Weekend Poll: Conferences as Professional Development

The excitement and anticipation in the international admin. community is palpable this week, as talented and dedicated admin. professionals and trainers are travelling from different continents to descent upon London for Executive Secretary LIVE, Lucy Brazier’s major admin. conference that I mentioned earlier this week.

A number of professional associations, such as EPAA, IAAP, IMA, Secretary.IT and many more, also host stellar conferences designed to inspire and educate their members with skills they can take back to their offices, and networks they can tap into throughout the year.

Regional networks also host impressive conferences, with some of them also tied to fundraising for charitable causes or scholarships/buraries.

EPAA, which is the UK’s Executive & Personal Assistants Association, also hosts sector-specific conferences, such as the upcoming Public Sector PA Conference. European-based IMA (International Management Assistants), which is also in the UK, hosts an international conference in addition to multiple national training events. In South Africa, OPSA (Association for Office Professionals South Africa) held its annual conference this week.

I know a number of counterparts who have already registered for the International Association of Administrative Professionals’ (IAAP’s) Summit 2017, which is planned for this July in New Orleans, Louisiana. While many admin. professionals are fortunate enough to tap into their employers’ resources to participate in such professional development, others self-fund this commitment to growth.

These are just a small sampling of the many conferences around the globe that provide admin. professionals with quality learning opportunities. In my sector, I typically attend Canadian and US conferences that focus on governance or higher education. Thinking about all these conferences leads me to the focus of this weekend’s poll:



What role do conferences play in your professional development?

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish results on Tuesday.

“Select” whichever responses apply, and remember to CLICK on the “VOTE” ICON AFTER EACH QUESTION.

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