I’ve been meaning to write an update here for about a month now, but time has just gone by so quickly. So, why not write something the night before the biggest two weeks of my year? (For most of us staffers, SXSW begins tomorrow. All the prep work we’ve done all year will finally come to fruition over the next 10 days!) Here’s a look into what I’ve had cooking over the last month or so, what’s coming up for me for SXSW, and what post-SX looks like for me.
In February, my steering committee and I held our first Administrative Professionals Network of Austin (APNA) meet up/networking mixer. We had about 14 Austin-area administrative professionals such as office managers, event planners, and assistants from different companies such as Dell, Under Armor, Mass Mutual, and more. We learned about one another’s positions and industries, what it’s like to be an assistant, hear ideas and motivational stories, etc. And that is our main purpose: To bring admins together to expand their professional networks and to raise up the administrative profession! Our next meet up is set for March 30th and we’re hoping to make April 22nd’s meet up very special as that is Administrative Professionals Day! A full recap of the meet up and more info about what’s next can be found on our network page. Needless to say, I’m stoked about what’s next here.
On the same note of admin professionals, I’m set to speak on my first panel at the annual Administrative Professionals Conference in October. The lineup for this WOW Panel has been announced and includes the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO of Shutterfly, the EA to the CEO of Spanx, and the EA to the VP and Chief of Staff of Cisco Systems. These women have such high profile positions and know what it’s like to work hard and behind the scenes. We have a call setup in June to prep for the session and I feel honored and excited to share this panel with this group of impressive administrative professionals.
So what about SXSW? During SXSW, I can usually be found in the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5. This is where our Keynotes and a bulk of our featured sessions take place. I assist with room/stage management in this room. It’s a whirlwind making sure that all sessions go off without a hitch. But, it’s a blast to be so busy and I do end up meeting/working with some very smart and innovative people. Whenever I saw Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy backstage last year, I thought the universe was going to implode.
But, this year during SXSW, I’m also excited to host the Administrative Professionals Meet Up. As well, I’m looking forward to the session on the topic of assistants called Behind Every Leader. I’m also hosting a Home Room where attendees can come hear about what to check out during the day and ask any questions they may have about the festival. Most of all, I’m just looking forward to making new connections and being able to experience the event with the attendees whenever I get the chance.
People always ask me, “What do you do for SXSW year round…like, after the festival” Well, after SXSW, I assist with post-event follow up work, will begin prepping for SXSW Interactive 2016, and assisting with SXSW V2V 2015, which happens in July in Vegas. And…so the cycle begins!
Also post-event, I’ll head to New York in May to attend the Behind Every Leader conference which I attended in California in 2014. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with those I met last year, learning more to enhance my career and personal development, and to make new connections.
Last but not least, in January I was recruited to serve on the Texas State University Austin Alumni Chapter Leadership Team. I’m looking forward to assisting with the various networking and charitable causes that the group participates in. Go Bobcats!
So what’s on the books for me on a personal level? I actually have some pretty fun stuff lined up for the summer so far. First of all, I plan on visiting Lake Mathis at the end of March for some much needed R&R. In April, my mom and I are doing a mother/daughter weekend. We aren’t sure what we’re going to do but spending some quality time together is definitely on the agenda. I also have a couple of concerts to attend in May that I’ve already purchased tickets for. I’m looking forward to getting into a more formalized fitness regimen including enhanced weight lifting, running, cycling, and barre classes. I also have a few home projects I’m excited to work on from having a garage sale, to revamping the master bedroom, to getting the lawn in order, to basic spring/summer cleaning, and more. Oh, and I definitely need to get to those 3-4 books I’m behind on, finish a 500-piece puzzle that’s halfway done, and catch up on some magazines that are collecting dust. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ready for some warmer weather so I can spend more time outside!
But, what I’m most excited to really put some time into planning a big trip we’re hoping to take in the fall. We’ll see!
There’s so much going on but I feel like 2015 has been off to such a great start. I’ve learned so much about myself personally and professionally over the last few months. I’m excited to continue my growth and to see where this journey takes me. I’m working toward that feeling of life being full…not “busy”.
But first, it’s on to busy SXSW. See you on the other side!