Career Moves




Meet the Panel: Jessica Gardiner

  • 10 Oct 2017

On Thursday this week we are presenting the 2017 Career Moves Office Support Essential Skills Workshop: Workplace Communication Tools for Today’s Assistant.

Career Moves Office Support will be hosting a working breakfast at the Hoxton Holborn on Thursday October 12th, which is aimed at Assistants looking to take their skills to the next level.

As part of this event we are hosting a panel with some brilliant people. Today we introduce our fourth panel member, Jessica Gardiner, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of online lifestyle magazine, The Assistant Room.

Having started her career as a PA at the age of 17, Jess has almost 10 years of experience working and supporting HNWI's and Executives at Board level across a multitude of industries including Healthcare, Fashion and Property in both a business and personal capacity.

In addition to the normal duties required of a PA, her corporate experience stretches from implementing company wide organisational processes and procedures and delivering on independently run projects with a focus on everything from increasing national staff morale to seeing large-scale events through from inception to completion.

Jessica went on to found The Assistant Room, a global platform created to inspire, challenge and push the boundaries of the modern-day PA; going beyond the normal realms of Corporate topics and themes commonly discussed within the industry.

The Assistant Room is a product of her experience, seeing the role of the PA as a lifestyle choice and not simply a ‘job’ due to the change and increase of scope required of each individual in the industry. The Assistant Room reflects this with a focus on many different topics including travel, hospitality, fashion, beauty and health and with regular events held to promote the PA industry in a positive way, it has become a network of empowering and inspirational professionals who share their experience and knowledge, strengthening the understanding of what a PA truly represents.

If you would like to join us, please see further details below:

Date: Thursday 12th October, 2017.

Time: 8am – 12pm

Where: The Hoxton Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

Two interactive workshops delivered by Founders of PA Access All Areas: Merryl Futerman (Celebrity PA & Director at PA Access All Areas and PA Insiders) and Josephine Green (Celebrity PA / Co-Director at PA Access All Areas). They will be exploring: how to support powerful people; setting boundaries; and effective ways to interact with senior stakeholders; as well as an additional session that will cover: networking to include building internal networks, cultivating contacts and making the most out of networking events.

We will also be joined by 2 representatives from Slack - the fastest growing office application in history who will be presenting the benefits of their app in the workplace. They are going to be sharing a live demonstration showing some useful insights into the practical uses of the application and how this can be used to make Assistants working lives simpler and more productive. Through a “day in the life” of an EA using the tool they will demonstrate how it can be used to build communities, share best practice, effectively manage projects, and integrate systems including multiple diaries, project technologies amongst others.

And, finally, a Q&A panel with an amazing line up of Assistants who we will continue to introduce over the coming weeks. They will be discussing emotional intelligence within the workplace, and through open discussion will be offering insights and experience of how to be mindful of their Execs and their team’s emotions. You can see Declan Halton-Woodward's bio here, Alex Serruys here and Tony Gilchrist here.

All of this will be hosted at the Hoxton Holborn with breakfast included and training materials, and hopefully some new contacts, to take away. Assistants attending the event will head back to the office that afternoon ready to implement the advanced communication and networking techniques developed throughout the morning.

To book your free place please visit our Eventbrite page:

EVENT: Workplace Collaboration Tools for Today's Assistant

We look forward to seeing you there!

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