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Ep #21: Gina Cotner – CEO and Founder of Athena Executive Services


I had the pleasure of chatting with Gina Cotner, who has a team of top notch Virtual Executive Assistants at her company, Athena Executive Services. We talked about the differences between a virtual and on-site assistant, how to get clients if you're a VA, and how to set yourself apart as a high-performing EA. If you're a VA, or are considering becoming one, this [...]

2019-08-04T00:48:37-05:00August 4, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #20: 3 Tips for Scheduling Meetings

In my decade plus of experience as an executive assistant, I’ve come up with several tricks to a good system for setting up meetings that help me be efficient, helpful to others, and ultimately take control of my executive's calendar. In this episode, I take a break from interviews (don't worry, the next few episodes are some great interviews with great people!) to share [...]

2019-07-28T08:27:04-05:00July 28, 2019|Podcast, Resources|

Ep #19: Bonnie Low-Kramen on Speaking Up, Being a Celebrity’s Assistant, and Bullying in the Workplace


When I first shared the idea to start a coaching business for assistants with my friend John Ruhlin (Author of the book Giftology) he said, "Have you heard of Bonnie Low-Kramen?" I had not, so I looked her up and was so encouraged that I wasn't the only one who had the idea to help assistants be leaders! Since that day in 2016, I've [...]

2019-07-18T18:49:32-05:00July 21, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #18: Nick Ginsburg on Productivity, Managing Email, and Sharing Your Story


This episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast features Nick Ginsburg, who is Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior VP at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. I've never met Nick before (he's in Australia, I'm in Missouri), but he took a risk and "raised his hand" to be a guest on the podcast. Because we are both EAs, it felt like we'd known each [...]

2019-07-13T22:59:19-05:00July 14, 2019|Podcast, Productivity|

Ep #17: Hallie Warner on the Chief of Staff Role, Working Too Much, and Writing a Book

As Chief of Staff, Hallie Warner works closely with the executive team to manage special projects, hire and grow talent, and maximize her executive's reach through events and strategic communication. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Hallie and I talk about the differences between an Executive Assistant and a Chief of Staff, managing interruptions, writing a book, working too much, and what [...]

2019-06-30T10:36:47-05:00July 7, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #16: Monique Helstrom – Former Chief of Simon Sinek

I had the honor of speaking with Monique Helstrom about what it means to lead as an assistant, what executives should look for in assistants, how the EA role provides so many unique opportunities to learn, and that time she got a voicemail from Will Smith. :-) Monique served as Executive Assistant to Simon Sinek – New York Times Best-Selling author and TED celebrity. [...]

2019-06-30T10:25:56-05:00June 30, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #15: Peggy Grande – Former Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan

What would life be like if you were assistant to the former President of the United States? I had the pleasure of speaking with Peggy Grande, former Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, and author of The President Will See You Now. Tune in to hear Peggy talk about what it was like being an assistant to such a well-known world leader, and how [...]

2019-06-23T16:58:02-05:00June 23, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #14: J Ballentine on Hiring and Managing Assistants, Public Speaking, and Starting Your Own Business

Most of my guests on The Leader Assistant Podcast are assistants or former assistants, so I’m excited to hear a different perspective on the show. In this episode, I chat with my wife Meghan's long-time friend, and former Purdue pole vault teammate, J Ballentine. J was in corporate America for 11 years, then left to start her own business. We talk about hiring assistants, [...]

2019-06-23T16:57:36-05:00June 16, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #13: Melissa Peoples on Managing Board Meetings, Being Vulnerable, and Dealing with Trolls

Melissa Peoples is a Certified Microsoft Trainer with over 25 years of experience supporting C-Suite level executives in companies such as National Instruments, Dell, General Motors, The Ohio State University, AllState, and Eli Lily. Tune in as we chat about managing board meetings, being vulnerable, and dealing with online trolls. I hope you enjoy our conversation! LEADERSHIP QUOTE When you finally do get a [...]

2019-06-23T16:55:45-05:00June 9, 2019|Podcast|

Ep #12: Paige McPheely and Crystal Esquivel from Base – A Software Built by and for EAs

What do you get when you mix a co-founder of a remote Executive Assistant agency with a long-time, rockstar EA? A new startup company building software specifically for EAs. In today's episode, I chat with two amazing women running an exciting new startup building a software platform for assistants. I'm joined by Base CEO and CoFounder, Paige McPheely, as well as Base's Chief of [...]

2019-06-23T16:55:00-05:00June 2, 2019|Hiring an Assistant, Podcast|