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Administrative Professionals Conference

July 19 — 20, 2017
Enzian Inn
590 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826 
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Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please call NWPPA at 360-254-0109, and our staff will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Administrative assistants, executive assistants, and clerks to the board.

Pre-Conference Event:

OneNote and Lean Outlook Pre-Conference Workshop, July 18, 2017

Conference Overview:

This year we are celebrating the Power of You! Karen McCullough will kick off the conference with an energetic keynote with a Shot of Energy. Immediately following McCullough's keynote address, a panel of general managers, directors, and administrative/executive assistants will talk about their working relationship regarding trust, expectations, etc. Other conference sessions will include: public disclosure; an interactive coaching module focused on managing up, identifying your best assets, and career planning; preparing your family for a disaster; SharePoint; and change management.

Join us a day early in a pre-conference session, OneNote and Lean Outlook, taught by Neal Otto of JumpStart Computer Systems (separate registration required).

Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

12:30-2:30 p.m. OneNote Preconference Workshop

2:30-3 p.m. Break

3-5 p.m. Lean Outlook Preconference Workshop

Note: Separate Registration for Preconference sessions required. Preconference sessions will be taught by Neal Otto of JumpStart.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

8 a.m. Registration opens

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45-9:10 a.m. A Message from NWPPA
Anita Decker, Executive Director, NWPPA; and Elaine Dixon, Director of Education and Workforce Development, NWPPA.

9:10-10:15 a.m. Keynote: A Shot of Energy - Being the BEST You Can Be!
Karen McCullough, CEO, Karen McCullough and Co.

Do you ever feel tired and the day has just started? If so, you are not alone. A recent study reports that nearly 75% of American workers state that no matter how hard they work, they feel as if they are not moving forward. Would you like to know the secrets of staying energized and happy? If so, Karen McCullough is here to help! She has been dubbed “a shot of energy,” and she walks her talk! Karen shares her personal energy rituals and top ways to increase productivity to be the best you can be. Learn how to re-charge your battery and energize others. Audiences will leave smiling, with an optimistic mindset. In this fast-paced session you will learn how to shift the focus from managing your time to managing your energy; create positive rituals that renew your energy; gain deeper insights into self-awareness; learn from the Harvard research on happiness and productivity; discover the four sources of our individual energy; and create your daily productivity planner.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-noon Understanding the CEO/Director and Administrative Assistant Relationship
Panelists: Bill Gaines, CEO, Tacoma Public Utilities; Steve Wright, CEO, Chelan PUD; Matt Barton, Information Services Manager, EWEB; and Branden Staehley, Engineering Operations Supervisor, Columbia River PUD

Join us for an open discussion about what the boss needs and appreciates in an assistant, and what the assistant needs from her or his boss. Bring your questions and be prepared to engage in this discussion. Our panel is ready to answer your questions and ask a few of their own.

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1-3 p.m. Mechanics for Processing Public Records Requests
James Kaufman, Public Records Officer/Records Management Supervisor, Tacoma Public Utilities

An overview of the basic elements that make up most public records laws and how to deal with public records requests as seen through the eyes of a public records officer.

3-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:45 p.m. You as an Asset: Finding and Using Your Noble Purpose Elaine Dixon, Director of Education and Workforce Development, NWPPA

Explore your reason for doing the job you do and how to make the most of the skills and experiences you bring to the table.

6-9 p.m. Dinner and mini-golf tournament

Note: There is no fee for the mini-golf tournament; however, please RSVP by July 1, 2017, to Jenny Keesey at to reserve your space.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

8 a.m. Group photo

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:35-10:35 a.m. Preparing Yourself and Your Family for a Disaster
Amanda Appel, Ambassador, American Red Cross

10:35 – 11 a.m. Break

11-11:50 a.m. Change Management
Jennifer M. Webster, CEO, Business Strategies, Inc.

Noon– 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
Andy Thome, Application Systems Analyst, Energy Northwest

How Energy Northwest is using Microsoft SharePoint to improve collaboration and communication within their organization by empowering groups with organization-wide customer-focused portals and interdepartmental collaboration sites.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Closing comments and evaluations

Conference Schedule:

The conference begins on July 18, with a pre-conference workshop from 12:30 to 5 p.m. (separate registration required), and ends at 3 p.m. on July 20. An optional mini-golf tournament will be offered on Wednesday, July 19. Lunch will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday, and breaks will be provided each day.

Conference Location & Hotel Information:

Enzian Inn
590 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(800) 223-8511

Room rates: $115 for a standard one queen, and  $120 for a balcony one queen or standard two queen

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than June 18, 2017, to secure this rate. Mention that you are with NWPPA when booking your reservation.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (extended through 7/19/2017): $790
Utility Member Standard: $865

Associate Member Early Bird (extended through 7/19/2017): $1,185
Associate Member Standard: $1,260

Non-member Early Bird (extended through 7/19/2017): $2,370
Non-member Standard: $2,445
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