8:30 am: Registration, Morning Coffee and Tea
8:55am: Opening remarks from chair: Caitlin Wakely, Co-Facilitator, Mentor and Marketing Manager, The EA Institute
Career progression within the role and beyond
9:00am: Private Sector Perspective: Evolving your career through professional development
- Taking control of your professional development to become more than an assistant
- Ensuring you perform at your best while remaining open to career advancement
- What are the benefits to progressing your career as an EA vs moving into another role?
- Building your career outside the EA role by saying yes to opportunities
Ruth Mooney, Senior Executive Assistant and Project Manager Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, GE Australia
9:50am: Masterclass: How to Brand yourself as an organisational leader
Caitlin Wakely, Co-Facilitator, Mentor and Marketing Manager, The EA Institute
10:40am: Morning tea
11:00am: CASE STUDY: Identifying and developing a transferrable set of skills to progress your career
- Determining valuable transferrable skills to move up in your career
- Leveraging high-pressure experience to demonstrate your professional assets
- Building a professional network to diversify your skills and progress your career
- Exploiting opportunities to use your skills in new situations
Elise Blair, Project Officer and EA to the Chief Health Officer of Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
11:50am: VIP Address: Motivation and Self-Determination
As a business entrepreneur, fitness fanatic and mum, Michelle Bridges draws on the lessons she’s learned through both her successes as well as her slip ups, to offer her audience her key learnings in her latest keynote address. Michelle leads her audience to uncover their own life learnings through asking questions such as ‘what fuels you?’ and ‘who can you be?’ to ultimately inspire and uplift her listeners to create their best lives.
Michelle Bridges, Motivational Coach, Entrepreneur & Author
12:40 pm Lunch
1:40: Panel Discussion: Building a network to maintain relationships with other EA’s and senior stakeholders?
- How do you establish key contacts across your department and beyond to optimise administrative efficiencies and decision making?
- How do you deliver assertiveness and professionalism when communicating with senior stakeholders?
- How can you maintain professionalism when dealing with difficult people?
Cecilia Falson, Private Secretary and Office Manager, NSW Attorney General
Laura Changizi, Executive Assistant, Centre for Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health
2:30pm: Making your job easier with effective communication
- Building trust and influence with persuasion skills
- Managing complex stakeholder relationships through effective communication
- Effectively communicating and collaborating within the team to achieve your objectives
Robyn Woodbridge, EA to Chair, Productivity Commission
3:20pm Afternoon tea
3:40pm: Masterclass: Managing organisational change to support your executive
- Facilitating yourself through change in the workplace to drive productivity
- Embracing and viewing change in a positive way to prepare for the challenges that change brings
- Reflecting on your personal approach to change to develop resilience within your roles
Michelle Chant, Principal, Change Management and Leadership, The Change Collective
4:30pm: Case Study: Harnessing your potential by managing your wellness
- Harnessing your focus and increasing performance with mindfulness training
- Using mindfulness to be more present, connected and effective
- Remaining resilient throughout organisational change
- Understanding the links between physical health and professional performance
- Tools for managing workplace stress and boosting personal wellbeing
Derek Wiseman, Executive Assistant, Australian Communications and Media Authority