Event Hostess, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International
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.
Opening Speech: The Empowered Assistant
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Today’s assistant is empowered to make decisions, lead teams, facilitate peer training, be a catalyst for change, and truly be a strategic business partner to management. What skills and attitudes does it take to operate at this higher level and meet the demands of the ever-changing workplace? How do you embrace these new responsibilities? How can you successfully work around barriers and roadblocks?
- Build confidence.
- Cross the bridge from fear to courage.
- Live a showcase-worthy life.
- Project empowerment by developing 9 key areas.
Session: Personal Introspective
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Before digging into the topic of empowerment with our thought leaders, Joan Burge is going to give attendees time to personally reflect and assess their thoughts about empowerment. Attendees will be presented with questions for reflection and then discuss their answers with their group. At Joan’s Closing Session, Joan will ask attendees to circle back to their answers from this session and compare how they now perceive empowerment after three days of learning.
Session: Staring Down Your Goliath
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Most likely you know the story of David and Goliath. David, an ordinary young teenager, did not consider the giant Goliath as being more powerful. With just a stone and a slingshot, he conquered Goliath.
We all have a Goliath. Your Goliath could be the fear of going back to school; excelling in your career; having an uncomfortable but necessary conversation with your leader. Your Goliath could be juggling work and home life; taking on a massive, new project at work. Maybe your Goliath is introducing yourself to conference participants and getting to know them. What is your Goliath? Or who is your Goliath?
A person will not feel empowered in areas where they give power to their Goliath. The negative effects will be drained energy, increased stress, and limited productivity. In this session, you will learn . . .
- Strategies to use when feeling powerless.
- Manage your “Goliath.”
- The influence your thinking has in feeling empowered.
- Specifically, clarify your fear.
- Prepare your parachute before jumping into what you fear.
- Focus on opportunity.