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Our conference schedule brings everyone together daily for an action packed, competency-energizing General Session, chock full of informative training you won’t receive anywhere else! These strategic sessions are purposed, creative and designed to enhance your growth and success as an administrative professional. Plan your growth and become fulfilled by learning how to implement the principles and strategies for a meaningful career and life. At this conference, you'll discover the path forward and how to add value every day. Full Registration price $1,595.

Office Dynamics International


Office Dynamics International (View Profile)


Leadership & Management > Administrative Skills

Who Should Attend?

Administrative Assistants, Executive Assistants, Office Administrators, Secretaries, Office Managers, Success-minded administrative office professionals at every level who value career advancement; Experienced Administrative Professionals

We Focus on What Counts: Administrative Competencies. Very few administrative conferences or seminars focus specifically on the competencies necessary to be successful at adding value every day within the administrative arena. Office Dynamics International is the premier leader in the development and presentation of sophisticated training programs and information for administrative professionals. Our primary focus is about what you want and need. We understand how you think and what challenges you on the path going forward. We know the opportunities and dreams you wish to attain. Plus, we speak your language!

General Sessions. Our conference schedule brings everyone together daily for an action packed, competency-energizing General Session, chock full of informative training you won’t receive anywhere else! These strategic sessions are purposed, creative and designed to enhance your growth and success as an administrative professional. Plan your growth and become fulfilled by learning how to implement the principles and strategies for a meaningful career and life. At this conference, you’ll discover the path forward and how to add value every day!

Learn from the Top Administrative Expert. Joan Burge, CEO and Founder of Office Dynamics International, and the premier administrative trainer, author, coach, and consultant, will present a powerful and highly applicable General Session daily. Here’s your opportunity to hear from “the best of the best.” Joan can be counted on to definitely “tell it like it is” — you won’t want to miss it. Known for her passionate and dynamic speaking style, Joan’s unique experience working on both sides of the desk has made her the one expert who can speak to the issues, questions, trends and transitions occurring in the administrative support function.

Team Building Activity. An exciting segment at each year’s conference is Joan’s personally designed unique team building activity — created with you in mind! You’ll experience the positive energy of working with others to accomplish goals. You’ll be up, out of your seat and networking with other attendees, creating bonds that will last beyond the conference!

Joan’s Trademark Surprises. Conference alumni know that Joan always has a surprise or two waiting for her guests! It’s part of what keeps the conference experience fresh, fun and lively. So be ready for anything – and make the most of every moment.

Innovative & Trend Setting Information. Add value every day to your organization by being purposed and energized in the strategic and creative approach to your daily work activities. Joan continually surveys the administrative profession to bring the latest trends, newest features and best practices to stir up the administrative profession! You’ll return to work energized, motivated and inspired, knowing exactly how to add value daily for both personal and career success.

Personal Connection with Joan & ODI Team. You will experience a personal connection to Joan and her team who excel at Extraordinary Concierge Service with a big hug. Joan and her team appreciate each and every person and are eager to let you know they care—they want you to feel like part of an extended family.

Premier Organizations — You Are in Great Company! Some of the brightest and best administrative professionals attend our conference. They are people of power and influence in their profession and organization. They represent an array of industries and both large and small businesses, including attendees from Amway, Boeing, Caterpillar, Chevron, Cisco Systems, City of Lancaster, ConAgra Foods, DRW Trading Group, Enbridge, FDA, Humana, Kindred Healthcare, Nationwide, Sandia National Labs, Siemens Energy, National Security Technologies, Procter & Gamble, Roche Diagnostics, US Army and Washington Education Association.

Top 5 Reasons Executive Assistants and Administrators Choose Joan Burge’s Event of Distinction and Office Dynamics International

The pace of work is constantly ACCELERATING

Are you?

In the time it takes to read this, the business world will change.

Today’s professional landscape is evolving faster than ever before in our history—every day, every hour, every minute. Technological advances combined with global economic forces have made the workplace more complex, interconnected and chaotic than most people ever dreamed possible, even just a few years ago. Today, we’re experiencing a brand new era of efficiency, innovation and discovery.

What does this mean for the modern administrative professional? Put simply: We have greater demands on our time, energy and attention. So great, in fact, the standard has become almost super-human. We’re expected to deliver faster than a speeding bullet, bound over obstacles in a single leap, and perform at unparalleled levels of mastery.

Never before have we faced such immense opportunity; and never before have we faced such a critical need to ACCELERATE.

It’s not just about working faster; it’s about advancing who we are and what we’re capable of. It’s about meeting super-human demands with super-human ability.

We must become The Accelerated Assistant.

But what does that mean for those of us who possess real human limitation? We can’t add more hours to the day and we can’t magically stop time in its tracks. The Accelerated Assistant doesn’t have to. Instead, she possesses a unique set of tools that allow her to amp up workplace performance and thrive even when confronting unimaginable hurdles.

To seize this kind of professional power, Assistants must accelerate their…

Learning Curve

It’s not enough to merely acquire knowledge; you must aim for continuous, rapid personal improvement.

Responsiveness to Change

Gone are the days of gradual adaptation; you must embrace swift transformation.

Time to Execute

The luxury of distant deadlines is dead; you must deliver exceptional quality quickly.

Career Management

Drifting without direction is not an option; you must take personal responsibility for your future.

Value to the Company

Meeting expectations don’t cut it; you must aspire to even greater levels of contribution.


Distraction lurks around every corner; you must hone mental agility and deep concentration.


You can’t wait for inspiration to strike; you must ceaselessly seek solutions.

Attempting to simply “coast by” in this dynamic environment ultimately means you’ll fall behind. You have to ACCELERATE to get ahead.

The race is on in today’s competitive workplace and you’re in the driver’s seat. You control the rate of acceleration. The route you take is your choice.

Are you stalling out as others around you speed by? Are you sick of racing around and never reaching the finish line? Are you approaching curves in the road but not sure how to adjust?

If so, rev your engines and get ready to ACCELERATE!

The 2017 Conference for Administrative Excellence will help you become The Accelerated Assistant—a super-charged business professional who drives results for yourself, your executive and your organization. Join Joan Burge, Office Dynamics’ founder and CEO, along with her lineup of dynamic speakers and faculty, and take your career into the fast lane!

Don’t wait, this event will sell out.


The Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence promises to be a power-packed program, full of high-impact keynote sessions illuminating our theme, The Accelerated Assistant. Our carefully curated agenda offers a balance of intensive training, interactive workshop-style exercises, and plenty of time for professional networking and personal connection.


6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception & Mixer


7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Session: The Accelerated Assistant

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session: The Art Of Accelerated Resilience

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

General Session: Excellence Management: Adding Value by Managing Your Executive Presence

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Team Building Activity

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

General Session: Are You Accelerating or Playing It Safe? How to Amplify Your Personal Brand and Stay Relevant


7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

General Session

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session:

Changing Lanes: Learn Your Change Style and Use It To Your Advantage

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

General Session:

What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do: The Productive Admin’s Guide to Managing Time

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

General Session: “No Limits” Going Beyond The Administrative Role

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

General Session: Performing at the Speed of Now

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

ZIP! Tips

7:00 - 10:30 p.m.

Gala Event


7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

General Session: Keeping the Pedal to the Metal with a New Pit Crew

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

General Session: Maximizing Your True Potential

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Closing Comments

Here are a few highlights you can look forward to:

As always, we will offer a full program featuring world-class presenters and cutting edge topics to help advance your abilities in the administrative profession.

Kick the conference off right by attending the Welcome reception—it’s your opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow attendees, staff, and speakers while enjoying tasty food and marveling at the beautiful scenery. It’s intimate enough to feel inviting and big enough to spark excitement for what’s ahead.

You won’t want to miss the spectacular annual Gala night! Every year we pick a fun and creative theme to keep things fresh and wildly entertaining. In the past, we rolled out the red carpet to experience “Hollywood Glitz and Glam”, we dawned our best spooky attire for the “Ghostly Gala,” and we celebrated “Havana Nights” with all the exotic flair of Cuba! Last year, our attendees were treated to a complimentary performance of MJ One by Cirque du Soleil! What will it be this year? You’ll find out soon!

Our one-of-a-kind Team Building Activity always takes place on Day 1 of Conference. The goal is to help inspire connections between attendees and encourage a dynamic, interactive environment where people feel comfortable sharing experiences and best practices. The activity itself is hands-on, creative, educational and, of course, directly related to our theme.

Our Success Store will be open during breaks so you can get to know our carefully selected exhibitors. Plus, shop for educational books and enjoy “meet and greets” with your favorite authors. You can even browse our beautiful journals to track your development and other inspirational items to help keep the conference momentum alive long after you return home.

Sponsor Background:

Since 1990, Office Dynamics International has been the global industry leader in the development and presentation of sophisticated executive and administrative assistant training, coaching and resources. We offer a broad range of solutions that create behavior change and produce sustainable results.

Office Dynamics’ experience and expertise in the administrative training industry are unparalleled. We have crafted and refined a unique line of premier educational products that boost success for progressive employers and enterprising administrative professionals, secretaries, and support staff.

Our programs teach admins how to create, renew and sustain their focus on excellence in the workplace, igniting heightened engagement in thousands of support staff worldwide.

Our expertise is found in how we partner with our clients to find the best solution, whether that means training a group of assistants, coaching a C-level executive assistant, facilitating a workshop, teaching managers how to utilize their assistants for maximum benefit, or identifying administrative competencies.

Office Dynamics International was the brainchild of Joan Burge, an eager receptionist who worked her way up through the ranks to eventually become a C-level Executive Assistant, expertly supporting mid-size and Fortune 500 company executives. In 1990, Joan launched her company, dedicated to staff development in the profession she loved.

Joan Burge is a bona fide business success story in her own right. Having worked on “both sides of the desk,” she infuses her rare perspective into every aspect of the business—and it remains a primary reason clients consistently rely on Office Dynamics International for their training and development needs. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Become an Inner Circle Assistant, Underneath It All…Post Graduate Revelations Lift Assistants to New Heights, and most recently Who Took My Pen…Again?.

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