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Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

IAAP Pacific Northwest Branch Event

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IAAP Members 57 Tickets Oct 14, 2017 $125.00 $0.00
Non-Members 47 Tickets Oct 14, 2017 $145.00 $0.00

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Join your colleagues from the Pacific Northwest for a day of amazing learning opportunities and meeting colleagues from around the area. The day will feature three speakers and four dynamic sessions, PLUS an opportunity to take an MOS exam FREE!

Click here to register separately for the MOS exam!

Coming from outside the Seattle area? Take advantage of our negotiated hotel rate ($109):
Courtyard Seattle North/Lynnwood Everett
4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd

Saturday, October 14, 2017

8:00 AM | Registration | Coffee & Connections

Check in, find your seat, have a morning beverage and connect with your fellow learners for the day.

9:00 AM | Crucial/Critical Conversations for Admins | Linda McFarland 
As administrative professionals, you deal with all levels of the organization. Conversations are crucial, especially when dealing with difficult leaders or co-workers. There are times when even thinking about having a difficult conversation is intimidating and just plain scary. “Is today the right day for a crucial conversation?” Not only is timing important, it’s managing those conversations to achieve a great outcome. Crucial conversations are powerful in helping to transform you and your relationships with others. In this session, you’ll discover techniques to prepare for crucial conversations, explore self-awareness, identify ways to find common ground, strategies to develop dialogue, techniques to probe for facts, and how to clarify your intentions.

10:30 AM | Break 

10:45 AM | Event Planning as Project Management | Mark Beattie, PhD 
Learn how to approach Event Planning with a Project Management attitude. Learn the ins and outs of planning successful events, including the vocabulary and insider tips of working with venues and vendors, and creating check lists, job aids and other mechanisms to keep your event on track and on budget.

12:00 PM | Lunch & Vendor Fair

1:45 PM | The Resilient and Flexible Admin| Linda McFarland 
As the role of the administrative assistant continues to evolve, we face many challenges and setbacks. We work 24/7, we make mistakes, organizations restructure, we work in diverse work environments, and more. Let’s explore ways to transform our thinking so we can adapt to the ever changing environments where we work. During this session, you will learn skills of self-awareness and self-management, understand, use, and manage your emotions, balance optimism and pessimism, distinguish the signs of when change is in process, tips to increase courage and confidence to persevere, and steps to take the lead to help transform the workplace.

2:45 PM | Break 

3:00 PM | Seven Most Common Business Writing Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them | Christine Dubois 
Get tips and tactics that will help you write more easily and effectively. In this upbeat presentation, you’ll learn to banish writers block, organize your thoughts, conqueror grammar conundrums, write effective email, and more. 

4:00 PM | Wrap up | Announcements | Door Prizes


Speaker Bios:
Linda McFarland brings her consummate professionalism, calm demeanor, and insightful sense of humor to her highly-acclaimed presentations and workshops. Having supported a dozen CEOs in Silicon Valley, Linda shares her decades of experience through stories that bring out the thoughtful lessons learned throughout her career. Her passion for sharing her knowledge and understanding with other administrative professionals led her to launch Ascend2Success, a consulting company, to develop educational and interactive training for administrative professionals, event planners, and other support professionals.

Her techniques, tips, and ideas enable and inspire administrative professionals to start making cognitive decisions. Linda empowers her audiences to take ownership of their careers and guides them on the path of success towards becoming a true business partner with the leaders they support. |

Mark Beattie, PhD isProgram Coordinator Clinical Assistant Professor in Hospitality Business Management for Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett. In addition to my bachelor degree from Washington State University, my graduate degrees include a Masters in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Prior to academics, I worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years, with 25 in management. This career spanned both the commercial and non-commercial segments. I have lectured at Washington State University’s College of Business, Gonzaga University’s School of Business Administration and the School of Professional Studies. I have also served as the Director of Student Services for Gonzaga’s Virtual Campus, done development work for a Spokane, Washington non-profit group, and conducted workshops for the Small Business Development Center. I have also enjoyed volunteering with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins and Unity in the Community. In 2007, I spent a semester as a visiting lecturer at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My free time is spent in Liberty Lake with my wife, Chan, and son, John.

Christine Dubois is an award-winning writer and editor who has published more than 450 articles in 45 different magazines and newspapers. She teaches writing workshops at local community colleges as well as for local businesses. Her warmth, knowledge, and enthusiasm make her a popular instructor.

Together with her husband, she owns and runs TURTLEDOVE WRITERS. Her professional experience includes: 10 years as Communications Director for The South 47 Farm, senior editor for View Publishing at Group Health Cooperative, assignment editor at KING-TV News, and more than 20 years as a freelance writer.

Dubois has a degree in Communications from the University of Washington and has received numerous awards from professional communications groups for excellence in writing, editing, and photography. In 1989 she received the Washington Press Association's Superior Performance Award for outstanding professional and community service contributions. She is a member of the National Writer's Union.

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No refunds allowed ten days prior to the event. 

Branch Director: Connie Boyer, M.S., CAP-OM (

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Edmonds Community College
Woodway Hall 202
20200 68th Ave. W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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