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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Administrative Assistants Workshop

Date: Friday - May 14, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Virtual Workshop
Virtual Workshop for Heads Assistants, Office Managers, Receptionists, Division Assistants, and Registrars

Administrative Assistants Conference

May 14, 2021 - 9:00am-2:00pm

Workshop + Round Table Conversations



You work hard all year supporting your school.  Now your school has the opportunity to support you and your professional development.



This program has been moved online, the agenda tightened up, the price reduced and the content tweaked to reflect the current situation. If travel or price were a barrier in the past, don't miss this opportunity to join your NWAIS colleagues for this impactful program.



In an isolating job that often has little interaction with peers, it is amazing to have the chance to encourage, advise, and commiserate with people who know just what you do. It's the ultimate way to recharge!

- Previous Attendee



Who Should Attend:

  • Executive Assistant and Head’s Assistant
  • Assistant to the Development Office, Business Office, or Division Offices  
  • School Registrar
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • School Secretary
  • Office Manager



The Program Will Include:

  • Skill-building workshops
  • Networking time with your colleagues from across the 8-sate region



9:00-9:15 - Welcome

9:15-11:15 - Workshop: Drawing Connections Between Your Position and Equity with Jen Cort, LCSW-C

The administrative staff supports, interacts with, and takes care of many constituencies of the school.  This workshop supports you in your equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice work as you support so many.  Participants will leave with an individualized plan for their own learning and concrete connections to their role.  You will receive a google drive of resources and an electronic publication of information.

11:15-12:00 - Round Tables Discussions

12:00-1:00 - Attendees will be welcome to stay and chat over the lunch hour or take a screen break

1:00-1:40 - Round Table Discussions

1:40-2:00 - Lightning Round Solution Share and Closing

In this fast-paced session, attendees will share a trick or tool that has supported their work over the last year to close out the day.



I would definitely recommend this conference to other Administrative Assistants. It was great to just collaborate with other people on the best practices in the field. I learned so much about how best to communicate in my role. It was extremely relevant for me, and I would recommend it to others.

– Previous Attendee



Workshop and Facilitator, Jen Cort, LCSW-C


Jen career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator.  Her educational administrative experiences are as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school and senior administrator.  Jen's therapy background includes serving as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools as well as private practice.  She began consulting after seeing a need for supporting schools to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion such that students can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways. Jen is the host of an internationally syndicated podcast "Third Space With Jen Cort" bringing student, faculty, staff, and parents voices focusing on equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice.



The conference provides a great opportunity for newer administrative assistants to hear from more experienced assistants--to learn practical tips for time management, self care and organization. I think the conference was also a great platform for everyone to discuss shared experiences and organizational structures in their schools--hearing how other schools are run from top to bottom was very interesting!

– Previous Attendee




NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird: $65 if registration is completed by April 23, 2021

Regular: $95 if registration is completed after April 23, 2021

Non-NWAIS Attendees (anytime): $125 for virtual workshop


To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete by the stated deadline.

* For registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline

* Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline. 




Substitutions and Cancellation

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by May 10, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received March 10, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.



It is always amazing to see how many hats one person might wear at a school and how they are able to manage the chaos. Being around like minded-people is truly rewarding.

– Previous Attendee




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