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!
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).
May 31-June 2 | Orlando, FL
May 5 | Sacramento, CA
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
May 28-31 | Toronto, Canada
February 24 | London, England
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
February 24 | Washington, D.C.
April 28 | San Francisco, CA
June 9 | Atlanta, GA
August 11 | New York, NY
September 22 | Miami, FL
October 17-20 | Las Vegas, NV
*You also have the option to attend virtually
September 15-17 | Orlando, FL
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
November 10-11 | Las Vegas, NV
September 29 | Hague, The Netherlands
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
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
October 27-29 | Chicago, IL
July 22-25 | New Orleans, LA
March 5-7 | Tucson, AZ
June 22-23 | Manchester, England
March 1-2 | London, England
April 24-25 | Berkshire, England
April 26-27 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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: