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Ep 108: Jennifer Brown on Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. In this episode, Jennifer talks about working with a fully remote team, email management from the executive's perspective, and how executive assistants can help cultivate an inclusive workplace. Enjoy the episode and be sure to take Jennifer's free inclusive leader assessment here! LEADERSHIP QUOTE I tell my students, "When you get [...]

2021-04-06T14:33:54-05:00March 28, 2021|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #100: Vanessa Nieman – Career Administrative Professional

Vanessa Nieman is a career administrative professional with over 25 years of experience. She worked her way from being a student assistant in her college years, to C-level support at larger organizations. Vanessa's career as an assistant chose her and then she came to embrace the role fully, but even more so in recent years as the support systems and networks for assistants have [...]

2021-01-31T09:28:17-06:00January 31, 2021|Leadership, Podcast|

Track Your Executive’s Time (If You Want to be a Game-Changing Executive Assistant)

Executive assistants and administrative business partners manage the most valuable asset of an organization – their executive's time. But many of them have never used one of the best game-changing tactics to do so; time-tracking – or auditing an executive's time. In the business world, data is king. It’s one thing to tell the board your executive spends too much time meeting with internal [...]

2021-01-21T17:26:13-06:00January 21, 2021|Leadership|

Ep #95: Scott Miller – WSJ Bestselling Author & Senior Advisor of Thought Leadership at FranklinCovey

Scott Miller is the author of Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow and other bestselling books. As assistants, we're great at learning from each other, attending assistant training events, listening to assistant podcasts, etc. But Leader Assistants will read books and listen to podcasts their executive's listen to, and attend training events that their executive's attend. [...]

2020-12-28T07:45:03-06:00December 27, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #93: James Sobczak – Executive Assistant at The University of Chicago

James Sobczak [SOB-zak] is currently an executive assistant staffing both the Chief Physician & Dean for Clinical Affairs and the Dean for Academic Affairs in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. James is a kind, articulate, wise executive assistant and I'm so thrilled to share our conversation! James talks about being a male assistant in a female-dominated profession, how he's prioritized [...]

2020-12-12T09:32:59-06:00December 13, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #92: Mallory Rothstein – Administrative Business Partner at Google + TEDx Speaker

Mallory Rothstein is an Administrative Business Partner at Google, and previously was an Associate to the Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Stan Bergman. Mallory talks about getting a TEDx speaking opportunity, tips for public speaking, landing an assistant role with Stan Bergman (CEO of Henry Schein), what it's like to work as an administrative business partner at Google, and she also talks about [...]

2020-12-06T13:07:59-06:00December 6, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #91: Linda McFarland – Longtime Executive Assistant and EA Coach

Linda McFarland has supported a dozen CEOs in Silicon Valley and in this episode, Linda shares her decades of experience through stories that bring out the thoughtful lessons learned throughout her career. Linda has more executive assistant experience than most, yet she is also one of the most humble Leader Assistants I've met. We chat about working at large and small companies, how your [...]

2020-11-22T22:42:59-06:00November 29, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #90: Jennifer Connelly – From EA to Chief of Staff to Director of Operations

Jennifer Connelly began her career in fashion working for designer Jeff Garner of Prophetik Clothing. After working her way up from intern to Brand Director, the 2008 downturn left her looking for the next chapter and she found her place working side by side with deeply talented visionaries in both the private and non-profit sectors. Jennifer talks about her path from executive assistant to [...]

2020-11-22T11:36:35-06:00November 22, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #79: Hayley Cole – Executive Assistant at BlackRock

Hayley Cole provides EA support to the Head of EII EMEA Product Development at BlackRock. She is also the Co-Chair of GAIN EMEA, which is the professional network providing support and advocating for the administrative professionals at BlackRock. In this episode, Hayley shares tips on anticipating your executive's needs, staying productive, the importance of networking with other assistants, and how to cultivate diversity in [...]

2020-09-07T15:23:54-05:00September 6, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Assistant, Are You Ready to Lead?

Publishing a book is a lot of work. Lots of staring at a screen wondering if you’ll find the words to say. When they finally do come, you spend hours editing and cutting most of it. Once the manuscript is fully drafted, there’s no chance to sit back and enjoy your accomplishment. Instead, you have to nail down the title and sub-title, and design [...]

2020-05-10T20:55:15-05:00May 10, 2020|Leadership|