Agenda

08:30

09:00

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

09:10

Annabel Crabb is the ABC’s Chief Political Writer and presenter of Back in Time for Dinner, The House and the highly acclaimed Kitchen Cabinet series on ABC TV. 

09:40

  • Being a role model and advocate for women in the workplace and sport 
  • Championing and achieving women’s advancement in leadership 
  • Building a culture of acceptance and inclusion 

10:10

10:40

BUILDING INFLUENCE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR ORGANISATION

11:10

  • Moving beyond traditional and rigid tasks towards higher-level, strategic tasks 
  • Developing the knowledge and confidence to make decisions on behalf of your manager 
  • Managing multiple executives and stakeholders effectively 
  • Building influence and establishing boundaries within your organisation 

11:50

12:10

  • Establishing yourself as an influential leader within your sector to help both you and your organisation 
  • Understanding the networking and personal branding skills needed to thrive in the modern age 
  • Building a strong online presence and industry reputation through networking and personal branding 

12:40

01:50

Round Table I: Engaging male allies in diversity discussion 
 
Linda Ray, Founder and Chief Product Officer, NeuroCapability  

Round Table II: Maximising your leadership capability 
 
Allison Golsby, Chief Executive Officer, Consult Mine 
 
 Round Table III: Perform with confidence in a high pressure environment 
 
Amanda Lee-Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service 
 
Round Table IV: Putting your game face on 
 
Round Table V: Getting parental leave right  
 
Round Table VI: Wellbeing in the workplace  
 
Round table VII: Being a community leader   
 
Round table VIII: Working collaboratively and effectively with your team 
 

03:30

DEVELOPING MENTAL RESILIENCE AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS 

03:50

  • Adapting to change and responding mindfully to chaotic situations 
  • Developing patience and dealing with difficult personalities  
  • Introducing effective and proven techniques to manage your stress levels 

04:20

  • Moving the past perceived limitations of an executive assistant role  
  • Developing the skills needed to advance your career 
  • Aligning your career goals and personal development with your organisation’s needs  
  • Creating your own opportunities for personal growth and development 

05:00

05:20

05:30

Professional development and advancing your career 

Practical and effective techniques to enhance your profile and develop your career 

 
This full-day workshop will delve deep into all the practical skills required to develop as a high-performing executive assistant, position yourself as a key player within your organisation and industry, and lay the groundwork to advance your career even further. 
 
Key learning objectives:
  • Defining your career purpose and your drivers 
  • Matching your values to your organisation’s mission 
  • Benchmarking your role and responsibilities 
  • Creating professional awareness and growth “wheels” to clarify your journey 
  • Learning effective communication frameworks and tools 
  • Building professional capability through focused stakeholder engagement 
  • Managing your internal state 

Workshop Agenda:

 
9.00 Mapping your journey and benchmarking your role 

What is your career purpose? What are your drivers? Where are you in your professional journey? 
What are your values and how do they show up each day in your work? 
Understanding the top five priority areas, responsibilities, and challenges across your executive assistant role 
 
10.00 Professional Development Wheels – Simple tools to provide professional traction and momentum    

“Professional Awareness Wheel” - Taking stock & assessing your awareness across 8 quadrants 
“Professional Growth Wheel” - Making plans & assessing your growth priorities across 8 quadrants 
Mapping the gaps – Defining goals to strengthen your professional platform 
 
11:00 Morning tea 
 
11:30 Effective communication frameworks and tools  

Gain insight into the neuroscience behind our conversations  
Plan and execute conversations to avoid conflict and build trust 
The Conversational Dashboard® - Learn how to use this simple tool to gain insights into your emotions and the emotions of others in the workplace and their impact on behaviour 
 
12:30 Networking Lunch  
 
13:30 Building professional capability through focused stakeholder engagement
 
Mapping internal, external, formal& informal stakeholders 
Developing your stakeholder management plan & professional network 
Defining and building your influence 
Understanding the intent and impact of your messages 
 
3.00 Afternoon tea 
 
3:30 Optimising your internal state 
Reading your personal signs of stress & burnout: knowing your triggers & responses 
Tools and resources to reduce stress & burnout: self-awareness, daily reflections and mentors 
Overcoming “imposter syndrome”, self-doubt, and other limiting beliefs 
 
5.00 End of workshop 

 

Workshop Leader:

 
Penny Beeston
Leadership & Executive Coach, Founder & Managing Director 
Strategic Options Consulting & Coaching 

 
 
Penny is an experienced Leadership Coach and Consultant who draws her own unique experience in C-Suite roles, including ten years as a Chief Executive Officer. She coaches and advises leaders and executives across Government agencies, NGOs, Corporate and Business to navigate the complex challenges and demands of contemporary leadership. 

Penny honours the uniqueness of each attendee and their context, bespeaking to their individual needs. Working from this framework, Penny acknowledges the unique traits, strengths, experience and challenges in each participant; maximising learning outcomes and facilitating growth for each attendee.