The Illawarra Assistant Network is celebrating its first birthday with news it has attracted national attention.
The networking group dedicated to executives and other assistants in the Illawarra was born to give them a chance to get together and share insights, experiences and tips.
It was founded by Laura Price and Danica Vujic, of Peoplecare, who saw the importance of networking opportunities to the career of an executive assistant/PA.
The Illawarra Assistants Network was launched on July 24, 2017 and since then has hosted eight events.
It has steadily grown over the last 12 months and last Wednesday saw its greatest attendance to date at Smartspace in the Enterprise 1 building at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus.
Mrs Price and Ms Vujic welcomed more than 50 guests, including many new faces, and thanked everyone for their continued supported over the last year. That included the sponsors, presenters and members.
They were also able to announce and special invitation they have received to speak at third annual Executive Assistant Congress in Canberra next week.
“They found us. They were looking for a group that had started for executive assistants. And wanted to someone to present on how to go about setting up such a group. And what the benefits are to networking for EA’s and admin professionals,” Mrs Price said.
The two day conference on August 1 and 2 will see the two Peoplecare executive assistants speak on the first day.
They have been invited to talk at 4.30pm on the first day about networking as an essential career skill.
That day will start with Ita Buttrose talking about successfully building a personal brand. And will end with the two executive assistants talking about what they have achieved in Wollongong by launching the network.
“Getting up and speaking like this will be very new to us. We have never done anything like this before,” Mrs Price said.
Ms Vujic said with plenty of notice they had been working on what they are going to say to the 150 delegates for a couple of months. But what they will share most is “we think people are really getting a benefit out of this group”.
Their topics are:
We think people are really getting a benefit out of this group.Danica Vujic
- Finding and connecting with the right people to build personal and professional success.
- Facing and overcoming the fear of networking.
- Recognising networking opportunities
- Techniques and tips to develop networking skills.
- Networking using social media.
- Creating your own core network.