REACH - A Podcast for Executive Assistants
How Your Executive May Be Affected by The Great Resignation

How Your Executive May Be Affected by The Great Resignation

May 9, 2022

Former Executive Assistant-turned-Chief of Staff and current Executive Coach, Julia Quijano, tackles the popular topic and trending hashtag, The Great Resignation and in particular, how she’s seen this movement affect executives and leaders of companies. We often forget that our leaders are also part of the equation! In sharing this perspective, we hope you will be better equipped to relate to your executives and adjust your support, as they are also navigating similar questions during these times. 

This episode is sponsored by Cabinet, the all-in-one software application for Executive Assistants. Cabinet was created for high-performing Executive Assistants who are streamlining processes, creating culture, and preventing burnout - all before lunch. 

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Getting What You Deserve: How to Negotiate like a Boss

Getting What You Deserve: How to Negotiate like a Boss

April 25, 2022

We get it, any conversation around money likely makes you want to crawl under the table and avoid it all together. We've asked Cynthia Gildea, an Executive and Personal Assistant who has supported a wide-range of executives and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, to teach you everything you need to know about salary negotiation, especially as a female Executive Assistant. 

REACH Roundtable: The Great Resignation

REACH Roundtable: The Great Resignation

April 11, 2022

If you weren't able join us for our third REACH Roundtable Livestream, we missed you, but we captured the audio for you to listen to here. For those who aren't familiar, REACH Roundtable is an extension of our podcast where we invite former guests back to discuss all things hot topics in the Executive Assistant world. In this episode, you’ll hear from the guests you know and love, Lauren Pelusi, Rowe Hoffer, LJ Cohen, and Kristin Beatham as they discuss The Great Resignation, a trend perhaps more popular than the celery juice cleanse! Specifically, they dig into the cause of this movement, which industries in particular have been most affected, as well as the ways its impacted the Executive Assistant career.

This episode is sponsored by Cabinet, the all-in-one software application for Executive Assistants streamlining processes, creating culture, and preventing burnout all before lunch!

Discover why EAs at Fortune 500 companies are turning to Cabinet to help them handle complex calendars and manage their never-ending to-do lists. Go to joincabinet.com and use start your free account. 

Tackling the Title Debate: Is Job Title a Deal Breaker for Your Career and Identity as a Support Professional?

Tackling the Title Debate: Is Job Title a Deal Breaker for Your Career and Identity as a Support Professional?

March 21, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by Carrie Zimney, former Executive Assistant to the COO, Private Office of Bill Gates Ventures! Carrie brings up the oh so debated title discussion, a sensitive and weighty topic for many support professionals. There's no denying the ways in which the executive support role has evolved over the years since its original "Secretary" days. Today we continue to witness various companies adopt titles such as Executive Business Partner, Chief of Staff, Senior Executive Assistant and everything in between for their administrative employees. Having held many titles and esteemed positions herself, Carrie is just the person to host this discussion. So, if you're someone who has mixed feelings around your title or your identity as a support professional, this episode is for you. Join us as we learn what job title means for your current role, resume, career and identity.

Behind the Scenes: What It’s Like to Be an Executive Assistant in the Entertainment Industry

Behind the Scenes: What It’s Like to Be an Executive Assistant in the Entertainment Industry

February 7, 2022

If you’ve dreamed of supporting someone in Hollywood and you’re curious to hear what it’s really like, now's your opportunity! Jake Thomson, Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cosm, has supported several big names in the entertainment industry such as Heather Parry (Television & Film Producer best known for Pixels, The House Bunny & A Star is Born), Kelly Osbourne (actress & daughter of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne) & Jenny Daly (another well-known TV producer) in both personal and executive support capacities throughout his career. So, if there’s anyone who can offer us a VIP peek behind the scenes, bloopers and all, it’s Jake! He even had the chance to meet one of his favorite Hollywood starts who he may or may not have a tattoo of.... can you guess who?

This episode is sponsored by Malt + Stone, a female-founded, online clothing brand that empowers women to look and feel their best every day. With weekly curated drops, Malt + Stone has everything to reinvigorate your 2022 wardrobe from meetings to happy hour. Executive Assistants get 20% off their purchase with code MAVEN20. Shop 'till you drop!

Expectations vs Reality of Supporting a Founder: Food for Thought from Former Executive Assistant to the Founder of Glossier

Expectations vs Reality of Supporting a Founder: Food for Thought from Former Executive Assistant to the Founder of Glossier

January 24, 2022

In this episode of REACH, Stacy DeRosa, former Executive Assistant to the Founder and CEO of Glossier, Emily Weiss, discusses the difference between supporting a member of the C-Suite versus what it means to support the Founder of an organization. While it might seem like there wouldn’t be a ton of variance between the two, Stacy tells us otherwise. Great food for thought for those considering to take the leap from supporting a C-Level to supporting a Founder. 

REACH Roundtable Playback: Finding Opportunities for Growth and Renewal within the Executive Assistant Role

REACH Roundtable Playback: Finding Opportunities for Growth and Renewal within the Executive Assistant Role

January 10, 2022

If you couldn’t join us for our second REACH Roundtable Livestream, here’s our playback. REACH Roundtable is an extension of our podcast where we invite former guests back to discuss all things hot topics in the Executive Assistant world. In this episode, you’ll hear from the guests you know and love, Lauren Pelusi, Rowe Hoffer, LJ Cohen, and Kristin Beatham as they share their unique perspectives staying engaged in their work as Executive Assistants and how they maintain their passion and commitment to their careers. 

 

There are tracks within the EA role, there are tracks outside of the EA role and for those who see themselves tracking outside of the EA role, one of the paths that we’ve seen become commonly available to Executive Assistants is that of the Chief of Staff position. We’ve developed a course on “Becoming a Chief of Staff,” specifically designed for strategic Executive Assistants. So for those of you looking to further your knowledge & opportunities for advancement & community, visit www.mavenrec.com/courses.

How the Executive Assistant Role Serves as a Great Training Ground for Roles Outside of Executive Support

How the Executive Assistant Role Serves as a Great Training Ground for Roles Outside of Executive Support

December 6, 2021

While we’re clearly huge advocates of the Executive Assistant career path, we also recognize that there are those whose inclinations and desires ultimately lead them away from that career and feel there is also value in talking about those guest stories. In this episode, we feature Tiffany Haughton’s story of going from Executive Assistant to the CEO of Poshmark to Growth Partnerships still within Poshmark! Tiffany’s roots as an EA go deep as she also supported the Founder & Creator of Android at one point in her career and she’s a big fan of the role. We talk about everything from how Tiffany wound up as an EA, when she realized she was ready to pivot into something new, how she had that conversation with her executive, as well as all of the ways in which the Executive Assistant role served as an excellent training ground for her current position. We know what you’re thinking“What is growth partnerships anyway?” Well Tiffany answers that question, but we’ll give you a spoiler – she gets to collaborate with celebrities and influencers like Busy Phillips and Serena Williams!!! 

How to Make Decisions on Behalf of Your Executive in the Absence of Information & Communication

How to Make Decisions on Behalf of Your Executive in the Absence of Information & Communication

November 22, 2021

Ellie Dunne, Executive Assistant to the Head of Global Security at Stripe, shares her tips and tricks for how to gather the context you need in order to confidently make decisions on your executive’s behalf and what that looks like in practice. Perhaps your executive never has the time to get you up to speed or lacks the communication style to provide you with the details... or maybe working from home has just made it all the more difficult to get your questions answered. Regardless, this is an important skill to have in your toolkit – something that takes time to master and something that Ellie knows how to do well!

From Filing an S-1 to Ringing the Bell: The Role an Executive Assistant Plays in Taking a Company Public

From Filing an S-1 to Ringing the Bell: The Role an Executive Assistant Plays in Taking a Company Public

November 8, 2021

There’s no denying the record of IPOs that have taken place on the US stock market this year and the flurry of organizations headed down that path next, so we decided it was time to dedicate an episode to the role an EA plays in taking a company public. We invited back former REACH guest Tanya Benvenuto, who played a significant role in Okta’s IPO back in 2017. At the center of it all, ringing the bell next to CEO, Todd McKinnon, Tanya lived and breathed this experience first-hand. In this episode, she shares what goes on behind the scenes, how best to support your executive through the process & how to navigate all of the additional intricacies and responsibilities that come with taking a company public all while maintaining the upmost level of discretionSo, if your organization has officially filed an S1, this episode promises to lend insight into the process and prepare you for that life-changing experience. 

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