ABOUT US

OUR BELIEF

We believe executive assistants can achieve greatness in their career.

MISSION/VISION

The Executive Leadership Support Forum Series strives to improve the profile and professional lives of executive assistants worldwide by welcoming those with a thirst for knowledge, desire to make new connections, and a passion for career advancement.

VALUES

Quality first, integrity, community, collaboration, transparency, education.

ABOUT THE FORUM

The Executive Leadership Support Forum Series is a two-day professional development course that covers a wide range of challenges faced by executive assistants supporting North America’s most prominent executives. With forums held in major cities across the continent, executive assistants are provided with a uniquely elevated educational and networking opportunity led by expert instructors and regional peers. Inspired by university programs, the robust curriculum takes an MBA approach. Each session is formatted to hone leadership development and project management skills with an ultimate goal of increasing the productivity and profile of the executive leadership support role.

MEET THE TEAM

Emily Burley | Division Director

Why are you passionate about ELS?

In 10 years of producing executive-level education courses, no one has inspired or impressed me as much as Executive Assistants. They bring a level of energy and passion to their careers that is rare and extremely contagious. I have gained a wealth of professional  knowledge from our EA attendees, speakers and contributors and I continue to learn and be challenged with every forum that passes. EA’s are game-changers that fuel my passion to deliver the most advantageous professional development forum possible.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Avid traveler, music enthusiast, dog mom.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Eileen Grogan | Client Relations Manager

Why are you passionate about ELS?

I love being able to work with experienced EAs who have never previously had the opportunity to participate in professional development. This really shows me that there is a need now more than ever to provide opportunities to such high level professionals.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to cook and try out new recipes! My favorite cuisine is Mediterranean.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

The Tipping Point- Malcom Gladwell.

Daniele McGowan | Client Relations Manager

Why are you passionate about ELS?

I love being able to bring together powerful executive assistants who have such determination for being the best at their career. I’ve learned overtime how demanding this role can be and it’s inspiring to see the industry come together to network, knowledge share, and motivate each other to be the best they can be in their position.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Traveling, Camping, The Beach, Golfing, Cycling, Running and spending time with my family and friends.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

The Nightingale-By Kristin Hannah.

Nicole Hagen | Client Relations Manager

Why are you passionate about ELS?

I am proud to be part of an organization that’s primary focus is the professional success and empowerment of women.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

My favorite thing to do is taking my German shepherd, Seabiscuit, to the dog beach and I am very involved in animal rescue groups. Something I am amazing at- the Phonetic Alphabet!

What’s a book you recommend everyone read? No matter what age I am, I will always recommend Harry Potter to anyone/everyone.

Jordan Hensel | Marketing Manager

Why are you passionate about ELS?

The role of the executive assistant has become so dynamic. I love working with a group of professionals excited to expand their knowledge and grow in their careers. It’s so fun working with individuals excited to learn and take on new challenges!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to travel, paint, and play guitar.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

Nadia Hernandez | Producer

Why are you passionate about ELS?

I’m fortunate to work with professionals that are passionate about advancing knowledge within their career.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love traveling and am the person to beat at Taboo.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

Defending Jacob by William Landay – real page turner!

Phoebe Yates | Producer

Why are you passionate about ELS?

Coming from a customer service/hospitality background, I certainly align with the EA mindset of servant leadership. This group of professionals is incredibly dedicated and so often goes unnoticed. Aside from the educational and networking components, the ELS Forum is a fantastic opportunity to really recognize and celebrate the efforts of EAs and drive the change that EAs are leaders and invaluable partners.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

If I’m not out exploring new restaurants and parts of the city, I love a good wine night with friends.
The Yates team, as in my husband and me, is pretty much undefeated in bags (or “cornhole” depending on where you’re from!)

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

Stacy Tijerina | Client Relations Manager

Why are you passionate about ELS?

Behind every successful executive is a skilled and educated executive assistant who often also acts as the backbone of their division, a personal assistant, an office manager, and chief of staff. I am passionate about offering EA’s, who spends all of their time helping others within their organization, an opportunity to help themselves by taking time for their own professional development. I think that every great professional needs to take the time to step back, recharge, revamp and excel.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my children, and time at the lake. Bonfires with friends, euchre, and playing kickball.

What’s a book you recommend everyone read?

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz.

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CONTACT
Executive Leadership Support Forum
A Division of Q1 Productions
500 N. Dearborn Suite 500 | Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312.822.8100
F: 312.873.3969
marketing@elsforum.com