Executive Assistant Conference

We are proud to present our inaugural Executive Assistant Conference. The first in a series of annual events designed to address the evolving role of executive assistants in the modern workplace, equipping them with the skills, insights, and networks needed to thrive in their dynamic roles.

This one-day event will feature expert-led sessions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities, tailored specifically for executive assistants.

Date
August 07, 2024
Duration

1 Day

Time (AWST)
Address
Participants
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Speakers

Pia Turcinov AM

Non-Executive Director, Ambassador, Women in Technology WA

Pia is an accomplished portfolio board director, immediate past Chair of Women in Technology WA and General Partner of FundWA. With over 30 years of legal, commercial and corporate experience across multiple industries, she has worked with hundreds of founders, start-ups and high-growth ventures.

Sharing her broad experience as a director, investor, advisor, mentor and entrepreneur, Pia sits on several boards within the technology, health, education and energy sectors. In 2023, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the King's Birthday 2023 Honours List for her significant service to technology, innovation, and women in STEM. 

Preetie Boler

Founder & Owner, Empowered by Design

Preetie is a transformational leader, speaker, author, facilitator and a former lawyer. With over 30 years of legal and commercial experience, she has excelled in negotiating construction disputes, settling complex legal matters and resolving intricate problems with skill and finesse.

She is a certified emotional intelligence facilitator, effectively leading, mentoring and inspiring teams, consistently achieving positive outcomes. Her expertise in empathy, authentic engagement and emotional resilience has empowered individuals and teams to maintain a thriving mindset.

As a migrant from a multicultural background, Preetie brings a unique perspective to her work. Her journey from navigating cultural expectations to mastering her own destiny is captured in her book, ‘Create Your Reality – A Guided Journal’. Through her program, ‘Breakthrough Your Inner Glass Ceiling to Unlock Your True Potential’, Preetie redefines women's empowerment, helping them overcome internal barriers and step into their authentic power.

Christian Holyoak

Executive Coach - Organisational Consultant

Christian specialises in leadership transitions, effective teamwork and workplace wellbeing. He has extensive experience coaching senior executives across corporate, public, non-government and humanitarian organisations globally. 

With a deep understanding of interpersonal, group and system dynamics, Christian helps leaders make sense of complex situations and gain confidence to take charge of their roles. His work with individuals and teams focuses on identifying and maximising their strengths to achieve their goals.

Christian is also a Clinical & Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist, specialising in trauma, psycho-oncology and perinatal mental health.   

Event overview

This dynamic one-day conference offers expert-led sessions, interactive workshops, and invaluable networking opportunities.

As the executive assistant role undergoes significant transformation, adapting to advances in technology, increased strategic responsibilities, and the need for higher emotional intelligence is crucial.

Attendees will gain practical knowledge from industry leaders, discover innovative practices reshaping the field, and connect with peers for mentorship and collaboration.

Whether you are an executive assistant, administrative professional, or office manager, this event will enhance your career prospects and professional growth.

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Conference highlights

 

Keynote address 1: Pia Turcinov AM - The Evolving Role of the Executive Assistant in the Age of AI

Panel 1: Career Progression and Development for Executive Assistants

  • Kurt Gillam - Executive General Manager Australia, PERSOLKELLY
  • Further panellists to be announced

Keynote address 2: Preetie Boler - Mastering Effective Communication with Challenging Personalities

Panel 2: Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness for Executive Assistants

  • Kellie Brinkhuis - Executive Assistant to VP People and Collaboration - INPEX
  • Jordan Doropoulos - Director & Facilitator - Peace Be The Journey Wellness
  • Dr Katy Tindall - Organisational Psychologist 

Closing keynote: Christian Holyoak - Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships

Experiential Learning Activity: Reading the Room - Emotional Intelligence for Executive Assistants 

 


Who should attend?

• Executive assistants seeking to enhance their skills and career prospects
• Administrative professionals looking to stay ahead of technological and managerial trends
• Other support professionals interested in leadership and strategic management roles
• Those who work with executive assistants and wish to understand the role more deeply.


Why attend?

  • Learn from industry leaders and experts through workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with peers from various industries and backgrounds, fostering opportunities for mentorship and collaboration
  • Career development: Gain insights into professional growth and advancement strategies specifically tailored for executive support roles
  • Innovative practices: Discover new tools and ways of working that are reshaping the landscape of executive assistance.

  

Conference timetable

Time

Session

Speakers/Panellists

8.30 am - 9.00 am 

Arrival & registration

 

9.00 am – 9.10 am 

Welcome & housekeeping

Drew Mayhills - Chief Learning and Development Officer, AIM WA

9.10 am – 9.55 am 

Keynote Address 1: The Evolving Role of the Executive Assistant in the Age of AI

Pia Turcinov AM - Non-Executive Director, Ambassador - Women in Technology WA

10.00 am –11.00 am

Panel Discussion 1: Career Progression and Development for Executive Assistants

  • Kurt Gillam - Executive General Manager Australia - PERSOLKELLY

11.00 am – 11.20 am

Morning tea & networking

 

11.20 am – 12.05 pm

Keynote Address 2: Mastering Effective Communication with Challenging Personalities

Preetie Boler - Founder & Owner - Empowered by Design 

12.10 pm – 1.00 pm

Panel Discussion 2: Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness for Executive Assistants

  • Kellie Brinkhuis - Executive Assistant to VP People and Collaboration - INPEX
  • Jordan Doropoulos - Director & Facilitator - Peace Be The Journey Wellness
  • Dr Katy Tindall - Organisational Psychologist 

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Lunch

 

2.00 pm – 2.45 pm 

Keynote Address 3: Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships 

Christian Holyoak - Executive Coach - Organisational Consultant

2.55 pm – 3.35 pm 

Experiential Learning Activity: Reading the Room - Emotional Intelligence for Executive Assistants 

 

3.35 pm - 3.45 pm

Closing remarks 

Drew Mayhills - Chief Learning and Development Officer, AIM WA

3.45 pm - 4.15 pm  

Afternoon Tea & Networking 

 

 Information correct at time of publishing.

To book a table for 8 guests ($3,600) please email events@aimwa.com