It's Finally Here!

A unique executive-level administrative conference designed for those admins fully engaged at an executive level. This role requires a special set of skills and competencies that can be enhanced for greater impact and increased effectiveness.

Modelled after our immensely successful IAAP Master Program at IAAP Summit 2016, this is your opportunity to learn to better manage yourself, leverage your leadership skills, and increase your professional and organizational value. You don’t want to miss this timely transformational opportunity at the EA Symposium 2017.

Loews Chicago Hotel
455 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
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Room Rates:
$199/night for King
$219/night for Double-Double

Room Rate Includes:
In room Wi-Fi
Access to fitness center
15% discount on valet parking

* IAAP hotel room block closes October 2nd.

Early Bird (ends August 31st)
Member: $1,299 | Nonmember: $1,499

Member: $1,399 | Nonmember: $1,599

Conference Rate Includes:
Conference Materials
Thank-You Gift
Breakfast and Lunch October 27 & 28
Breakfast October 29

Interested in sending a group of 5 or more admins from your company? Ask about our Corporate Discount Policy!

Cocktail Networking Reception:
October 26: 5:30p - 7:00p

October 27-28: 8:30a - 4:30p
October 29: 8:30a - Noon


IAAP EA Symposium is two and a half powerful days of training like you’ve never experienced before:

  • Experience amazing content from top-level executive trainers in the areas of high-stakes communication, powerful executive partnerships, and high-impact leadership
  • Participate in small-group sessions for customized, relevant, executive-level learning
  • Acquire real-time feedback from peers to challenges you are currently facing
  • Gain wisdom from those who have "walked your road", while also sharing your own wisdom, knowledge, and experience with others
  • Engage in a mastermind group that you can call on well after the conference

This is not your typical "sit, face forward, and soak" conference. Participation is required, and the payoff will be invaluable. However, there will be time for reflection, personal planning, and networking as well.

EA Symposium is for those supporting a C-suite level executive (or equivalent) and/or in a supervisory role or capacity and offers a limited number of spaces.

Interested parties must apply and be accepted to attend. Apply today—this will be the best career decision you’ll ever make!

The first 25 registrants receive an exclusive breakfast with Lucy Brazier, and every registrant is entered into a drawing to receive a free one-on-one hour-long coaching call with faculty after the conference (a $250 value!).

Make the commitment to participate in the professional development you want and need, ensuring you thrive in your career instead of survive in your job. It’s time to take your career to the next level!

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We are not providing a specific agenda for each day of the conference, only start and end times. Why, you may ask? Because agendas give us comfort. They make us feel safe. They let us know what’s coming next and how to prepare. But when is your job, or even life, ever like that? EA Symposium 2017 is about encouraging you to take risks and yes, even making you feel a little uncomfortable. Because that is where greatness happens.

You'll walk away with valuable skills in these important areas:

Crucial Conversations

  • Apply high stakes communication strategies to create shared meaning and consensus
  • Effectively communicate to improve decision-making and desired business performance
  • Creating High Trust Environments

  • Understand the drivers of trust at both an interpersonal and group level
  • Gain strategies for positively building high trust environments
  • Engage in scenarios that require exercising discretion in confidentiality, integrity, and conflict resolution
  • Increase competence at handling delicate workplace situations and desired business performance
  • Interpersonal Leadership

  • Identify your default leadership style and learn the range of situational leadership approaches
  • Practice meeting the developmental readiness of employees you support to produce better results
  • Practice establishing agreements and requests with coworkers to produce more reliable productivity
  • Organizational Leadership

  • Understand the value of organizational leadership in achieving business strategies
  • Practice leadership outside of job-related areas/departments
  • Partnership Strategies that Promote Synergy

  • Discuss key steps to developing powerful partnerships
  • Develop synergistic partnerships that achieve brand alignment and drive organizational value proposition
  • Navigating Office Politics

  • Learn methods for conducting an environmental scan and power analysis to gain better insight into the strategic actors in your workplace environment
  • Examine the scales at which workplace action plays out, from strategic to task
  • Self-assess your competence and confidence in engaging various layers of action
  • Understand the sensitive role that "standing" plays in intra-office relationships
  • Learn methods for building and navigating "standing" with high ranking colleagues in order to get things done

  • Faculty

    Special Guest Speaker

    What Others Are Saying About Master Program 2016

     The facilitators were knowledgeable and engaging, and the connections made during the program were invaluable. … My favorite quote from the Master Program is: "You may have limited authority, but you have unlimited influence."

    Click HERE to view Debbi’s full video testimonial
    Debbi Shaffer, Senior Executive Assistant
     This is a powerful program that pushed many of us to look within ourselves, the limits we’ve created, and ways to push beyond the norm. … I learned a great deal, and would recommend it to any C-suite level admin who is beginning to feel stagnate, or has been in the same role for a long time. It lit a fire in me knowing that I have created many of my own stumbling blocks, and how I can rebuild my place "at the table."
    Dru Kosik, CAP-OM, Executive Assistant, Ownership & Business Operations
    Cleveland Indians Baseball
     This advanced level track for C-suite EAs had an immediate impact on me and I couldn't take notes fast enough. The topics discussed forced me to re-evaluate some aspects of my role and where I could make adjustments and expand in some areas. … The breakout team-building exercises were great opportunities for everyone to participate and hear from each other. It was also good to discuss issues and challenges with my fellow colleagues and find resolution and gain inspiration from shared experiences. I’m looking forward to attending the next conference.
    La' Shawn J. Sandifer, CAP, Executive Assistant to SVP, Legal and Governance
    BlueCross BlueShield Association