Empowering you to achieve excellence in your role
Conference Date
30th October - 1st November 2019
Location
Parkview, Doltone House Darling Island Wharf, Sydney
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Day 1 - Wednesday 30th October, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Dimitra Zographos
Executive Manager
The EA Circle
Play a strategic role in your organisation to help support & achieve business goals
8:40
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Exploring the full leadership potential of EAs & PAs
  • Identifying the traits of good leadership and building your personal leadership potential
  • Linking organisational culture and leadership to enhance organisational performance
  • Capitalising your strengths and overcoming challenges and barriers to leadership advancement
Jan Jones
Author of ‘The CEO’s Secret Weapon’ &
Former EA to Tony Robbins
9:20
EAs as agents of change: the true EA role scope
  • What makes the EA a key strategic role: influence, partnerships and vantage point
  • Leveraging your strengths, and focus them towards real impact and growth
  • Identifying business opportunities beyond your role
Maria Lynch
EA to Chief Executive Officer
Architectus
Cultivating professional networks & relationships
10:00
JOINT PRESENTATION: Creating a successful EA-Executive partnership
  • Determining mutual expectations to establish a thriving professional relationship
  • Implementing procedures and protocols to prevent misunderstandings
  • Building trust and optimising your relationship with your executive
Robert van Stokrom
Chief Executive Officer
DFP Recruitment
Meghan Beattie
EA to Chief Executive Officer & Winner of Up & Coming PA of the Year 2014
DFP Recruitment
10:40
Morning tea & networking
11:10
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event

11:40
Improving communication skills to get your job done efficiently & effectively
  • Discovering the impact of your own communication style and how to adapt it for positive outcomes
  • Positioning yourself with confidence and credibility
  • Learning how to deal with conflict and difficult conversations
Chantelle Taylor
EA to the Global Chief Financial Officer
Aurecon
12:20
Networking lunch
Build skills & develop your career path through mentorship
1:20
JOINT PRESENTATION: Maximise your mentor-mentee relationship to navigate your career path
  • Discovering the narrative in someone else’s career development
  • Self-promote: Identify opportunities for mentoring
  • Being confident to step out of your comfort zone
Jacqui Baynie
EA to Chief Executive Officer - Digital
Lendlease
Eva Kucera
EA to Chief Operating Officer - Building, Engineering & Services
Lendlease
2:00
MEET YOUR MENTOR
  • Breakout style engagement with experienced EAs
  • Rotate through three 20 minute themed roundtables
Natalie Sands
EA to Managing Director & Winner of Exec PA Awards 2017
Franklin Templeton
Jacqui Baynie
EA to Chief Executive Officer - Digital
Lendlease
Carmen Parker
EA to Chief Executive Officer
SMEC
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
Exploring the changing role of the EA PA
3:30
Enhancing analytical skills to keep EAs & PAs relevant in the digital age

• Harvesting the benefits of AI
• Transferring data insights to assist your executives
• Identifying the big picture for your role, organisation and working environment

Gemma Mulcahy
EA to People & Operations Manager
PwC
4:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Adapting to the future workplace of professional service firms
  • Analysing the impact of AI and automation on your future work scope
  • Developing key skills to future proof your career in the fast paced professional services industry
  • Leveraging technology to drive efficiency in meeting deadlines
  • Adapting to agile working arrangements
Enisa Fazlic
EA to Group Executive, People & Corporate Affairs
AMP
Carmen Parker
EA to Chief Executive Officer
SMEC
Sarah Tabboush
EA to Vice President Australia & Asia
Pega Systems
Maxim Baalman
EA and Office Manager
EY
5:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop A: Building critical skills to be your manager’s secret weapon
Wednesday 30th October 2019, 5:15pm – 8:15pm

All over the world, CEOs, entrepreneurs and managers are looking for a unique business advantage – the one idea, strategy, or tactic that will give them an advantage over their competitors. As an EA PA, your executive hires you for the variety of skills, talent and the mindset you bring to the role. Executives want an assistant who is an accomplished business ally, someone who understands their priorities and always represents them in the best light. How do you upgrade your skills to become your executive’s biggest asset?

In this practical workshop, you will learn how to

  • Increase your value and provide customised support to your executive through using initiative to spearhead projects
  • Exercise sound judgement in decision making
  • Develop critical thinking ability, being quick off the mark
  • Enhance communication and collaboration
  • Explore other required skills that will help you grow in stature and be considered executive material

Key topics include

  • Explore the attributes of some of the most successful assistants working in a high pressure working environment
  • What the tangible and intangible characteristics of exceptional executive assistants are
  • Develop these essential characteristics to help position yourself as a compelling brand in professional services industry
  • Establish your credentials as a power player in the executive assistant profession

Price: $499 + GST

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Jan Jones
Author of ‘The CEO’s Secret Weapon’ &
Former EA to Tony Robbins
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Day 2 - Thursday 31st October, 2019

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Dimitra Zographos
Executive Manager
The EA Circle
Develop critical skill sets put yourself forward as a high performing EA
8:40
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity for reflective discussion with other delegates and discuss key takeaways from the conference so far

9:10
Thinking out of the box: excelling at what you do & beyond
  • Taking extra responsibilities as opportunities to build knowledge across business units
  • Actively collaborating with other internal departments across different projects
  • Embracing and being the champion of the change
Kerryn Campbell
EA to Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
Urbis
9:50
Morning tea & networking
10:20
Building a personal brand to get yourself recognised
  • Ensuring visibility and raising your profile authentically
  • Demonstrating your skill sets in a professional manner
  • Take on more responsibility whenever possible
Laura Mooney
EA to Chief Executive Officer & Chief Strategy Officer
McCann Worldgroup
11:00
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Roundtable A: Managing conflict & difficult conversations
  • Roundtable B: The rise of Virtual Assistant (VA): how does VA impact your work scopes
  • Roundtable C: How to position yourself as a business asset & promote yourself in the workplace
  • Roundtable D: Breaking out the silo to build an internal support network in the fast paced professional services field
12:00
Enhancing strategic thinking to align your goals with the business vision
  • Identifying the big picture for your role, organisation & working environment
  • Setting short-term goals & communicating your direction clearly to achieve success
  • How to proactively involving yourself in the office to establish yourself as a key member of the executive team
Maxim Baalman
EA and Office Manager
EY
12:40
Networking Lunch
1:40
The evolution of the EA role from administrative assistant to business partner
  • The importance of emotional intelligence
  • The art of managing upwards
  • Coping with confidentiality
Melanie Antal
EA to Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Allens
2:20
Managing competing priorities from multiple high profile executives
  • Building knowledge and data on a daily basis to support your decisions later
  • Reviewing tasks from the company perspective to ensure your decisions align with the business vision
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence as a tool to create more positive results
Alyssa Hurst
EA to Chairman & Chief Executive Partner, Australia
King & Wood Mallesons
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
Focus on health & wellbeing for holistic job satisfaction
3:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Striving for work-life balance or work-life integration?
  • Building trust and leveraging techniques to perform the EA PA role efficiently and flexibly
  • Developing practical skills to ensure your own personal health and wellbeing under high pressure
  • Leveraging flexible working arrangements to benefit both the EA or PA
Laurinda Moore
EA to Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
IAG
Bianca Magnavacca
EA to Managing Director & Country Executive
Northern Trust Corporation
Hannah Williams
PA to Partners
Deloitte
4:10
CLOSING INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Managing Upwards – the Millennial Way, for the incoming Millennial Boss
  • Work effectively with your Executive, building key skills & becoming a real asset
  • How and why managing up fails for EAs and how to avoid it
  • Challenging decisions and working with your Executive to find solutions
  • Understanding the difficulties of 21st Leadership & learn how to harness your support service for a new generation of leader
  • Influence with impact & persuasion skills
  • Exploring management behaviours & adapting different techniques
Victoria Wratten
Founder
Executive and Personal Assistants Association
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop B: How to position yourself as a trusted business partner
Thursday 31st October 2019, 5:15pm – 8:15pm

Managing your career is about managing a series of relationships. Your ability to build trust with your managers, other executives and colleagues is critical to succeed in your role. That trust is also important for the success of your organisation.

Today, EAs and PAs need a holistic and strategic mindset to be more of a business partner. Making this shift will enable you to achieve your full potential and open up leadership opportunities.

This interactive workshop provides you with knowledge and practical skills to position you as a trusted business partner.

You will learn

  • Why building trust improves the organisational, team and individual results
  • How to identify the barriers to building trust and the levers you can move
  • Six trust drivers to facilitate trust with your managers (and others)
  • Handy trust leadership tools to apply in your organisation the next day

During the session you will also work on your own personal trust enhancer action plan to ensure you stay on track when you get back to the office.

Price: $499 + GST

* Refreshments provided

Marie-Claire Ross
Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder
Trustologie
Register Now
Workshop A: Building critical skills to be your manager’s secret weapon
Wednesday 30th October 2019, 5:15pm – 8:15pm

All over the world, CEOs, entrepreneurs and managers are looking for a unique business advantage – the one idea, strategy, or tactic that will give them an advantage over their competitors. As an EA PA, your executive hires you for the variety of skills, talent and the mindset you bring to the role. Executives want an assistant who is an accomplished business ally, someone who understands their priorities and always represents them in the best light. How do you upgrade your skills to become your executive’s biggest asset?

In this practical workshop, you will learn how to

  • Increase your value and provide customised support to your executive through using initiative to spearhead projects
  • Exercise sound judgement in decision making
  • Develop critical thinking ability, being quick off the mark
  • Enhance communication and collaboration
  • Explore other required skills that will help you grow in stature and be considered executive material

Key topics include

  • Explore the attributes of some of the most successful assistants working in a high pressure working environment
  • What the tangible and intangible characteristics of exceptional executive assistants are
  • Develop these essential characteristics to help position yourself as a compelling brand in professional services industry
  • Establish your credentials as a power player in the executive assistant profession

Price: $499 + GST

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Jan Jones
Author of ‘The CEO’s Secret Weapon’ &
Former EA to Tony Robbins
Register Now
Workshop B: How to position yourself as a trusted business partner
Thursday 31st October 2019, 5:15pm – 8:15pm

Managing your career is about managing a series of relationships. Your ability to build trust with your managers, other executives and colleagues is critical to succeed in your role. That trust is also important for the success of your organisation.

Today, EAs and PAs need a holistic and strategic mindset to be more of a business partner. Making this shift will enable you to achieve your full potential and open up leadership opportunities.

This interactive workshop provides you with knowledge and practical skills to position you as a trusted business partner.

You will learn

  • Why building trust improves the organisational, team and individual results
  • How to identify the barriers to building trust and the levers you can move
  • Six trust drivers to facilitate trust with your managers (and others)
  • Handy trust leadership tools to apply in your organisation the next day

During the session you will also work on your own personal trust enhancer action plan to ensure you stay on track when you get back to the office.

Price: $499 + GST

* Refreshments provided

Marie-Claire Ross
Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder
Trustologie
Register Now
Workshop C: Time management for enhanced health & wellness
Friday 1st November 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

An essential element of maintaining your health and well-being is knowing when and how to pivot and flex and when to ‘reset’. It is about knowing when to re-implement learnt time management techniques, in order to be in control of your evolving health and wellness goals.

In this workshop, participants will be provided with tools, techniques and strategies on analysing your personal time management strengths and challenges to identify the best practice techniques to stay motivated and achieve results.

Gain tangible insights on

  • Analysing current workload to determine what is relevant
  • Prioritising workload and planning tasks
  • Achieving a balance between work and external commitments
  • Setting long term and short term goals and commit to a personal action plan
  • Implementing your own time management to your own health
  • How to make plans to make the change

Price: $499 + GST

* Refreshments provided

Ruth Kilah
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Hoxton Hyde
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Key Speakers

Jan Jones
Author of ‘The CEO’s Secret Weapon’ &
Former EA to Tony Robbins
Melanie Antal
EA to Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Allens
Chantelle Taylor
EA to the Global Chief Financial Officer
Aurecon
Enisa Fazlic
EA to Group Executive, People & Corporate Affairs
AMP