EPAA is delighted to open registration for the FIRST EVER conference dedicated to EAs, PAs and Secretaries across the UK banking and financial sector.
The financial sector has undergone huge change over the last decade and faced unprecedented challenges through this period, with more to come. It’s no surprise to learn the financial sector is a key driver of the UK economy, accounting for 12% of our output as well as employing approximately 2.2 million people.
The UK banking and financial sector has thousands of Assistants working across a multitude of organisations within fast paced and high pressured environments.
Our conference is put together with those Assistants in mind and aims to inspire, empower and promote the concept of preparing and embracing change with confidence. We will also look at key developments within the sector and opportunities for growth, as well as practical solutions and resources for you to take forward in your career as a banking/financial sector Assistant.
Not yet a PA in this sector but interested in making the move across? You are welcome to join the conference.
Neil Shah, The Stress Management Society.
This interactive session is aimed at injecting the “va va voom” back into participants’ views of their careers, and makes the point that careers are no longer to be purely left in the hands of line managers – if individuals want to achieve success, they should drive their own career plans and seek the right opportunities to drive careers forward.
The workshop focuses on why and how individuals should create a career strategy and plan in order to unlock their potential and get themselves onto the path to success. This session is not about theory, science or blue sky thinking, it is about a realistic look at what individuals want to achieve and what actions they should take in order to get where they want to go.
Participants will leave this session with the start of a career plan that they can build out. This event is ideal for organisations who want empower staff at any level to be engaged and take ownership of their own career development, but works particularly well with graduates and junior staff who are less familiar with career development concepts.
What to say instead…
I know you are JUST a PA!! If only I had a penny every time I heard a PA describe themselves as JUST a PA. But what do you replace that statement with instead? This workshop will look at how to find the right words to use and when to use them. I will focus on what makes a simple, memorable and portable message / personal brand that your colleague can hear and respect. That can be used when seeking new opportunities.
Heather White, CEO of Smarter Networking
Sara will be sharing in a candid talk her career journey as Secretary to EA within the financial sector – culminating in her current role as EA to the Chairman of one of the world’s biggest banks. She will also be presenting her wider thoughts on continuing to develop the role of EA/PA and what the future could hold.
Sara Brewer, EA to Group Chairman HSBC.
In this inspirational and thought- provoking session, Adam Fidler highlights and discusses some of the issues with the more traditional PA role, with particular emphasis on the role as used in financial services, and gives PAs and their employers alike reasons why it’s time for a rethink about the job description of the PA. His talk covers the following:
Adam Fidler, Principal and Founder, Adept Executive Consulting | Consultant Lecturer, Pitman Training group.
Our Panel will look at the unique challenges of working as an EA or PA in the banking and financial sector. Following on from earlier presentations we will further explore the future – what to expect, prepare and plan for and how to tackle the challenges within the profession.
Simone White (Blackrock), Debra Jacobs (RBS), Claire Grace (Santander) & Jane Brazzill (PwC).
A daily occurrence for Michael McGrath ; in his view, it builds personal resilience and character. Every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, our confidence and our ability to face head-on, process and conquer future challenges.
Michael’s remarkable life story is one of consistently overcoming incredible odds. British born with a cocktail of Irish and Brazilian blood and educated by the Jesuits, Michael describes himself as the adventurous black sheep of his family, a catalyst for change and a champion of difference; most of his family are in medicine. Michael made history in January 2004 by becoming the only disabled person in the world to have reached both the North and South Poles ~ by any standards, an extraordinary example of determination, courage and singular achievement.
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