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Administrative Assistants Conference

Date: Thursday - March 28, 2019
Time: All Day
March 28-29, 2019

Administrative Assistants Conference

March 28-29, 2019

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



NWAIS will host a two-day conference this March for administrative and executive assistants in independent schools.  

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:

  • Sessions to increase your efficiency in your role
  • Policy updates
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Networking time with your colleagues from across the 8-sate region


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 Conference Attendee



Tentative Agenda

March 28: 1:00pm Arrival and Registration, 1:30 Program Begins, 5:00pm Reception with Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres


March 29: Program Concludes at 3:00pm



Registration Information

Registration Information

Conference Fees Will Include: Reception March 28, and Breakfast and Lunch on March 29.


Early Bird ..........   Deadline February 11, 2019 .................. $335

Regular .............   Deadline March 4, 2019 .......................  $395

Late ...................   Postmarked after March 4, 2019............$410

Non-NWAIS Member School...............................................$465



To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received 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 March 18, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received March 18, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.



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.

– 2013 Attendee from Rowland Hall-St Mark’s School (Salt Lake City, UT)




Hotel Murano

A Forbes four-star rated hotel in downtown Tacoma located adjacent to the Tacoma convention center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. With a world-class art collection, delicious cuisine, full service spa, and beautiful meeting rooms and event space, NWAIS encourages you to relax, spend the night, and enjoy this lovely location.


NWAIS has secured a special rate of $129 per night for single and double occupancy.


Please make your reservation by March 2, 2017

To reserve your room by phone contact the reservations team toll-free at 866-986-8083 and refer to the group name “NWAIS Administrative Assistants Conference ” to receive the group discount. Alternatively, you can also make your reservation online here. The discounted rate is good for two days before and after the event.



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





You are encouraged to consider joining the many attendees who stay on-site. The residential experience maximizes the opportunity to connect with colleagues and immerse yourself in the professional development.





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