Executive Assistant of the Week: Dallas

Executive Assistant of the Week: Dallas

Jill Schons has over 20 years of experience as an executive assistant. She started her career at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis supporting several executives including SVP of Sales, CFO and COO. She has spent the past 14 years as an executive assistant in different areas of UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and Optum.

How Assistants Become Leaders (Without Burning Out)

How Assistants Become Leaders (Without Burning Out)

In this practical and challenging session, long-time Executive Assistant, Jeremy Burrows, will explore 3 tensions every assistant must manage if they want to become an irreplaceable leader in their role. Jeremy will share examples of how he navigated each tension as he was given a variety of responsibilities during the first 12 months of the Artificial Intelligence software company he currently works for. This session will encourage and help assistants be impactful leaders – without burning out in the process.

How to Be Better at Developing Relationships

How to Be Better at Developing Relationships

To help us boost our connector confidence, we called on Lisa Olsen, CEO of Admin to Admin, a training and consulting company specializing in administrative support. Lisa let us in on her industry insights, which got us feeling ready to hit the professional development circuit and start making friends! Read on to see what she shared with us, the mindset every EAs should adopt and the one major networking opportunity you’re not taking advantage of.

I Attended ELS Forum and Here’s What Happened

I Attended ELS Forum and Here’s What Happened

Our very own Julia Ford-Carther, new to our team, attended ELS Forum: New York City. Here, she shares her experience on-site, what she learned about the EA profession and why you’ll definitely want to attend.

Onboarding A New Executive: How To Create An Impact From Day One

Onboarding A New Executive: How To Create An Impact From Day One

The onboarding process is an essential part of an induction into a company. When it comes to onboarding a new executive, the process should be in-depth and well-planned to make sure they have every chance to succeed in their new role. Diana will share her 10 top tips with you how to onboard a new executive.

Five Things Assistants Should Never Think About

Five Things Assistants Should Never Think About

As an executive assistant, your life can start to feel like a road that’s crammed sprinkled with surprises tasks at every corner. Tasks from your executive, a manager, or a colleague, for example, tend to slow you down from tackling the larger projects that will lead to growth in your career.

5 Self-Motivation Tools for Executive Assistants

5 Self-Motivation Tools for Executive Assistants

As an assistant, you’re not tethered to the pace of you of your executive. Explore how the best assistants are driving progress forward, and the mental tools they’re using to keep up but create an initiative in their career

Report from the World: Global Trends for Executive Assistants

Report from the World: Global Trends for Executive Assistants

Since 2008 and the financial crisis, the world has changed and EAs have had to change with it. In our volatile and evolving environment, we will pull the curtain back on the important global trends that affect the 1 billion assistants in the world. Bonnie Low-Kramen has been speaking and teaching in 14 countries and counting. She will share what she is hearing and seeing. Up to the minute global trends and universal truths.

Establishing the Ultimate EA & Executive Partnership

Establishing the Ultimate EA & Executive Partnership

ELSx Recording: EAs are a leader’s most powerful secret weapon. Like all vital relationships, building a Dream Team of leader/EA requires the hard work of planning, training, and nurturing. The results? The sky is the limit when this powerful pair are working in harmonious concert. Proof is evident in productivity, retention, profits, and high quality of life. We will explore the nuts and bolts of exactly how you can have an ultimate business partnership.

Go Beyond Checking the Box. Becoming An Indispensable Business Partner

Go Beyond Checking the Box. Becoming An Indispensable Business Partner

ELSx Recording: The quick shot of dopamine from completing a task just isn’t enough anymore. In this webinar, hear Monique Helstrom, Chief of Simon Sinek, will offer her perspective on how recognizing the human behind the task can help you become an indispensable business partner and offer fulfillment that goes deeper than just checking a box.

The Importance of Making International Connections through Networking

The Importance of Making International Connections through Networking

As an executive assistant, you have a pulse on the organization and serve as the right-hand to your executive. Building a network outside of your region is vital, not just for your executive’s success, but for your success too. Diana Brandl is an international speaker, coach, and author located in Germany. Here, she defines the importance of making international connections as an assistant and how to get started.

Executive Assistant of the Week: Vancouver

Executive Assistant of the Week: Vancouver

Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Vancouver contributor, Karen Dales, Executive Assistant to VP, Environment, Community & Government Affairs and the VP, People & Business Performance

Executive Assistants Leading the Charge

Executive Assistants Leading the Charge

ELSx Recording: Excel Tables: The Excel Feature Every Assistant (And Your Team) Should Master Who motivates the motivator? Who leads the leader? You do! Erika Gilchrist spearheads this webinar on Executive Assistants Leading the Charge.

7 Must-Know Tools in Microsoft Office (with a Sprinkle of G Suite)

7 Must-Know Tools in Microsoft Office (with a Sprinkle of G Suite)

ELSx Recording: Save time on the simple things! Melissa Esquibel will rapid-fire share her best tips with you in this fast-paced frolic through Office and G Suite tips and tricks. Here are just 5 of the time-devouring things you’ll be able to stop doing after this webinar:

The Executive Assistant Guide to Personal Branding on Social Media With Al-Husein Madhany

The Executive Assistant Guide to Personal Branding on Social Media With Al-Husein Madhany

In order for executive assistants to step up as business leaders within their organizations, it’s prevalent they have strong personal branding, that both represents the skills that set them apart and understanding of their organization. In this day and age, it’s a necessity to reflect personal branding through social media. Al-Husein Madhany provides his tips and tricks to optimize your social media presence to step up as a business leader.

Why Your Salary Isn’t Enough: How to Better Negotiate Your Worth

Why Your Salary Isn’t Enough: How to Better Negotiate Your Worth

ELSx Recording: Top career coach and specialist in salary negotiations, Al-Husein Madhany will share the business case for how and why you are short-changing yourself when it comes to your finances. He will outline how he helps assistants around the world with his data-driven and proven strategies that are realistic, reasonable and actually work to secure the salary you deserve.

Shrinking but Clear, the Pay Gap is Still Here

Shrinking but Clear, the Pay Gap is Still Here

In 2018, women earned around 80 cents to every dollar a man made. It’s 2019, on Equal Pay Day, and the gap is still present. We’re taking a minute to highlight the disparity in which the environment started, roadblocks that remain, and how we can implement a better future.

6 Questions Assistants Should Ask Their Boss

6 Questions Assistants Should Ask Their Boss

Jeremy Burrows asked asked several executives a simple question; “What’s one thing you wish your assistant would do more of?” Here, he complies his finding in an easy-to-read format.

Pushing Setbacks Aside, Discovering Your Career Roadmap

Pushing Setbacks Aside, Discovering Your Career Roadmap

Are you struggling to find a path in your EA career? Julie Perrine, Speaker, Trainer, Author, and the CEO of all things admin explains the implications of discovering your career roadmap as an executive assistant, and how to embrace every change along the way.

Tips to Setting Career Goals and Sticking to Them

Tips to Setting Career Goals and Sticking to Them

Sophia Denton, founder of myEAcoach – empowering network for EAs that focuses on professional development – paired up with Ashley Manson, EA at Tourism Toronto, leads a group discussion on how we can execute our career goals.

What’s Happened After #TimesUp?

What’s Happened After #TimesUp?

The Times Up movement has impacted assistants across the world. It’s impossible to ignore the harassment that many assistants have experienced in their careers at one point or another. With the practice of confidentiality agreements, assistants have felt pigeonholed, unable to speak up with what they see and hear.

The Executive Assistant Guide to Personal Branding on Social Media

The Executive Assistant Guide to Personal Branding on Social Media

In order for executive assistants to step up as business leaders within their organizations, it’s prevalent they have a strong personal branding, that both represents the skills that set them apart and understanding of their organization. In this day and age, it’s a necessity to reflect personal branding through social media. Diana Brandl provides her tips and tricks to optimize your social media presence to step up as a business leader.

Take Me to Your Leader…Your Assistant

Take Me to Your Leader…Your Assistant

ELSx Recording: The next step in your career as a successful assistant is leadership. Believe us when we say it, leadership works! We will turn the page on the old paradigm of assistants as support-only roles, and offer strategies for preparing to lead, being recognized as a leader, and seeking leadership opportunities in and out of the workplace.

How to Build an Executive Assistant Community in your City

How to Build an Executive Assistant Community in your City

I’m sure you’ve wondered at one point or another, “Why isn’t there an executive assistant community in my city?” Ike Saunders created REACH in Chicago to bridge the gap and he’s spilling the secrets on how you can get a conversation started in your city:

8 Stress Breakers That Actually Work

8 Stress Breakers That Actually Work

Today’s executive assistants are expected to make the impossible possible, but even these office superheroes sometimes need some internal rescuing. Here are 8 stress breakers you can rely on.

Event Plan Like a Project Manager Extraordinaire

Event Plan Like a Project Manager Extraordinaire

As an assistant, are you looking to improve your event planning process? By treating each event like a project manager, you are paving the way for a seamless event. There is a science to event planning and we have the steps for success.

PM 101: What Executive Assistants Need to Know

PM 101: What Executive Assistants Need to Know

Project management (PM) is an essential skill for executive assistants. Not only does PM education/certification help you get a seat at the table, it also allows you to step up as a leader and grow within your career. We rounded up the vital answers every EA wants.

Ethics for Executive Assistants

Ethics for Executive Assistants

What ethical responsibilities need to be upheld by executive assistants? Does the landscape of responsibility change when held to a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement? Workplace expert Bonnie Low-Kramen helps shed light on ethics for executive assistants.

Personal Branding LinkedIn Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Personal Branding LinkedIn Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Whether you are looking to step into leadership and grow within your role, or are looking to pursue new career ventures, personal branding is a must-have in today’s dynamic workforce. This begs us to ask if you are using the interface as effectively as you think.

Tips and Tricks for the Diligent Note Taker

Tips and Tricks for the Diligent Note Taker

For executive assistants (EAs) and others, note taking can seem like a tedious activity that doesn’t differ far from the Power Point or company hand out. Here we uncover some of the best ways to take notes and the benefits of each.

How to Navigate the Multi-Generational Workplace: A Guide for Executive Assistants

How to Navigate the Multi-Generational Workplace: A Guide for Executive Assistants

In offices across the world, there are currently three generations working side-by-side. As executive assistants are exposed to numerous facets of a business, they will need to collaborate with multigenerational teams. We’ve put together a guide to help EAs better understand the key characteristics and preferred work styles of each generation.

Fueling Passion in Your Career

Fueling Passion in Your Career

Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, Creative Event and Strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. Dyer shares how she got to where she is and all of the lessons learned along the way.

Tips for Juggling More Than One Executive

Tips for Juggling More Than One Executive

The trend has started, and it’s not stopping. Catherine Groswird, Sr. Executive Assistant at Mozilla shares her advice for executive assistants who are supporting more than one executive.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Looking Back to Look Forward

Trish Stevens Stadler, Executive Assistant/Manager Tata Communications, retraces the steps of her career that led her to her true calling – the career of an executive assistant.

Debbie Gross: A Career Road Map

Debbie Gross: A Career Road Map

How does one take their career to the next level? Although there isn’t a tried and true roadmap that guides a professional through their executive assistant career, Debbie shares her career journey to help set others up for success, too. Through an interview, she revealed with us how she got to where she is today and how you too can reach your full potential and find your passion.

Why the Assistant Role is Female Dominated

Why the Assistant Role is Female Dominated

It’s 2018, and secretary is still the top job for women. The job description has drastically changed, but, it begs us to ask, how did we get here? Why is the executive leadership support role still dominated by one gender? What has truly changed?

The Key to Managing Up as an Executive Assistant

The Key to Managing Up as an Executive Assistant

Facilitating a collaborative relationship with an emphasis on a shared purpose is key to being a successful strategic assistant. Melba Duncan enlightens on what it truly means to be accountable as an executive assistant.

#Timesup, Now What?

#Timesup, Now What?

Assistants make up the backbone of all industries – industries that don’t have award shows to verbalize or visualize their stance in the #Timesup campaign. It begs many industries to ask, okay time’s up, but now what? Together, we work with Bonnie Low-Kramen to peel away at these detrimental issues within the executive assistant career and how we can all work together to take next steps.

Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills with Al-Husein Madhany

Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills with Al-Husein Madhany

Our leaders and executives all possess strong critical thinking skills. Isn’t it just as important that we sharpen these skills, too? Al-Husein Madhany dives into how to hone your critical thinking skills to succeed in your career.

Strategic Business Partner vs. Leader

Strategic Business Partner vs. Leader

What’s truly the difference between being a strategic business partner to your executive and being an influential leader? Rhonda Scharf helps uncover the answers EAs are looking for.

Why Professional Development Is the Perfect Gift

Why Professional Development Is the Perfect Gift

With Administrative Professionals’ Day this week, it urges the question, what’s a gift that reflects the multi-faceted and difficult job of an executive assistant? How can executives truly show appreciation this week?

Building a partnership takes an awareness of your EQ

As assistants, more often than not, we don’t take into consideration at the interview stage the importance of ensuring that you and your future manger “hit it off” and “click” on an intellectual and professional level. We need to be asking the right questions on whether we will fit with each other.

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