Event Profile

Administrative Professionals Conference

November 8 — 9, 2022
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Point


The pre-registration is currently closed. If you would like to attend this event, please come to the NWPPA registration desk at the hotel, and our onsite coordinator will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

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

Related Events:

Adobe Acrobat Essentials, November 7, 2022

Conference Overview:

Connect and create!

Join us for a highly interactive and hands-on two-day conference. This year’s speaker lineup includes Peggy Vasquez (author of "Mean Girls No More" and "Not 'Just an Admin!'") discussing the importance of powerful connections; Daniel Seitz providing an overview of change management principles; Neal Otto explaining how Microsoft 365 can save you time and effort in just about all aspects of your daily activities; Carolina Selva talking about conflict management and TKI conflict styles; and Lori Rock illustrating visual mapping and The Big Idea Zoo.

Networking will play a larger role in this year’s event via facilitated roundtable sessions and group activities throughout the conference including a non-hosted optional networking dinner the evening before the start of the conference and a hosted reception on the first night of the conference.

Conference Agenda:

Monday, November 7
1-4:30 p.m. Adobe PDF Essentials (optional pre-conference session)
This course requires a separate registration.

5:30 p.m. Optional no-host networking dinner

Tuesday, November 8*
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome

8:45-10:15 a.m. Office 365: What it can do for you
Neal Otto, Founder, Jump-start Computer Training, LLC

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

10:30 a.m.-noon Change Management in an Always Changing World
Daniel Seitz, Manager of Workforce Resources and Development, HMIS

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and wellness walk

1:30-2 p.m. Networking/socializing activity

2-4:30 p.m. Conflict Management with TKI Conflict Styles
Carolina Selva, Owner, CS

4:30-6 p.m. Networking Reception

Wednesday, November 9

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30-10:30 a.m. Powerful Connections
Peggy Vasquez, Author

10:30-11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.-noon Roundtable discussions
Facilitator: Peggy Vasquez, Author

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and wellness walk

1:30-2:30 p.m. Visual Mapping and the Story of Big Idea Zoo
Lori Rock, Founder and Creative Strategist, Big Idea Zoo

2:30-3 p.m. Hot topics roundtable discussions
Facilitators: Mary Taylor-Monger, Administrative Services Manager, Mason PUD 3; and Stacey Bresee, Administrative Services Coordinator, Columbia Basin Hydropower

3-3:30 p.m. Closing and prize drawing

*Timing and program subject to change.


Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, and the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. on the 8th and will end at 4 p.m. on the 9th. Lunches, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Conference Location:

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Point
480 Columbia Point Drive
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 942-9400
Room Rate: $149
Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than 10/8/2022, to secure this room rate.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/8/2022): $840
Utility Member Standard: $915

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/8/2022): $1,260
Associate Member Standard: $1,335

Non-member Early Bird (ends 10/8/2022): $1,680
Non-member Standard: $1,830


Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.
For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact Gail Patterson, Registrar, via email, Gail@nwppa.org, or call (360) 816-1450. 

Safety Measures:

As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.


Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.