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8 Administrative Professional Conferences To Attend In 2021 [Can’t Miss]

By October 30, 2020 May 26th, 2021 10 Comments

Administrative Professional Conferences

Have you ever noticed the amazing ideas and inspiration that come from connecting with other like-minded people who have the same profession as you?

We want administrative professionals to feel that invigorating spark again and again! That’s why we pulled together a list of can’t-miss administrative professional conferences that are in-person and virtual for 2021.

We realize it’s hard for administrative professionals to step away from their work. In the midst of juggling schedules, planning meetings, and arranging travel, who has the time or the energy to take a learning break?

We love these conference for administrative professionals because they equip you with real-world strategies you need to squeeze even more out of your limited time and energy. Many of these conferences also offer a remote component for participants who may not be able to attend the in-person conference but are still interested in the virtual event.

After taking just a little time off to attend one of these in-person and virtual conferences, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to manage your workload and grow into new responsibilities.

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1. Admin Bash

Conference Organizer: OfficeNinjas
San Francisco, CA & Virtual

Career-driven parties DO exist. The Admin Bash is full of networking and fun. During this spectacular event, administrative professionals meet, exchange work strategies, and form lifelong friendships while enjoying snacks, music, and too many other festivities to count.

The event is all about connections. And who doesn’t want more of those?

Buzz: Check out this Admin Bash video to get a little tease of the fun in your future


2. The Conference for Administrative Excellence

Conference Organizer: Office Dynamics
Location: Virtual and Live Stream
Dates: October 26 – 29, 2021

The 28th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence promises to be a power-packed program, full of high-impact keynote sessions illuminating our theme, The Empowered Assistant.

This is the conference for executive assistants, administrative assistants, and office support staff.

Tip: If you can’t make it out to Las Vegas, then you can purchase the conference on demand. On demand access gets you a participant guide, speaker handouts, and recordings of every event session. (You can watch them as many times as you want!)


3. IAAP Summit

Conference Organizer: International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
Location: Austin, TX + Virtual and Live Stream
Dates: July 12-15, 2021

Hosted by the seasoned experts at the International Association of Administrative Professionals, this summit is all about growth.

The planners understand the fluid role of an administrative professional and use that knowledge to design a conference to keep attendees at the forefront of both foundational and new skills. The in-depth program will help you stay marketable, relevant, and ready for anything that comes up in your day-to-day work and long-term career.

Speakers include Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing, and Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc.

Agenda highlights:
Here’s a teaser of some of the session titles you’ll enjoy during this summit:

  • Stress and the Art of Accelerated Resilience Adapt Faster and Achieve More Workshop
  • Career Acceleration: Speed Up Your Success with Strategic Personal Branding Workshop

4. Developing Emotional Intelligence

Conference Organizer: Fred Pryor Seminars
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

For administrative professionals confident in their ability to organize schedules and fluently juggle multiple tasks, keen emotional intelligence is the next rung in the career ladder.

Emotional intelligence is known to benefit nearly every important aspect of administrative work, including keeping calm under stress, gracefully dealing with difficult people, and efficiently managing stress.

The one-day seminar’s agenda lists these learning points to look forward to:

  • How to handle irrational thinking and overcome negative emotions
  • Techniques to identify your opportunities to grow and move forward
  • The importance of empathy in communicating, understanding, listening, and establishing rapport

Tip: Visit the conference landing page, navigate to the right, and search for seminar dates in your city.


5. The Administrative Assistants Conference

Conference Organizer: SkillPath
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

This administrative professional conference covers a gamut of training needs.

During 10 sessions, you’ll learn about leadership, technology, writing, organization, negotiation, and more. The conference is designed to help you walk back into the office with the skills and confidence you need to take on anything and everything.

Buzz: Just visit the conference landing page to read comments, like this one from D. Conyers:

“Pulled in real work experiences. Many useful tools. 4 stars!”


6. Management Skills for Administrative Professionals

Conference Organizer: American Management Association
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

Administrative professionals are behind-the-scenes managers, sometimes making even more decisions a day than the leadership team. That’s why it’s critical for admins to develop their management skills.

Management skills aren’t just for those who manage others. These skills are also necessary to efficiently manage processes, make decisions, and communicate with others.

Here are a few sample learning points taken straight from the Management Skills for Administrative Professionals agenda:

  • Applying a systematic approach to plan and engage others in the change process
  • Negotiating to empower yourself and others to achieve goals
  • Recognizing and proactively using critical thinking to support achievement of team-based goals

Buzz: Just visit the conference’s Customer Ratings and Reviews pages to read comments like this one from Lisa A.:

“This was an excellent class with a lot of great information and materials. The instructor shared personal experiences which kept the class moving. The other students were engaged and shared their experiences as well, so the others were able to learn from their experiences.”


7. Administrative Professionals Conference

Conference Organizer: OutReach at Auburn Montgomery
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

OutReach at Auburn University, an organization that nurtures leaders, celebrates Administrative Professionals Week by hosting a skill-building conference.

Created exclusively for administrative professionals, including assistants, coordinators, business managers, and more, the Administrative Professionals Conference sets attendees up to become irreplaceable assets in their organizations.

Buzz: Here’s an anonymous comment from the What Attendees Are Saying section of the conference page:

“I was expecting a long day of possibly not very interesting information, but that is not at all what we got. The conference was interesting, engaging, and comfortable. The speakers were all awesome and very relatable.

We got the feeling that it could be any one of us on that stage because for the most part they were telling our story. They were giving us solutions, options, and ways to succeed from their experiences. Again, very powerful, very satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.”


8. Administrative Professionals Conference

Conference Organizer: American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP)
Location: Chicago, IL
Dates:September 19 – 22, 2021

ASAP has been hosting APC for over 20 years, providing unparalleled learning sessions and workshops by professional trainers. The organizers acknowledge the incredible diversity of the administrative professional and pull out all the stops to truly offer something for everyone. Attendees have the opportunity to tailor their experience to meet specific training needs.
In 2020, they made APC go virtual and had over 1,000 attendees!

Their sessions and trainings strike the perfect balance between the practical and the aspirational. Plus, they acknowledge the incredible diversity of the administrative professional and pull out all the stops to truly offer something for everyone.

Bonus: Leave the Administrative Professionals Conference with some new credentials. Attendees may take a preparation class for the PACE (Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence) Exam and even complete the exam right after the class to earn a PACE Certification.

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Which of these conferences are you most looking forward to in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.


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