The Minnesota Business Partnership hosts a conference for executive assistants to top executives tomorrow in Minneapolis. Approximately 120 attendees from 68 companies are expected to participate in the full-day conference. Attendees include executive assistants supporting chairmen, presidents, CEOs, CFOs, general counsels, and other top leadership. The annual conference provides networking and professional development opportunities for executive assistants at Minnesota’s many Fortune 500 companies and other top employers.
“Minnesota is fortunate to be home to so many large world-class companies, and these top executive assistants are important leaders within those companies,” said Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “The goal of this conference is to provide tools for executive assistants to grow in their careers.”
Executive assistants to c-suite executives do not have a network. The Minnesota Business Partnership’s EA conference offers a place to network with others who hold similar positions, discuss best practices and make connections that will help their executives and their companies. Speakers at the conference will focus on leadership and relationships as well as computer skills and financial management.
The breakfast keynote speaker is Richard Davis, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp. Richard Davis served as chairman of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 2012 to 2014. His executive assistant Valerie Grove has worked with Davis since 2002.
The lunch keynote speaker is Melba Duncan, founder and president of the Duncan Group, a leading recruiting firm for executive assistants to CEOs. Duncan is a frequent speaker and regular contributor to business publications such as the Harvard Business Review. Her message focuses on executive assistants as leaders of their companies and their need to continue professional development throughout their career.