The Westin, Sydney

13 & 14 July


10 Speakers

Featuring the best line-up of speakers for Assistants

Limited Tickets Available

Book now to avoid disappointment

Train Like The CEO You Support

Learn, Network & Thrive in your Administrative Career!

The world's leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to Sydney for the first time in July 2018.

Our other global conferences are taking place in:

Johannesburg: 7 & 8 September 2018
Silicon Valley: 16 & 17 November 2018


Featuring ten of the most inspiring industry leaders from across the Administrative Profession.

Speaker 1

Vickie Sokol Evans

Microsoft Certified Trainer to Bill Gates’ Assistants

Read Vickie's Biog
Speaker 2

Reggie Love

Former Personal Aide & Body Man to Barack Obama

Read Reggie's Biog
Speaker 3

Melba Duncan

Founder and President of The Duncan Group Inc.

Read Melba's Biog
Speaker 4

Ann Hiatt

Chief of Staff at Google and Executive Assistant to Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt

Read Ann's Biog
Speaker 5

Sarah Richson

HR Global Leader

Read Sarah's Biog
Speaker 6

Peggy Vasquez

EA & Author of ‘Not Just an Admin’

Read Peggy's Biog
Speaker 7

Laura Belgrado

World-Class Trainer and EA

Read Laura's Biog
Speaker 8

Rhonda Scharf

Trainer, Author and International Speaker

Read Rhonda's Biog
Speaker 9

Bonnie Low-Kramen

Former Celebrity Assistant, Author & International Trainer

Read Bonnie's Biog
Speaker 10

Lucy Brazier

Your host, CEO & Publisher of Global Training Resource, Executive Secretary Magazine

Read Lucy's Biog


  • Registration, Refreshments & Exhibition Area Opens

  • Boost your career through Emotional Intelligence – half day Masterclass - Sarah Richson (10.30 – 11.00 Refreshments & Exhibition Break)

    Scholars may have coined the term “emotional intelligence” in the early 1990s, but business leaders quickly took the concept and made it their own.

    Workers with high EQ are better able to work in teams, adjust to change and be flexible. No matter how many degrees or other on-paper qualifications a person has, if he or she doesn’t have certain emotional intelligence, he or she is unlikely to succeed. As the workplace continues to evolve, making room for new technologies and innovations, these qualities are becoming become increasingly important.

    Much has been written about the threat of Artificial Intelligence to the role of the Assistant, but as the role continues to evolve, EQ is fast becoming the skill needed to set the modern assistant apart from the task orientated Assistant of the past. Success is strongly influenced by personal qualities such as perseverance, self-control and skill in getting along with others as well as how to read situations and other people.

    We see employers working hard to better connect with both employees and job seekers. Why? Because they know that in order to keep their culture intact and to effectively recruit the right kind of candidates, they need to engage and be open and transparent.

    In this session, the visionary Sarah Richson explores how to use EQ to enhance your career and better support your executive.
  • Networking lunch & Exhibition

  • 17:00 Simplify your life using Office Themes - half day Masterclass - Vickie Sokol Evans (15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments & Exhibition Break)

    She’s back - this time with Timesaving Secrets to Transforming Your Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations Into Professional-Looking Masterpieces. 97% of last year’s audience wanted to see her speak again so we have invited her to host a half-day workshop in her own inimitable style! Whether you’re a graphic designer or you are like me – seriously lack any design skill – the last thing you want to do is spend unnecessary time getting your documents to look GREAT! Introduced in Microsoft Office 2007, Ofice Themes are available across all Microsoft Office applications and allow you to create professional looking and branded documents with ease. In this session, understand what makes up a Theme and best practices for automating your work so that you can work less.

    • Leverage existing themes across all applications
    • Customize an existing theme
    • Create a new theme to match your company’s brand
    • Save your custom themes and share them with others
    • Discover the #1 mistake people make when changing fonts in their document that cost them valuable time

    “From the girl that guffawed at the idea of going to a Microsoft workshop. I thought I knew all there was to know about Word and Excel. People at my office come to me when they have questions about formatting. “What could I possibly take away from this?” I questioned. I hemmed and hawed and went to the seminar anyway. I am embarrassed to admit, out of everything Vickie went over – I knew none of it. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I look at Microsoft in a whole new light. One might even say, I just fell in love. And the best part? The people at the office think I am really cool now.”
    Holly Eardley, Director of Development, Lucky Duck Productions

    "Thank you so much for those great tips! I just wish you could have seen the ‘jaw-dropping’ and heard the gasps of amazement when I shared your tips with the PA team here at Roche. Thank you. Your tips and links to RedCape are cascading through the organisation at great speed. A member of our Leadership came to thank me for having injected newfound IT enthusiasm into his PA as a result – but it’s all thanks to you!”
    Pauline Delahunt, PA to Managing Director at Roche Diagnostics, UK

    “Awesome!!! OFF THE CHARTS!!! I texted 3 other employees - encouraging them to come because this was soooo helpful. Sooo informative. Thank you.” Elaine McWhinney, Financial Manager, The New York Times “Your class has changed my life - not just my day, but my life. I’m so at rest right now. I am walking away full of life and knowledge. Finally going to be able to leave work on time to spend with my family because I’m working more efficiently. Thank you!”
    Victoria Lecoq, Executive Assistant
  • Exhibitor’s Soapbox Challenge

  • Choir rehearsal

  • Drinks Reception

  • Informal Networking Dinner

  • Refreshments & Exhibition Area Opens

  • Executive Assistant, the new Power Job - Laura Belgrado

    In this thought-provoking and practical session, world-class EA and trainer Laura Belgrado will explore how to work with high-level executives. The session will cover communication, organisational skills, forward and innovative thinking and a pro-active approach. Confidence and assertiveness is also key in assisting these high-level managers. Discover why now is the golden age of the Executive Assistant. Learn about how a skilled Assistant generates ROI for their business Explore the 10 key skills needed to be an exceptional Executive Assistant.
  • Tips from the Top - Ann Hiatt

    As EA to three of the world’s most successful giants of technology, Ann Hiatt’s 10-year career has been quite a journey. She is at the top of her game. Currently Chief of Staff at Google and Executive Assistant to its Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, she is also the former EA to Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!) and before that she was EA to Jeff Bezos (CEO of

    So how did she get to work for some of the most powerful people on the planet and more to the point, how does she maintain her position as one of the most influential Assistants in the world? Each leader has taught her valuable lessons in business and in this 50-minute session, Ann will share her story and tips on being a top-level Assistant, leadership and personal effectiveness.
  • Morning Networking Break & Exhibition

  • “Sometimes You’re the Windshield – Sometimes You’re the Bug” How to take control of your own life. - Rhonda Scharf

    Sometimes life gets the better of us, and we ask “Whose life is it anyway”? When you stop living for yourself and live only for everyone else, something is missing! In this humorous keynote, Rhonda shares that not only do we all experience this feeling – it’s OK to feel frustrated.

    Learn how to stay away from contagious negativity, look at life through a positive focus and stop blaming (whether it is the economy, government, organisation or just bad luck!)

    For those people that do this naturally, they will learn additional skills to keep on top!

    Take control of your own life is the message – and through realistic, easy and fun approaches to change, Rhonda leaves everyone laughing about life, instead of crying – but most importantly, the knowledge on how to get back the life we want to have!
  • Finding Your Voice to Handle Challenging Situations - Bonnie Low-Kramen

    What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Whether it is negotiating for more money, discussing your annual review, handling a misunderstanding with a colleague, pitching an idea to your executive, or confronting a workplace bully, do you struggle with the actual words to say to handle it with minimal angst? Speaking up is the #1 challenge in our workplace. Why? Fears – imagined and real - sidetrack and stop us from fulfilling what we know instinctively could change our world. But how? Bonnie walked this road as the Personal Assistant to Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for 25 years and is the Founder of You won’t want to miss a word of this interactive and highly informative session. You will learn
    • 10 Steps to tackle any sticky situation
    • How to build highly productive and respectful relationships between you and your Executive
    • Importance of mentoring as a key to success
    • Ways to conquer the fears once and for all
    • Resources to tap for the answers you need now executive and the entire team
  • Developing Your Inner Circle - Peggy Vasquez

    Peggy will teach you how to develop your own powerful inner circle.

    Who’s in your inner circle?
    Are your closest relationships healthy ones?
    Are they a diverse group or people just like you?
    Are you modeling behaviors that attract meaningful connection?
    Would you want to connect with you?

    Whether you realize it or not, you are part of an inner circle and are likely helping someone else move closer to their goals, dreams and desires. Why not use this successful technique in your own life and develop a powerful inner circle of your own? With the help of your inner circle, you can gain greater momentum to carry you closer to your goals, dreams and desires.
  • Networking Lunch & Exhibition

  • PowerPoint Slide Masters: Time saving secrets to managing and merging your presentations in PowerPoint - Vickie Sokol Evans

    Frustrated with the amount of time it takes to create your presentation and make changes to it?
    Are you responsible for combining multiple presentations into one presentation?
    Do you cringe when someone else makes a change, which requires you to spend extra time making things consistent with the format and brand?

    Great news! Vickie designed this session to take the pain and angst out of creating and editing your presentations by using slide masters.

    Vickie avoided slide masters at all costs because she thought it was more work with little benefit…until she discovered how valuable they were for structuring her presentations and fixing common problems. In fact, any time one of her customers has a formatting issue in PowerPoint or comes to her with very limited time to create a presentation, Slide Masters are the answer.

    This session is for you if you:
    • Are responsible for creating or editing any type of PowerPoint presentation
    • Feel like you’re constantly having to rearrange things on various slides
    • Spend too much time trying to make things look good on the slides
    • Need to combine several presentations into one
    • Have problem slides that give you trouble
    • Have a fear of working with Slide Masters
    • Need to leverage your time wisely and be more productive

    Discover the amazing tools that you have at your fingertips – make your life easier and more productive when managing presentations for yourself and others!
  • Afternoon networking break & Exhibition

  • Lucy Brazier interviews Reggie Love

    In this must-hear session, Reggie Love shares his unique perspective on what it was like working for the leader of the free world. Beginning with his first interview for a job in the mailroom, Reggie tells Lucy Brazier how he became Obama’s ‘surrogate son’ and explains what life with Obama was really like. How did it feel to keep the President company at every major turning point of his historic first campaign and administration? How do you own up to (temporarily) losing the President’s briefcase? And what were the career highlights? This is a coming of age story. His time with Barack Obama taught Love, who was only 23 when he began working for the then Senator, how persistence and passion can lead not only to success but to a broader concept of adulthood.
  • KEYNOTE: Management, Leadership and Innovation: The Indispensable Role of Executive Support - Melba J. Duncan

    When Melba Duncan spoke at Executive Secretary LIVE in London, you could have heard a pin drop. Why? Because she is the only leader in the Administrative sector to have the ear of America’s CEOs and she uses her voice to explain to them how best to use their Assistants.

    Simply put, she understands and is eloquently vocal about why the best Executive Assistants are indispensable. The tech world will never develop software that can calm a hysterical sales manager, avert a crisis by redrafting a poorly worded email, smooth a customer’s ruffled feathers, and solve a looming HR issue—all within a single hour, and all without interrupting the manager to whom such problems might otherwise have proven a distraction.

    Executive Assistants give companies and managers a human face. In Melba’s only Australian appearance this year, join her as she explains how after years of cutting back, companies can boost productivity by arming more managers with this kind of help—and executives who are fortunate enough to have a skilled Assistant can benefit by finding ways to delegate higher-level work to him or her.

    Executive–Assistant relationships are business partnerships: Strong ones are win-wins between smart people. In fact, they’re win-win- wins because ultimately the companies reap the benefits. We guarantee that you will leave this session understanding how vital your role is to business and why the role of the EA is truly one of indispensability.
  • Gala Dinner

    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.


Get connected and join an elite network of senior Assistants from all over the globe. You will have plenty of chances to speak directly with the program leaders because Executive Secretary LIVE limits the number of conference attendees to promote interaction. You can ask all the questions you have ever had and get real answers!

Wednesday 11th July from 07:00 to 17:00

The Blue Mountains Tour

30 places available $185

For those of you who are keen to explore the sights Sydney and its perimeter have to offer the Full-day Dingo’s Blue Mountains Tour is a must-do!

A 7:00am pick up from your hotel means you will be whisked off to the UNESCO heritage sight before any other tour arrives. Upon arrival you will first enjoy tea and scones at a charming local cafe; then journey into the fascinating Katoomba to learn about its geology and history; before arriving at the famous tourist destination, Scenic World. There you will be able to view the beautiful surroundings on the three scenic rides (the rides are an additional charge). The views include the Katoomba Waterfall, a look at the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley to learn about its captivating history as a mining town.

Next you venture on to Echo Point to further explore the Three Sisters’ beautiful sights and take a 5-minute walk down to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre for a performance of song, dance and a smoking ceremony.

Last stop before lunch will be an enchanting stroll through the bush to see and hear about the plants and animals wild Australia has to offer! Lunch is a well-needed, delicious, hot two-course meal (dietary needs can be catered to if you let us know in advance!).

After a scrumptious lunch, we then head off on a 45-minute journey to the Featherdale Wildlife Park for a close-up experience with Australia’s 1,700 members of Australia’s native wildlife! Take a selfie with the koalas, feed kangaroos and see wombats, dingoes and little penguins.

For the last adventure of the day you will head back via ferry up the Parramatta River back to Sydney Harbour where you can end in either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. A lovely relaxing and stylish end to a fun-filled day!

Thursday 12th July from 07:00 to 10:00

Backstage at the Opera House

Sydney Opera House | Bennelong Point | Sydney, NSW 2000 | Australia

12 places available $185

The incredible backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in which you can see behind the curtain of one of the most famous monuments in Sydney and the world. This intimate, 2 and a half hour tour gives you a sneak peek into the goings on backstage and a journey through the rehearsal areas which are off-limits to the public. You’ll begin with a real VIP experience to see the Orchestra pit, a dressing room and hear secrets and exciting stories from your guide. Then it the opportunity to learn about the performances and the drama (both on stage and off!). Lastly a guided insight to each and everything that makes the Sydney Opera House the world-class performance venue and an icon. Followed then by a delicious breakfast in the performers’ domain.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00

BridgeClimb Sampler

3 Cumberland Street | The Rocks | Sydney | Australia

12 places available $186

This is for the daredevils among you who wish to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and experience the 360 views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the beautiful surroundings! We are offering the BRIDGECLIMB SAMPLER:

Get a taste of the world famous BridgeClimb! In just 1 ½ hours, ascend the inner arch of the iconic Bridge to a spectacular vantage point halfway to the top. Ideal for you if you have height concerns and don’t want to go all the way up!

Beginning at the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, venture along catwalks past the South-East Pylon, directly over Sydney Harbour. Here commence your ascent to the halfway point on the inner arch on the Opera House side. As you cross over, to the Darling Harbour side of the Bridge, pause for a group photo at a unique vantage point within the Bridge. From here, you make a quick descent back to our Climb Base.

Friday, 13 July 2018 from 19:00 to 23:00

Friday Evening Informal Networking Dinner at Watsons Bay Hotel

Watsons Bay Hotel | 1 Military Road | Watsons Bay, NSW 2030 | Australia

100 places available $119

Attendees and non-attendee members of the Administrative Profession welcome

Our informal networking dinner at the end of the first day of Executive Secretary LIVE is always a favourite with both delegates and speakers. It’s where many of the relationships that continue after LIVE are made. Our Sydney Informal Networking Dinner will be held at the stunning Watsons Bay Hotel.

Grounded on the sandy shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of sun, fresh seafood platters, seasonal fare and icy cold refreshments, overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour.

Price includes:
  • A 3-course meal which can be selected from a range of freshly created dishes.
  • Transport to and from Watsons Bay Hotel.
  • Half a bottle of wine each.

Join us for this one off opportunity to dine, drink and mingle with some of the worlds' most renowned trainers and assistants within the administrative profession.

This event is not to be missed, we hope that you can join us for this exhilarating evening.

Saturday, 14 July 2018 from 19:00 to 23:30

Executive Secretary LIVE 'Night at the Opera' Gala Dinner in aid of Isipho Admin Bursary

The Westin Sydney | 1 Martin Place | Sydney, NSW 2000 | Australia

150 places available $199

All welcome regardless of attendance at the conference

Join us for an elegant evening of inspiration and surprises at our Night at the Opera Gala Dinner in aid of Isipho Admin Bursary

You will be treated to a splendid three-course seasonal dinner with wine, highlighting the best the Westin has to offer.

This will be followed by live music, dancing, plenty of surprises and fantastic prizes.

Dress to impress!

Tickets are available for $199 - BOOK NOW!

What is Isipho Admin?

Back in 2014, two of our South African colleagues, Anel Martin & Teri Wells approached us with an idea; to start a foundation. The dream was to give something back to the world by uplifting their local communities. Their goal is to tackle economic and educational problems by changing just one person’s life at a time. They aimed to provide entry to the PA profession, to those in need of an opportunity.

It took two years to set it up but Isipho Admin Bursary became a registered NPC 2015/438143/08 registered officially in South Africa on the 08/12/2015. We are not government funded but are supported by administrative professionals and training companies from around the world financially. We are a team who are committed to leaving a legacy!

Our bursary is still in its infancy but our goal is to change lives and create spectacular careers by not only funding education for deserving bursary students but to support them with mentoring, coaching and on the job training experiences.

To date, we have put 10 girls from some of the most deprived areas in Johannesburg through a year of college education to train them to become Assistants and helped them to find employment afterwards.

Watch our short video to find out more about Isipho Admin Bursary

Book your ticket now and help us change more lives





    The Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Incorporated (AAPNZ Inc) is a voluntary national association administered by its members, for its members. Our membership includes executive assistants, personal assistants, administration managers, receptionists, call centre operators, accounts staff, school secretaries, industry trainers, etc - anyone involved either full or part time in administrative professional roles, in any industry. Many people are making a career in administrative roles and the breadth of demands and skills required of these people is increasingly acknowledged by the public and employers.

    With our rapidly changing office environment, it is even more important these days to upskill and stay in touch with your profession through its professional organisation. Whether working in a corporate environment, small or medium size business or an established home based office, many office professionals feel isolated from others in similar roles. Our membership includes recent newcomers to the profession through to experienced administrative professionals; mainly female but there is a growing trend for male administrators.

    As an employer, providing membership of AAPNZ Inc to your staff is a commitment to a professional organisation and a perfect means of giving recognition. This is a supportive local and national network which will give administrative professionals opportunities for personal growth and career development.
  • ACEA

    The groundbreaking, globally recognised, certified training programme for the modern day EA. This intensive & interactive programme will give you the business acumen needed to support an Executive at the highest level. Share experiences, learn and network with your international peers in London, Zurich, Manchester and more locations all over the world this year (also available in-house). Request the brochure, business case template and full details today.

    E-MAIL: or VISIT:
  • AIOP

    The Australian Institute of Office Professionals is the only national professional body for office professionals in Australia.

    Office Professionals are people employed to carry out an administrative role in a professional capacity and can include a broad range of roles in all aspects of a business such as Managers, Team Leaders, Project Officers, Executive/Personal Assistants, Administrative Support Officers etc.

    The Australian Institute of Office Professionals is affiliated with similar professional associations for office professionals in the USA, UK, Asia, South Africa and New Zealand.

    The Institute participates in the International Summit for Office Professionals held every two years. Australia hosted this important summit in 2006. A World Strategic Plan was developed for Associations throughout the world to undertake collaborative activities and assist with shaping the future of the Office Professional.
  • Australian British Chamber of Commerce

    The Australian British Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1910, is one of the leading organisations that facilitate the development of business relationships among companies operating in Australia.

    Our key objectives are:
    • To promote, foster and further trade, investment, commerce and industry between Australia and the United Kingdom
    • To lead and promote discussion and debate on significant issues affecting business and public affairs or national and international interest and importance
    • To facilitate business networking opportunities for both its members and the business community in general by holding quality events

    The Chamber runs over 130 events nationally per year, with over 6,000 attendees overall. Furthermore, the Chamber leads three International Delegations to the UK annually on the topics of; Fintech, Infrastructure and Health.

    Through these events, and a strong connectivity with the Chamber, we work to strategically align and promote commerce amongst key figures across the Australian and British relationship.
  • Avery

    Every event needs seamless organisation. Avery is your go-to for all things event planning with our extensive range of innovative, printable solutions, purpose-designed to support your event without busting your budget.

    We offer a range of event essentials including name badges, delegate cards, invitations, organisational folders, files, tabs and labels, all customisable with our free and easy to use Avery Design and Print online tool.

    Think of Avery as your behind-the-scenes event assistant, with the right products to help keep your planning under control and make your next event a great success.
  • Being Indispensable

    Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants hosted by Liz Van Vliet. It began in June 2016 as a way for Liz to explore the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive and be perceived as indispensable or a 'linchpin' to coin a Seth Godin term.

    Episodes have included interviews with indispensable executive assistants themselves, insights from thought leaders who share their views on where the profession is heading and what it takes for Executive Assistants to remain relevant and in demand. Solo episodes focus on the skills, values and behaviours that help an Executive Assistant be perceived as indispensable to their business leader and enable EA’s to build a true partnership with their executive.

    Being Indispensable is the top-ranking podcast for Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistants with over 50,000 downloads.

    Guests to-date have included Adam Fidler, Jan Jones and Hallie Warner as well as interviews with Sue McComaskey, President of the Australian Institute of Office Professionals as well as a number of highly regarded Executive Assistants. In addition, Liz has an annual interview to discuss market conditions in Sydney with Roxanne Calder, a well regarded recruiter in the EA space.

    Solo episodes are also something that Liz has found are in high demand by her audience. Some of her most popular episodes have explored topics such as:
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Managing Up
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Mindfulness & Wellbeing
    • Managing difficult conversations
    • Managing complexity

    As a Breast Cancer survivor Liz is all too aware that we are all dispensable. Being Indispensable explores the need for Executive Assistants to remember that we are human beings, not just humans doing. Liz walks this talk and actively lives her mantra of progress over perfection. Taking a growth mindset to life and work is a big part of the value listeners gain from the podcast.

    Being Indispensable has a global audience with listeners on all continents. Downloads continue to increase and feedback from listeners is overwhelmingly positive.
  • Blissful Events

    Blissful events is a decorative hire and events business with over 19 years of experience. Whether you choose to leave the event in the hands of Blissful Events expert stylists or prefer to pick up everything you need for your own DIY event. Blissful Events will do as little or as much as you like with a large range of decorative ideas for hire from the catalogue.

    With an extensive range of chair covers and linen, centre piece and unique furniture, the team at Blissful Events will be happy to help you transform your function or venue from drab to fabulous. What ever your budget or desire Blissful Events will create the ultimate look for your event.
    • Chair Covers & Linen
    • Centre Pieces
    • Furniture
    • Flowers
    • Props/Draping/Signage
    • Candy/Dessert Bars
    M: 0415 311 752
    P: 8678 5956
  • Chefin'

    Every company has different needs when it comes to corporate office catering for staff or client meetings. But one common theme is that the food must be presented well and taste great! CHEFIN serves over 10,000 corporate customers per year. CHEFIN guarantees uniqueness & quality. Professional Chefs prepare freshly-made gourmet canapes & meals and provide stress-free onsite service. Our affordable-premium catering solutions are all available through an online marketplace platform that matches your request with a talented local Chef.
    • Chef Marketplace - Local Chefs pick up your order and prepare delicious authentic foods with love
    • Diversity - 145 Chefs on the platform, each specialising in different cuisine & food style
    • Event Management - we have dedicated account managers that assist you with your event planning
    • An effortless 2 min booking process
    • Simplified Ordering & Billing
    • Completely customised & tailored catering
    • Satisfaction money-back guarantee
  • ES Training

    Whether you are looking to attend a course, trying to find a trainer to come and run a programme in-house or you need a speaker/speakers for an event, we know and can recommend the best trainers & speakers for Assistants on the circuit. We have personally seen all the trainers that we recommend live, so you can rest assured that we can match you and your requirements with the speaker that suits you best.

    E-MAIL: or VISIT:
  • Focus Print Group

    Focus Print Group encompasses three of Australia’s leading print providers; Focus Press, BPA Print and Print Warehouse and an array of smaller print houses whose expertise fitted with the criteria of our acquisition program of the past few years. The new group combines over 30 years of experience in print production and service delivery with a history extending over a century; we are one of the longest continuing participants in the Australian printing industry.

    We are a family owned Australian business operating from company owned premises in NSW and Queensland and leased premises in Victoria, where we are currently exploring the option to purchase. We employ around 85 staff nationally who contribute to our brand to reflect industry leadership in emerging technologies, innovation and sustainability.

    We provide a diverse range of services which include offset and digital print, specialized finishing, customized plastic products and post-it notes, storage, fulfillment, distribution and value-added services. We also provide high security print, short-turnaround services, specialty printing services, customized plastic products and post-it notes. BPA Print is an industry leader in book, and magazine production with its origin going back to 1904.

    We are not only an industry leader; we strive to innovate, create and deliver Australia’s most ground breaking and sustainable print solutions by listening to our clients and delivering first rate customer service, quality and environmentally responsible outcomes.
  • IAAP

    IAAP is a not-for-profit professional association and exists to provide education, certification, and leadership development to administrative professionals. Our purpose is to enhance the value that office and administrative professionals bring to the table and advocate for the profession as it evolves to encompass the role of not just business partners but also leaders.
  • IMA

    We are a global and high quality network of management support professionals. Two of our main aims are the personal and professional development of our members and the continued evolution of the management support profession.

    Our Association has been founded in 1974 as European Association for Professional Secretaries (EAPS) by Sonia Vanular. In 1999 the members decided to rename the Association to European Management Assistants (EUMA) and in 2016 to change to IMA - International Management Assistants, considering the huge changes of our profession and the business world and to get prepared for the future.

    Our Association distinguishes itself from others with its international dimension. Our members have access to a professional network which encompasses a vast range of business cultures, languages and lifestyles, but also provides a place where everyone is on common ground in a safe and proactive environment. We are currently represented in more than 25 countries.

    Our Association is a self-development organization with no political aims and no trade-union activities.

    English is the official language of our Association.

    Our Vision and Mission Statement
    Be the leading international network of management support professionals
    • by providing high quality development training
    • by promoting knowledge sharing
    • by encouraging interaction among the members
    • by monitoring the development of our profession
    • by speaking up for the profession
  • Isipho

    Isipho Admin Bursary is a registered NPC 2015/438143/08 registered officially in South Africa on the 08/12/2015. We are not government funded but are supported by administrative professionals and training companies from around the world financially. We are a team who are committed to leaving a legacy!

    Our bursary is now in year two and we have already made an impact. Our goals is to change lives one at a time. We want to create spectacular careers by not only funding education for deserving bursary students but to support them with mentoring, coaching and on the job training experiences.

    We already have some amazing companies who will be hosting our students for work experience weeks and we will be preparing our students for working life by assisting with CV's, interviewing skills and introducing them to networks and people they would not normally have access to.

    This project is not just about the money, it is transferring real world skills and guiding our students into the world of work!
  • Life of Cha

    Life of Cha specialises natural rainbow coloured teas which are functional for your health and delicious! Our mission is to encourage self care and wellness by enjoying just a cup of tea each day. We’re proud to be an Australian company with all our teas hand blended in Sydney to ensure quality. We also offer custom logos for corporate events and functions.
  • Luxury Transport Group

    Luxury Transport Group fleet of Limousines and Executive Fitout Buses are at your service 24 hours a day. We can cater for Airport transfers, weddings, formals and nights out for dinner or drinks on the town. If you are visiting and want to see the sights we can also arrange private tours.

    We service all Capital Cities and major regional hubs.

    Our fleet consists of Limousine Sedans, European SUV's & Executive Fit Out Buses with seating for between 1 & 11 passengers and now introducing our new Tesla Model X Electric Cars.

    Call: +61 0427-798-010
  • PA Pages is an online community and online resource where Office Professionals like you can find the information you need to be inspired and empowered to be the best problems solvers, leaders and support in the office.

    As a supporter of the Executive Secretary LIVE event all delegates of the Sydney Event will receive complimentary unlimited access to the PA Pages First Annual Online Summit. All you need to do is register for the Executive Secretary LIVE event today to secure your access.

    Learn more and connect with PA Pages on the links below:

  • PMD

    Discover your glow
    The Personal Microderm (PMD) is a safe-at-home exfoliation that brightens, smooths, and evens skin tone and texture by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and enlarged pores. Put on a fresh face with PMD Personal Microderm, and say hello to gorgeous skin.
    • POWER OF EXFOLIATION - Patented Spinning Discs embedded with aluminium oxide crystals exfoliate away dead, dull cells from the surface of the skin. By removing this dead skin cell barrier, new cell growth is stimulated and glowing youthful skin is revealed.
    • STRENGTH OF SUCTION - Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction is the power behind effective microdermabrasion. Suction increases circulation and triggers the skin’s natural healing process which boosts collagen and elastin leaving skin firm, fresh and radiant.
    • BEAUTY OF ABSORPTION - Personal Microderm removes the top layer of dead, dull skin cells. Once this barrier is removed, skin care products can penetrate 20X deeper maximizing the benefits of skin care.

    Meet the next generation of ANTI-AGING LIP PLUMPING!
    PMD® Kiss is a smart anti-aging lip plumping treatment. It uses pulsating vacuum technology and specially formulated serum to create a fuller appearance of lip volume and restore youthfulness to lips. With daily use, PMD Kiss will boost collagen and create long lasting plumped up results.
    • Increase Look of Fullness & Volume
    • Reduce Appearance of Lines & Wrinkles
    • Restore & Revitalize Natural Lip Color
    • Create Instant & Long-Lasting Results with Daily Use
  • Travo

    TRAVO is a free trip planning tool designed specifically for administrative professionals. Our tool saves you time, money, and your sanity! Traveler profiles put you in the driver's seat and save preferences, loyalty points, and payment information for instant trip creation. Exclusive corporate rates provide discounts of up to 30% off publicly available rates. Communication tools remove the need for inefficient email chains. Best of all, TRAVO is completely free! For more information and priority access to this revolutionary tool visit

  • Wholesome Vee

    Vanessa is a certified Lifestyle, Food and Wellness Coach based in Sydney and received her education and training from Cadence Health & Wellness Coaching Australia. She uses her knowledge and passion for nutrition, essential oils and natural living to educate her clients on how eating whole foods and reducing the toxins in their lives can lead to weight loss, reduced stress, emotional support, clearer skin, increased energy and better overall health.

    Before taking the leap to follow her passion, Vanessa worked in the corporate world for over 10 years as both an Executive Assistant and Virtual Assistant. She understands the demands and challenges that the corporate world can take on our personal wellbeing and health. Through her coaching programs, Vanessa works with the client to support them with their health goals, creating healthy eating habits, finding balance both in and outside of the workplace and working together to integrate healthier lifestyle changes.

    Vanessa provides both individual coaching and onsite corporate wellness programs from small to large businesses providing training on nutrition, healthy eating habits, essential oils for the workplace and cooking workshops.

Interested in becoming a partner? Contact Matthew Want for more information.

FAQ's & Benefits of Attending

If you only attend one event this year, then this is the event you should attend.

Learn, network and train with ten of the Administrative industry's leading speakers from across the world.

This is your opportunity to spend two days focusing on your career progression and development. You will learn to lead with your boss and with your teams, you will come away with practical skills, and you will leave inspired to challenge your role, and excel your career as an Assistant.

Included with your ticket are two days of:
• Intensive, practical workshops
• Best practice skills & advice from trainers who support world leaders
• Leadership & development training
• Opportunities to build your network with business contacts and top-suppliers
• Training acknowledged by a certificate upon completion
• Networking Reception
• Gala Dinner

We will introduce you to ten of the most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers and speakers for Assistants in the world. Not only will you learn from their training sessions, but you will spend time with each of our speakers over the event, at dinner, over coffee, on group tours of the city.

Each speaker has been carefully selected to deliver training, experience and motivation based on current challenges and trends which Australian and global Assistants are facing this year.

  • Request PDF Brochure

    Just email and we will send a PDF brochure that you can put in front of your Executive or HR department to help make the case for you, and your fellow Assistants to attend.

    Please note that if you buy three tickets, you get the fourth for free.

    We also offer special group rates for more than 12 Assistants. For more details please email

  • What will I learn?

    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.

    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 Auckland said the delegate pack was exceptional or excellent.

  • Travel

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

    Travel is self-arranged, but as we bring partners on board, we will keep you updated of travel information where possible.

    Visas and country requirements for travel please let us know if you need assistance with obtaining visa and governmental approval to attend, email Matthew Want:

  • Refreshments & Excursions

    Included in your ticket are refreshments, lunch and the gala dinner reception on Saturday night. Tours and excursions, along with the informal dinner are chargeable at local rates.

    Please refer to the networking section for a breakdown of additional excursions or email Matthew Want for more information:

The Westin Sydney

Hotel Information

Executive Secretary LIVE Sydney will be held at the Westin Sydney

The award-winning Westin Sydney delivers a true 5 star experience through its sophisticated rooms, amenities and services.

Indulge at the signature restaurant and bar, relax with the in-room massages, or enjoy the exclusive designer shopping, restaurants, theatres and nightlife surrounding the hotel. For a truly unforgettable experience, venture to nearby attractions such as Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

The hotel offer two 5 star accommodation options at The Westin Sydney. The historic General Post Office building houses the elegant Heritage Rooms and the Tower offers a contemporary experience. No matter which room you choose, enjoy their signature Westin Heavenly® Beds to enhance your relaxation.

Feel well cared for with in-room spa treatments, well nourished by Mosaic Restaurant and relax with afternoon tea in The Bar. Or choose to energise at the Goodlife Health Club or follow a RunWESTIN™ map around this stunning city. The Heritage Ballroom, where the conference will take place features the elegance of the historic General Post Office. We have a special rate for delegates attending Executive Secretary LIVE.

For more details please contact

To book your accommodation please visit

Click here for Hotel website

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Executive Secretary in the Press

We’ve picked up media interest from our campaigns to bring the role of the Assistant to the forefront of businesses across the globe. Here is a selection of some of our global media coverage which is actively assisting in shattering the stereotypes which surround the role.


Full conference ticket includes two half day Masterclasses, a full day conference and our Gala Dinner Celebration for just AU$1,800

Limited Tickets Available. What are you waiting for? Change your life today!


Book a place by clicking the link to Eventbrite above
or for any further information or assistance please contact us

Email or Phone +44 (0)1932 560974


For help towards facilitating your attendance for you or your team,
Email or Phone +44 (0)1932 560974

We also offer onsite training; so if you like, you can invite any of your trainers to come to our office and customise training for your entire department! You can email Christian Russell at for more information.

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