Author Julia Schmidt & Andrea Macarie

JULIA SCHMIDT is an award-winning Executive Assistant, writer, mentor, and public speaker. She currently works at Basefarm AS in Oslo, Norway. She assists the Chairman of the Board, the CEO and the CFO. Julia is the former National Chairman at IMA - International Management Assistants in Norway. She is an active networker and has created the hashtag #BeTheBestAssistant. Julia is a proud graduate of University of Norway with a MasterDegree in Portuguese Language and Literature. She has also studied Business Administration. Julia has been promoting organizational health and wellbeing among administrative professionals and has a website dedicated exclusively to this: ANDREA MACARIE is currently Operations Manager at Telefonica Alpha, Europe’s first moonshot factory; moonshots are projects that will affect 100's of Millions of people, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into impactful businesses. A former multi-award winning EA, Andrea has a passion for creative problem solving, building high performing teams & setting up agile processes. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting, a Postgraduate diploma in Marketing and is a facilitator of Oxford Leadership’s SML programme. Fluent in 5 languages, she writes and talks about topics she has formal training and/or practical experience in: innovation, change management, design thinking, self-leadership.