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Why should you attend?

The National Public Sector EA/PA Summit, being held from 12-14 February 2020 at The Grace Hotel in Sydney, is about combining real-time workplace strategies with wellness. It’s about making sure you maximise your effectiveness both inside and outside of work.

At the National Public Sector EA/PA Summit, we are so excited to bring together a group of people to connect, inspire, empower and enable through learning. Not only do you get to meet EA’s that have been conquering the role their entire career, but you will also hear first-hand tips and strategies to become more productive, more organised, more confident and less burnt out!

  • 1. Unleash your potential to become the agile, innovative and irreplaceable EA
  • 2. Create a support network to last a lifetime
  • 3. Put self-care at the centre of your workplace strategy
  • 4. Learn valuable EA life hacks to ensure better productivity and resilience in and out of work
  • 5. Create the ultimate partnership between you and your executive

Event Speakers:

  • Maria Qanita Co-Founder Relations Manager to Malala Yousafzai Malala Fund
  • Fiona Gaffney Executive Assistant to the Secretary Transport NSW
  • Leanne Stacey Executive Assistant to the Secretary Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Joanne Sanders Executive Assistant to the Managing Director ABC
  • Kerry Collins Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary, Economic and G20 Sherpa Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Lisa Charles Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary, Health Financing Group Department of Health
  • Michelle Donovan Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Portfolio Management Group Property NSW
  • Dereta Lennon Program Officer, Soft Power Strategy Section Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Emily Leung Executive Assistant to the CIO Department of Customer Service NSW
  • Alison Howship Program Support Officer, Defence Science and Technology Group and Former Executive Assistant to Vice Chief of the Defence Force Department of Defence
  • Chantelle Dabrowski Executive Assistant to Executive Manager, Unsolicited Communications and Executive Manager, Communications Safeguards and Networks Branch Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Rachel Parsons Executive Assistant to the Director Australian War Memorial
  • Rachel Hardman Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer Endeavour Energy
  • Ashlee Roberson Senior Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Thicha Rabe Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation
  • Suzie Manoly Executive Assistant to the Group Executive Finance Strategy and Transformation First State Super
  • Kirstie Kearney Corporate Strategy and Business Coordination, Enabling Services Geoscience Australia
  • Tennille Younger Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer Sportsgirl
  • Lee-Anne Dean Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer Australia Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Audrey Nolan Executive Assistant to Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health Office of Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health
  • Narelle Driver Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  • Katherine Woodward HR Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Human Resources Director British American Tobacco
  • Nick Ginsburg Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice-President Monash University
  • Lara Bourke Executive Assistant to Executive Director - Finance & Corporate Services NSW Ambulance
  • Georgia Groundwater Executive Assistant and Business Operations Lead Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Anita Grassos Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer Clinical Excellence Commission
  • Andrea Randell Project Coordinator, Aboriginal Housing Office Department Planning Industry and Environment
  • Jemma Mifsud Senior Executive Assistant to the Mayor and General Manager Penrith City Council
  • Angela Taggart Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer University of Sydney
  • Janine Bilas Leadership and Communication Coach Janine Bilas Coaching
  • Giovanni Dienstmann Meditation Teacher, Author, Coach Live and Dare

Executive Assistants are the backbone of any organisation. But in the Public Sector, you have the added challenge of continual change. So how are you juggling everything at once? How are you remaining agile whilst also maintaining balance? And how are you setting personal and professional boundaries while still achieving your goals? To be successful, you don’t only need to fulfil the needs and expectations of your executive, but you also need to create strategies and processes that will carry you through disruption.

We have chosen the Pink Agate Geode stone to represent Executive Assistant’s for this event because we recognise EA’s to be the true foundations of success. Without you, your business does not exist. But in order to continue providing this energy and strength, you need to protect your own wellbeing and avoid stress and burnout. Agate works to dispel fear, impart courage and helps restore harmony and balance.

For the boss:

Hi boss, let’s chat.

Your assistant wants to attend the National Public Sector EA/PA Summit.

What is it?

It’s APAC’s leading Public Sector EA event that combines workplace strategy and wellness.

Australia’s National Public Sector EA/PA Summit is where I can meet, network and connect with over 100 Public Sector EA’s, thought leaders, innovators, initiators and doers, all sharing their tips and strategies to maximise efficiency, shape the role and take it to the next level. I want to become more proactive, resilient, and confident and work with you to become the ultimate team.

This event is for growth, so why send your Executive Assistant?

  • Three days of learning, inspiration and empowerment as they create new support networks and connect with valuable new insights.
  • Show you support! Your EA is your foundation. Show your EA that you are invested in their professional and personal development.
  • Allow them to meet inspiring EA’s from across the Public Sector and walk away refuelled with fresh perspectives and a ton of energy
  • This event lives and breathes progress, both professional and personal. Give your EA the opportunity to create more harmony and balance in and out of work.
  • Work together, be inspired! Reignite a passion for the role
  • We’ll give them actionable tools, strategies and insights to become more productive and proactive

Agenda Overview

The programme has just been released!

Wednesday, 12th February 2020
Thursday, 13th February 2020
Friday, 14th February 2020
  • 7:30 AM
    Morning Yoga and Meditation Session
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration opens
  • 9:00 AM
    Opening remarks from Chairperson and re-cap from day one

    Angela Taggart – Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Sydney

  • 9:15 AM
    Challenge Solution Clinic

    – Identifying key and current challenges from the room and discuss to solve 

    Angela Taggart – Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Sydney 

  • 9:30 AM
    Managing up, down, sideways and across

    • Developing meaningful partnerships with your executives 
    • Initiating conversations with confidence 
    • Creating proactive partnerships 

    Lee-Anne Dean – Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Australia Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

  • 10:00 AM
    Becoming the strategic business partner

    • Making sound and strategic decisions 
    • Managing the expectations of your executive 
    • Building trust to accelerate growth 

    Audrey Nolan – Executive Assistant to Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, Office of Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health 

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning Tea
  • 11:00 AM
    The value of proactive vs reactive

    • Igniting creativity, vision and leadership 
    • Paving the way for success 
    • Managing and directing tasks effectively and productively  

    Narelle Driver – Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, NSW Aboriginal Land Council 

  • 11:30 AM
    Juggling just about everything

    • Keeping all the plates spinning 
    • Knowing how and when you can add further value 
    • The next step to becoming the irreplaceable EA 

    Katherine Woodward – Executive Assistant to Human Resources Director & HR Coordinator, British American Tobacco 

  • 12:00 PM
    Creating your community of trust and support

    • The power of internal networks 
    • Getting comfortable with being vulnerable 
    • Finding your next mentor or network. 

    Nick Ginsburg – Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University 

  • 12:30 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Q&A Facing burnout head on

    • Putting your health first  
    • Identifying your boundaries  
    • The first steps to overcoming burnout and stress 

    Leanne Stacey – Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

  • 2:00 PM
    Bouncing back when things go wrong – Lara’s success story!

    • Setting boundaries while still achieving your goals 
    • Learning to disengage and to focus on what’s important 
    • Rediscovering your purpose after a knockback 

    Lara Bourke – Executive Assistant to Executive Director – Finance & Corporate Services, NSW Ambulance 

  • 2:30 PM
    Panel: Advice on dealing with the highs and lows

    • EA war stories 
    • Bouncing back after failure 
    • Celebrating the wins 

    Anita Grassos – Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission 

    Sonia Tuckwell – Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Hunter Water Corporation  

    Andrea Randell – Project Coordinator, Aboriginal Housing Office, Department Planning Industry and Enviroment 

    Joanne Sanders – Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, ABC 

    Thicha Rabe – Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer, Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation 

  • 3:00 PM
    Afternoon Tea
  • 3:30 PM
    Creating positive change

    • Influencing up, sideways and down to creating positive organisational culture 
    • Managing difficult and different personalities  
    • Developing interpersonal and empathy skills to manage difficult situations 

    Jemma Mifsud – Senior Executive Assistant to the Mayor and General Manager, Penrith City Council 

  • 4:00 PM
    Recap and closing roundtable session

    • What does career success look like to you? 
    • Identifying the key themes from the two days 
    • Creating your toolkit of skills to take away 

    Angela Taggart – Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Sydney 

  • 4:30 PM
    End of Conference Day 2

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Venue

The Grace Hotel
77 York St., Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9272 6888

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+61 02 9247 6000
+61 02 9247 6333
attending@publicspectrum.co

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