Marcham Publishing presents
Executive Support LIVE

Wellington, New Zealand

8th - 9th March 2024




Headshot Cathy Harris


International Trainer | Executive PA at Discovery Invest | Author | Internal Networks Expert

Cathy Harris is Executive PA to the CEO of Discovery Invest, with over 40 years’ experience in the administrative profession. She was nominated South Africa’s National Secretary of the Year for 2006/2007, and authored “The Executive Secretary Guide to Creating an Internal Assistant Network.”  

Cathy is the founder and Director of the Platinum Assistant Network – South Africa, a member of the World Administrators Alliance work force and contributor to the creation of the Global Skills Matrix. She headed up the Office Professionals of South Africa, (OPSA) National Awards for over 10 years, and was instrumental in formulating all the assignments and assessments for the OPSA CPD and Designations certifications which is now officially a South African SETA approved accreditation.   

Having also held the role of Chairperson of Discovery’s internal network for many years she, and fellow EA Susan Engelbrecht, now co-manage the Discovery PA Centre of Excellence. Cathy has initiated various programs for the internal network, which includes the Discovery PA Centre of Excellence induction program, the Chartered PA program, and the National Certificate for Business Administration program.  

Cathy is also one of four mentors on the Isipho Admin Bursary initiative, where previously disadvantaged young black South African women have an opportunity to train in the administrative profession.  

Sessions by Cathy Harris

14:30 - 15:30 - The Assistant Network in a Hybrid World

If we thought remote working was tricky, welcome to the hybrid working model, where we get to come in some days and work from home on others. Connecting people for spontaneous and collaborative interactions, with quick reaction times and productive resolutions is one of the many challenges we as Assistants face. These challenges can be overcome when given the correct resources and guides to navigate this new way of working. 

Continuous collaboration and connecting with our fellow Assistants are very important. It is a way to build trust and inclusion amongst our peer groups, as well as to stay up to date with the latest business developments and training initiatives within our organizations, giving us the opportunity to stay ahead of game, and realize our potential as true strategic business partners.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to get your network up and running effectively for a hybrid working model
  • How to build a digital network which allows you to stay connected as a community, and 
  • What the benefits are when you open yourself up to change and new discoveries

16:00 - 17:00 - The Assistant Network in a Hybrid World (continued)

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