The world's leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to New Zealand for the first time in July 2017.

Featuring ten of the most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers for the Administrative Profession.


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Auckland

The Stamford Plaza Hotel

14 & 15 July

2017

10 Speakers

Featuring the best line-up of speakers for Assistants

Limited tickets

Book now to avoid disappointment

Speakers


The leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to Auckland in July 2017.

Featuring the best line-up of speakers for Assistants anywhere in the world this year - ten of the world’s most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers.

Speaker 1

Vickie Sokol Evans

The world’s top Microsoft Certified Trainer for productivity

Speaker 2

Laura Schwartz

Former White House Director of Events

Speaker 3

Julie Perrine

CEO and Founder of All Things Admin

Speaker 4

Heather Baker

World class trainer, best selling author & creator of BakerWrite

Speaker 5

Anel Martin

South Africa's internationally renowned rock star trainer

Speaker 6

Eth Lloyd

Globally recognised authority on the role of the Assistant

Speaker 7

Kathleen Drum

Editor, Executive Secretary Magazine

Speaker 9

Florence Katono

Pitman PA of the Year 2015

Speaker 8

Bonnie Low-Kramen

One of the most respected voices in the profession

Speaker 8

Lucy Brazier

Your host, CEO & Publisher of Executive Secretary Magazine

  • Vickie Sokol Evans

    Microsoft Certified Trainer, Vickie Evans has a passion for empowering (and entertaining) business users to save time and deliver better results faster and helping organizations see a higher ROI on their technology investment.

    She is the author of the bestselling “100 Tips” series for both PC & Mac and has trained and coached professionals around the world, delivering thousands of time-saving presentations, classes and webinars to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, law firms, hospitals, professional groups and individuals.

    Having studied improv comedy in New York, Dallas and Austin, Vickie is highly engaging and adaptable during her sessions so that attendees end up learning MORE than what they expected.

    She has just trained Bill Gates' team of Assistants how to most effectively use Microsoft for their day to day roles.

    Our feedback forms always rate Vickie as our most requested return trainer and she even had a marriage proposal from one of the EAs at LIVE last year.

    Sample Client List: American Airlines, Apollo, bgC3 (Bill Gates), Campbell Soup Company, Dell, eBay, Hillshire Brands, HP, KKR, MasterCard, Miami Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, The New York Times, Starbucks, Westminster Abbey, and many more!

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  • Julie Perrine

    Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, MBTI Certified, is an administrative expert, trainer, motivational speaker, and author. She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing and providing breakthrough products, training, mentoring, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.

    Julie has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative profession spanning several industries and serving in corporate and startup settings. Julie has created several innovative tools and programs for administrative professionals including the Administrative Procedures Toolkit, Kick-Start Creating Your Administrative Procedures Binder Course, Professional Portfolio Builder, e-Portfolio Builder, and the Success Builder Series. She is also the author of The Innovative Admin: Unleash the Power of Innovation In Your Administrative Career (book), The Organized Admin and 5 Simple Steps to Creating Your Administrative Procedures Binder (e-book).

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  • KEYNOTE: Laura Schwartz

    The White House Years

    Laura Schwartz, the Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful productions. She arrived at the White House, with no political connections, at just 19 years of age as a volunteer answering phones in the press office. Immediately proving her value, Laura climbed her way up the ranks to Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television, and ultimately, the White House Director of Events. Following the administration, Laura travelled the world with Former President Clinton for the Global Initiative.

    Professional Speaker, EMCEE And Interviewer

    Laura has been taking her empowering presentations to stages across the world since 2001 and is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or a crowd of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura has received high marks for her work as emcee for many prominent corporations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Cathay Pacific, HSBC, BlackRock, Pacific Life, MACY’S, Hilton Worldwide, Oprah Winfrey Network, Hyatt, PepsiCo, Coldwell Banker, Asembia Pharmaceutical and more.

    Laura’s Book: Eat, Drink & Succeed

    In “Eat, Drink & Succeed!” Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. Through her acclaimed speaking series, she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world empowering, motivating and inspiring each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!

    Television Work

    Laura’s nonpartisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally. She is a regular guest host for Larry King on “Larry King’s Politicking” and is an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking and world events. She was the on-air political contributor for Fox News Channel from 2004 to 2007, covered the 2008 presidential campaign for “The CBS Early Show” on CBS, a regular on Sir David Frost’s “Frost Over the World,” and the special correspondent to “Larry King Live” at CNN for the 2008 Presidential Elections. Today, Laura appears on the “BBC World News,” China’s CCTV and the BBC. For more on Laura’s work visit her YouTube channel and recent appearances here.

    Honors And Board Involvement

    Laura is widely recognized for her civic, philanthropic and professional leadership and is humbled to have won numerous awards and accolades. In 2015, Laura was the first American woman to be featured as the cover story of The UAE’s leading entrepreneurial magazine and appeared as a featured contributing writer to Fast Company magazine. She has been recognized by various magazines; named one of the Best Keynote Speakers by Meetings and Conventions magazine, as well as by Successful Meetings magazine. She was also featured in The Meeting Professional magazine of MPI, named an “Elle Boss” by Elle magazine and featured in Glamour and Marie Claire. She serves on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Clean the World Foundation and Common Threads. She was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicargo” by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and named one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago magazine for her community involvement. In 2009, the prestigious Oxford Union in England invited Laura to speak on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.

    Laura is a proud member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the International Live Events Association (ILEA).

    She travels extensively both domestically and internationally to work with Fortune 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations, universities and non-profit organizations, motivating people from all over the world to reach their fullest potential!

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  • Heather Baker

    Heather Baker had more than 20 years’ experience as a secretary and PA before setting up Baker Thompson Associates Limited in 2000.

    Her corporate career took her to France for five years – working for the Commercial Director of cognac producer, Hine; her next move was to world-class pharmaceutical manufacturer ICI – now AstraZeneca; latterly Heather was PA to the MD of Granada Media operating between the company’s offices in London and Manchester during a period of great change in broadcasting.

    She now travels the world working with large and small companies enabling their PAs, receptionists and front-line administrative staff to perform more effectively.

    Heather is also a best selling author and creator of the BakerWrite speed writing system.

    She is the best-selling author of three business communications books which are available in hard copy or as electronic versions.

    Her first book,"Speedwriting" was published when her BakerWrite speedwriting system became so very popular. It was then picked up by Pitman Training and they used Heather's book to offer BakerWrite speedwriting in all their UK franchises.

    There are now many other licensed BakerWrite training providers around the world.

    Her other two equally successful books are on Minute Taking and Successful Business Writing.

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  • Kathleen Drum

    Kathleen Drum is Editor of Executive Secretary LIVE as well as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff at Crossrail, the new railway for London and the South East.

    Kathleen spent 7 years working on the London 2012 Olympic Games – from construction of the Olympic Park, through the Games and onto legacy – and was a volunteer performer in the Opening Ceremony. Kathleen is a contributing author for Executive Secretary magazine, a member of EUMA, (European Management Assistants), and a Fellow of the Executive and Personal Assistants Association (EPAA).

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  • Anel Martin

    Anel Martin is an award winning Personal Assistant. She was a finalist in both the National Office Professional of the Year 2009 and the Pitman’s Super Achiever PA of the Year 2013. She was also the South African PA of the Year in 2011.

    Past President of PAFSA and also held office as the Head of the Academy of Excellence in South Africa. She was a task team member of the International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant 2014 (IYOTSA)

    Anel has written extensively for industry publications around the world and is soon to be a published author.

    She has been speaking since 2009 and has extensive experience as a speaker, trainer, MC and chairperson. She is widely considered as an industry expert.

    Anel is also a coach and a skillful mentor who is passionate about the potential of others and helping them achieve their best life with self-directed learning.

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  • Eth Lloyd

    Truly inspirational, Eth holds a Master’s in Education where her research looked at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals from their perspective. She has worked specifically with administrative professionals to support them gaining New Zealand national qualifications in Business Administration and First Line Management and enhancing their career opportunities. Recently she has been working voluntarily in Samoa using her administration skills and knowledge to set up a secretariat for a membership organisation and to train local administrators.

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  • Florence Katono

    Pitman SuperAchiever ‘PA of the year’ 2015

    Florence was given an impressive accolade from the judges of Pitman'S PA of the Year Award as “top of a very strong group of professional candidates from all over the world”. She joins our speaker lineup for 2016 with a line of incredible achievements under her belt.

    Senior Administrative Assistant at the Bank of Uganda, Florence acknowledges that the award has not only been internally gratifying but also a springboard to tell the world the beautiful story of administrative professionals.

    During her tenure, she played a key role in uplifting the administrative profession through speaking engagements including an interview with NTV Uganda on the changing role of PA. Florence is now the Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA), the Strategy Champion for Administrative Assistants category at the Bank AND founder of Proudly Admin Uganda, an online PA network. Remaining humble, under an impressive array of work commitments, Florence is also mother to two adorable girls.

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  • Bonnie Low-Kramen

    Bonnie Low-Kramen is a Jersey girl whose voice is one of the most respected in the profession. With honesty and humor, she pulls the curtain back on a career that is glamorized and misunderstood. She is known for her passionate commitment to professional assistants and to affecting positive change in the workplace believing that the way to do this is through education and training of both assistants and managers. Both groups are the backbone of business and as such, are deserving of professional development in the form of training.

    For 25 years, Bonnie worked in show business as the personal assistant to actors Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. One of her biggest accomplishments was surviving 1988 which was the year Olympia won the Oscar for Moonstruck, Michael Dukakis ran for the presidency, and Bonnie gave birth to her son Adam…and all without a computer or a cell phone.

    Seeing there were so few resources for assistants, she authored the book, Be the Ultimate Assistant: A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer. Her articles on workplace issues affecting professional assistants are widely published. Bonnie is a co-founder of the professional association New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA) and works to build positive collaborations and networks between assistants around the world.

    A New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, Bonnie is a popular speaker at conferences around the world, on her quest to set the record straight.

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  • Lucy Brazier

    Lucy Brazier is CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Secretary – the global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals.

    As Founder and Publisher of the magazine, Lucy works with some of the best trainers of Executive Assistants in the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market. She campaigns tirelessly for the recognition of the PA role as a profession, speaking regularly to everyone from Blue Chip Executive Assistants on why it is important to become a centre of excellence within your company, to college students on choosing the role of PA as a career choice.

    Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of PAs over the last five years, Lucy’s knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day to day basis are second to none.

    Lucy runs a LinkedIn group for assistants which currently has over 43,000 international members who share information, network and learn. She also launched adminchat in January 2012 – a weekly free training session presented on Twitter and hosted by a different world class trainer every week. Now boasting an average of over 2,000 attendees a week, adminchat is a manifestation of Lucy’s commitment to providing the very best training to assistants all over the world.

    A sought after trainer in her own right, Lucy regularly speaks at, and chairs conferences & webinars all over the world. In the last 12 months alone, she has spoken in 29 countries at over 180 events.

    Lucy has been a Publisher and Events Organiser for over 29 years. Lucy has previously worked as a Publishing Director for Wilmington PLC, and has managed a team based in Singapore, New York, Germany & London responsible for 13 magazines, 12 international conferences, awards, trade show attendance and marketing for EMAP. Other companies worked for include The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass's Guide.

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Benefits of Attending


If you only attend one event this year, then this is the event you should attend. Your favourite Executive Secretary authors, together in Auckland for two days only.

10 world-class speakers are flying in not just to motivate and inspire you, but to provide essential training that will boost your knowledge, skills and productivity. Executive Secretary LIVE is two days filled with a packed conference agenda, an innovative practical training day and great networking opportunities.

Delegates will leave the event with a plethora of practical tips, as well as immediately actionable ideas to increase productivity and impress. But above all, we want to inspire you to go back to your businesses and use what you have learned to add new dimensions to your role. We hope you will agree that we have put together a programme that is a mixture of both the inspirational and practical.

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    Executive Secretary LIVE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from the best. You will discover proven timesaving techniques that will free up your time to make you more productive. You will implement effective strategies to align your role and the business’s needs in ways that will reduce costs and improve performance.

    The content of this event directly supports making smarter use of your resources (people, process & technology) to deliver higher quality service. It is extremely good value for the level of intensive education. Over the two days, you will have access to:

    Two half day Masterclasses – "Office Systems & Procedures: The Admin’s Ultimate Power Tools for Efficiency and Productivity" and "Be the Ultimate Assistant", focused on both the soft and hard skills necessary to excel as an Assistant. Julie Perrine, Bonnie Low-Kramen and Vickie Sokol Evans are the leading trainers and presenters for Assistants on their subjects in the world.

    A keynote presentation from Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant to Bill Clinton and the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration.

    Case studies that will provide visibility to lessons learnt – so that you can avoid as many of the pitfalls as possible.

    Practical presentations that will highlight best practice, current research findings and advanced approaches from the world’s top industry experts and thought leaders for Administrative Professionals.

    Discover the latest products, meet new suppliers and encounter some great services in the exhibition area - including the bookstore and book signing sessions with the authors who are presenting.

    A Delegate Pack to take away, packed with workbooks, presentations and useful information to support the topics covered over the two days which can be brought back to the office and shared with your peers. 98% of last year’s attendees in London said the delegate pack was exceptional or excellent.

    In addition to the above benefits, there will be many networking opportunities including a Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner. These will offer the opportunity to meet other senior administrative professionals. They will provide access to a wealth of shared knowledge and an opportunity to understand how others tackle common challenges. It will also likely lead to future contact that will provide ongoing benefits. The average number of years of experience in the field at London's event was 18. Attendees came from 24 different countries.

    Providing content under one roof, the Executive Secretary LIVE 2017 Conference offers countless educational opportunities. It is likely that you would need to attend dozens of webinars and training sessions to achieve the same level of learning available at this one event.

Programme

  • ‘Be the Ultimate Assistant Workshop’ presented by the inspirational Bonnie Low-Kramen PLUS BONUS SESSION from Microsoft Office Master Instructor, Vickie Sokol Evans

    This highly interactive and jam-packed workshop is geared towards Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and future PA’s of every level-whether you are a seasoned expert looking to perfect your skills or an entry level PA looking to break into the industry. The class is designed to develop and fine-tune the mindset, confidence, and tools needed to succeed with the most demanding employer. It will focus on both the soft and hard skills necessary to excel as a PA including; communication skills, organization techniques, problem-solving strategies, and career management.

    PLUS

    Having been fortunate enough to see Vickie Sokol Evans in action at numerous events in the last three years, and discovered that it is not just marketing hype, and that the tips she offers are truly jaw-dropping (I literally watched the audience gasp & their jaws fell open when they realised the amount of time she had just freed up) I have asked her to join Bonnie Low-Kramen on the morning of Friday 19th February to add some of her content to the workshop.

    If you use Microsoft Office on either PC or Mac this is a MUST ATTEND workshop. To let her fly to Johannesburg and not attend would be a criminal waste of an opportunity to see a trainer who is undoubtedly one of the best Master Microsoft Trainers in the world right now. Bonnie & Vickie’s ‘Be the Ultimate Assistant’ workshop is one of the best courses available anywhere in the world. They currently tour the world training Assistants. This half day taster session has been specially developed for Executive Secretary LIVE.

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  • Networking lunch

  • Office Systems & Procedures: The Admin’s Ultimate Power Tools for Efficiency and Productivity - half day masterclass - Julie Perrine

    Are you feeling overwhelmed in your job? Could you benefit from reliable systems for time and workload management? Do you lack documented procedures of daily tasks for easy reference and cross training?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then join All Things Admin Founder (and procedures pro!) Julie Perrine for this masterclass on office systems and procedures!

    Effective systems and procedures are an admin’s ultimate power tools. They allow you to do more with less, and work smarter, not harder. They’re also the key to streamlining workflow and improving office operations, keeping the office running smoothly, and building credibility, trust, and confidence in those you support.

    Systems and procedures are applicable and useful to many areas of your admin career and beyond, including:

    · Meeting and event planning
    · Scheduling
    · Project management
    · Filing
    · Travel planning
    · Strategic career planning
    · Health and wellness
    · Self-care

    This master class will teach you how to create and utilize systems and procedures that work in all of these areas! Some session highlights include:

    The difference between procedures and systems, and why both are necessary.

    · Identifying where you need systems and procedures.
    · Creating effective systems and procedures to streamline your work.
    · Implementing and troubleshooting your systems and procedures.
    · The keys to making systems and procedures work for you.

    Five core systems your office needs to be efficient.
    Five simple steps to get you started on creating your procedures.
    The appropriate items to include in a procedures binder.
    How to fast track your procedures with a few key templates.

    And much more!

    You’ll also get an inside look at some of the exact systems and procedures Julie and the All Things Admin team use to stay organized and productive!

    With effective systems and procedures in place, you can navigate unexpected changes and absences, find support and resources quicker, keep yourself and those you support organized, and bring calm to the chaos that surrounds you. Join Julie for this master class to learn how to do all of the above and optimize your effectiveness at work and beyond!

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  • The Art of Communication - Heather Baker, World class trainer, best selling author & creator of BakerWrite

    Our session will enable you to become more aware of the power of communication and give you proven techniques to build successful relationships at all levels with outstanding confidence and assertiveness skills.

    Heather will show you ways to exceed managers’ expectations, neuro-linguistic programming practices and you will also learn how to create professional, effective and persuasive written communications.

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  • Tips from the Top - Florence Katano, Pitman PA of the Year 2015 & Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA)

    Florence Katano reveals the secrets of her phenomenal career: a career that has taken her from a childhood in Namumira, Mukono district, Uganda to winning the Pitman PA of the Year award in 2015, ranking her as the best Assistant in the world currently. Senior Administrative Assistant with Bank of Uganda, Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA) and the Strategy Champion for Administrative Assistants category in the Bank, Florence has also founded an Association for Assistants in Uganda.

    Florence will share her story and career advice for getting to the top of your profession and staying there.

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  • The Project Mindset - Kathleen Drum

    Kathleen will share lessons learnt from two of the UK’s largest- and most famous- mega projects; Crossrail and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Using personal anecdotes and examples, she will demonstrate how you can use The Project Mindset to your advantage when undertaking your own projects.

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  • Networking Break

  • Inspirational Advancement, Professional Development & Career Pathways - Eth Lloyd, Globally recognised authority on the role of the Assistant

    Truly inspirational, Eth holds a Masters in Education where her research looked at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals from their perspective. She has worked specifically with administrative professionals to support them gaining New Zealand national qualifications in Business Administration and First Line Management and enhancing their career opportunities. Recently she has been working voluntarily in Samoa using her administration skills and knowledge to set up a secretariat for a membership organisation and to train local administrators.

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  • Excellence in action - Building a powerful brand - Anel Martin, South Africa's own internationally renowned rock star trainer

    We all understand what a brand is, but most of us do not know how it applies to us as office professionals or human beings. Brands are the way we identify companies and organisations. It is their colour, logo and often their slogan. But there is a far bigger concept at work here! 

    Your brand is what customers believe and invest in, it is a symbol of what you are and what you stand for, and it encourages confidence. With this session Anel will help you to define your personal brand and provide tips and guidance in order to market and apply your brand correctly.

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  • Networking Lunch

  • Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Windows 7 & Office 2010 (PC*) - Vickie Sokol Evans, The world’s top (and most engaging) Microsoft Certified Trainer for productivity

    Are you overwhelmed by the work on your plate that can’t be delegated to anyone else? Do you feel like it takes too long to get things done in Excel, Word or PowerPoint, but you don’t have the time to learn the shortcuts and new features? Or have you ever thought to yourself, “There’s got to be an easier way?” More often than not, you are right! There is an easier and FASTER way. In this engaging Jerry Maguire-inspired session, discover quick and easy tips and tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint (and more) to learn…

    · How to instantly format long documents in Word that just might make you cry

    · Secrets to adding and manipulating data in Excel

    · Simple ways to manage and organize content in PowerPoint to keep you from going insane, and more…

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  • Networking Break

  • KEYNOTE: Eat, Drink & Succeed! - Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant to Bill Clinton and the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration

    Laura Schwartz, the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration, NATO’s 50th Anniversary, the Concert of the Century and many others. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the Presidency’s ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful events. She arrived at the White House at just 19 years old with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office. Proving her value immediately Laura climbed 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. Following the Administration, Laura traveled the world with Former President Clinton for his Foundation and Global Initiative.

    In her first book, Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships in our companies, communities and beyond, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. As a professional speaker she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world in her acclaimed speaking series to empower, motivate and inspire each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!

    Laura appears regularly as an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking, domestic and foreign affairs, pop culture and special events. She covered the 2008 presidential campaign for the CBS Early Show, was the on-air political contributor for Fox News Channel from 2004 to 2007, and was the special correspondent to Larry King Live and CNN for the 2008 presidential primaries. Laura appears on the BBC World News, BBC Wales and has also appeared on Sir David Frost’s Frost Over the World. Laura’s non-partisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally.

    Laura is a well-known mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events including charity galas, sporting events, panel discussions and fashion shows. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or an audience of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura is the annual emcee for several prominent charitable events and organizations, including the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Chicago’s Grant Park, the YWCA annual Leader Luncheon, which honors women and mentors for outstanding achievement in their chosen career fields.

    Laura has been named one of the Best Keynote Speakers by Meetings and Conventions Magazine and is a member of the National Speakers Association serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Clean the World Foundation, Common Threads and Event Solutions Magazine. She was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and named one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago Magazine. In 2009, the prestigious Oxford Union in England invited Laura to speak on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.

    Laura is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, where she founded White House Strategies in 2001. As Laura’s career transformed into predominantly live appearances – from keynotes and panel discussions to television and book signings – Laura Schwartz Live was established, a brand that truly reflects her core services.

    Laura 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!

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    We understand your role:

  • We know your role is to make the person you look after as effective as they can possibly be.
  • We know your workload is huge and you want to know how to be more efficient and productive.
  • We know that since the recession, you have taken on many of the middle management tasks but have never had training in how to do them properly.
  • We know that you are in a unique position in your company as the "go to" person who solves all problems.
  • We know that you are becoming more of a "strategic business partner" than the stereotypical Assistant and that your businesses need you to increase your business knowledge.


  • That is why we have put this unique programme together for you. No other programme combines real business solutions that you will take back to the office and implement immediately to improve your systems and productivity, the best tips & tricks that you will ever receive on how to use Microsoft Office products most effectively and a huge dose of inspiration that will reconnect you with your role and what can be achieved for you and your business as a world class Assistant.

Networking


Get connected and join an elite network of senior Assistants from all over the globe.

The audience that attends this event is unique; averaging over 3,500 years’ experience in the room and with delegates traveling from all four corners of the world to take part.

Please note that for those that want to take part, and spend quality time in Auckland, we will organise tours and networking events from Wednesday evening, so you may want to take that into account when booking flights.

Wednesday night is usually a networking event - previous venues have included the Lord Mayor of Westminster's Office & the Australian High Commission in London, the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and the Penthouse Suite at the Radisson Hotel in Johannesburg.

Thursday features tours and trips that in past years have included a tour of St Paul's Cathedral, a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, afternoon tea on the Thames, The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, an open top bus ride around London and a tour of Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London. Dubai's trips have included The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi & Downtown Dubai and Johannesburg's trips last year were to Pilansburg for a safari and to Soweto.

Friday evening is always our informal networking dinner

And Saturday is our Gala Dinner - past venues have included Harrods, The Oval, The St Pancras Renaissance and Ham Polo Club in London, Dinner in the Desert in Dubai and Carnivore Restaurant in Johannesburg.

Full details of this year's tours will be made available at the beginning of 2017.

Venue


Hotel Infomation

Executive Secretary LIVE Auckland will be held at the Stamford Plaza hotel


Stamford Plaza Auckland is a 5-star hotel located in the direct heart of Auckland’s CBD. This 1st-rate hotel of elegance is easily within walking range of the Vector Arena, Viaduct Harbour and Waitemata Harbour.

Stamford Plaza Auckland offers spacious guestrooms with luxury bathrooms, some of which include large panoramic windows enjoying fantastic city views.

In addition, the hotel offers outstanding leisure facilities such as a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Furthermore, the Stamford Plaza features a selection of 4 different restaurants, including speciality Japanese and Thai cuisine. The all-day dining restaurant features tasty local and international cuisine.

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To book your accommodation at our preferential rate please click here

If you would prefer to phone the hotel directly, please quote the reference “Executive Secretary Live”

Hotel number: +64 9 309 8888

Currently the accommodation rate for a Superior Room for our delegates is $259.00 per night, which subject to availability would be available up to 3 months prior to the event date.

Thereafter 10% off the Best Available Rate would be available up to 45 days prior, subject to availability.

Please note the weblink will work from hotel availability and we don’t hold a group block for this option – it will be subject to availability at the time of booking so please book early.

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Testimonials


Here are just a few comments from previous events:

What can I say? Top speakers, top organization, top team :-)

It is one of the more expensive conferences when you consider travel & accommodation over and above the cost of the conference. However, that being said, if my company didn't fund future years I would certainly endeavor to pay for it myself as I think this conference is a must attend event in terms of what delegates get out of it.

Having attended last year's Conference, I knew this year's would be wonderful - and it was. I was expecting the best - and it delivered.

I have never felt more motivated about my role. I am now proud to be an EA and will give the best I can to do an amazing job.

Absolutely the best value for money PA event there is.

I was promised awesome and it was awesome.

I got home full of energy and motivation meeting not only high-class speakers but also many inspiring ladies within my profession.

I gained more confidence, I learned so many things, I met so many great people that I'm now coaching my peers!

After attending Executive Secretary LIVE, I can say that I've been OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE and I LIKE IT SOOOO MUCH!!!

Prices


Book it all together ticket includes two half day Masterclasses, a full day conference and our Gala Dinner Celebration for just NZ$1,800

Conference only $1299

Be the Ultimate Assistant - Friday morning masterclass only $499

Office Systems and Procedures - Friday afternoon masterclass only $499

Masterclasses only $699

Gala Dinner Celebration only $199

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Contact us for help in obtaining authorisation to attend Executive Secretary LIVE, including:
The ‘Business Case to Attend’ template
The benefits of attending as a group and bringing your team
Articles on how to encourage your company to pay for training
Learning objectives template
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