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Corporate PA Summit LA 2017 - the biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)

The Conference Program

Monday 23 October 2017

The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and successful EA speakers, presenting on a diverse program of topics which get to the heart of excelling as an EA or PA. The program for the 2017 Los Angeles summit is detailed below:

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

8.30am REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

9.00am OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
LAURA SCHWARTZ


9.10am ASSISTING WITH EXCELLENCE, WITH PEGGY GRANDE
Peggy Grande served President Ronald Reagan as his Executive Assistant for 10 years and continues to perpetuate his living and lasting legacy. She works with Executive Assistants globally on how to create a "Powerful Partnership" with their executive that is positive, productive and creates the synergy necessary to help grow and expand a successful business from a position of support. This is a wonderful way for executives to invest in the professional growth of their assistants and cultivate a teamwork mentality.

PEGGY GRANDE, EA to Ronald Reagan for 10 years


10.00am THE SCIENCE OF CONNECTION WITH BLYTHE ROWE
Did you know, 87% of the American population are internet users? In 2015, Facebook was the first social network to surpass 1 billion registered accounts whilst microblogging network Twitter had over 316 million monthly active accounts, followed closely by online photo sharing platform, Instagram, with 300 million users. We live in an ever-increasing, digitally connected world. In fact, each of you can be found anywhere globally (if you want) in the click of a button. Why then do many of us feel more disconnected than ever? Disconnected from our boss, our colleagues, our clients, our organisation, our loved ones and often ourselves.

Ironically, science tells us that we are wired to connect and when we don’t, the pain we can experience is ‘real pain’. The good news is, your brain can be rewired to help you connect even more. This session teaches you how. It will help you understand the science behind some of our human behaviour and explains why some people behave the way they do. Combining her own practical experience with the latest in neuroscience research, Blythe will demonstrate the power of the brain and the importance this has on developing better relationships (personally & professionally) and creating better experiences in the workplace.


10.45am MORNING COFFEE


11.15am FINDING 26 HOURS IN A 24 HOUR DAY WITH KARI CICHOSKI
Believe it or not, this is the mantra - and official job title - of ‘Time Ninja’ Kari Cichoski, EA to several senior executives at Zappos.com, Inc. Learn from Kari how to make more time in your day, even when it seems you’re working at your most efficient.

  • Practical time saving measures regarding emails, documents and diary management
  • How to streamline daily tasks in the most effective way
  • The delicate art of delegation - up, sideways and down
  • Juggling projects when you really can't delegate them
  • Ensuring you are able to fit everything into core working hours to avoiding working late or weekends

KARI CICHOSKI, PA to CEO of Zappos.com


12.00pm BUILD YOUR OWN CODE FOR SURFING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH SHAUN TOMSON:
DEVELOPING THE RESILIENCE AND COURAGE TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY AND LEAD A LIFE FULL OF POSITIVITY AND POTENTIAL

Shaun Tomson
Former World Surfing Champion and successful businessman, Shaun Tomson, is all-too familiar with facing struggle and adversity. Tragically, he lost his son at the age of 15 in an accident, and to help him to deal with his grief, Shaun developed a ‘code’ for living life – invaluable, positive life lessons surfing had taught him - and here he will share with you how to build your own code to shape your life. Find out how to set your own rules for leading your life and developing the courage, creativity and determination to deal with life’s challenges head-on, a personal strategy to confront everyday challenges and make positive life-changing decisions:

  • The promises we make to ourselves about the future and how they affect our goals
  • The influence of a positive spirit on resilience and dealing with the waves of change in life
  • Building your self-belief and motivation to stick to the promises you make for yourself
  • Being the best ‘you’ you can be, and aligning your purpose to your organisation’s culture
  • Developing authenticity and creating meaningful connections with others
  • Coping with change, planning for your future both personally and professionally
  • Building joy, depth and meaning into your personal and professional life
  • How performance is related to your core values
  • Performing under pressure, and what ultimate high performance really takes
  • Fostering constructive, collaborative teamwork and engaging others

SHAUN TOMSON, former World Surfing Champion


12.45pm LUNCH


1.45pm MASTERING THE ART OF NETWORKING WITH LAURA SCHWARTZ

  • 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

LAURA SCHWARTZ

2.30pm HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF INDISPENSABLE WITH EILEEN ANDERSON

  • Making yourself indispensable both to your boss and to your business
  • Creating a positive and sustainable EA/boss relationship
  • Tips for ‘managing your manager’
  • Working in different time zones to your boss
  • Managing a work/life balance, particularly when being on call
  • Putting your ideas and opinions across in a constructive manner
  • Leading supportive teams
  • Negotiating, developing and enhancing your career
  • Providing support, and being the best you can be, in any situation.

EILEEN ANDERSON, Chief of Staff to the CEO of a California-based high-profile venture capital organisation, formerly EA to the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures



3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA


CLOSING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
3.30pm FINDING YOUR TRUE SUCCESS WITH DR ELIZABETH LOMBARDO

Success is more than achieving external accolades (pant size, job title, money). As America’s Most Requested Celebrity Psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo works with household names who seem to “have it all,” but are miserable on the inside. That is, until they work with Dr. E to create True Success.

True Success means having the internal passion and happiness to create a life of meaning and fun. Imagine waking up every day with excitement to discover what they day has in store for you.

You will learn

  • Strategies to control your inner critic and create a life you love
  • How to develop the most resilient type of self-confidence
  • How to change your dialogue, to get more of what you need, and create true success
  • How to optimally deal with anyone- even the negative people in your life
  • Ways to prosper, even during tough times

DR ELIZABETH LOMBARDO, America’s Most Requested Celebrity Psychologist


4.30pm CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

4.45pm NETWORKING DRINKS

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