Empower 2020: The Summit for Assistants

A virtual gathering for assistants to collaborate
and learn from leaders in the industry.

October 22, 2020
Virtual Event via our Facebook Community

Watch Recorded Sessions
We're gathering some of the most influential assistant leaders in the industry
 Hone your skills with exclusive panels and workshops focused on:

Why and how to automate

AI will never replace assistants. But, there are several tech tools available to help assistants focus on work that propels their career and deliver excellent support. 

Becoming more strategic

What does being a strategic assistant mean? We'll have panels dedicated to this topic. Register for updates on panel announcements.

How to upskill and evolve

The assistant role is evolving more than ever. Learn what skills top assistants are developing and where the industry is headed.

Empower 2020 is where you collaborate and celebrate with your peers

We're hosting this free event to celebrate the extreme value and talent assistants possess. All Empower 2020 panels will be streamed in our Facebook Community.

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Exclusive panels and workshops

We've partnered with leaders and influencers in the assistant community to bring you one-of-a-kind workshops and panels. Register for first-access to these workshops and updates on new panels and speakers.

View Empower 2020's Agenda

Register to receive updates for newly added panels and speakers, and view the schedule here!

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Lucy Brazier

CEO, Marcham Publishing

Publisher of Executive Secretary Magazine | International Speaker | Conference Chair | Expert on the Administrative Profession | 30K+ followers on LinkedIn

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Joan Burge

Founder and CEO, Corporate Trainer, Author, Speaker, Coach, at Office Dynamics International

Joan is the founder and CEO of Office Dynamics and is an accomplished author, professional speaker, consultant and corporate trainer. She's authored 5 books for administrative professionals and founded The Conference for Administrative Excellence.


Jeremy Burrows

EA to CEO at Capacity + Author of The Leader Assistant (#1 Amazon Bestseller)

Speaker + Podcast Host + Helping Assistants Lead Well
Book: The Leader Assistant; Audio book here.
Listen to The Leader Assistant Podcast

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Gina Cotner

CEO & Founder, Athena Executive Services; Providing Virtual Executive Assistants for busy executives.

Gina Cotner is the founder and CEO of Athena Executive Services, a firm that pairs virtual Executive Assistants around the United States with busy business owners,
entrepreneurs and executives. See her LinkedIn.


Alicia Fairclough

Executive Assistant to the CEO of Truphone and Founder of EA How To

Alicia is the founder of EA How To, a global community (15,000+ members) of high achieving executive, personal and virtual assistants.

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Lauren Fuertes-Pierre

EA to President & CEO of ESO

Lauren is the co-founder and Vice President of Austin Executive Assistant Network, a network dedicated
to elevating C-level Executive Assistants both professionally and personally.


KC Gleason

EA at Square

KC Gleason is an industry-leading Executive Assistant at Square. View her LinkedIn.

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Lauren Golden

Leader of The Free Mama Movement | Coach | Speaker | Host of FreeMamaTV | #1 International Best-Selling Author

Lauren Golden loves helping mamas free themselves from the 9-5 grind. She launched The Free Mama Movement to show working moms that they don’t have to choose between family and financial stability.


Jacqueline Howard

Virtual Administrative Assistant + Supporting Entrepreneurs, Best-selling Authors, and Course Creators + Podcast Host.

Jacqueline partners with Entrepreneurs and Authors to tame the chaos and save time for them to do what matters most. View her LinkedIn.

Maggie Jacobs

Maggie Jacobs

Author, "The Elevated EA: Find Your Voice & Own Your Future as an Executive Assistant" | Trainer

Maggie Jacobs has spent 10+ years working with C-Suite Executives where she has excelled in turning the seemingly impossible into possible. Download a free chapter of The Elevated EA.

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Lottie Johnson

EA to President of MIMCO Properties

Lottie is founder and President of Austin Executive Assistant Network, a network dedicated to elevating C-level Executive Assistants both professionally and personally.

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Shannon Miles

COO & Co-Founder of Miles AG, Chairwoman & Co-Founder of BELAY, Co-Founder of NoFo Brew Co, and Co-Founder of Own Not Run

Bio & LinkedIn
Book: The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed


Casey Putschoegl

CEO & Co-Founder of 33Vincent Executive Assistants

33Vincent helps high-performing leaders enhance their impact by matching them with world-class, virtual Executive Assistants.

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Lindsay Robinson

Executive Assistant at LinkedIn

Rock Your Profile Ambassador/NYC Site Lead

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Rhiannon Ward

Mindset + Success Coach | EA Mentor | ex-Atlassian, Canva

Rhiannon has spent the last 12+ years working as a Senior EA alongside leaders at Atlassian, Westfield, ING, & Canva. Rhiannon is now a Mindset + Success Coach to top leaders, and a mentor to EAs.

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Crystalee Whiteclaw

Chief Operating Officer & Partner at Texas Shock Works

Prior to Texas Shock Works, Crystalee was the Chief Culture Officer & Executive Assistant to the Founder & CEO of Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions. She is also a member of the Austin Executive Assistant Network.

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Liv Wilson

EA at LinkedIn Australia

Liv is a high performing, innovative, collaborative and forward thinking C-Suite EA with extensive experience providing high level administrative, strategic and business support to senior Executives. LinkedIn.


Melissa Peoples

Executive Operations Strategist | Productivity Coach | EA Trainer | Certified Microsoft Trainer l YouTuber

Melissa Peoples is an Executive Operations consultant specializing in partnering with CEOs and Executive Leadership Teams to transform their office operations into efficient hubs that cater to the executive's leadership style. LinkedIn.

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Hope Ward

EA to Bryan and Shannon Miles, the Co-Founders of BELAY & Founders of Own Not Run

Hope Ward is the EA to Bryan and Shannon Miles, the Co-Founders of BELAY, a premium staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S. Hope’s career consists of over 15 years of experience in management and operations in multiple industries.

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants & The PVA

Melissa is also the best-selling author of two books, Hire The Right Virtual Assistant and Become a Successful Virtual Assistant: Learn the Business Side & Ditch 9 to 5, which is an integral part of the College of Western Idaho Administrative Specialist Program curriculum. LinkedIn.

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Debbie Gross

Advocate, teacher, speaker and author with over 30 years of experience in the administrative profession

As the author of the book; The Office Rockstar Playbook she shares her knowledge and insights into what it takes to create excellence in the administrative role. She wants every administrative professional to know how to serve as a strategic business partner and be a true Office Rockstar. That’s why she teaches and speaks across the world. Visit her EA Guide to Going Remote.

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Jess Lindgren

Host of the Ask an Assistant Podcast and EA to Pat Flynn, host of The Smart Passive Income Podcast

Jess has worked in the C-Suite of organizations great and small for 15+ years.  She focuses on supporting her current CEO in his many endeavors, improving the mental health of EAs and CEOs alike, and has very low tolerance for meetings that should have been an email. Connect with Jess on LinkedIn!

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Phoenix Normand

COO GiftSuite, Chief at this. my tribe., CEO at NIX+BOW

As a top 1%, career, C-suite Executive Assistant he supported top CEOs in investment banking, retail, gaming, technology, and aerospace for over 27 years. Phoenix spends time as a professional development coach for first-time CEOs, managers, high-producing Executive Assistants and small startup teams. LinkedIn.

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Ali Aills

Senior Executive Assistant at Slack

Ali Aills is a Senior Executive Assistant at Slack, supporting the General Counsel. Slack’s core mission is to make people’s work life simpler, more pleasant and more productive. LinkedIn.

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Meagan Strout

Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer at Tack Advisors

Tack Advisors' vision is to be the world’s top administrative support consulting firm that companies and administrative professionals want to partner with, and experts want to work for. Visit their website.


Destiny Miller

Executive Assistant - Brand, Engineering and Product Development at Course Hero

Destiny's passionate about corporate culture, cultivating a vibrant and robust atmosphere among teams, and strategic management. Join Empower 2020's Cocktails & Conversations, where she's a featured guest! LinkedIn.


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We had a great Empower 2020!

Our inaugural summit for assistants was on October 22, 2020. Fill out the form below, and we'll send over the session recordings when they're available!

The #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Leader Assistant

The Leader Assistant by longtime executive assistant, podcast host, and speaker Jeremy Burrows outlines four pillars—embody the characteristics, employ the tactics, engage in relationships, and exercise self-care—that will help you rediscover your passion for the profession and become a confident, future-proof, game-changing Leader Assistant. Order on Amazon or audio today!

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