Former EA to Tony Robbins
Jan Jones was bringing disruptive innovation to the executive assistant role long before the term came into use.
With 20 years of proven worldwide expertise, honed on a daily basis in the international halls of business, Jan raised the role of executive assistant to an art form through her mastery of what she calls “The Tangible and Intangible Characteristics” of an exceptional executive assistant, which she lays out in her highly-acclaimed book, “The CEO’s Secret Weapon How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness”. The book debuted at #1 on Amazon in the Office Management category.
Jan is president of Jan Jones Worldwide, a bespoke speakers bureau which evolved from her industry experience as executive assistant to Tony Robbins, the world’s leading business/life strategist and bestselling author. Jan spent ten years as exclusive representative for Michael Gerber, the world’s #1 small business guru and entrepreneurial visionary, who authored the mega business bestseller “The E-Myth Revisited”.
A fearless original thinker and iconoclast, Jan Jones is a passionate advocate for the key role a high- performing executive assistant plays in the business world. Jan champions the EA profession’s integrity through her frank commentary, writing, speaking and consulting. Jan thrives on interacting with executives and assistants, helping them to envision how their partnership can prosper when the full complement of the assistant’s talents and skills are utilized to enhance the executive’s productivity and effectiveness.
Northern Trust Corporation
Hannah Williams is a Personal Assistant working at Deloitte, an organisation that is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Hannah supports two Partners in the Consulting team, Vanessa Matthijssen and Peter Corbett. Hannah has four years’ experience supporting executives, having previously worked at a start-up, assisting the CEO and the wider team. Having obtained a Diploma of Business & Management, Hannah is a highly efficient administrative professional with great time management, communication and interpersonal skills.
The flexible working practices that Deloitte offer support employees individual lifestyles, allowing Hannah & her colleagues to achieve a healthy work and life balance. In addition to this Hannah is grateful that her role allows her to engage in opportunities outside her usual scope, including having co-authored a blog with Vanessa on responsible nutrition. This blog can be found on her LinkedIn profile. Hannah is excited to build her career with such an outstanding & globally recognised organisation.
After studying Architecture in Buenos Aires, Maria found her passion was Business Administration, moved into the field and never looked back. With over 15 years experience in the EA arena, Maria has supported high level executives across Architecture, Engineering and Management Consulting industries. Driven to push beyond a traditional role scope and to leave a mark, Maria focuses on organisational efficiency, practice culture and people management.
Laura brings over a decade of experience as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, having held positions in a variety of industries including advertising, construction, government and aircraft maintenance.
As a Senior C-suite Executive Assistant, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge on networking and building relationships while building a personal brand. Currently supporting the CEO and CSO at McCann Worldgroup, Laura has worked on building a fresh new culture, streamlining processes and implementing change.
Originally hailing from Dublin Ireland, Laura has lived in Australia for over 7 years, calling Sydney her home for 6 years.
Ruth Kilah is a Certified Fitness and Wellness Coach, a former Senior Executive Assistant, with 14 years experience both local Australia and internationally, a Speaker and Mother to a very energetic toddler!
Ruth was the Executive Assistant to the CFO and CIO, CRO and VP of Communications for GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, managed the professional schedules, lead teams and managed numerous strategic business projects and events for each function.
During Ruth’s previous corporate career, she lived in London (UK) for 8 years and worked in the fast paced and stressful environment of the financial banking district, located not far from Hoxton Square. After a number of years of working herself into the ground and not prioritising her health, Ruth decided to commit to running the Paris Marathon. Many training hours were spent running around the picturesque and iconic, Hyde Park. Although Ruth had always enjoyed being active, it was this moment in time which marked the start of her appreciation for the importance of prioritising health and wellness and ultimately, how Hoxton Hyde came to be.
Marie-Claire Ross, BA (Hons), is the Chief Corporate Catalyst at Trustologie. Marie-Claire is a workplace sociologist, author and consultant focused on helping leaders build trust. In order to improve business results through putting the right processes in place to empower employees to speak up about issues, challenge each other and share information. Marie-Claire also writes a monthly column in Facility Management magazine on corporate culture and has been interviewed for BRW and Sky Business News. Marie-Claire is also the author of Transform your Safety Communication which provides safety professionals with easy techniques to engage their workforce on safety. MarieClaire is on the SME committee for Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a fellow of The CEO Institute.
The EA Circle
Dimitra Zographos is an Australian Award Winning Executive Assistant with exceptional insights, skills and experience having worked for Australian and multinational corporations.
She has been an Executive Assistant for over 20 years and truly understands what it takes to be an exceptional EA.
Dimitra is passionate and a true advocate for the EA profession, appreciating the difference, value and influence it can bring to an executive, executive team and an entire organisation. She uses her extensive experience to challenge, assist, guide and inspire EAs to take their career to the next level and to reach their full potential.
Given Dimitra’s passion and commitment to make a difference, inspiring EA’s to progress, she has joined The EA Circle as Executive Manager to grow, expand and specifically focus on providing a truly exclusive forum for Executive Assistants to exceed their perceived potential.
Jacqui Baynie is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer for Digital at Lendlease. Her role is to support the CEO to drive the global strategy, operations and portfolio of digital services across all of Lendlease business globally.
For the past 18 years Jacqui has supported MDs, CEOs and Board members from large diverse organisations like Optus, DP World, MasterCard, Leighton Contractors and more recently Lendlease.
In these roles, Jacqui was a trusted advisor and an active behind-the-scenes partner to these senior leaders, not only contributing to the administrative side but also the day-to-day business operations and long-term business development planning. Along the way, she has built strong relationships with both internal and external key stakeholders, founded on trust and integrity.
Jacqui continues to be a role model and mentor to many younger EAs who aspire to be C-Suite assistants. Remaining resilient, focused, empathetic and adaptable in the ever changing fast-paced corporate world we work in today, is key to her success.
Eva Kucera is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer for the Construction Businesses Australia for Lendlease. Her role is to work alongside the COO, assisting and supporting him with the day-to-day duties within his role of Risk and Safety Officer for Engineering, Building & Services business units in Australia.
With over 18 years of experience in professional office executive support roles, Eva brings extensive knowledge and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high pressure environments. Prior to her current role, Eva supported the EGM and his team in Lendlease Engineering, providing operational support for the NSW Engineering business unit with turnover more than $0.8Bn and headcount over 1400. Eva was responsible for project management of quarterly 2-day training program aimed at employee retention and professional development, successfully delivered and later expanded nationally.
Eva is known for her ability to build strong lasting relationships with stakeholders on all levels. She adopts quickly to change and provides mentoring to junior administrative assistants within and outside of Lendlease. With an eager attitude to learn and develop her professional skills, Eva has accomplished extensive professional education in Australia and overseas, which she actively applies into her role. She is currently undertaking a Master’s degree program at UNSW to further her skills in the business organisation and management field.
Executive and Personal Assistants Association
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