I have the Assist Conference up and running and I can not begin to tell you the amount of lists I have produced to help me keep on top of all of the details. It is great to be back organising events again and I must say it is even more special that it is my first Practically Perfect PA event!
Over the last few weeks we have added some more amazing speakers. I wanted to have as many speakers confirm as possible before the end of the early booking rate (which runs out at the end of November).
So far we have thirteen brilliant speakers confirmed! These include ten current or former assistants.
There is still time for you to take advantage of the early booking rate of £200+VAT. The rate will increase to £250+VAT on the 1st December.
I’m so excited about the speakers that we have recently confirmed and I would love to tell you a little more about them.
Rebecca Monique Williams
Rebecca is a PA and Office Manager at Adaptive Labs, an innovative start-up based in Shoreditch. Although she has a media background in journalism, Rebecca-Monique has had over 8 years of administrative experience covering office administration, HR, event coordination, project management, sales, and account management.
Rebecca will be taking part in our Working Environments panel session. This session will address the different working environments assistants now find themselves in and the challenges they face. The panellists will speak about their personal experiences working for start-ups, entrepreneurs, media conglomerates and high-level corporations.
For 15 years Isobel was a senior PA for a corporate blue chip company in the UK. In 2000 she won a scholarship to study photography at The London School of Printing. Soon after graduating an opportunity arose for her to travel to Palestine to film the clashes at Qalandia checkpoint. During this first visit she was invited to Beit Jibrin Refugee Camp in Bethlehem where she found a grass roots school being run from a shack. In September 2001 she set up a charity “Lessons With Love” to support the youngsters in Beit Jibrin Camp. In order to learn how to fundraise she gave up her new found photography career and took up the post as PA to the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust. In the first three years of operation Isobel raised in excess of £250,000 and a new school was built in the camp.
Isobel will be taking part in ‘moving on up by moving on out’ panel session with other inspirations assistants. In the session we will look at the challenges and opportunities when assistants decide to change their career. We will bring together experienced assistants who all have their tips and stories on how they moved across before they moved up.
Maria has worked as a Project Manager and Change Management Consultant since 2008 and also had the lovely task of being my mentor for a number of years while we both worked together at Lloyd’s Register. Maria knows everything there is to know about project management and will teach attendees the skills required to lead projects and stand out within your organisation.
Maria will cover:
- The importance of planning
- Stakeholder management
- Achieving credibility and the ability to influence while managing projects
- The project managers toolkit
Helen started her career as a bi-lingual secretary/PA, holding several positions in blue chip companies, culminating in a seven-year role as Executive Assistant to the Group HR Director of Cadbury Schweppes plc in London. After completing a part-time MBA, Helen was selected for the Cadbury Schweppes accelerated management development programme, gaining two years brand management experience in overseas business units before returning to a commercial role in Bournville, Birmingham.
Two years later, Helen (together with French husband, Pierre) opened Chouchoute – Birmingham’s first (and only) boutique chocolates store. Helen now manages the company’s branded corporate gifts business, as well as its retail and corporate websites, marketing and social media activity.
Helen will discuss her wonderful career and share her insights into how assistants can continue to move on up by prioritising soft skills, ensuring the foundations are in place and really pushing through the glass ceiling.
The early bird discount rate will finish on the 30th November so do book your place asap. You can view more information on the Assist Conference website or you can book directly using the details below.