Written by: Helen Monument Interim Chair WA-Alliance
Leadership guru Tony Robbins said: To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
WA-Summit is about community, bringing Administrative Professionals together from all over the world. Each country has its own language and culture, so it’s vital that we communicate clearly and openly to all involved in our profession.
Let me introduce the team that I’m honoured to Chair. Each of these people have a unique set of skills and talents that has come together to determine the Communications Strategy and to manage WA-Summit communications across all our media channels.
Eth Lloyd, from New Zealand, is well known to all for her passion for the administrative profession and its value in the workplace. She has spoken to Administrative Professionals globally on valuing themselves, taking responsibility for their own professional development, career pathways, the value of the profession and the outcomes of the 2018 10th World Administrators Summit. Eth is current Chairman of the WA-Summit Advisory Council. Eth currently manages the WA-Summit website.
Julia Schmidt is based in Oslo, Norway and is known for being a passionate advocate of people development and in helping others succeed and embrace their leadership skills. Julia writes about Organization Health and Wellbeing, Leadership and Career Development. She is an avid influencer, speaker and mentor. Julia manages the Summit Newsletters and the LinkedIn channel.
Diana Brandl is an International Speaker, Trainer and author, describing herself as a Digital Native. She has a strong background in communications and she is a dynamic networker. Diana is influencing the industry with her creative initiatives such as launching the hashtag #WeAreInThisTogether. From her home near Berlin, Germany, Diana takes care of WA-Summit communications on YouTube, also supporting Bex Adamson on the Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Bex Adamson is from New Zealand where she works as an Administration Officer and is a Fellow of the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand (AAPNZ) where she was the recipient of the 2017 National President’s Award. A passionate advocate of the profession, Bex was also awarded the Administrative Professional Award in 2015, acknowledging her contribution to administration in New Zealand and giving her the opportunity to speak at a number of events around the country. Bex manages the Facebook and Twitter accounts together with Diana Brandl.
Silvia Salomon is the latest addition to the team. She is the Task Force Leader for the Development of a Closed LinkedIn group from the 2018 WA-Summit, so it was logical that we join forces and invite her to become a member of the Communications team. She fosters a large international network of peers, constantly keeping up with the latest international trends. Silvia is also Chairman of IMA (International Management Assistants) Italy.
Communication is not a one-way street, so we need you to help us spread the word across our profession. Choose your channel and like us by all means, but it’s only by you commenting on and sharing our messages that we will reach the global audience that will support the aims of the WA-Summit; to speak with one voice, to enhance the position of Administrative Professionals, and to build a solid community of passionate professionals supporting each other across the globe.