Executive Support LIVE Cape Town
Join us for two days of unparalleled workshops, training, motivation and networking.
Don't miss this opportunity to spend two days focusing on your career progression and development! Engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues and speakers, expanding your administrative resource network.
Learn to lead alongside your executive and your teams. Come away with new, updated, and practical skills.
We know you will leave inspired to challenge your role, and excel your career as an Assistant.
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World Class Speakers & Trainers
International Keynote Speaker | Trainer | Consultant
Diana Brandl holds a degree in International Administration and Management. She is an international speaker, trainer and consultant focussing on digital transformation, new work, personal branding, and leadership.
Diana is the host of The Future Assistant Podcast and a LinkedIn Learning instructor.
The role of the Assistant is becoming increasingly demanding in the agile working environment. Enjoying change and acting proactively are important core competencies. At the same time, the complexity of tasks and challenges is increasing, and your implementation and change competence is in demand. Being well organized, creating clear structures, and supporting your manager and your team. Solving conflicts, emotional stability and positive stress are opportunities in the new working world.
Take your development and your well-being into your own hands.
Determining the Status Quo of Agile Working
- Future check: How digital is, and will, our work become?
- Knowing trends and sharpening your own profile.
- More than just a buzzword: agile mindset as a game-changer.
The Role of the Assistant in Agile Processes
- How agile are you? Your company? An assessment of where you stand.
- Tools and methods for agile working: design thinking, scrum, Kanban, daily stand-up, retrospective.
- Collaboration and community management in hybrid working structures
Mindfulness and Mental Fitness
- Rethinking self-management and self-organization.
- Hacks for your well-being.
- Digital mindfulness and setting the right boundaries
International Speaker | Storyteller | Humorist | Writer
Kemetia MK Foley is a humorist, storyteller, writer, and trainer. She is fierce, funny, and phenomenal – energetically delivering outstanding professional development courses since 2007. She has presented hundreds of training sessions and travelled internationally providing thoughtful perspectives and approaches to customer service, storytelling, and marketing. Students and delegates frequently comment on how much they love her genuine and humorous teaching approach, sharing stories from her own experiences in the workplace.
The start of the Covid-19 pandemic allowed her to pursue her other passion, writing. During that time, she co-authored six books alongside her ‘Going Beyond the Illusion’ coaches’ group.
Her recent adventures have been focused on storytelling for True Tales Live NH, Northeast Storytelling, and Long Story Short. In July and November of 2022, she jumped on stage to do live stand-up comedy performances.
Kemetia earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington. She will gladly profess to anyone her love of coffee, marching bands, and ice hockey. Kemetia and her husband Brian (of 25+ years!) make their home in the stunningly beautiful village of York, Maine with their cute, but oh-so-hostile cat, Fiona.
Storytelling is powerful and underutilized. First-person stories are vital to allowing people to connect, understand change, develop and share perspectives.
Join me in this half-day workshop to gain insights into the importance of first-person storytelling, and how to determine the best story or stories for your audience and intention. Build a compelling framework for your story, get comfortable telling it, and connect your message to purpose. Learn to harness your story and storytelling capabilities to build and nurture networks and projects.
At the end of this workshop, we’ll allow for opportunities to get immediate feedback in a safe setting.
You’ve written your story. Now speak it. Share it.
Microsoft Certified Trainer Alumni | Microsoft Office Specialist Expert | Productivity Coach
Melissa Esquibel was in the thick of early business technology innovation when hardware and systems were kept in a virtual black box, and IT gatekeepers doled out functionality within a rigid systems architecture. Now, in the present, where end-users know how to access the power of technology independently and according to the agile timelines they need, this push and pull has created quite a mess in many organizations.
With her unique experience as the conduit between the gatekeepers and the gatestormers, Melissa offers you her unique perspective as a “bridge builder.” Her sense of humor and common-sense approach will engage your team and produce results you can take to the bank in real world time savings and effective use of your organization’s resources. She brings out the best in people, coaxing out meaningful collaboration and impactful solutions.
When you return to the office after LIVE, you will be filled to the brim with new ideas on how to make things better for your team, your career, and possibly even the entire organization.
But how will you convey this?
Nothing is more impactful to your career progression than stepping in front of the room and presenting powerful strategies for improving business processes. If the thought of that sounds roughly as comfortable as walking through fire while juggling priceless antique pottery, you’re not alone.
In this session, Melissa will give you a hand up out of your comfort zone and show you successful strategies for collecting information at the conference, the best way to organize your presentation, how to reach different audience members and, ultimately, be understood as the absolute “go to” person for your chosen topics.
Inspirational Speaker | Best-Selling Author | Empowerment Coach | Former Chief EA
Peggy Vasquez is an inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, and an empowerment coach. She began her career as a receptionist and worked her way up to Chief Executive Assistant.
Known internationally for her inspirational keynotes, Peggy is the real deal; she’s “been there, done that.” Peggy has a gift of getting her audiences to open up and connect. She’s down to earth and will vulnerably share what worked and what didn’t in her career. Her passion and personal mission statement is to “empower others to succeed,” and that is exactly what she’ll do for you. Peggy will share her knowledge and experience from over a decade in the C-Suite and 25+ years in the administrative profession. She’ll entertain you with humor and inspire you through passion.
Peggy is a certified trainer and leadership award winner. Her most successful accomplishment is being married to her husband for over 30 years, raising four children and spoiling their grandchildren together.
Peggy is also the author of Not Just An Admin! and Mean Girl No More, both available on Amazon and her website: https://peggyvasquez.net/
When was the last time you thought about what it means to manage yourself? That’s self-management, and it’s the most essential pillar in your development process. Even if you don’t have a management or leadership title within your organization, you are still a self-manager and self-leader.
Self-management is the practice of understanding who you are, identifying your desired experiences, and intentionally guiding yourself toward them. It spans the determination of what we do, why we do it, and how we do it. It’s the ability to lead yourself to achieve your personal and professional goals and objectives while also helping the company or organization you work for to be successful – this is what creates a confident contribution.
Internal Networks Expert | Advocate for the Profession
Simone White has worked within administration for nearly 25 years. Passion for administration motivated her to create an internal network for administrative professionals, supporting over 500 individuals globally. She is a leading voice advocating for the profession.
Simone collaborates with administrative professionals and business leaders to promote the inclusion of assistants as active, impactful participants as well as executers, raising awareness of the historical bias towards the profession. She highlights the need for the profession to be more diverse in terms of gender, race and ability and to be strategically included by organisations when building DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) programs.
Simone has presented globally on topics such as The Power of Networks, Leadership, Ownership and Belonging, and Inclusion and has had articles published online and in print. She is an EPAA Fellow, a member of the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Team, and an Advisory Board member for Practically Perfect PA. Her work has been recognised and celebrated with awards from Women in Investments in 2021 and WeAreTheCity in 2016.
There has been an increasing focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) over the past few years. A big push has been made by businesses, schools, universities and those within them to be more inclusive. DEI is high on the agenda of corporations, governments and society around the globe. Targets are being set, action is being called for and accountability is increasing.
Many have now been part of or listened to discussions on gender, race, neurodiversity, and sexuality and we have seen actions being taken.
These discussions have certainly made a difference for many, yet a large, global population of professionals have been marginalised and left out of such discussions due to another bias which has negatively impacted them. A bias that is so ingrained that it is viewed as acceptable, despite it having key implications for a group who are a majority of women.
During this session, Simone will unpack the ongoing impact of this bias and highlight what is needed, why it is needed and how we can influence change to protect the future of the profession.
International Speaker | Trainer | Workshop Facilitator | Award-winning Executive PA
Fearless, inspirational, sophisticated and authentic … these are some of the words that her colleagues and peers use to describe Teri Wells. Over her 35+ year career, Teri has fulfilled positions as Executive Secretary, Personal Assistant and Executive PA and continues to remain relevant working as the Executive PA to the CEO and the CFO of Redefine Properties.
Teri has spoken at professional conferences and workshops in South Africa, Kenya, Dubai, Bahrain, London, Mauritius and the USA. She believes that the Assistant is the true force behind the organisation and inspires others to stand up for themselves and remain relevant in the fast-paced change leading the world today that has seen the Assistant’s role and responsibilities grow substantially.
Teri assists in assembling, facilitating and conducting training workshops, programmes and conferences. She also creates bespoke workshops and classes for organisations and conference organisers based on their unique needs and objectives. Teri has also developed a series of masterclasses based on the valuable lessons she has learnt over the years.
The art of managing more than one executive is exactly that … art!
Involving critical skills and “Lessons from the Deep End”, we will explore the nuances and complexities of successfully working for more than one executive, AND remaining sane in the process (make time for fun)
I look forward to sharing my experiences of working for more than one executive with you, including mistakes made along the way.
For those of you fortunate enough to only have one executive, I hope to give you a better understanding of what your multi-executive colleagues must deal with and how you can support them (where to hide the bodies etc.)
Vickie Sokol Evans
Microsoft Certified Trainer | Founder of RedCape
Ready for some jaw-dropping training? Well, hold on because that’s what you’ll get in a session with Vickie Sokol Evans. Her life-changing courses and certification study groups have compelled attendees
- To tell Vickie to, “Get Out!” and “Shut up!” (in amazement)
- Offer marriage proposals, “Will you marry me?”
- And change career trajectories, “I have four job offers to pick from!”
Vickie is the author of the bestselling “100 Tips” series for both PC and Mac and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, specializing in Microsoft productivity platforms for both PC and Mac. But more importantly, she can uplevel you to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. She’s witty, sharp, pointed and knows how to get the most from technology and teach it to you and your team.
Vickie is a sought-after international speaker delivering live, inspired keynote presentations to major brands including Microsoft, The Gates Foundation, Stanford University, The New York Times, Starbucks, American Airlines, Accenture, UK’s Parliament, and most notably, Bill Gates’s Team, among a host of others.
Teaching teams tricks to turn what usually takes hours into solutions that takes minutes, means there’s an immediate ROI after each session. It’s no wonder 98% of audiences want her back.
Themes are one of the most powerful features of Microsoft Office for both PC and Mac, yet it is the most underutilized. It’s time to change this so that all business users can confidently create deliverables in less time, with better results – giving marketing departments confidence that employees are finally adhering to brand guidelines.
This session applies to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for PC & Mac users
Lucy Brazier OBE
Your Host | CEO, Marcham Publishing | Publisher of Executive Support Magazine | International Speaker | Conference Chair | Expert on the Administrative Sector
Lucy Brazier OBE is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession.
As CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Support Magazine, a global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals, Lucy is passionate about ensuring the Assistant role is truly recognised as a career and not just a job.
Her formidable training expertise and speaking style have given her opportunities to train, present and emcee events in more than 50 countries at over 450 events.
Lucy has access to the most forward-thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers and administrative business leaders in the world, as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants for more than a decade, and her knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day-to-day basis is second to none.
In 2021, Lucy was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to office professionals. She has also received an Honorary Fellowship to the Institute of Administrative Management – one of the oldest management institutes in the world, having inspired professional business managers and administrators since 1915 – in recognition of her work to drive the profession forward.
About The Event
What to look forward to!
We never stop learning! You are most likely reading this because you are an aspiring support leader passionate about your administrative role, looking to make a meaningful contribution through your professional capacity. It is the highly anticipated annual gathering for professional assistants, presented in person. We bring like-minded peers together for two days of intense learning and networking, announcing emerging best practices and methodologies relevant to your role. Irrespective of where you are career-wise, LIVE is the annual conference you cannot afford to miss.
What you will receive
LIVE will present you with the most pertinent opportunities currently available in the market, delivered by the world’s best trainers and thought-leaders over an intensive two days. LIVE will help you to evaluate what changes you can make and how you can make a difference within your role and your organisation. You will leave LIVE with a revived purpose; equipped with the mindset, methodology and tools to gain the responsibility, progression and recognition you desire. You’ll enjoy energised networking and camaraderie as part of the overall experience too.
Our pledge to you
We want to help you to become the best version of yourself that you can be; that is our number one objective for doing what we do, and how LIVE began 8 years ago. We have helped thousands of Assistants grow and excel in their careers, and have been backed by Executives, CEOs and VPs from an array of companies, industries and sectors who now understand and respect the value and input a modern-day Assistant provides. Ultimately we will ensure that you learn, thrive and excel in your career.
Become part of the change
LIVE doesn’t bring you the run of the mill or the obvious. We continuously look for new ways to teach, enhance and future-proof your role. We have a growing global community of assistant professionals ranging from graduates to experienced thought-leaders, most of whom have attended LIVE at least once and continue to do so. In fact, 84% of our attendees, across the world, tell us that LIVE is one of the best conferences that they have ever attended. They continue to attend each year because of the impact it has instilled and the difference it has made.
What are our events like?
Life Changing |
What our attendees say:
Kindly hosted by Old Mutual
Conference at Old Mutual Head Office, Presentation Room, West Campus, Old Mutual, Mutualpark, Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405
Hotel information to be confirmed.
What happens if I need to cancel?
We know that currently, the ability to attend in-person events is constantly changing. We want to make sure that you can book with confidence. So if you need to cancel your place for any reason, we will be able to either transfer your place to one of our other LIVE events, or alternatively you could transfer your place to someone else within the business.
Executive Support is committed to protecting all our delegates. Your health and safety at our events is the top priority. We will be following the most up-to-date local government policies, and adhering to the All Secure Standard 2.0 recommendations from the Events Industry Alliance, a copy of which can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.