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IAAP PNW – Owning Your Career

April 29, 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM PDT

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Wrap up Administrative Professionals Week with an exciting day of education and networking!

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 5:30-8:00 PM | Sanfords Restaurant, Northgate
**Cocktails & Connections! Come wrap up your work week and meet some of your branch colleagues in a relaxed setting.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

8:30 AM | Registration
Coffee & Connections
Check in, find your seat, have a morning beverage and connect with your fellow learners for the day.

9:00-10:30 AM | Tips from the Top: Take Your Career to the Next Level & EA Best Practices | Peggy Vasquez

Join Peggy as she shares her journey of moving up the ranks. She will discuss what you need to do and know to be successful.

What’s your next career move? Are you ready to move into the C-Suite or take your career to the next level? How are you going to get there? The first step is discovering that you are a leader. We will discuss leadership and what that means in an Administrative Assistant role. We’ll talk about how to lead without authority, how to discover your power, and why mentoring is essential. The Q&A period will feature a panel of Admins from around the Branch.

Topics and Outcomes:

  • What worked and what didn’t (best practices)
  • Why feedback is a gift and how you can use it to propel you forward
  • Why your values need to align with your company and your executive
  • What it means to be a leader
  • Why selecting and being a mentor is important
  • How your style and presence impacts your promotion
  • Why respect is crucial to your success

10:45 AM-Noon | Social Media Made Simple for Administrative Professionals | Berrak Sarikaya

It may feel like social media is for the birds, but there’s value in it for every individual in every profession. During this course, I’ll be walking the attendees through the steps of figuring out the individual benefits of social media, and how they can apply it to their professional development.

Topics and Outcomes:

  • The benefits of each social media platform. You don’t have to be on every single one, but you should be using the right ones.
  • The best practices for using social media
  • How you can use social media in your professional development to further your career
  • The resources and community available through social media networks.
  • The short and long-term impact social media can have on your career as an administrative professional

Noon-1:15 PM | Lunch

**Peggy Vasquez will be offering her book, “Not Just An Admin!” at a special price: $20 (regularly priced $24.95). Cash, check or cards accepted.

1:15 PM-2:30 PM | Rock the Microsoft Suite! | Connie Boyer, M.S., MOSM

You’ve got the basics down, have your favorite tips and tricks in Word, Excel and Outlook that you’ve used forever. Now you want to master the software and prove it to your executive by passing the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam! This lively session will help you uncover hidden tools and tricks to make your job easier, your documents sparkle and your spreadsheets stand out. You’ll get a sneak peek into what the MOS exams look like, and take away some test-taking tips as well!

Topics and Outcomes:

  • Learn hidden productivity features in Outlook to organize your and your executive’s work
  • Find and leverage advanced template, building block, and design elements in Word to make your documents shine
  • Reduce your Excel-anxiety by learning how to master a few essential formulas, reports, and formatting
  • Learn how the MOS exams work, take away test-taking tips, and learn where you can take the exam around the Branch

2:45-4:15 PM | Developing Your Inner Circle | Peggy Vasquez

Whether you realize it or not, you are part of an inner circle and are likely helping someone else move closer to their goals, dreams and desires. Why not use this successful technique in your own life and develop a powerful inner circle of your own? With the help of your inner circle, you can gain greater momentum to carry you closer to your goals, dreams, and desires both personally and professionally.

Topics and Outcomes:

  • Why developing your inner circle is a crucial part of success in ALL areas of your life, not just work
  • What your inner circle really brings to the table. Hint: It’s not just about “networking” for a new job!
  • How the idea of the inner circle is revolutionary and why it has the power to raise the level of respect for our profession.
  • Simple strategies for creating your own inner circle and attracting meaningful connections with the right people.
  • Remember: Success is not a one-person job; don’t go it alone

4:15 PM | Wrap up | Announcements | Door Prizes

Speaker Bios

Peggy Vasquez is an international speaker, inspirational author, trainer and coach. Peggy’s passion and personal mission statement is: “To empower others to be successful.” She gravitates towards opportunities to inspire, connect, teach and lead others. This passion is exactly what has led her to become an author, speaker and coach.

Peggy has been the Chief Executive Assistant to the Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2005. Prior to joining PNNL, Peggy was an Executive Assistant for CEO’s and Vice Presidents in the medical, nuclear, financial and agriculture industries.

She is actively involved in her community and is the President of Women Helping Women and the President of the Administrative Professionals of Tri-Cities.


Berrak Sarikaya is a natural conversation driver with an undeniable belief in the power of community. She forged her career path by finding a way to bring all of her passions together as a writer, community builder, and social strategist. Throughout her career in the digital world, she’s evolved from being a social media user to a consultant and small business expert. Over the course of the past decade, she’s worked with start-ups, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and agencies in both the B2B and B2C landscape.

****Connie Boyer is a career administrative professional with a passion for sharing information, training admins, and mentoring others. She’s currently a Program Manager at Amazon Web Services. Connie’s experience in a wide range of industries—tech, healthcare, financial services, insurance, non-profits, and academia—give her the ability to relate to administrative professionals in diverse organizations. She has championed EA networking and knowledge sharing in many of her positions. Connie has held Microsoft Office Master Certifications since 2009 and is currently preparing for the Office 2016 Master Certification exams.


Branch Director: Melanie Baller, CAP-OM ([email protected])

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April 29, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Hampton Inn & Suites
9550 1st AVE NE
Seattle, WA 98115 United States



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