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Ep 257: From EA to Chief of Staff – How to Level Up with Maggie Olson

Maggie Olson is the Founder of Nova Chief of Staff, the premier destination for Chief of Staff education and development. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Maggie talks about the journey from executive assistant to chief of staff, and how to level up in your role – no matter the title. CONNECT WITH MAGGIE Maggie on LinkedIn Nova Chief of Staff Certification [...]

2024-01-20T10:54:14-06:00February 4, 2024|Podcast|

Ep 256: Ellen Richards on Career Pivots and Resilience in Job Seeking

Ellen Richards brings a wealth of knowledge and skills honed over a long and successful career. As a trusted partner to C-level executives, senior leaders, and global teams, she has played a key role in decision-making, strategic planning, organizational operations, change management, and talent development processes. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Ellen talks about the evolution of the EA role, career [...]

2024-01-20T11:10:19-06:00January 28, 2024|Podcast|

Ep 255: Maggie Olson Walks Through the Nova Chief of Staff Course

Maggie Olson is founder and instructor at Nova Chief of Staff. As the Chief of Staff to a President at a Fortune 40 company—a multibillion-dollar business with 5,000+ employees—Maggie built the president’s Chief of Staff model from the ground up to create a highly successful team, drove efficiencies, and established executive back-office structure that will be in place for years to come. In this [...]

2024-01-16T11:49:36-06:00January 21, 2024|Podcast, Resources|

Ep 254: Ciara Trotman on Forming Professional Relationships and Career Paths for Assistants

Ciara Trotman is an executive assistant and event planner with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and big box technology. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Ciara talks about career paths for assistants, office politics, DEI for assistants, forming professional relationships, and perception vs reality when it comes to what an assistant’s job is. LEADERSHIP QUOTE I will not lose, [...]

2024-01-16T12:43:26-06:00January 14, 2024|Podcast|

Ep 253: Amaia Arruabarrena – Former Executive Assistant to the CEO of ezCater

Amaia Arruabarrena was executive assistant to ezCater’s previous CEO, and is now ezCater’s Director of DEI & Operations. She focuses on creating an inclusive environment that nourishes trust and encourages learning and vulnerability. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Amaia shares her fascinating story about her pursuit of becoming a doctor, finding a customer service job at ezCater on Craigslist, becoming EA [...]

2023-12-24T09:50:43-06:00January 7, 2024|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep 252: Sage Johnson – Executive Assistant to the Co-CEOs of Catamount Constructors

Sage Johnson is an enthusiastic and detail-oriented Executive Assistant with over eight years of experience. She is an accomplished professional who specializes in organizational management. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Sage talks about maximizing opportunities, the importance of representing your executive well, and adapting to the differing needs of executives. (Be sure to check out the book Sage mentions in this [...]

2023-12-24T09:43:55-06:00December 31, 2023|Podcast|

Ep 251: Maria Smith on the Science and Benefits of Goal-Setting

Maria Smith worked as a sales leader for Fortune 500 companies across three different industries, and now she helps leaders, employees, and organizations understand the science and benefits of goal-setting. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Maria talks about aligning your goals with your executive’s goals, balancing short-term and long-term goals, and the power of a shared vision between colleagues. LEADERSHIP QUOTE [...]

2023-12-14T18:47:47-06:00December 24, 2023|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep 250: Leslie Martinez on How to Land Your Ideal EA Role

Leslie Martinez is a longtime executive assistant in the financial services industry, and is passionate about helping EAs. In this episode, Leslie talks about how to land your ideal EA role, facing your fear, telling your story, and tips on public speaking. LEADERSHIP QUOTE A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees [...]

2023-12-14T18:45:19-06:00December 17, 2023|Podcast|

Ep 249: Izzy Gousby on Managing a Team of Assistants and Cultivating Confidence

Izzy Gousby is the manager of an executive support team, has over 25 years of experience in the administrative field, and is also a Veteran of the United States Army Reserves. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Izzy discusses the power of networking, what it means to own your work, managing a team of executive assistants, and cultivating confidence. LEADERSHIP QUOTE The [...]

2023-12-08T19:16:23-06:00December 10, 2023|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep 248: Cathy Rong – Chief of Staff for Questlove

Cathy Rong is Chief of Staff for the multi-hyphenate Questlove where she manages the artist's day-to-day professional and personal life. In this episode of The Leader Assistant Podcast, Cathy talks about building community, managing up, advocating for yourself, and the difference between an EA vs a Chief of Staff. Be sure to check out my first conversation with Cathy in episode 117 of the [...]

2023-11-30T16:36:07-06:00December 3, 2023|Podcast|