November/December 2015

A fresh resource for people who plan and manage meetings, events, business travel, promotions and incentive programs. Providing you with inspiration, guidance and great ideas.

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November | December 2015 | Ignitemag.ca | 43 meetings & events meetings & events Briefly describe the International Association of Administrative Professionals. IAAP, the first association specifically for office and administrative professionals, exists to ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead and excel. We strive to connect like-minded professionals in an atmosphere of continuing edu- cation, networking and leadership opportunities. Through our 29 branches across North America, one global branch, 141 local area networks, a vibrant digital web community and our flagship event, IAAP Summit, members have access to a wealth of knowledge, connections and opportunity to better their career. We know that many of our readers are administrative professionals who plan meetings as part of their jobs: how would they benefit from joining the IAAP? Knowing today's office and administrative pro- fessional is increasingly being relied on to put together events both large and small, we plan to offer more education geared towards that path in The president and CEO of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) shares how the organization is changing to assist admin professionals who plan meetings and events companies and organizations, meetings and events are the vehicle by which they most closely reach their target audiences. We know many administrative professionals are often given the responsibility of coordinating such events, which is why we strive to provide resources on event planning. From information webinars to inspir- ing sessions from event planning gurus at our own educational conferences, IAAP ensures admin- istrative and office professionals have the skills and tools they need to plan an event successfully. The IAAP is undergoing a revitalization: can you describe it and what it means for those who plan meetings? When IAAP started in 1942, our members were answering phones, taking dictation, and typing on manual typewriters. Now, automation has taken over many of the daily tasks of secretaries. The job of a secretary hasn't disappeared, however; it has evolved. As a result, IAAP needed to evolve as well. We have standardized and streamlined local connections and have raised the quality of edu- cation on all levels. Our new structure emphasizes the importance of our members' opinions. We want to hear from the administrative professionals we support; we want to know what they want included in our educational offerings. IAAP's values haven't changed; we're still the premier resource for administrative professionals and we're still dedicated to improving the work- place, one admin at a time. the future. In fact, at IAAP Summit 2015 we had a dedicated meeting planning session titled "Super Events on a Shoestring Budget." In addition to education, through IAAP, mem- bers have access to thousands of connections that can help point them towards everything from the best catering companies, transportation options and meeting spaces to the most practical presen- tation software. What information do you have about your membership in terms of how many of them plan meetings and events? In our recent IAAP 2015 Benchmarking Survey, 42 per cent of respondents stated that the task of meeting planning has become more important in the last two years, putting it as the third highest task on the list. We're sure this percentage will only increase as admins are given more responsibility. What support do you give to your mem- bers who plan corporate meetings and events? As an association that hosts large conferences, we understand how daunting it can be. For many Officemate Jay Donohue, CAE, CMP Q&A

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