When Victoria Louise-Rabin launched Behind Every Leader (BEL) just a couple of years ago, I was intrigued and interested to attend the first Behind Every Leader conference in Anaheim, CA. Having attended other professional development conferences for decades, I was fascinated by her two-day program. Having now attended not one but three Behind Every Leader conferences I continue to be captivated by her speaker selection.
In addition to hearing experienced trainers and speakers such as Julie Perrine, Melba Duncan, Jeff Hoffman, Lisa Olsen, Sandy Geroux, Sue France, Lucy Brazier, and Bonnie Low-Kramen, Victoria has been fearless in seeking out and encouraging top administrative professionals from across the globe to share their stories. Kudos to Victoria for doing an incredible job pulling remarkable administrative professionals away from their desks and offices to talk about their journey and lessons learned along their career path.
From my perspective, it has been fascinating to meet and hear from the executive assistants who support or have supported the top executives at Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Starbucks, Oprah, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Zappos, Cisco, and other corporate giants. It has also been eye-opening to meet and hear from celebrity assistants, who have supported celebrities such as: Madonna, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Jordan, and many others.
Many executives and celebrities from around the globe are partnering with very committed and loyal administrative professionals to help them be successful and to grow their businesses and careers. Many administrative professionals have spent years making tremendous personal sacrifices. These personal sacrifices can often times come without recognition for the countless hours, weeks, months, and years they spend dedicated to making someone else a success. I applaud each and every administrative professional who has made the commitment to help an executive, manager, or celebrity to not only survive in business but to thrive!
Logistically, the BEL registration process has been easy, the hotel accommodations have been lovely, and my experience overall as an attendee has been a positive one. I’ve met some very accomplished, talented administrative professionals throughout the globe at BEL, and we have stayed connected via social media. Expanding my network by attending professional conferences has truly been beneficial for my career.
Behind Every Leader will be coming to Chicago, IL, November 7-8, 2014.