Lisa Weber EA ScholarshipAt a morning tea celebration for Administrative Professionals Day, Lisa Weber, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer RSPCA South Australia, has been announced the successful recipient of an intensive professional development and mentoring membership for Executive and Personal Assistants (E/PA).

Announcing the scholarship, behind closed doors Managing Director, Donny Walford said, “EA and PA roles are highly influential within an organisation representing the thoughts and views of the Executives they support. The role can be isolating, success as an EA doesn’t come easily.”

Executive Assistants were invited to apply for the scholarship via a 1000-word written application before being shortlisted to attend face-to-face judging panel interviews. Judges were seeking not to award Adelaide’s best EA, but to find an EA who would benefit most from the membership.

Lisa Weber, who presented herself to the judging panel as an exceptional high-level EA, noted in her application she would use the 12-month scholarship to be empowered to implement practices to become more efficient and effective.

“The scholarship will be beneficial by giving me the invaluable support I need to perform at my best; it will give me the chance to share successes and challenges and to network with knowledgeable and experienced women,” Lisa said in application for the scholarship.

“I believe this opportunity will help me grow personally and professionally as a highly-skilled Executive Assistant.”

behind closed doors offers a membership 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.

Members are placed into a cohort of like-minded women who meet 10 times a year for professional development, goal setting and round table discussion. Guest speakers attend each group session to present on topics ranging from personal branding, conflict resolution, presentation skills and more.

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 two runners up for the scholarship were Genevieve Smith, Executive Assistant Corporate Services, Uniting Communities and Marianne Fuller, Executive Assistant to the Group Executive Exploration & Development Officer, Beach Energy.

Following the successful application of an Australian Government grant, behind closed doors has a number of scholarships available for women to join the membership in 2017. Applications are now open for Luminaries (managers) and NFP/NGO Executives in Adelaide.

An information session will be held 12pm Thursday May 11 at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide.  Registrations are now open.

Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager tel: 0401 349 791


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