Professional Administrators Forum

Meet up with your local government colleagues from around the country at this annual SOLGM Forum. It promises to deliver an engaging programme tailored to meet the specific needs of professional administrators, EAs and PAs working in the sector.

  • 11 May - 12 May
  • Grand Millennium Auckland, Auckland
  • 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
  • $835.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $955.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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Registrations are now open for the 2017 Professional Administrators Forum, the annual event where those working in EA, PA and administration roles come together to network with their colleagues in the sector, learn from and be inspired by exceptional presenters and have some 'me time' away from the stresses of council.

Don’t forget to add this to your calendar by clicking the “Save to your Calendar” link above and then double clicking the downloaded file.

Accommodation

The Grand Millennium are happy to offer a 10% discount subject to availability. Reservation contacts are below - just remember to mention that you are a SOLGM Forum delegate when booking:

Tinnie Wu, Group Reservations - groupreservations.gma@millenniumhotels.co.nz

The Programme

Day One: 11 May 2017

8.30am: Day One Registration

9.00am: Welcome and Introduction

Forum MC

9.05am: Getting to know each other (and what we want from this Forum)

A quick interactive session to introduce delegates to each other and discover what they really want to get out of this Forum.

9.15am: Keep well; Stay energised

Louise Thompson, New Zealand Herald Wellbeing Columnist

In this engaging and uplifting presentation, hear ideas and strategies from Louise on how to incorporate her unique 4-dimensional wellness philosophy into your work and home life, maximising your health and happiness. Learn:

  • why 4-Dimensional Wellness is the key to true wellbeing that lasts
  • how you can be more productive without working longer
  • strategies to improve energy levels, reduce stress and increase motivation and connection
  • how even the most time poor can create time to take care of their wellbeing and increase their energy and vitality
  • simple techniques to improve mindfulness and turn good intentions into action.
10.30am: Morning Tea

11:00am: Writing effective minutes
Robyn Bennett, Team Link Training Ltd

In this session, which will include practical exercises:

  • discover the secret to minute taking
  • learn the three proven techniques to make minute taking easier
  • understand formal meeting procedures in relation to recording motions and amendments correctly.

12.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm: How to Get More Done in Less Time

Debbie Mayo-Smith, Productivity Guru

You can’t pass up this opportunity to learn how to free up, at the very least, two working weeks a year from shortcuts and un-discovered features in Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and your smartphone. This is a widely acclaimed in-depth workshop that will cover diamonds of productivity and communication, all in a problem/solution how-to and tip format. If you were with us last year, you will definitely learn many new tips and entrench what you remembered from last time. The best thing is you will become your council's superstar of productivity!


3.00pm: Afternoon Tea


3.30pm: How to Get More Done in Less Time (continued)
Debbie Mayo-Smith, Productivity Guru


5.00pm: Close of Day One

7.00pm: Forum Dinner - Venue TBC

DAY TWO: 12 May 2017

9.00am: Day Two Welcome

Forum MC


9.05am: Creating a strong and authentic personal brand

Alison Mooney, 'People Interpreter'

This session, presented by the highly respected Alison Mooney, will be both fun and inspirational. Delegates will learn about themselves and their own 'personal brand' and how that can help them effectively communicate with and influence others so that they have the confidence to be assertive when they need to be even when you aren't ‘in charge’. They'll also gain an understanding of the importance of respecting each other's differences - key to creating high performing teams (and a happy home life) - there is great strength in diversity.


9.45am: Creating a great partnership

Patricia Reade, Transformation Director on Auckland Council's executive team

Patricia will explore the key components of an effective partnership including:

  • What does an effective v’s dysfunctional partnership look like?
  • How can both parties get the communication between them right?
  • How important is political acumen for an effective EA/PA in local government?
  • What are the stand-out attributes of a successful EA/PA?
  • In a changing world what are the key challenges?

10.30am: Morning Tea

11.00am: Nadia Lim; My Story

Nadia is co-founder of My Food Bag, Author and NZ MasterChef Winner 2011

A presenter who’s been described as very engaging, informative and super funny Nadia will be sharing the story of her personal journey to being one of the best known personalities in New Zealand. It’s been a big ride for the Otago University qualified dietitian and former MasterChef New Zealand winner.

She has five best-selling cookbooks, is one of the founders of My Food Bag, a genius recipe and meal kit delivery service that has delivered over 20 million meal kits to households across New Zealand and Australia, has her own lifestyle Magazine 'Nadia' which was launched in October 2016 and is the proud new mum to Bodhi!

Not only that, Nadia is also ambassador of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, a charity that supports schools and teacher training colleges in rural Cambodia, helping to re-build the education system after the atrocious Pol Pot regime.


11.45am: Table Top Discussion: Future Challenges

Facilitated by Kelly Cameron, EA to the Communication and Engagement Director, Auckland Council

In the final session of the Forum delegates will discuss how their roles are evolving, the challenges that will mean for them and how they can continue to learn from and support each other as these changes become reality.

1.00pm: Summing up and Forum close

Forum MC

If you have any queries please email events@solgm.org.nzor call 04-978-1273

Presenters

  • Nadia Lim

    Co-founder of My Food Bag, Author and NZ MasterChef Winner 2011

    ‘Nude Food’ advocate Nadia Lim is all about everyday simple, healthy, delicious food.
    As a budding young cook, (who’s idol was Jamie Oliver), when she was just 12 years old she came up with the idea of ‘Nude Food’, and it has been her mantra ever since. She wasn’t referring to cooking or eating in the nude, in case that’s what you were thinking! Rather, Nude Food signifies fresh, natural, real food, which is free from being dressed up in fancy packages, marketing and additives, a message she conveys to her audiences with her fresh, bright and tasty recipes.
    It’s been a big ride for the Otago University qualified dietitian and former MasterChef New Zealand winner over the last few years.

    She has five best-selling cookbooks, is one of the founders of My Food Bag, a genius recipe and meal kit delivery service that has delivered over 20 million meal kits to households across New Zealand and Australia, has her own lifestyle Magazine 'Nadia' which was launched in October 2016 and is the proud new mum to Bodhi!

    She is also ambassador of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, a charity that supports schools and teacher training colleges in rural Cambodia, helping to re-build the education system after the atrocious Pol Pot regime.

  • Louise Thompson

    Author and Life Coach

    Louise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After seventeen successful years on the commercial side of senior media management a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhall and a brand new direction. As a life coach, and the first Martha Beck accredited coach in New Zealand, she loves nothing better than to help her clients get inspired, get happy and make their own rules for a connected, passion-fueled life with her trademark VIP “ Happiness Hacking” coaching programme, and her thriving group coaching community of “ ~Wellbeing Warriors ~”.

    A national newspaper columnist since 2012 her popular weekly wellbeing column is published in The New Zealand Herald each Monday at the back of BITE magazine. Her first book “The Busy Woman’s Guide to High Energy Happiness” was published by Penguin in January 2014 and is motivating people with practical solutions to step up and live their best lives. She is also a regular on the couch on TVNZ’s “Breakfast” as well as various other radio and TV shows including Radio Live with Carly Flynn and The Paul Henry Show .

    A qualified yoga teacher she also runs her own yoga studio “Positive Balance” on Auckland north shore as well as leading corporate wellness seminars with forward thinking kiwi companies who are serious about improving employee wellbeing. Always fascinated about what makes people tick Louise specialises in insanely practical tools and techniques that are easily integrated into every day life – small changes that make a big impact on happiness and health levels. Louise is passionate about all things wellbeing and her thriving weekly blog “Wellbeing Wednesday can be found at www.louisethompson.com. She loves to trail run, box, cook and dance, and is an incurable travel junkie.

  • Alison Mooney

    Professional Speaker

    Inspirational speaker Allie Mooney has been recipient of the “ Speaker of the Year” (National Speakers Association) award three times, and is one of only a handful of CSP’s (Certified Speaking Professionals) in New Zealand.

    She describes herself as a “people interpreter” and has the Midas touch in being able to ‘speed read’ people, an essential skill both at home and at work.

    Regardless of what organisation we are in , we all deal with people. Transformation occurs when we respect and celebrate each other’s differences. Working out what makes people tick and what makes them engage, contributes twice as much towards superior workplace performance as technical and analytical skills combined.

    A passionate, high energy and humorous speaker, Allie will both entertain and educate as she delivers a powerful tool that will be remembered long after she has presented!

  • Debbie Mayo-Smith

    Motivational Speaker & Productivity Guru

    Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in New Zealand and Australia and sits in the top 7% of speakers worldwide. She is well-loved for her practical, plain talking technology quick tips. A media columnist as well as best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the activity of over 1 million individuals around the world through her presentations, quick tip newsletters, articles, books and videos. Known as Ms Productivity by the media, it’s not just for her work, Debbie is also a mother of six children including twins and triplets!

  • Patricia Reade

    Transformation Director, Auckland Council

    Patricia Reade has held a variety of senior leadership positions in the NZ public service. She was Head of Work and Income New Zealand, one of the largest government agencies in New Zealand, where she was responsible for 5,500 staff across the country. She also held leadership roles in the Department of Labour during which time she had a secondment to the Department of Education and Employment in London and was Private Secretary to the Minister of Employment.

    Patricia became the Chief Operating Officer for Auckland Council when it was established in 2010, following the amalgamation of eight former local authorities. Auckland Council is now the largest local authority in Australasia, servicing a population of 1.5 million people. As COO, with responsibility for an $800m operating budget and leading 5000 staff, Patricia was responsible for all service delivery across Auckland.

    Patricia is now Transformation Director for Auckland Council. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team she is leading major projects that aim to transform the customer experience and deliver better value for money. Patricia has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Victoria University.

  • Robyn Bennett

    Meeting Minute Trainer

    Over the past 13 years, Robyn has led in excess of 500 plus minute taking courses for over 1,000 participants.

    Robyn has developed systems and processes around the best way to write minutes and is passionate about sharing these with others who strive to be excellent minute takers.

    She has run minute taking and effective meeting management courses for various councils. She runs the popular The Art of Minute Taking course at Victoria University, Wellington where it was the top Professional and Executive Development course for 2015.

    In 2017 Robyn launched her book Minute Taking Madness.