Adelaide Fringe’s Jemma Buck Wins Executive Assistant Scholarship

May 6, 2016

Jemma Buck, 2016 EA Scholarship WinnerAt a morning tea celebration for Administrative Professionals Day, Jemma Buck, Executive Assistant to the Director and Chief Executive at Adelaide Fringe, has been announced scholarship winner of an intensive professional development and mentoring membership for Executive and Personal Assistants.

Announcing the scholarship winner, behind closed doors Managing Director, Donny Walford said, “EA and PA roles within an organisation are demanding, highly influential and they represent the thoughts and views of the Executive they support.  Success as an EA doesn’t come easily.”

Adelaide Executive Assistants were invited to submit a written application in order to be shortlisted to attend face-to-face interviews with a four-person judging panel. Judges were seeking not to award Adelaide’s best EA, but to find an EA who would benefit most from the membership.

Jemma Buck, who presented herself to the judging panel as an exceptional high-level EA with her finger on the pulse of her organisation, noted in her application she would use the 12-month scholarship to broaden her networks and extend herself professionally.

“I would love to be able to meet with other people in my field and learn from their knowledge and experiences with the hope that they will help me to grow in my role at Adelaide Fringe,” Jemma said when applying for the scholarship.

“Although I feel I have many strengths. I also feel that you can never stop bettering yourself.”

behind closed doors offers a vehicle where businesswomen can discuss strategies, issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in their environments.

Ms Walford said the membership provides an opportunity for EAs and PAs to build their confidence and is also aimed at increasing the calibre and expertise of EAs and PAs within organisations.

“Women often need to build their confidence and position themselves at work and in the marketplace to secure senior EA and PA roles. The behind closed doors Executive Assistants membership aims to develop emotional intelligence, strategic thinking and deliver practical skills sessions relevant to EAs and PAs.”

The runner up for the scholarship was Kelly Denis, Executive Assistant to Managing Director, TropCorp.