Following on the heels of the first Executive PA Summit in Brisbane in October, executive assistants in Sydney and Melbourne got to participate in this new event format for Australia and New Zealand.
Originally designed for busy c-suite executives looking to keep current, get the best insights available, network and have intelligent meetings with relevant suppliers, one day professional development and matched meetings events have proven to be extremely popular in the USA and the UK. Executive PA Media adapted the idea for executive assistants, who work to similar time constraints as executive directors, brought it over from the UK and its unique format has been tested and approved by EAs in Brisbane. Sydney and Melbourne.
The Executive PA Summit took place at Rydges Sydney Central on the 6th February and Rydges Melbourne on the 8th February. EAs arrived for an early breakfast and a packed day of professional development and targeted meetings kicked off at 8.30am. Presenters included Lynne Schinella, Steve Samartino, Jackie Furey and Kate Christie, plus briefings from industry experts on corporate event technology, employee engagement matters and the latest recruitment trends for EAs looking to recruit or keep their resumes current.
Alongside the seminar programme, each delegate took part in a series of one to one targeted meetings, which everyone agreed is a more intelligent way to build business relationships with potential suppliers.
Executive PA Media Chairman Russell Peacock said “Both delegates and suppliers are extremely enthusiastic about the format and as far as we know we are the only organisation running these types of events in Australia and New Zealand”.
He goes on to say “Even though the Summits are free for executive assistants to attend we invite world class speakers to present and this is a key element to the success of these events.” “The second important element is that although we use some very neat technology to match everyone up for seminars and meetings, we put that technology back in the cupboard so that people can concentrate on what humans do best, which is talk with other humans and build relationships”
Click here for more information on the Executive PA Summits and to register interest to attend.