Anel is a former award winning C-Level Assistant and a qualified Results Based Coach. She is a solopreneur who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, manage their time and increase their confidence. She has 15 years’ experience in the corporate world has been working in the training sphere since 2009 which has given her the to work with several premium companies across the globe.
She has worked with audiences as large as 2000 from 24 different countries and this has given her a global view on her subject matter. She has participated in events hosted in Uganda, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Zanzibar, Malaysia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, France, England, Scotland and the United States. Her travels have exposed her to delegates and coaching clients from all over the world, different accents, backgrounds, cultures and industries.
She has a special passion for female empowerment, executive assistants technical and human skills training. She also regularly hosts presentations skills sessions for management level employees, various communication workshops, digital skills and has authored a book entitled The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a Powerful Personal Brand.
I am Cathy Harris, an Executive PA to the CEO of a forward thinking and innovative organization, where I have been for the last 15 years! I love my job! I love the values my organization aspires to, and I love working for a leader who shares the same work ethic, passion and innovation as I do! In striving to be exceptional in every facet of my profession, encouraged me to create a web page to share my knowledge of over 36 years to whoever appreciates the power of accelerating their personal performance and enhancing their skills, as well as discovering the true Power of a PA and the ability we have to change the ordinary into extraordinary!
Along this extraordinary secretarial journey, I have learned and gained so much; I have been given opportunities that I seized, some that I missed out on, and others that I have embraced and continue to support and enhance. Let me share some of my milestones with you. I was nominated as South Africa’s National Secretary of the Year for 2006/2007 where, since then, I continue to be involved with various Secretarial mentorship programs and training initiatives globally, facilitating workshops, chairing conferences and being invited as a keynote speaker at various secretarial initiatives around the world, including participating and facilitating a workshop on Internal Networks for the highly acclaimed Executive Secretary Live London Conference, an International PA event, which showcases the world’s top administrative trainers, sharing the stage with Ronald Reagan’s PA Peggy Grande, Bonnie Low-Kramen, one of the worlds most respected voices in the profession, Vickie Sokol Evans, world class Microsoft trainer and Lucy Brazier, the host, CEO and publisher of the Executive Secretary Magazine, to name but a few. Please do visit them at executivesecretary.com.
I also initiated the reformation of my organization’s in-house internal network, the PA Centre of Excellence, where I share the management role with a dear friend and colleague, Susan Engelbrecht. PA Forums, or Internal Networks is one of my initiatives that I am hugely passionate about, to the extent that I have been instrumental in assisting PA’s set up their own Internal Networks all over Africa. My very first forum or internal network took place over 25 years ago while working for Tek Electronics (Pty) Ltd, without the help of social media or the technology we have today! In conjunction with all these amazing adventures, I was also the Chairperson of the Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA), and have recently been appointed as a Director for the OPSA (currently the only SETA registered association for Office Professionals in South Africa). http://www.opsa.org.za/ I am also involved with the OPSA’s various PA initiatives which included heading up the OPSA Annual National Awards and am actively involved with the assessments and assignments for the OPSA CPD and Designations certifications.
Once of the most recent opportunities is being invited to participate in the Isipho Admin Bursary, heading up their bursary assessment team and being a mentor and mother to Iris, one of four bursary students. For more on Isipho and how you can assist too, go to www.isiphoadmin.org.za For me is an amazing journey where the founders and Directors, Anel Martin, Lucy Brazier and Teri Wells put in place a dream they had to give something back to the world by uplifting communities in South Africa and provide entry to the PA profession in need of an opportunity.
Other initiatives include assisting in setting up the Mauritius PA Association, administrating the first ever Mauritius PA of the Year Award, am a member of the Global Administrative Summit, initiate bespoke one-on-one coaching programs, have written many articles for various secretarial magazines both locally and internationally, and compile secretarial workbooks and resources.
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Michele is the owner of Empowered 4 Success - an experienced and a sought-after facilitator and trainer specializing in Professional Business Writing, Communication skills, E-colours awareness and People Smart Skills, Leadership skills as well as Emotional Intelligence.
With over 36 years’ experience in the corporate world as a PA and EA working with senior executives and CEOs, she delivers PA Masterclasses worldwide and serves as a mentor to many from time to time.
She has had the privilege of working with audiences worldwide in over 16 countries to date since 2010 from Africa to Europe, Middle East and USA.
Michele has served on many PA forums (i.e. PANSA, PAFSA) and currently serves on the Committees of PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of South Africa) Virtual Chapter and The Botswana/Zimbabwe Mastermind and member of Academy of Excellence, PAFSA.
When she is not travelling and training, she is a sought after Virtual Assistant currently working with 2 clients of her own through Empowered 4 Success and is Operations Officer at Office-Online working with 4 of their clients.
She has published many articles in the A-Z of PAs and Office Managers magazine, Career Success, InTouch newsletter (PAFSA), Executive Secretary Magazine (UK), EDPA(UK), African PA Magazine (Kenya), DSSP newsletter, Karachi, profiled by Exceptional EA (Vancouver), and has a regular blog “Time out with Michele”.
She believes every person has a want and desire to enhance their personal and professional skills and ultimately empower themselves in their profession and Michele takes every opportunity to share her experiences and knowledge to encourage every person that whatever they put their minds to, they can achieve their full potential
Suezette Smit is a Multi Passionate Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker, Influencer and a Global Leadership Coach, who certainly does not fit into the ‘conventional’ box. Her exuberant personality, life experiences, creativity and innovative approaches has allowed her to build a sound reputation on both National and International Platforms over the past 21 years of being in the speaking and business industry.
Her professional appearances include countries such as:- Asia, China, Vietnam, Europe, North America, New Zealand, Australia, U.A.E., Africa, Namibia and her home country South Africa.
About her Businesses:-
She is the CEO of Performance Development Interactive (PDI), formed in 2000.
She is the Owner of MILA’S INC established during Covid-19 in the small village of De Rust (Small Karoo) and she recently launched her brand new personal trademark business (an extension of PDI) Suezette Smit INC that promises to empower and inspire women of all cultures.
She is also a Radio Presenter with daily inspirational broadcasts and her weekly “Women in the Lead” programme.
About her Achievements:-
Author of “Be the Exception” published in 2017 and her new book “Scale your Mountain” will be published early 2022.
Finalist in the South African Business Women of the Year
Nominated Top 100 Difference Maker in South Africa
She is a qualified Mind Power and Neuro Linguistic Programming Facilitator
She is a Licensed Fire Walk Master through the IP INSTITUT FUR PERSONLICHKEITSENTFALTUNG, Switzerland.
She summited Mount Kilimanjaro in her climb for Cancer and will attempt Everest in 2024 as part of an initiative called “HOPE”
What she promises to deliver:-
She’s passionate about making a difference and it comes through on and off stage. Her commitment is simple: “Average does not work in any area of life therefore I dedicate myself to not be the average contributor to any event. Together we will make your event an astounding success”.