Global Speakers

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MICHELLE GOULOS

Executive Assistant & Marketing Coordinator

Melbourne Airport

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2018 Page Personnel EA of the Year Winner

Topic: Award Winning EA Case Study: How to Exceed the Expectations of Your Boss and Your Colleagues on a Daily Basis

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LISA HERRINGTON

Executive Assistant to CFO, M&A, Strategy and Group Finance

Boral Corporate

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Topic: The Diplomatic EA: Spotting Potential Conflict, Learning How to Defuse It and Knowing the Strategies to Use When Confrontation Is Unavoidable

Lisa has over 15 yrs experience in Executive support, 10 of those in Boral. As well as being a dedicated resource and representative of high profile senior executives, Lisa has spent considerable time in the industry as a Continuous Improvement Advisor, improving processes and being passionate about fostering a supportive culture of leadership and safety.

As comfortable on the frontline as in the boardroom, Lisa’s strengths are in being a conduit to those around her, bringing out the best in all types of people, challenging them to raise their game and have not only a seat at the table, but a voice.

Lisa believes that being a C-Suite EA is a forward thinking leadership role, and should be conducted with maturity, credibility and positivity. For her, being involved in such high level strategy, being trusted around confidential multi-million dollar transactions, influencing senior high profile leaders is considered a privilege and she uses it as a two-way teaching opportunity both personally and professionally.

Lisa returned to Boral C-Suite after a year off to successfully fight breast cancer, and is now an advocate of health and fitness, a calm and stress free workplace alongside striving for each day to be better than the last. She has one grown up son who is her best advocate and biggest critic.

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KRISTEN CHICKTONG

Executive Assistant to Chris Beer, CEO

George & Matilda Eyecare

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Topic: Finding Your Voice to Handle Challenging Situations, Manage Adversity and Excel

Kristen currently works for George & Matilda Eyecare as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Chris Beer, a locally owned optometry collective, now the fastest growing Optometry group in Australia. Kristen’s role is very hands-on as she works with the executive team to build a company from scratch. With over 20 years’ experience, Kristen has a passion for making work fun and thrives in an environment where values and ethics are paramount to the organization’s strategic goals and core beliefs.

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ERIN NAPIER

Executive Assistant to Director of Sales, Australia & New Zealand

Adobe

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Topic: Working With Different Personality Types: Communicating With Impact

Erin has 7 years of experience in the EA industry and has expertise in supporting senior executives in the IT, sales and digital marketing space. She is also working towards a Bachelor of Psychology in her spare time and has a unique interest for human resources and work culture.

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TIAHNA CORNISH

Executive Assistant to CEO & Office Manager

The North Australian Pastoral Company

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Finalist for the Up & Coming PA of the Year 2018

Topic: How to Manage Your Bosses and  Work Well with Multiple Executives

Tiahna joined NAPCO in January 2018 as Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer and Office Manager, within the same year she was awarded Runner up for Up & Coming PA of the year with Executive PA Media.

Prior to joining NAPCO Tiahna has had extensive experience in Administration management, Logistics and Operational administration. Prior to NAPCO she held multiple positions at Real Dairy.

Prior to Real Dairy Tiahna worked at Linfox QLD head office, running a busy reception and assisting up to six senior managers.

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SABINA VITACCA

Mindfulness Coach

Meditate Now

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Topic: Using mindfulness to manage stress & burnout on the job

Sabina works with organisations and individuals to integrate mindfulness practices to overcome feelings of stress, overwhelm, lack of focus and engagement in the workplace. She helps executives and professionals transform their unproductive habits, thought patterns and behaviors by teaching them how to bring mindfulness and meditation practices into daily work and home life.

Having worked as an Executive Assistant for several years, Sabina saw first-hand the difficulties and demands of the job. She has spent the last 10 years delivering mindfulness and meditation workshops and presentations to a variety of organisations to assist with team building, corporate wellness, conflict management and stress-reduction.

Sabina aims to educate and inspire individuals and organisations embrace a culture of mindfulness through corporate workshops, presentations and private mindfulness training.

She empowers people to use mindfulness and meditation strategies to become less stressed, more resilient, happier and increase productivity in their workplace, and in doing so, creates healthier and more effective organisations.

 

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AMANDA (PEREIRA) VINCI

Professional Coach & Leadership Expert for Executive Assistants - Trainer, Speaker, MD Practitioner & EDISC Consultant

The EA Institute

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Topic: Unleashing the Power of Influence: Leadership Development for Executive Assistants 

Amanda Vinci is the founder and CEO of The EA Institute, a Training institution dedicated to transforming how Administrators lead, think, work and behave. Amanda is an Internationally Accredited Coach, Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Accredited EDISC Consultant, Trainer and Key Note Speaker.

Starting her career as an entry level administrator, Amanda worked her way up supporting Senior Executives in a range of industries. Her last role supporting the Managing Director of a global change management firm had her realise the gap in high quality leadership training for administrators. It was here Amanda knew she wanted to transform the perception of what could be possible for administrators.

She now works closely with senior Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants to increase their leadership capability and mental resilience to better support senior executives. She also works on increasing individual brand awareness and brand positioning for yourself as a Executive Assistant leader within the organisation you work for and beyond.

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MEGAN GREEN

Executive Assistant to CEO

Perfection Fresh Australia

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Australian EA of the Year 2016 & Finalist for the CEO Magazine’s 2018 EA of the Year Award

Topic: How to Build a Standout Career as an Executive Assistant with Passion and Purpose

Technologically savvy and an advocate for innovation, Megan Green is the Executive Assistant to the CEO Perfection Farms and Joint Managing Director Victor Smorgon Group.

With more than 10 years’ experience behind her, Megan has the unique ability to remain excited and determined to be the very best in her field, proving just that when she recently won Australia’s Best EA of the Year award 2016. Megan was also recently a finalist in the CEO Magazine EA of the Year Awards.

As an early adopter of the ‘paperless office’, Megan has championed the opportunity to embrace technology for the Executive Assistant. In addition to her technical and administrative expertise, Megan’s strengths lie in developing and maintaining business relationships, innovation, strategic planning, and communication.

Megan maintains superior management capabilities and support; encourages and debriefs with her CEO This achieves outstanding workflow, efficiency and organisational strategy, as well as ensuring she achieves both mental and physical wellbeing for both herself, and her manager. This allows her to maximise and achieve superior outcomes.

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CANDICE GOLDING

EA to the CEO

Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging

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Runner Up for Up and Coming PA of the Year 2018

Topic: Executive Assistants as Project Managers: How to Manage Multiple Projects and Multi-Task Effectively

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RUTH KILAH

C-Suite Executive Assistant to the CFO & CIO

GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, New South Wales, Australia

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Topic: From Assistant to Boss: Capitalizing on your Assistant role to progress your career

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PATRIZIA IACONO

Executive Assistant to Group Executive, CxO Chief Digital & Information Officer

Bank of Queensland

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Topic: Today’s New Breed of Executive Assistant; with the EA role changing as fast as the disruption in technology and innovation

With a strong desire to partner and influence leaders, Patrizia’s career in business spans over twenty five years. Having supported some of the most influential Chairmen and CEO’s in Australia, Patrizia’s passion for people and her commitment to the professional development of the role of an Executive Assistant has her sought after as a mentor to EAs and keynotes across Australasia.

Aside from supporting executive business activities, Patrizia has also led a number of complex, high profile initiatives. This includes taking project lead in major staff relocations, business transformation of an advertising agency and managing events for over 4000 employees across multiple geographies.

Patrizia’s unique ability to inspire and motivate people, and her commitment to the development of the Executive Assistant as an industry and profession, provides guidance from someone who has ‘walked the talk’ and taken the role of the executive office to new heights.
Ultimately, Patrizia assists others to reach elevated levels of influence, knowledge and leadership.

Patrizia is Chair at 2020 Exchange, a member of the Executive Assistant Network (EAN) Board of Advisory Committee and mentor to many EA’s across Australasia.

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DIMITRA ZOGRAPHOS

Executive Manager

The EA Circle

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Conference Chairperson

(For Sydney & Melbourne Sessions)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their  Organizations

Dimitra Zographos is an award winning Executive Assistant with exceptional insights, skills and experience having worked for Australian and multinational corporations.

She has been an Executive Assistant for over 20 years and truly understands what it takes to be an exceptional EA.

Dimitra is passionate and a true advocate for the EA profession, appreciating the difference, value and influence it can bring to an executive, executive team and an entire organisation.

In recognition of her passion and commitment she has received numerous national EA awards and is often asked to speak and facilitate EA conferences and events across Australia.

Dimitra uses her extensive experience to challenge, assist, guide and inspire EAs to take their career to the next level and to reach their full potential.

Having benefited from her participation as a member of The EA Circle for the last seven years, as well as her active involvement with extensive EA networks within Australia and overseas, Dimitra recognizes how important it is for EAs to develop and grow and focus on their professional development to ensure their continued success.

Given Dimitra’s passion and commitment to make a difference, inspiring EA’s to progress, she has joined The EA Circle as Executive Manager to grow, expand and specifically focus on providing a truly exclusive forum for Executive Assistants to exceed their perceived potential. The bonds formed as members of The EA Circle last for years opening unimaginable doors to incredible rewarding opportunities.

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AISHLINN CORBIN

Internal Operations Manager & EA to CEO

FastTrack

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Page Personnel EA of 2018 Finalist

(For Sydney and Melbourne Sessions)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their  Organizations

With a strong passion for people and improving organisational culture, Aishlinn Corbin plays an influential role and supports the business as the Internal Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO at FastTrack.

With over 17 years’ experience working for Senior Executives across different industry verticals in both the Technology and Human Resources sectors, Aishlinn currently supports the CEO, 5 C-level Executives, and Board Members, whilst also driving major strategic improvements across the business, leveraging her exposure and influence across this mid-tier organisation.

Aishlinn has successfully helped align and establish company culture and values, host company-wide events to celebrate and recognise key milestones, defined and implemented the annual HR Plan to drive continued improvement to employee experience, executed the FastTrack head office relocation, brought to life operations in the UK, and more, coupled with the demanding responsibilities of the EA function.

Aishlinn’s influence at FastTrack, combined with her spirit, determination and commitment, have been invaluable to ensuring constant improvement in company culture, business operations and supporting the executives, which by extension has helped to drive FastTrack in its period of rapid growth, particularly as the business expands its global footprint.

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JAN LESLIE

Executive Assistant to CEO | People and Culture Co-ordinator

ISPT

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(For Sydney and Melbourne Sessions)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their  Organizations

 

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NATALIE SANDS

Executive Assistant to MD

Franklin Templeton Investments

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(For Sydney & Melbourne Sessions)

Winner of Up & Coming PA of the Year 2017 – Executive PA Awards

Topic: Managing Your Boss’ Schedule Like a Mega Star

Natalie is currently the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director & CEO Franklin Templeton Australia, a role she has held since January 18.

After moving to Australia from Ireland 3 years ago, Natalie took the opportunity to change careers from a Physiotherapist to an Executive Assistant. It was whilst studying Physiotherapy that Natalie discovered her passion for organizing and being known as the person that makes the impossible happen!

In 2016 Natalie commenced her administrative career at CBA. Her dedication and client centric focus was quickly recognized and rewarded with the promotion to Personal Assistant General Manager. During this time Natalie’s role focused upon executive support, managing senior stakeholders, overseeing a Team of PA’s and driving overall team engagement. Natalie was awarded “Up and Coming PA of the Year 2017” by Executive PA Media.

Having developed a strong partnership with her executive at CBA, Natalie was offered a position to join him in his new capacity as CEO and Managing Director of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia. In this role, Natalie provides executive support, manages the business operations and is part of the senior leadership team.

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STEVE DAWSON

Business Communication, Presentation & Public Speaking Coach

Fox Sports / ESPN anchor

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(For Sydney & Melbourne Sessions)

Topic: Powerful Presentation and Facilitation Skills to Run Effective Meetings

Steve Dawson is the owner of Coach – Steve Dawson, a Singapore registered business which helps corporate people to present their data and innovations in boardrooms, ballrooms and on television.

He is the face of football, mixed martial arts and general sports news throughout Asia, anchoring the premium content at ESPN, Star Sports and Fox Sports since 2004.

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PRISCILLA SMITH

Executive Assistant to Chief Information Officer

Avant Mutual Group, Sydney

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(For Sydney Session)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their  Organizations

Priscilla Smith is a former recruiter who has been an Executive Assistant since arriving to Australia in 2009. She has lived and worked in the UK and in Singapore. Her primary area of support has been within Technology although she does not profess to be a Technologist. Priscilla’s experience spans across SMEs and large international corporations.

Priscilla is a mum of 2- Obi is 5 and Oona is 2. When she is not in the office or at the gym, she can be found either hanging out with her kids or knee deep in laundry. She lives in the Sutherland Shire and is a mad fan of the Cronulla Sharks.

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ENISA FAZLIC

Executive Assistant to Helen Livesey - Group Executive, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff

Australian Mutual Provident (AMP)

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(For Sydney Session)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their Organizations

Enisa is an Executive Assistant with over 10 years’ experience working in both the financial services and public sectors. Like many others, she ‘fell into’ her career as an assistant after high school starting out as an administrative/personal assistant at a University, and quickly developed her skills & knowledge of the administrative world.

She progressed her career by entering the world of Investment Banking as a PA to a Director at Macquarie Bank. This change catapulted her into corporate finance, where she embraced the fast-paced & ever-changing business environment and really found her passion for providing executive level support and the many opportunities that come with it.

Since then, Enisa has been with her current executive for over 4 years and has moved with her through role changes & promotions, taking her to c-suite level at a top ASX listed company. She describes her relationship with her executive as a business partner and not “just an EA”, as she undertakes responsibilities outside the realm of typical assistant duties and is often a sounding-board to the many decisions her executive makes.

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CAITLIN WAKELY

Facilitator & Mentor

The EA Institute, Brisbane

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Conference Chairperson

(For Brisbane Session)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their Organizations

Caitlin started her corporate career in New Zealand as an administrator in a law firm, and in the last 10 years has grown her career portfolio to include roles such as Events Manager, Senior Brand & Digital Marketing Manager, and Assistant General Manager of a multi-million dollar Skincare company, with significant experience in change management, behavioral analysis, personal branding and managing teams through change.

Having recently founded her own Digital Marketing agency, Caitlin has recently joined The EA Institute, a global business with a mission to Inspire Leadership by transforming how Executive Assistants and Senior Administrators think, lead, work and behave. As a Mentor and Co- Facilitator for The Institute, Caitlin utilities her previous experience in the dynamics of leading senior management teams and facilitator for global workshops in China, Australia and New Zealand. Her passion and success for personal branding brings a new dynamic to the business.

Caitlin’s passion for development in herself and others sees her excel at understanding human behavior and ability to find a solution to obstacles. Through new perspectives, she shines light on previously unseen options. Her ability to present in a dynamic, confident and structured manner allows others to feel her passion and be inspired on
their journey of growth. Caitlin is dedicated to helping EAs reach their full potential through personal branding, development and self-leadership.

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MICHELLE FENTON

Executive Assistant

Toyota Financial Services

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(For Brisbane Session)

Topic: Executive & EA/PA Panel: How effective EA/PAs Add Value to Their Organizations

Michelle started her career being the Personal Assistant to the CEO Executive Assistant and has evolved to Executive Assistant to CFO at Toyota Finance Australia.

Engaging with the company’s culture and pillars, Michelle is involved with several committees including Innovation and Kaizen (continuous Improvement).

Michelle believes in being an extension of your Executive’s brand, developing yourself and leading by example.

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CAROLINE KEATING

Executive Support Officer

School of Design | Creative Industries

QUT School of Design

Topic: How to Prepare for the Arrival of a New Boss

Caroline is an Executive Support and Project Officer in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Caroline has over 13 years in executive support roles which has developed strong project management, recruitment, administration and communication skills. Through her project, support and client management roles, Caroline have gained working practical experience dealing first hand with international organisations and partners such as the University of Goroka, CARE International and Pacific Woman (DAFT), understanding the importance of having a strong network to ensure the success of her role. With a passion for Event and Project Management, Caroline is working with researches on projects based in Papua New Guiana. Caroline has recently won an award at QUT for consistently demonstrating initiatives above and beyond your role.

After recently going through a period of multiple management changes in her organization, Caroline has firsthand experience and has smart tips to teach you how to deal with the roller-coaster of the arrival of a new boss, how to ensure you make a good impression from day one and the important of your new boss understanding the current culture of the workplace.