Perth Corporate PA Summit 2017 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Perth Corporate PA Summit 2016 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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Perth Corporate PA Summit 2016 - Australia's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)

The Conference Program

Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of celebrity speakers, 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. Confirmed topics to date are listed below:

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


8.30 REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

9.00 OFFICIAL WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN


9.10 HARNESSING CHANGE FOR SUCCESS – WITH HOLLY RANSOM

Stability is something that unfortunately we can’t all rely on nowadays, and change is more and more a part of our everyday professional lives. Adapting to this change is not only essential, but it needs to be something to face head on rather than fear. Hear expert advice from the very influential Holly Ransom on her experiences working with companies dealing with change, and how you in your role as EA/PA can grasp this change by the horns and steer it in a positive direction for you and your organisation:

  • Building a resilient, positive mindset and remaining motivated and productive when all around the wheels seem to be falling off – harnessing the fear of the unknown and vulnerability
  • Building your ability to step outside your comfort zone. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity to enhance your effectiveness
  • Ways in which you can stay ahead of the game – keeping abreast of trends and preparing yourself, your boss and colleagues for change
  • The core components of effective change and examples of businesses that deal with change well
  • How not to deal with change – pitfalls and hurdles to avoid
  • Using change to foster greater connection with others
  • Becoming an intrapreneur within your organisation to address new business challenges

HOLLY RANSOM


10.00 NEUROSCIENCE: BECOMING BRAIN FIT – STAY SHARP AND RETAIN BALANCE, WITH DR JENNY BROCKIS

Dr Jenny Brockis is a medical 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


10.45 MORNING COFFEE


11.15 HEALTH AND WELLBEING FOCUS WITH DR JOANNA MCMILLAN
BE YOUR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATE


Dr Joanna McMillan is one of Australia’s best-known health, nutrition and lifestyle experts. In this presentation, she will share with you the latest knowledge – busting myths and misconceptions along the way - on how food, drink, exercise, activity, stress and sleep can all influence not only your health in the immediate and long-term, but also drive high self-esteem and happiness, and in turn optimal productivity and performance. Invaluable, practical advice to enable you take charge of your personal health, and to help you drive the health of your organisation:

  • Common health problems seen across businesses Australia-wide - what to be aware
  • Tools to decipher the vast information and trends, and debunk myths, around nutrition and fitness to make the best decisions for your own wellbeing
  • Taking control of your own holistic health - proven ways to boost your mental and physical health for optimal work/life balance
  • Small easily-implementable changes, and mental and physical wellbeing exercises, you can make in your demanding work day to create more energy, increase performance and happiness, restore balance and avoid feeling overwhelmed
  • Tips on nutrition to fundamentally help your wellbeing both at work and at home
  • What does a healthy lifestyle look like in the today’s relentlessly stressful working environment? Finding time to incorporate your wellbeing into your already hectic day to make sustainable change for the better
  • The impact of psychological wellbeing on your physical health
  • How to become an effective and influential wellbeing advocate in your workplace

DR JOANNA MCMILLAN


12.00 SMART TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIES FROM A SWITCHED-ON EA:
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR TIME SAVING/NETWORKING/COMMUNICATING/GOAL SETTING

Every year we receive huge demand for more advice on what new technologies are out there that can help facilitate us in our EA/PA role, along with what we can do with technologies we already have. Hear practical, relevant tips ready to take back and implement in your workplace:

  • Latest technology trends and adapting technology to your role to make it work best for you
  • What to use? Invaluable practical advice on smartphones, special apps and programs to help in the EA/PA role, plus time-saving email management strategies / Outlook tips
  • Navigating social media, and using technology for networking, sharing ideas and spreading your circle of influence to facilitate you in your EA/PA career
  • Making the most of the technologies you have on-hand to really engage your colleagues across your organisation and drive support and involvement in your projects
  • Communicating effectively and consistently when using diverse technologies
  • Best tried-and-tested technologies for project and diary management and for goal setting
  • Where to next for EA/PAs? How does the future look given the rate of technological change?

DAWN SCHWAGER, Executive Assistant to the Group Executive Chairman, CFC Group


12.30 LUNCH BREAK


1.30 FINDING YOUR VOICE WITH AMY SCOTT - CONNECTING COURAGEOUSLY WITH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES
In our rapidly changing work environments we are often asked to cope with not just changes in business structures & processes but also with a multitude of different personalities.  Naturally different people connect in different ways but how do we best adapt our communication styles to manage our diverse professional relationships for a happier, more positive and more productive workplace?

  • Understand your natural communication, negotiation and operating style
  • What does it take to communicate with courage?
  • How to connect with diverse personalities?
  • Create strong and long-lasting relationships with colleagues and clients
  • Overcoming feelings of self-doubt and mastering courageous conversations
  • Find your voice - in a group, meeting or in one-on-one situations

AMY SCOTT


2.15 FINANCIAL FOCUS WITH MICHAEL PASCOE:
WHERE THE HELL ARE WE AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Michael Pascoe is one of Australia's most respected and experienced finance and economics commentators with four decades in newspaper, broadcast and on-line journalism covering the full gamut of economic, business and finance issues. He is a contributing editor for the Fairfax Media BusinessDay web sites, a regular commentator on Channel 7’s Sunrise.

Cutting through the political noise and scary headlines, leading finance and economics commentator Michael Pascoe tackle where both the WA and Australian economies are heading, providing rare perspective on our prospects and problems. Michael will discuss how Australia’s “two-speed” economy has reversed and what’s driving growth now that the construction phase of the resources boom as passed, where our future lies.

  • How the third phase of the resources boom is developing 
  • Where interest rates are heading and what the regulators are trying to do to the housing market
  • The big trends that are driving (or not driving) wages, interest rates, currencies and asset values
  • And along the way, he even finds a way to make “the dismal science” entertaining!

MICHAEL PASCOE


3.00 AFTERNOON TEA


3.30 SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS AND PASSPORT DRAW

3.45 HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF INDISPENSABLE
Zoë Robinson has nearly 20 years’ experience of Executive Support and is the current holder of Executive PA Magazine’s PA of The Year Award; the oldest and most established awards for Personal & Executive Assistants and the only PA & EA awards that are run globally.

  • 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


4.15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS WITH BRANT GARVEY


FOSTERING A CHAMPION MINDSET: DEVELOPING THE COURAGE TO RISE ABOVE ADVERSITY, NAIL YOUR GOALS AND EXPAND YOUR POSSIBILITIES

When it comes to rising above struggle and adversity, Brant Garvey is a champion. Born as an above-knee amputee, Brant has proven time and time again you can face life’s challenges head-on and rise above them, quashing your fears and massively expanding your personal and professional limits in the process. He was the first Australian above knee amputee to compete in an Ironman Triathlon, setting a world-record time in the process, and last year he achieved his lifelong dream of competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Brant will share with you the real key learnings he has experienced around how to succeed in all facets of your professional and personal life. Hear how you can break down the barriers lying between you and the goals you want to achieve, push the boundaries of what is possible, then go on to achieve these goals with flair:

  • The tools you need to face your fears head-on and overcome perceived obstacles in your path
  • How to plan your goals strategically, realistically and effectively… and commit to them
  • Performing under pressure, and what ultimate high performance really takes
  • Developing a thick skin in the face of criticism and set-back
  • Boosting your motivation both in times of adversity and ongoing
  • Practical ways to encourage creative, flexible, resilient thinking and a positive mindset
  • Fostering constructive, collaborative teamwork and engaging others in achieving your goals
  • Capitalising on your success

BRANT GARVEY


5.00 CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING DRINKS


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