Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2017 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2016 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2016 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
The Conference Program

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Wonderful speakers, inspiring, thought-provoking. Great Summit. Great networking experience.

8.30        Registration and welcome coffee

9.00        Opening remarks from the MC
SACHA MCNEIL

9.10        DEVELOPING RESILIENCE AND OVERCOMING ADVERSITY - AND STILL SMILING!
Long-running TVNZ presenter Toni Street knows all too well what it takes to face adversity, having been diagnosed with an incurable and potentially fatal auto-immune disease which severely affects her life on a daily basis. Not one to be beaten down, Toni continues to co-host the New Zealand current affairs programme Seven Sharp, as well as presenting morning shows and sports reporting for One News. Hear Toni’s insights into how she has learned to deal with adversity and what it takes to be strong and carry on:

  • Dealing with the initial shock of a difficult situation and facing it head on
  • Engaging others and fostering a team relationship to help overcome difficult times together
  • Techniques for dealing with stress
  • Overcoming self-doubt and knowing which instincts to trust
  • Developing resilience and a thick skin in the face of criticism and extreme pressure
  • Making the seemingly impossible, possible – following your passion and vision
  • Taking care of yourself and really making work/life balance work for you

TONI STREET

10.00     BEING THE BEST YOU – PERSONAL BRANDING AND HIGH-POWER COMMUNICATING

  • Authenticity, knowing who you are and having the confidence to be yourself and feel great
  • Creating a brand and image that sells what you do and who you are
  • Creating high energy in yourself and in those around you
  • Lifting your standards with energy, excellence & enthusiasm 
  • Boosting your feeling of confidence, self-worth and valuing yourself and your career
  • Tips for presenting yourself as a polished person

LISA O’NEILL, Professional Personal Brand Expert

10.45     Morning coffee

11.15     MASTERING THE ART OF NETWORKING

  • What are the real benefits of networking, and do you have to say “yes” to every invitation?
  • How to nurture and maintain your relationships and leverage your network to help you make positive changes at work and at home
  • Being part of a network that works for you – finding and connecting with the right people to help build your personal and professional success
  • Facing and overcoming the fear of networking
  • Introvert or extrovert – how to network your way
  • Understanding the connections you create and how they can influence your professional life
  • The importance of believing in and communicating who you are, what you know and what you want
JANINE GARNER

12.00     FORGING A GREAT CEO + EA PARTNERSHIP – THE CEO’S VIEW ON THE VALUE OF THE EA ROLE

Bruce Cotterill is a 5-time CEO within several large international companies, and as such has great experience of the importance of the CEO+EA/PA partnership. Here, he will share his stories and invaluable, practical advice on what makes this invaluable partnership really work:

  • What does Bruce, as CEO, value in his EA? What are the key expectations he has of his EA?
  • What does the CEO + EA/PA relationship look like? Partnerships that have/haven’t worked, and why
  • What a CEO really needs from his/her EA/PA, and what makes an invaluable, stand-out EA/PA
  • Where can an EA/PA really add value to a CEO, and to the organisation as a whole
  • Practical ways to forging good communication and positive engagement between CEO and EA/PA
  • What are the key challenges and successes experienced through this partnership
  • Managing the CEO+EA/PA partnership in periods of change
  • The CEO’s take on strategic value-add of the EA/PA and the transition of the modern EA/PA role
  • How Bruce sees the EA/PA career progressing and evolving
  • Effective ways to managing your manager – a manager’s view!

BRUCE COTTERILL

12.45 Lunch

1.45        NEUROSCIENCE: BECOMING BRAIN FIT – STAY SHARP, RETAIN BALANCE
Dr Jenny Brockis is a mediacl practitioner, brain fitness expert and author of Future Brain – the 12 key ways to create your own high-performance brain. The key to success in today's busy, complex and rapidly changing world is having a high level of brain fitness. In this fascinating and engaging keynote, learn from Dr Jenny about how brain awareness is the first step to tuning up your brain so it runs like a Ferrari not a Go-Go mobile:

  • Understand more about how your brain works and how to make it work better
  • Create a healthy brain optimised to work at its best, so you operate at the level you know you are capable of, and achieve more
  • Turbo-boost your own brain fitness – the essential prerequisite for higher mental performance and business success
  • Knowing which lifestyle factors matter the most and how to integrate them into our busy lives to boost mental performance
  • The 5-minute brain refresher you can implement throughout your working day to keep you feeling engaged and to help your attention span

DR JENNY BROCKIS

2.30        HEALTH + WELLBEING FOCUS: 4-DIMENSIONAL WELLNESS
Louise Thompson is a well-known expert and professional life-coach in the field of health and wellbeing, writing her own weekly wellbeing column in “Bite” in the New Zealand Herald, and appearing regularly on various TV and radio shows with techniques to improve health and happiness including TVNZ’s “Breakfast” and RadioLive. In this engaging and uplifting presentation, hear ideas and strategies from Louise on how to incorporate her unique 4-dimensional wellness philosophy into your life, maximising your health and happiness both at work and at home:

  • Why 4-Dimensional Wellness is the key to true wellbeing that lasts
  • Strategies to reduce stress and increase motivation and connection, within the corporate and social environment
  • How even the most time poor can create time to take care of their wellbeing
  • Simple techniques to improve mindfulness and turn good intentions into action

Louise also runs Corporate Wellness workshops – don’t miss her invaluable 1-day workshop on Time and Energy Management on Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 May, packed with invaluable, practical tips on how to run your life at its most efficient to achieve that elusive, sought after work/life balance.
LOUISE THOMPSON

3.15        Afternoon tea

3.45        Sponsor prize draws

4.00        HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF INDISPENSABLE

  • Making yourself indispensable both to your boss and to your business
  • Providing support, and being the best you can be, in any situation
  • Creating a positive and sustainable EA/Exec relationship
  • Establishing yourself as part of the Executive Team

ZOE ROBINSON, Executive Assistant to the CEO, nib nz. Winner of the Executive PA Magazine 'PA of the Year' Award in 2016

4.30        INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NAVIGATING CHANGE, STRESS AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Not only is Nigel Latta is a well-known celebrity, but he’s also a registered clinical psychologist and author who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2012 for services to psychology. Throughout his professional life, Nigel has consciously chosen to navigate his own path to learn things he could never learn on conventional paths, working at the ragged edges of the human condition. He’s experienced severely stressful situations, seeing death and tragedy close up, and shaken hands with some of the most difficult people you could imagine. In this session, Nigel will share his candid advice on how to navigate your own path to get to where you want to go, and on what it really takes to face and manage change, stress and difficult personalities head-on and to come through stronger, more resilient and more inspired. During this session, you’ll learn:

  • Stress-busting techniques and coping mechanisms for managing stress and frequent change such as restructures
  • Change management advice and concrete help for supporting an organisation through crisis
  • Communication methods for dealing with difficult people
  • Tools for building mental toughness and resilience

NIGEL LATTA

5.15        Closing remarks from the MC

5.20        Close of summit, followed by networking drinks

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