Corporate PA Summit LA 2017 - the biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs) Corporate PA Summit LA 2017 - the biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and successful case study speakers. The 49th Corporate PA Summit in Los Angeles will build upon this tradition, with an agenda packed full of exceptional speakers. Confirmed speakers are listed below:

Corporate PA Summit 2017

Laura Schwartz  
Laura Schwartz

Professional Speaker, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and Television Commentator

As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, Laura created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. At just 19, she arrived at the White House with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office, quickly climbing her way up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events.
Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed, Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond and inspires each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!

Laura is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois; is the guest host for Larry King’s PoliticKING, and travels extensively both domestically and internationally to work with Fortune’s Top 50 and 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations, universities and nonprofit organizations, motivating people from all over the world to EAT, DRINK & SUCCEED!

Dr Elizabeth Lombardo  
Dr Elizabeth Lombardo

Considered Shaquille O’Neal’s “Head coach for Happiness”, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is on a mission to free people from their inner critic to create the health, wealth and happiness they crave.

Her unique ability to help men and women unlock their own, unique personal happiness code has made her America’s most interviewed celebrity psychologist, with over 75 radio and TV appearances on shows like Dr. Oz, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey, CNN and others. Dr. Lombardo’s articles can frequently be found in SUCCESS, Fast Company, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post and other respected publications.

A Licensed Practicing Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Psychology, Dr. Lombardo’s newest bestselling book and upcoming course, Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life you Love helps anyone suffering from conditional self worth or perfectionism turn down their critic’s voice, turn up their self-confidence and gain essential skills to flourish in work, health, relationships and life.

Peggy Grande  
Peggy Grande

President Ronald Reagan chose Peggy Grande to work at his side for 10 years, and together they created a powerful partnership. Serving as his post-presidency Executive Assistant, Peggy was the liaison between Ronald Reagan personally and his staff, the public, local dignitaries and world leaders. She ensured that his events, travel, personal and political relationships and day to day operations were handled efficiently and effectively. She had a front row seat to history and got to know Ronald Reagan the man, not just the president.

She drafted and managed correspondence for his original signature, reviewed invitations, scheduled visitors, appointments and phone calls and attended to a wide range of office and personal needs. Peggy traveled with him regularly and was also his post-presidency official photographer which gave her a behind the scenes view of his private interactions with everyone from the general public to heads of state, including Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Brian Mulroney, Helmut Kohl and even a saint - Mother Teresa. Peggy witnessed first-hand leadership on display at its highest and best. It was the honor of a lifetime for her to have known and worked closely with one of the greatest political figures of our era.

As a keynote speaker, she shares principles of leadership and excellence with corporations, non-profits, C-Suites, political groups, students and executive assistants. She is a certified consultant for the Fascination Assessment, and uses it to help individuals and companies discover and articulate their highest value.

Peggy is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Business. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their four diverse and accomplished children.

Eileen Anderson  
Eileen Anderson

Eileen has had extensive EA experience over the past 23 years, from working with a former President of the United States, and working as an EA to a current A-list actor, to her current role as Chief of Staff to the CEO of a California-based high-profile venture capital organisation. Eileen has responsibility for managing communications between the CEO and all employees, business managers and business partners including investors, architects and designers.

Prior to this role, Eileen was EA to the Chairman and CEO of a leading movie studio, a role which she held for 10 years. During this time, she gained an enormous amount of experience working at the C-Suite level as a senior Executive Assistant. From being a key point of contact between board members, business managers, studio executives and talent, to creating detailed travel plans, event budgets and extensive meeting management, Eileen gained a comprehensive knowledge of how to be an indispensable asset to any employer.

These days, Eileen’s primary objective is to leverage her 20+ years as a senior Executive Assistant at the C-Suite level to help train assistants to better suit their employers’ needs.


Kari Cichoski  
Kari Cichoski

Kari Cichoski joined Zappos in 2010 starting as a customer service representative. She quickly transitioned to where her passion lies within a team of Time Ninjas, assisting various executives in Zappos Monkey Row. Prior to her Zappos career, she spent three years as lead secretary for a CPA firm in Las Vegas. With a decade of EA work under her belt, she is well-versed in Microsoft Office, creative googling and problem solving.

Kari truly feels there is nothing more rewarding in her career than helping people and making everyone else’s job around her easier. 

While she is a desert rat at heart, Kari still enjoys traveling with her husband and two amazing boys as much as possible. Above all, she cherishes spending quality time with her family who inspires her to be her best version.

Irrelevant skills: Hogging the blankets, rapping Nicki Minaj, and carrying all the groceries in the house in one trip.

Shaun Tomson  
Shaun Tomson Shaun Tomson is a leadership, resilience and positive attitude expert and has worked with some of the world’s best-known organizations – GM, Cisco, PWC, Google, Toy R US, Disney and Gap – to empower and activate their teams.
Shaun offers a unique perspective on focusing personal will to improve performance, and workshops to help team members deepen relationships and transform individually and collectively.

Shaun's emotionally charged keynotes have been described as “transformational” and “life changing”. As a trainer and coach his primary focus is to help individuals and organizations realize their true potential by envisioning and committing to a positive shared future using his simple psychological tool that focuses personal and group will.

Shaun is a true entrepreneur having founded, managed and sold two international multi-million-dollar market-leading clothing brands – Instinct in the 80’s and Solitude in the 90’s. He is a former World Surfing Champion and has been described as one of the greatest and most influential surfers of all time - he is an inductee in the US, Jewish and South African Sports Halls of Fame.

He is the author of the best sellers Surfer’s Code and the recent #1 Amazon book The Code -The Power of "I Will”. He produced the award-winning documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door, a dramatic story of how a group of young Australians and South Africans created professional surfing and built a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Shaun is a Business Finance graduate from the University of Natal in South Africa and holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University. He has served on the board of Surfrider Foundation and Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club. He is a former Vice President at Strathspey Crown, a private equity company focused on health care, has consulted for consumer corporations Brooks Shoes and Deckers, and has held executive positions at lifestyle brands Patagonia and O’Neill.

Shaun has presented keynotes and facilitated workshops all over the world and has shared the stage with well-known personalities including Sir Richard Branson and Malcolm Gladwell. He also speaks to 50,000 students each year, at high schools and universities, on how to create a personal code to inspire self-esteem and motivate positive decisions.

Shaun has been married for thirty years and lives with his wife Carla and 7-year-old son Luke in Montecito, California.

He has dedicated his life to inspiring and influencing others to be the best they can be.

Blythe Rowe  
Widely recognised for her ability to shake things up, organizations hire Blythe to help boot the unproductive and unacceptable behaviors from their business, to rev up productivity, profitability and performance.

Blythe graduated with a bachelor of business (industrial relations) and started her corporate career. She also has her masters degree in management and is a qualified NLP practitioner and peak performance coach.

After 13 years working in Senior Human Resources and Organisational Development roles for some of the world's largest businesses, her obsession for people and performance led her to venture solo. She is the founder and director of people and culture business, ‘Human Incite’ who partner with leading organisations to develop the mindset and skillset of their people and leaders to create sustainable behavioral change and awesome places to work.

Blythe is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. Her straighttalking approach challenges the status quo and her audiences as to what they need to do personally to rev up results for themselves and their organization.

Her passion, energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Combine these with her expertise in people leadership and her ability to ‘tell it like it is’, in a fun, yet pragmatic way, will prove the perfect ingredients to inspire your leaders and teams into action.

Most importantly, Blythe is the mumma of two beautiful little girls, Mackenzie and Matilda.

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