Global Speakers

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GRANT HERBERT

Founder & CEO

People Builders

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International Keynote Speaker | Master Trainer | Neuroleadership | Emotional Intelligence

Topic: The CEO Perspective: What Sets a Great EA Apart From the Rest? And How to Improve Professional Relationship with Your Boss

(For Sydney Session)

By using experience from his own journey of imperfection in defence, corporate and business, he has empowered thousands of people to escape the performance trap, cut themselves some slack, learn from their experiences and enjoy success in being whoever they are called to be in every area of their life. His cutting edge workshops and coaching programs help people to develop personal, professional and leadership skills that are not taught at university.

With over 35 years as a leadership trainer and coach, Grant has learned that the key to developing others is to first help them replace the learned mindsets and behaviours that are currently sabotaging their results. Once that new platform is built, they actually implement what he teaches them. This ensures a high return on your investment and long term change.

Whether it is in the corporate boardroom, the business seminar or the conference venue, he will inspire in everyone a desire to change and then show them how to do so. In his own authentic yet powerful way, he guides them through their surface story into the real issues hidden below.

Grant is the founder and CEO of People Builders, a leading supplier of training and coaching solutions throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and the UK.

Grant believes in staying up to date and relevant so he is an International Master Trainer in the Neuroscience of Leadership with the About my Brain Institute, Social + Emotional Intelligence with The Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence and Behavioural Profiling with Extended DISC International.

Grant was recently awarded for his global leadership in the fields of training and coaching by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.

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NICHOLAS CHEATHAM

Associate Director

Australian Cyber Security Centre

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Topic: How to Identify and Defend Against Spearphishing

(For Melbourne Session)

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NICHOLAS COATES-LAM

Assistant Director

Australian Cyber Security Centre

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Topic: How to Identify and Defend Against Spearphishing

(For Brisbane Session)

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LYNDI SMITH

Mindfulness Trainer

Conscious Beginnings

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Topic: Using Mindfulness To Manage Stress And Burnout On The Job

(For Brisbane Session)

Lyndi Smith is a Brisbane-based mindfulness trainer with Conscious Beginnings, and a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Recently she worked closely with the Department of Education on a $250,000 research programme using mindfulness for teacher well-being. The research showed reductions in stress, improvements in self-compassion, emotional resilience, sleep quality and classroom performance.

Lyndi has taught mindfulness for six years and has led over forty mindfulness-and-compassion based programmes and retreats with organisations including BHP, Computer Merchants, the Dept. of Education, Queensland Police, Teachers Health Fund and Excite Media.

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SALLY FOLEY-LEWIS

Speaker, Author & Coach

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Topic: Time-Saving Tips for Ultimate Productivity

(For Brisbane Session)

Sally boosts productivity by helping people to achieve their goals and master their self-leadership skills. Obsessed with productive leadership, Sally positively impacts results, confidence, effectiveness for individuals and teams.

Sally is the winning Champion Sole Trader in the 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Awards and was named as one of the 25 LinkedIn Top Voices for Australia for 2018 for her thought leadership.

She blends 20+ years of working with a diverse range of people and industries, while living in Germany, the UAE, Warwick, Rockhampton and Longreach, with exceptional qualifications; a wicked sense of humour and an ability to make people feel at ease, she’s your first choice for mastering skills, facilitating action and achieving results.

Sally is a dynamic and interactive presenter, MC, and much sought after facilitator and executive coach. Sally’s clients rave about her. She leaves the audience ready to take action.

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NAOMI BERG

Founder and Director

Purple Skirt

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Topic: 7 Rituals of Well Balanced EA/PA’s

(For Brisbane Session)

Naomi Berg has her Bachelor degree in Exercise Science. She’s a Wellness Coach who’s been active in the Health and Fitness industry for over 16 years, working with clients from young children through to Olympic Athletes.

She’s seen it all when it comes to fad diets, exercise crazes, and the long-term damage that can be done physically, mentally and emotionally when women hold onto negative beliefs about themselves. After experiencing some heartbreaking health concerns herself in 2011, Naomi sought out a new path to wellness. She turned her attention to the healing properties of Embodiment Practices and Emotional Release training.

Now, as a mum to 2 young daughters and Founder of Purple Skirt, Naomi believes you’re never too young or too old to begin working on a healthy mind and body.

Purple Skirt is a Wellness Coaching platform for unique products, services and collaborations designed exclusively for women. The primary focus is to provide a safe space to for clients to heal, grow and be empowered to live a life on purpose.

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BRENDAN HOLLAND

Adviser

Australian Cyber Security Centre

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Topic: How to Identify and Defend Against Spearphishing

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ANAHITA TONKIN

Director and Chief Happiness Officer

CLARITI GROUP

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

(For Brisbane Session)

Ana is Director and Chief Happiness Officer of International Award Winning Leadership and Peak Performance Company – Clariti Group. She is also Board Director of Boots for All and Independent Director of Yalu Marnggithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation.

Throughout her 18 years of experience Ana has driven improvement, growth and development for businesses across a range of industries including working across three landmark projects alongside the Australian Government focusing on stakeholder engagement, community development, community wellness and leadership programs.

Having experienced cervical cancer before the age of 30, Ana is very well versed in dealing with challenging situations and managing adversity. She is known for her inspiring passion, energy and ability to engage and connect with individuals at all levels; she is passionate about all things with a good purpose and the ability to support organisations to drive positive sustainable development within their teams. She is committed to supporting organisations achieve growth and success as well as be aligned to a sense of social responsibility. As the co- founder of a charitable foundation under the Clariti Group the 1 Million & 1 Project, she is focused on achieving her goals and mission in life to positively impacting the lives of 1 million and 1 people globally.

A number of accomplishments have included trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp with an inspiring team of adventurers to raise funds for a number of charities including the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, which she is now an Ambassador for. Most recently she travelled to Tanzania to work in homes for abandoned children and positively impact their lives through medical treatment, educational material and supporting in any way possible.

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SAMANTHA WEBB

EA to the CEO

Beyondblue

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

(For Melbourne Session)

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ROBERT VAN STOKROM

CEO

DFP Recruitment

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Topic: The CEO Perspective: What Sets a Great EA Apart From the Rest? And How to Improve Professional Relationship with Your Boss

(For Melbourne Session)

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MICHELLE BOWDITCH

EA to Schneider Electric CFO & Clipsal Solar CEO

Schneider Electric

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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

(For Sydney and Brisbane Session)

Michelle Bowditch is a C-Suite Executive Assistant with over 15 years’ experience across a wide range of industries in both the public and private sectors. As a diplomat, steward, business manager, connector and editor and event manager rolled into one, she takes pride in devising and implementing unique solutions to complex problems, and being empowered to deliver them.

Michelle is known as the Swiss Army Knife—she adapts her style based on the nature of the executives she supports, and supplements their shortcomings to ensure business leaders can remain focused on the CEO’s strategic direction. Her current role has her supporting both the VP of a multibillion-dollar company, and the CEO of a start-up founded by the same company. As an integral support behind the upward momentum of the executives she assists, her role has evolved to one of trusted advisor and confidant.

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SIMONE AUSTIN (Advanced Sports Dietitian)

President

Sports Dietitians Australia

 

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Topic: Eat Like An Athlete for peak performance

(For Sydney & Melbourne Session)

Simone Austin an Advanced Sports Dietitian and an Accredited Practising Dietitian and author of newly released book, ‘Eat Like An Athlete’. She is passionate about making nutritious food the easy choices to maximise health and performance. Simone has a proven track record of success working with a range of teams and individuals. She is into here 11th season as the dietitian for the Hawthorn AFL Football Club and has worked with the Australian Men’s Cricket team, Melbourne Storm Rugby league and Melbourne City A League soccer club . She works with Swisse Wellness and volunteers as the President of Sports Dietitians Australia and as a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Simone is widely recognised for her expertise and accessible approach to nutrition and is invited regularly to speak in the media as well as within health and wellbeing circles.

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SANDY O’DELL

Executive Assistant to Chief Strategy Officer

Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

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Topic: Strategies for Communicating Your Value to Leadership and Expanding Responsibilities

(For Sydney Session)

Sandy’s executive assistant career spans 14 years, including over a decade supporting Tabcorp executives. Tabcorp is a world-class diversified gambling entertainment group and top 50 ASX company with more than 5,000 employees. During her 10 years at Tabcorp Sandy has supported the Wagering Distribution Executive, the Chief Marketing Officer and is currently EA to the Chief Strategy Officer. As an EA, Sandy takes pride in being an extension to the executive she supports, this is highlighted in her success at Tabcorp.

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WENDY COLE

Productivity & Leadership Training | Presenter, Facilitator, Coach

iMastery

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Topic: Technology Masterclass: Time-Saving Tips for Ultimate Productivity

(For Sydney & Melbourne Session)

Wendy works with busy professionals and executives enabling them to apply holistic leading-edge strategies to optimise their focus, leverage their productivity, get things done and enjoy even greater progress. As the founding director of iMastery, Wendy Cole designs and facilitates leadership and productivity training.

In addition to her training facilitation work, Wendy has held leadership roles in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the USA. Wendy has extensive management experience; successfully leading teams through periods of rapid growth and change.

Participants value Wendy’s hands-on experience as an entrepreneur, Director, General Manager, and expert Recruiter and the ‘real-world’ perspective she brings to her training and coaching workshops.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (double major in Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has completed Advanced Facilitation Skills Training with the AITD and is an accredited HBDI practitioner.

In her personal life, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, learning about nutrition, cooking with organic whole foods and is grateful when she can consistently get to three or more yoga classes a week.

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AUDREY NOLAN

Executive Assistant to Commissioner for Mines Safety and Health

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Topic: The Road to Strategic Thinking and Becoming More Efficient

(For Brisbane Session)

Audrey is the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health for the past two years. Prior to that she was EA to the Chief Inspector of Explosives in the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Safety.

Audrey has more than 30 years’ experience in government and private enterprises in business support and personal assistant/executive assistant roles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business majoring in Information Systems.

Audrey ensures that operational and administrative services throughout the business and different projects are maintained, managed and reported on effectively and efficiently. Her major focus is to provide strategic partnering and highly sensitive management support to senior management.

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REBECCA NOLAN

Personal Assistant to CEO | Auditor PD Coordinator

AUS-MEAT & AUS-QUAL

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Topic: Developing Powerful Inner Circle: Why Developing your Inner Circle is a Crucial Part of Success in All Areas of Your Life, Not Just Work

(For Brisbane Session)

Rebecca is a passionate individual both personally and professionally combining over 20 years’ experience in Administration, Training, Office Management, and a level of business acumen achieved in owning and operating her own business.

She considers herself fortunate to have gained experience across dynamic roles in diverse industries in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with each location and role enabling opportunities to embrace diverse cultural work environments, people and systems.

Rebecca has for the past 6 years been employed by AUS-MEAT/AUS-QUAL, a Certification Body for the Horticulture, Meat and Livestock industries. She serves as PA to the Chief Executive and reports to the General Manager of Logistics and Operations in the administration of Auditor Qualifications, hence in balancing a mixed portfolio she understands the power of creating an inner circle and having meaningful connections with the right people.

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DESIREE ANDERSON

Executive Assistant to President & CEO

GE Healthcare (Australia & New Zealand)

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Topic: Developing Powerful Inner Circle: Why Developing your Inner Circle is a Crucial Part of Success in All Areas of Your Life, Not Just Work

(For Sydney Session)

Desiree Anderson is the Executive Assistant to the CEO for GE Healthcare in Australia, New Zealand. Desiree joined GE Healthcare as an EA and Team Leader for the Administration team in July 2016. She is the ANZ Leader for the GE Women’s Network and sits on the Russell Investments Master Trust committee as a member elected representative.

Desiree has over 15 years of experience as an executive assistant and has worked in FMCG, Banking and Finance and Healthcare in Australia, New Zealand, London and parts of Asia.

She is driven, engaged and committed to improving and building a great culture within the workplace, this has enabled her to build strong internal and external networks.

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HELEN BRAILSFORD

Executive Assistant to Acting Deputy Secretary

Rural and Regional Victoria

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Topic: Strategies for communicating your value to leadership and expanding responsibilities

(For Melbourne Session)

Helen has over 15 years of experience in supporting CEOs and senior executives in the Australian and UK markets, including ten years supporting CEOs, Boards and Deputy Secretaries in the Victorian Government and UK public sector. Most recently, she has been working with the Deputy Secretary, Rural and Regional Victoria, in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Helen has chosen to work in the public sector as she is passionate about the work she does in making a difference, and have found the ability to contribute to areas such as healthcare, jobs and social inclusion to be rewarding.

Helen sees the role of an EA as being a true partner to their Executive; to understand their priorities in depth and develop relationships that will further develop strategic agenda

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BELINDA JANE DOLAN

CEO

CLARITI GROUP

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Topic: The CEO Perspective: What Sets a Great EA Apart From the Rest? And How to Improve Professional Relationship with Your Boss 

(For Brisbane Session)

Belinda-Jane established Clariti Group 6 years ago, a multi international award-winning women owned and run Leadership and Peak Performance Company. Her inspiration came when she lost her mom through Breast Cancer at a very young age.

Her vision is to develop and inspire leaders and teams to create happy and engaged workplaces across the globe developing and introducing Australasia’s first of its kind Chief Happiness Officer Academy.

With over 22 years corporate advisory leadership and board roles, serving on Boards and Committees in Australia and overseas. Belinda-Jane and her team work alongside the Government, Private and Not For Profits executing land mark and life changing projects delivered into some of the most remote and challenging places.

Belinda-Jane is no stranger to overcoming challenges being born into disadvantage and a physical disability her motto is Dream Big, Aim High and Never Ever Give Up. She is currently climbing the 7 highest mountains on each continent to raise awareness and funds for life changing charitable projects. Attempting Mt Everest in 2020.

Her expertise is in Leadership and her current PhD and book ‘Find Your Own Everest’ launching in April on the topic of leadership and high performance, it set to make changes as we see leadership today. “Through the Clariti Group we aim to create inspiring, positive workforces around the globe that will make a significant difference to the lives of those who work within them. Life is precious, we spend so much time at work then why not make it an enjoyable place to be” -Belinda-Jane Dolan.

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KATIE HOLPEN

Executive Assistant to Chief Digital Officer

Aurecon

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Topic: Tools for having difficult conversations and resolving conflict in the workplace

(For Melbourne Session)

As Executive Assistant to the Chief Digital Officer, Katie is closely involved with the digital transformation of the business. She is required to keep pace with the activities of the greater (global) team that report to the Chief Digital Officer.

Katie is a strong believer that Executive Assistants should become part of a team and work alongside their Executive, not ‘beneath’ or ‘for’ them. Building an open, honest and strong working relationship with your Executive means work gets done in an easy and highly efficient way. This benefits not only your Executive, but also makes your role as an Executive Assistant so much more enjoyable and valuable.

She has exceptional co-creative skills, pulling together ideas from people around the globe as well as putting my own spin on things. Katie is constantly striving to ‘wow’ her colleagues and stakeholders by creating work and providing solutions that tend to go well and truly above and beyond expectations of her core role. She is constantly curious, always creative, and takes your expectations and kick’s them to the next level.

Katie has an effervescent personality and is approachable and friendly in nature which means working with her is a seamless experience, and regardless of the task Katie has an uncanny ability to make it a fun and inclusive experience for all.

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KAREN THOMSON

Executive Assistant to CEO & Chair

Cycling Australia

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

(For Melbourne Session)

Karen has over 20 years’ experience providing executive level support in both the public and private sectors. She currently supports the CEO & Chair of Cycling Australia. Previously she supported two Executive Directors at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, while also providing guidance and support to junior members of the admin team. Other interests include following the Geelong Football Club in the AFL and travel.

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JODI FINNAN

Virtual Assistant and Project Manager

Freelance

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

(For Melbourne Session)

Jodi brings 18 years of experience as an Executive Assistant, being attached to many global multimillion companies. She has experience of being an EA to some of Sydney’s top CEOs, including Denis Handlin (Sony Music), David Gallop (FFA), Mark McGuiness (David Jones), Mark Scott (ABC TV). After holding position as one of Sydney’s High End EA’s,  she is now offering Virtual first class professional and highly personable support from her own office. She currently work with clients from all over the world of different sizes and brands.

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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

(For Brisbane Session)

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 her 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.

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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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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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ENISA FAZLIC

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

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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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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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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NATALIE SANDS

Executive Assistant to Managing Director

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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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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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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DIMITRA ZOGRAPHOS

Executive Manager

The EA Circle

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(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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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

(For Sydney & Melbourne Session)

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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RUTH KILAH

Founder & CEO

Hoxton Hyde

 

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

Ruth is the Founder and CEO of Hoxton Hyde, a consulting and coaching business that provides time-poor individuals with the knowledge and tools to enable them to manage their ‘life’ priorities, allowing them to create a balanced and healthy lifestyle – think time management, meets healthy living.
Ruth is a certified Fitness and Health & Wellness Coach, specialising in women’s health (certified pre and post-natal coach). She is fiercely passionate about the benefits active living has on physical health, but also on mental well-being.

During her previous, 13-year career in executive business support, Ruth held a variety of positions, including C-Suite Executive Assistant and Project Manager roles, both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom, predominately for large global organisations.

In October 2018, Ruth’s Executive Assistant & Project Manager roles were made redundant. This change gave Ruth the opportunity to step out on her own and create Hoxton Hyde. The perfect blend of both her passions; helping others to manage their time and achieve healthy lifestyle goals.

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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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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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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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SABINA VITACCA

Mindfulness Coach

Meditate Now

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

(For Sydney & Melbourne Session)

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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TIAHNA CORNISH

Executive Assistant to CEO & Office Manager

The North Australian Pastoral Company

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Runner Up 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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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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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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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