Education. Education. Education.

Don’t you just love it when someone else does all the legwork and compiles a respectable list of the information you were looking for?

Those of you working in the A/E/C industry know that the Society for Design Administration (SDA) holds its Annual Meeting (typically) in May each year (and if you don’t know, you should; SDA is your go-to source of best practice management for design firm administration). In addition to that business meeting, SDA offers its EDSymposium—a wealth of knowledge-sharing in the form of educational sessions geared to what you need to know and learn about your role in the industry.

But what you may not know is just how many conferences for assistants (no matter what industry you work in) are being held throughout the world this year. There’s a ton! (Okay; not an actual ton, but at least 20.)

Let me introduce you to the person who compiled that impressive list. It’s Christina Holzhauser, founder of the blog Tips for Assistants. I’m not sure how long it took her to compile the list, but kudos to her for taking the initiative to share, and for adding the website links for each one!

The following is reprinted with permission by Christina Holzhauser. Originally published 12/30/16 on Tips for Assistants.

Conferences for Assistants: Get Energized in 2017!

Conferences are a great way to not only learn mind-blowing tips but to reenergize your passion for being a top-notch assistant. Here’s a list of links to great conferences to keep on your radar now that 2017 is on the horizon. (Note: Be sure to check their websites in case dates or locations have been adjusted).

Admin Pro Forum

May 31-June 2 | Orlando, FL

Admin to Admin

May 5 | Sacramento, CA

Administrative Professionals Conference

September 17-20 | Las Vegas, NV

*APC also has an Executive Assistants’ Summit that EA’s can apply to participate in; see EA Summit for more details

Administrative Professionals Conference Canada

May 28-31 | Toronto, Canada

The Assist Conference

February 24 | London, England

Be the Ultimate Assistant

March 4-5 | Chicago, IL

May 19-20 | San Diego, CA

June 10-11 | Minneapolis, MN

September 23-24 | New York, NY

November 16-17 | Paris, France

Behind Every Leader

February 24 | Washington, D.C.

April 28 | San Francisco, CA

June 9 | Atlanta, GA

August 11 | New York, NY

September 22 | Miami, FL

Conference For Administrative Excellence

October 17-20 | Las Vegas, NV

*You also have the option to attend virtually

DEMA Convention

September 15-17 | Orlando, FL

EAN Conference Series

February 15-16 | Perth, Australia

March 15-16 | Sydney, Australia

July 25-26 | Canberra, Australia

September 12-13 | Brisbane, Australia

November 29-30 | Melbourne, Australia

EAO Annual Global Summit

November 10-11 | Las Vegas, NV

EUMA Annual Conference

September 29 | Hague, The Netherlands

Executive Leadership Support Forum

January 25-26 | Chicago, IL

February 8-9 | Indianapolis, IN

March 8-9 | Toronto, Canada

March 29-30 | Atlanta, GA

April 5-6 | Raleigh, NC

May 3-4 | Boston, MA

May 17-18 | Bay Area, CA

June 14-15 | San Diego, CA

June 28-29 | New York City, NY

July 19-20 | Philadelphia, PA

September 13-14 | Phoenix, AZ

September 19-20 | Seattle, WA

October 4-5 | Minneapolis, MN

October 11-12 | Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

October 25-26 | London, England

Executive Secretary Live

February 17-18 | Johannesburg, South Africa

March 31-April 1 | London, England

July 14-15 | Auckland, New Zealand

November 10-11 | Washington, D.C.


May 26-28 | Ontario, Canada

IAAP Executive Admin Symposium

October 27-29 | Chicago, IL

IAAP Summit

July 22-25 | New Orleans, LA


March 5-7 | Tucson, AZ

NWVA Conference

June 22-23 | Manchester, England


March 1-2 | London, England

PA Life Summit

April 24-25 | Berkshire, England

Secretary Conference 2017

April 26-27 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Special Event

January 10-12 | Long Beach, CA

Don’t hesitate to ask your principal or organization to cover the cost of joining a conference, especially since they will also be reaping the benefits from your increased knowledge. An article in Brazen titled “How to Get Your Company to Fund Professional Training and Development” does a great job of outlining best practices on how to do so.

For more tips to keep you performing at the highest level or to add to this list of events, you can connect with Christina on the following platforms:


You’re the barrier to completing my tasks (you, not me)

I had the privilege of seeing Joan Burge once at an SDA EDSymposium. If you don’t know Joan, she’s the woman behind who is on a mission to inspire excellence and encourage administrative professionals to reach for the stars.  Every admin starting their administrative career needs a little help. Joan can certainly help. So can SDA, especially if you’re working in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Continue reading

Feedback Guts, Part 4


Sharing the last survey question:

With respect to the chapter president’s responsibilities, what do you think the president does well?

Survey says:

  • She does very well at making decisions and directing the Board.
  • Judy is a great leader, she encourages us to think beyond the next quarter and see a bigger picture. She is concerned about doing the right things in the right way to maintain the chapter’s credibility, viability, and value for its members.
  • Judy is very organized and that is evident in everything she does. She is always prepared for meetings and plans far in advance for situations requiring participation from members or BoD members. Judy is very personable and welcoming. She’s encouraged the expansion of our educational delivery methods, which has been well received by members. Great job! I’d also like her to know that I’ve seen her confidence and abilities grow this year when she is speaking in front of the audience at our programs. Great job!
  • Extremely motivated. Sees the big picture. Not afraid to try new things.
  • Seems to have a good handle on overall Chapter and National goings-on, knows when things are due, follows bylaws, personally invested in the success of the Chapter and organization as a whole, inspires others to do their best.

Hmmm, concerned about doing the right things . . . very organized . . . confidence and abilities . . . sees the big picture . . . personally invested . . . inspires others.

Why thank you, board of directors!

And now I ask myself: Was it worth it, having your team give you feedback?

And survey says:

Yes, definitely! (Even though it was a little scary, waiting for the results. And even though I promised to share them on my blog, before I saw the results.) Although, in hindsight, I should not have waited until the fourth quarter of my leadership to ask for feedback; by the time you read this, I will only have one more board meeting to lead as the chapter president.

If I get any clarification/examples from the constructive criticism I received, I will put that to use on my next adventure for the chapter (guess who is running for vice president, in charge of the education committee?).