Looking for a game-changing professional development program that will elevate your EA career and help you achieve your most ambitious goals? Congratulations, you’ve found it.

PURPOSE, PASSION & PROFIT: REMEMBERING WHY YOU’RE AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Whether on the job for two months or two decades, an executive assistant’s success can hinge on their ability to continuously reconnect their career to their passion and purpose. How does being an EA give one a greater sense of purpose? How is the role an expression of one’s core values and beliefs? How can EAs embody their passion while executing their daily tasks? In this invigorating session, we will lead EAs through a life-changing self-reflection that will help them channel their energy, drive and focus towards their personal and professional goals by maximizing all available resources.

THE POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: INFLUENCING OTHERS INTO ACTION

As a strategic business partner, EAs are expected to make authoritative decisions and act as an influential leader both on behalf of their executive and the organization. How can executive assistants lead and influence members of their organization from their position? This session will address how EAs can best cultivate the power of persuasion and influence, identify opportunities to demonstrate their value to their executive and organization and manage their executive to build a successful business partnership that ensures mutual benefit (a must for any savvy executive assistant!).

CAREER PLANNING & PROGRESSION: WHAT’S NEXT FOR TOP EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS

EAs are now called to lead, think and act strategically. They are team leaders, cross-functional collaborators, project managers, culture carriers, initiative implementers and more, all while keeping a pulse on the entire organization. With this evolution of the role, titles and compensation packages must be adjusted accordingly, ranging from Chief of Staff to Administrative/Executive Manager or Executive Business Partner. In this session, we will discuss the future for the executive assistant career and how developing the right mindset can create endless opportunities for growth.

BE HEARD & MAKE AN IMPACT: NEXT-LEVEL COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS & STRATEGIES

The world of an executive assistant is vast and multifaceted. EAs interface with everyone from global dignitaries and high-profile clients to internal teams and even an executive’s family. In order to support their executive at the highest level of sophistication and efficacy, an executive assistant must adapt their communication style to serve any context. This session will discuss strategies for better communication with executives and various stakeholders, the key to managing different personality types and work styles, diffusing high-pressure situations and maximizing the strengths of multiple groups to achieve organizational growth and success. This expert communication can lead to new opportunities, career advancement and personal and professional success.

NO BURNOUT, NO PROBLEM: TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR AMBITIOUS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS

Top executive assistants know the secret to their success lies in maintaining organizational balance while quickly adapting to an ever-changing environment. But how can EAs maintain internal balance and avoid burnout while masterfully managing the chaos? In this career-changing session, we will share a revolutionary approach to establishing work-life balance as an executive assistant in today’s demanding work culture. Gain thought-leading insights on how passion and purpose help avoid burnout, the tension-relieving effects of professional authenticity, why EAs’ needs matter most and how respecting those needs increases performance, redefining self-care for the executive assistant and specific tips for setting boundaries when EAs are expected to say yes to every request.

MINDS IN MOTION: PEER-TO-PEER POWER HOUR

Connect, exchange ideas and problem solve with fellow executive assistants facing similar challenges. Attendees choose their preferred topic and break into groups facilitated by the contributors below. All participants are encouraged to contribute to the conversation! Topics include:                                          

Topic 1: Effective conversations to tame common chaos and create radical results

Topic 2: Mastering time management while juggling multiple executives

Topic 3: Leverage the art of negotiation to get what you want for yourself and your executive

Topic 4: Harnessing the power of your influence to positively impact your company culture 

JEOPARDY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT EDITION

Get those buzzers ready! Inspired by the world’s most famous quiz show, attendees get their moment to showcase their EA expertise and learn from fellow peers and friendly opponents as they compete in teams to become the executive assistant Jeopardy champion! Categories include:

  • Tools & Technology
  • Fill in the Book Title
  • Would You Rather?
  • Event & Travel Planning
  • Ethical Predicaments
EXECUTIVE & EA ROUNDTABLE: THE INTRICACIES OF A TRUE PARTNERSHIP

When an executive and the assistant form a strong, strategic and supportive business partnership, possibilities for both careers are endless as the success is felt throughout an organization. Establishing this partnership and strengthening the relationship requires on-going collaboration and communication. This highly anticipated session will center on an open dialogue between executives and assistants on the intricacies of maintaining this unique partnership and on continually adding value to both the executive and organization.

CONTACT
Executive Leadership Support
1 South Dearborn St, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
info@elsforum.com