Joan Burge is known as the red-lipstick-wearing “Rock Star” of administrative and executive assistant training and a successful entrepreneur who created a unique niche in 1990 by founding a training company that would uniquely provide sophisticated, robust educational programs and information to administrative professionals.

Joan is an accomplished author (8 books), professional speaker, consultant and corporate trainer. She is the creator of The Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence™; World Class Assistant™ Certification course; Star Achievement Series® Certification and Designation course; 30+ customized workshops, 200+ educational videos, 150+ articles and nearly 1,000 blog posts for executive and administrative assistants.

Her company, Office Dynamics International, is a global industry leader which offers a broad range of solutions and provides high-performance, sophisticated executive and administrative assistant training and coaching. One thing is clear: Executive assistants, their executives, HR business partners, administrators, and managers have come to rely on Office Dynamics International, because “only Joan is Joan.”

Joan Burge is an original; the foremost expert in the demanding field of management support. She put in the hard work and high investment required to earn the reputational excellence and uncompromising trust of leaders in business. She illuminates through her empowering teaching, building better work relationships between executives and their assistants.

Joan’s never-ending quest to provide top-notch educational programs has earned the respect of premier clients like Cisco Systems, AT&T, Kindred Healthcare, The Boeing Co., Humana Inc., Sunoco, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Insurance and Chevron.



Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | Noon – 1:00 p.m. PT

Welcome - How to Maximize Your Virtual Conference Experience

Do you think all virtual conferences are the same? Well think again. There is a difference between experiencing a live virtual conference and one with speaker recordings. Seeing speakers live and being able to ask questions has an advantage. But there are ways to gain value if you must watch some of the session recordings.

And what about conference or meeting platforms? Do you know there are special platforms for large conferences? After great due diligence, Office Dynamics selected one of the best platforms for conferences offering amazing features like live video networking (in addition to chat) and an Expo “hall.”  

Make the best of every minute you plan to spend over three days immersing yourself in learning and networking. Join Joan for this enthusiastic session on how to get the most from your experience at the 27th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

Joan will highlight:

  • Some of the special features of the Hopin platform
  • Special sessions you do not want to miss
  • Making the most of the networking area, which is open 72 hours
  • Capturing and retaining great information
  • Maintaining focus and engagement during the event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PT

Wisdom and Wine

Imagine you are sitting in Joan’s living room enjoying a glass of wine or your favorite beverage. What would Joan say to you after 30 years of working with thousands of administrative professionals, top executives of Fortune 500 Companies, and running a woman-owned business in a tough niche? This is your chance to have that special conversation with Joan. So, grab your beverage or snacks and settle in for a great time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PT

2020 and Beyond; ODI’s 30th Year Anniversary

Thirty years ago, Joan Burge founded Office Dynamics. The goal was to provide the administrative assistant community with incredible training, tireless advocacy, and a clearly defined path to success. Joan’s vision and leadership has served this community for three decades. She’s remained a force of nature by always keeping an eye on the horizon. This year, she invites you to become a part of this prestigious history and to blaze your own trail too!

In this welcome session, we will discuss:

  • Preparing for the future of our industry
  • Keeping an eye on workplace trends
  • Being proactive, not reactive
  • The skills you need for today and tomorrow
  • How to be successful in an ever-evolving industry
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Embracing the Future with an Eye on the Past: Joan and Teresa’s Story

What does the future look like? No one can say for sure, but we know that we can best prepare for it by becoming students of the past. Take for example Joan Burge and Teresa Peters, who have been friends for more than thirty years. Inspired to move her industry forward in 1990, Joan created a “first of its kind” space for stellar, top-level assistants. The elite Star Achievers group was born. Teresa was the first official member. Their passion, hard work, and influence have continued to shape the industry ever since.

In this session, we will cover:

  • Teresa’s journey from Executive Assistant to President
  • Being a catalyst for change
  • Being fearless
  • Thinking outside the box
  • The power of collaboration
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. PT

Let’s Get Serious: Intentionally Marketing Your Assets

Gone are the days where a quickly constructed resume is enough to tell your story. Your story is so much more than a sheet of paper! Joan Burge and Gillie Watson will teach you how to constantly cultivate and creatively communicate your personal brand. This isn’t just about getting a new job! Your brand spans a growing space including digital, social, and professional forums.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Define and create your brand
  • Market yourself
  • Use every platform to your advantage
  • Avoid common traps
  • Demonstrate your capabilities
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 4:45 p.m. PT

Joan Burge Innovation Award

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 8:00 – 8:40 A.M. PT

Ask Me Anything (AMA) Session with Joan Burge

What have you been wanting to ask Joan and have not had a chance? Is it about your career? Is it about how Joan quickly moved up in the administrative profession? Who was her favorite executive and why? How she handled difficult people? What she would do right now if she were in an assistant during COVID-19?

Joan will be ready and eager for your questions. She has not prepared a script purposely to allow attendees to take the stage with questions via chat or video. This will be an informal Q&A. Come learn, listen, and laugh. Feel free to bring your cup of coffee.

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 10:40 – Noon PT

Enjoy the Journey Through 2020 and Beyond

Join Joan in this impactful conference close as she walks you through techniques that will help you sustain and maintain; survive and thrive – enjoying the journey through 2020 and beyond.

  • Level Up – challenge yourself and your skills; find the opportunities; creativity
  • Connect – support; resources; collaborate; laugh and have fun; inner circle
  • Self-management – personal responsibility
  • Communication – live it out loud and courageously
  • Realistic optimism – grounded in reality; acceptance; resiliency
  • The Five Pillars of Living a BIG Life

What will the future look like for you? It depends on the actions you choose to take!

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