Price, EA to the CEO at PeopleCare
  • 15:45
YOUR CONFIDENT SELF

Dr Louise Mahler

You can’t buy confidence. But we need it every day in critical PA engagements, not only because it is good for you as an individual but because it is the key to building trust in others. In fact, the two words ‘confidence’ and ‘trust’ are the one word combined in most European languages.

And it does not evolve from simple integrity of mind. You have to exude it. You have to know what you are doing physically and vocally, plus how you are thinking. Then you practice bringing your very best to every engagement. There is no replacement for excellence.

Dr Mahler takes no prisoners in her hilarious, interactive presentation that is full of practical takeaways for building credence and genuine confidence. In the new world, there will be those who get it and achieve success and those that don’t. Get on board and be one that does.

16:30 CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
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