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Conference Host | Founder & CEO of Office Dynamics International | Speaker | Author | Trainer | Coach

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.

The Evolving Assistant

Joan Burge will kick off this year’s conference with a bang as she uncovers a key differentiator that will catapult your career by getting you to think differently. We all know the administrative profession has been evolving for years and Joan is not going to take you back in time. Instead, Joan will give you an insider view as to how your role is evolving this very minute and how you can actually affect the trajectory of your role and career. As you evolve intellectually and refine your expertise, your career will evolve.

It is up to you to take ownership of your career and make wise choices as well as learn from your mistakes. When you continuously progress, you will:

  • See more doors open to you
  • Experience self-satisfaction
  • Expand your thinking
  • Be presented with more opportunities at work
  • Gain respect and increase your credibility
  • Become a valuable employee
  • Learn transferable skills that all employers seek

Think of your work life as a mosaic, a rich tapestry of parts interwoven, that can be built upon. Learn to continually reflect and update your picture of yourself (LinkedIn and your CV etc.) so that you’re consciously developing your skills and documenting your journey in real time.” (Source: TwoPointZero.com)

The Evolving Executive & Assistant Partnership: How to Thrive in Today’s Business World

Joan Burge and James Bristow were destined to meet for a bigger purpose than being members of Vistage (CEO Group) Las Vegas Chapter in 2018. James in his 30’s and Joan in her 60’s having different views of the world and work, shared one very important passion: James and Joan value and leverage the executive/assistant strategic partnership.

Through multiple meetings and conversations over this year in preparation to release a book for executives…., Joan and James discovered certain things should never change in the executive/assistant relationship, such as:

  • Trust
  • Confidentiality
  • Ownership
  • Transparency
  • Having “Human Moments”
  • Applying emotional intelligence

James and Joan also identified the many changes that have occurred since 2020, how they have impacted executives and assistants in their everyday work lives, what new tools have been added to increase productivity and identified pathways on how executives and assistants can work in tandem moving forward.

In this open and sincere conversation, James and Joan will:

  • Shed light on what has changed and what must never change
  • Share perspectives from both sides of the desk: Executive/Leader and Executive Assistant
  • Reveal what executives and assistants are “really” thinking
  • Provide solid tips on how to take your relationship with your leader(s) to the next level
  • Courageously answer audience questions
  • Inspire you to be a champion for change

You do not want to miss a minute of this session!

Be a Person of Influence

“Oprah Winfrey. Dwayne Johnson. Warren Buffet—You may think only powerful leaders have influence. But you can develop influence, too.”

Every day, assistants have the chance to be a person of influence with their leaders, organization, profession, administrative community, and even vendors. Whether or not they leverage that is a different story.

Influence is the ability to decide what you care about, help others understand why you care about it and have them support you on your journey. Influence is not a goal; it’s an output.

If you want to. . . 

  • See yourself or your career evolve
  • Gain respect for your chosen profession
  • Change the course of things in your company
  • Have an impact on others
  • Persuade the decision-makers in your organization
  • Impact your future. . .

You must gain this critical skill.

In this thought-provoking session, Joan will cover:

  • What it means to be influential
  • The traits and skills to be influential
  • Not fearing going against the grain
  • The benefits you derive from shaping situational outcomes
  • The concept of Entropy and how it relates to you
  • Use “emotional” words for impact
  • Avoiding naysayers

Call to Action: Let's Drive the Profession

How will you know you are evolving? Are there signs you can look for that will let you know you are personally making positive changes within yourself and with your thinking? When you evolve, will you still want to have the same circle of friends? Will your goals change?  

You will not want to miss this Closing Session with Joan Burge. During this conference, you learned how to evolve in tandem with the changing world and your role. The next step is to learn how to measure that you are evolving in the future.

  • Learn the signs that let you know you are evolving.
  • Manifest your goals.
  • Find joy in taking risks.
  • Seek change and transformation.
  • Cultivate new habits.



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We hope to see you there.

2022 Conference Brochure
A letter to your executive from Joan Burge herself
A drafted Dear Boss letter (it is persuasive, concise, and comes from you)
A flyer to your executive that summarizes the value they will receive long after your attendance