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9 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2020

By March 11, 2020 May 20th, 2020 17 Comments

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Executive Assistants never seem to rest, let alone take time away from work to focus on themselves.

That’s why these Executive Assistant conferences are perfect for all those powerhouses who love to work eight days a week.

Why are these events perfect for motivated assistants?

These Executive Assistant conferences:

  • Let Executive Assistants take a breath without taking a break
  • Nurture skills that are fiercely practical and relevant
  • Provide headspace for strategic thinking
  • Bring EA’s together to share seasoned strategies

These no-fluff conferences are catered specifically to the needs of Executive Assistants. They pack comprehensive instruction into reasonable time frames and send you home eager to put your new ideas into action.

We hope you attend at least one (or all) of these can’t-miss conferences this year.

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1. APC Executive Assistants Summit

Conference Organizer: American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP)
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Dates: September 13 – 16, 2020

Designed for go-getters serving high-powered positions, this Executive Assistant conference inspires attendees to roll up their sleeves for days of rigorous, high-level training that achieves results.

The customized program nurtures leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills—and that’s just the short list. There’s a reason the organizers say the summit is where “executive assistants become exceptional assistants.”

Buzz: Just visit the summit’s Benefits of Attending page to read comments like this one from Sharon Adderley, Executive Assistant, Office of the VP and CIO Commonwealth Bank:

“The EA Summit at the Administrative Professionals Conference was the best Conference that I ever attended. This was my first time to this event, and it was awesome!”

 

2. Leader Assistant Live

Conference Organizer: Jeremy Burrows, Creator and Host of the #1 Podcast for Assistants, The Leader Assistant Podcast
Locations and Dates:

  • Denver – September 25
  • San Jose – October 3

Leader Assistant Live events are changing the landscape of Executive Assistant events with affordable conference tickets (less than $200, and some events are less than $100), high-value training from proven speakers who understand what it’s like to be an EA, and a thriving online Slack community to stay connected with your peers and the speakers, long after the events end.

Topics include AI, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Negotiation, Calendar Management, Communication, and more.

Buzz: In February 2020, Leader Assistant Live sold out in Kansas City, MO, hosting 173 assistants, making it the largest, non-convention center EA event in the U.S.

 

3. IAAP Summit

Conference Organizer: International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
Location: National Habor, MD

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

The planners understand the demanding 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 comprehensive 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 Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc and Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing.

Agenda highlights:
Here’s a sneak peek 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. Be the Ultimate Assistant 2-Day Workshops

Conference Organizer: Bonnie Low-Kramen
Locations and Dates:
Multiple Dates

This workshop’s title tells you exactly what you’re going to get from it: the tools to be the ultimate assistant. This holistic 17-hour workshop helps Executive Assistants sharpen every tool in the arsenal—ethics, organization, communication, event planning, and so much more.

One of the program’s developers is Bonnie Low-Kramen, who, as former assistant to Olympia Dukakis, knows how to keep up with a demanding, high-profile workload. Bonnie’s partner is Vickie Sokol Evans, a globally recognized expert on practical real-world tech skills.

Bonus: Workshop registration includes a bit of post-meeting coaching with the two prolific program planners, Bonnie Low-Kramen and Vickie Sokol Evans.

 

5. Executive Leadership Support Forum

Conference Organizer: Q1 Productions
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

This forum has a mission that’s sure to resonate with Executive Assistants everywhere:

“The Executive Leadership Support Forum Series strives to improve the profile and professional lives of Executive Assistants worldwide by welcoming those with a thirst for knowledge, desire to make new connections, and a passion for career advancement.”

The forum focuses on hard skills, but it also dives deep into what assistants need on a personal level to achieve their visions of success. These needs include self reflection and confidence.

Buzz: Check out this video of Executive Assistant Rosy Garner talking about the skills she can’t wait to share with her peers:

Bonus: The conference is posting speaker interviews to get attendees excited about expert presenters. Check out this Q&A with Al-Husein, Senior Consultant Coach at The Duncan Group.

 

6. The Indispensable Assistant

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

Who doesn’t want to be indispensable?

During this one-day workshop, Executive Assistants will absorb skills that don’t come from a book or an informative article, including stress-management strategies, assertiveness skills, and delegation techniques.

Here are a few sample learning points taken straight from the The Indispensable Assistant agenda:

  • Dealing with correspondence—shortcuts you and your boss can work out together
  • Parkinson’s Law—reclaim wasted time by applying its universal lessons
  • Concrete ideas for smoothing and improving your partnership with your boss

Tip: Visit the conference landing page, scroll over to the right, and search for workshop dates in your city.

 

7. Admingling Event Series

Conference Organizer: OfficeNinjas
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

These customized, compact, after-work events happen in cities across the United States, and the OfficeNinja team takes a unique planning approach to make sure every attendee gets everything they need and want from the events.

The team works with attendees to pick the perfect location and takes the time to learn what attendees really want to talk about.

When the event time comes, you simply show up to a place you know and love for drinks, snacks, and immersive discussions about your work. If you’ve ever craved a venue for asking your most burning Executive Assistant questions, then these events are for you!

Buzz: In just two minutes, this video will give you an idea of exactly what you’re getting when you attend an Admingling event.

 

8. Executive Secretary Live

Conference Organizer: Executive Secretary Magazine
Locations and Dates:

  • London: March 27-28, 2020
  • Wellington: August 28-29, 2020
  • Seattle: November 13-14, 2020
  • Johannesburg: February 26-27, 2021

We love this international event’s tagline:

“Train Like The CEO You Support”

That’s good advice, don’t you think? High level leaders are constantly evolving and absorbing new skills; there’s no reason their equally talented assistants shouldn’t do the same.

The planners of Executive Secretary Live acknowledge that many Executive Assistants are asked to perform complex function without any training.

This conference offers two days of practical training that helps Executive Assistants polish their existing skills and pick up new ones to fill in any holes. Assistant leave feeling well-rounded, confident, and poised to take on their building workloads.

Buzz: Marie Claire writer Caroline Garland shares what she learned from spending a day at London’s Executive Secretary Live event in this Career Advice From the World’s Super PAs.

 

9. FranklinCovey On Leadership World Tour

Conference Organizer: FranklinCovey
Location: Multiple Locations
Dates: Multiple Dates

While many other conferences on this list dive deep into specific Executive Assistant skills, the On Leadership World Tour promotes universally beneficial leadership skills.

Executive Assistants may serve leaders, but they’re also leaders themselves. And the more leader-centric traits they develop, the more they’ll be able to take off the plates of their high-powered bosses.

This one-day event examines the qualities of amazing leaders and inspires attendees to cultivate desirable soft skills, from character traits to habits.

The event also features a preview of FranklinCovey’s brand-new tool, The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership.

Fun Fact: Half of the host company’s name comes from Stephen Covey, beloved author of the ubiquitously quoted The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

 

We hope this post has inspired you to take the next steps in your self-development! Which of these conferences are you most looking forward to in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.

17 Comments

  • Luisandra Reynoso says:

    Thank you, this is a very good source.

  • Dana Buchanan says:

    What a great list! professional conferences are such an important part of professional development! I would like to add the Office Dynamics conference as well. I attended last October and plan on attending the 25th annual Stellar Assistant Conference October 23-26, 2018.
    Last October, I learned so many great tips over those four short days from the professional speakers and during the team activities. Joan Burge shared her experience and resources with the group daily. The learning did not stop there though! After returning to work, I followed up with subscribing to a few of the newsletters from the speakers and read their blog posts, which offered time-saving and organizational tips and highlighted apps and programs. It’s definitely the best conference I have attended! https://officedynamicsconference.com/

    Thank you for posting this great list!

    • Sophie says:

      Hello,!!
      How do I register for the 25th Annual Stellar Assistance Conference?
      I’m from Africa and would love to attend the conference, I see it as a medium to build on my workmanship as a secretary and also as a woman.

  • Max says:

    This list was a great help. Thank you, Ashley!

  • Victoria Goodman says:

    Thank you for this list! I’m currently looking for great conferences to grow my skillsets and bring back to my organization. I’m going to research each of the 9 conferences on your list and decide from there!

  • Jamie Morton says:

    Question: the Behind Every Leader conference is listed above as 11/10-11/11/2018 in Las Vegas.
    However, upon clicking the link, it brings me to the EAO conference on 11/7-11/8/2018. Before registering, I would like to confirm that these are one in the same.

  • Amanda Reese says:

    Thank you for this list! I’ve shared it with the administrative community at work (Cisco). I also recommend the Office Dynamics conference with Joan Burge, https://officedynamicsconference.com/ I’ve attended twice and gotten so much out of it both times. I attended the AEAP conference last year and really enjoyed it too – it’s a more low-key, affordable conference, and I thought the topics and speakers were great. http://www.theaeap.com/seminars/

  • Patricia says:

    I will be speaking at the Dallas 2018 Executive Leadership Support Forum and will be attending the 2019 APC Executive Assistants Summit.

  • Barb Friend says:

    Thanks a million. This article is a great motivator for me. I stopped attending administrative assistant training events because they were so basic or beginner-level efforts. These look like amazing resources. I can’t want to attend something great.

  • Irene shiggy halwenge says:

    I’d like to attend the one in london

  • Lisa Olsen says:

    Great list! I have been a presenter/speaker at many of the conferences you have listed. They all offer something different.

    I would also add our Admin to Admin Retreat to this list. It’s a smaller event – limited to 40 where we deep dive into topics that are relevant and resonate with assistants. We hold the retreat in Monterey, CA.on Friday night and Saturday. Our 4th Retreat is being held in February.

    Thanks for sharing all these resources. So many assistants don’t know about all the conferences and education available to them. It’s a wonderful menu of options.

    Lisa Olsen

  • Corey says:

    Brilliant list, thank you. I attended the Future Assistant Conference, London (online attendee) by Practically Perfect PA and it was a great two day conference I hope to get to in person one year.

  • Adesuyi says:

    Hello, I would like to attend a conference on Executive Secretary. I found a one day live conference but is it possible to attend a three days (3) conference on that subject “Executive Secretary Live”

  • Barbara says:

    Your list is fantastic. I have attended a Behind Every Leader conference previously and the experience was great – made some excellent contacts for networking and gained a few new ideas. I will likely attend again because it was an invigorating experience.
    ~ Barb

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