The 11th WA-Summit: The Middle 6 Months

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The 11th WA-Summit takes place in Wellington, New Zealand 30 August – 1 September 2020

New Website

Our new website has been launched; we are so excited about it! Have a look: https://wa-summit.com/. There is some great information on there, some transferred from our former site, some updated, some new, and some new features.

Home Page

On the Home page, if you scroll down, we have a list of articles (with links) relevant to you and which relate to the 11th WA-Summit 2020 topics, we keep these current.

Newsletter

You can also sign up to subscribe to our newsletter. We expect the first in January 2020. Subscribing online puts your name and email into our database, so you will receive it.

Surveys

Our first survey was to gather topics for the 2020 Agenda. We have had responses from a very wide range of countries, many we have not heard from before.

We also have a Frequently Asked Questions page – https://wa-summit.com/about-us/faqs/.

Task Forces

The Task Force Leaders have found it both frustrating and disheartening when they do not receive responses from their teams. This situation is common with volunteers who do the work alongside full-time paid roles. Every person’s situation is determined by what is happening within their lives (work, family and everything else that is asked of them) which dictates their availability. This all means that the initial goals for achievement have been adjusted to ensure realistic goals.

However, despite all this, the Task Forces have made progress:

Skills Set Matrix

This is the biggest area we are working on. This task also depends on information from the International Credentialing Task Force.

International Credentialing

The Task Force will only be able to share with the Skills Set Matrix what they have managed to gather. Information has been slow to come through. However, the Skills Set Matrix is not set in concrete and as further information comes to hand it can easily be included. As countries see what has been included that will help them to determine what is available in their own country for inclusion.

Workplace Harassment

This too has been very slow to get traction; however, the Task Force Leader has worked very hard and some documents will be complete in January for review by the 2018 Delegates. We will report further on this in our next article.

Updating Administra, our World Action Plan

This has been completed for “Goal 3 – Technology in the Future” as requested by the 2018 Delegates. The remaining update relies on the completion of the Workplace Harassment tasks.

The Future Structure of the Advisory Council

The 2018 Delegates and Associations internationally were consulted on and supported:

  1. The proposed name: World Administrators Alliance (WA-Alliance)
  2. The type of structure: (Non-Profit Trade (profession) Association) to be registered in the United States.

For further information visit our website under “Advisory Council”, until the new structure is finalised and accepted. Check out the questions raised during consultation and answered on our FAQs webpage.

Next Steps

Finally, I outline the steps required for the 2020 11th WA-Summit to occur, so that the process leading up to a WA-Summit is clearly set out.

In January, February and March 2020

  • Put Interim Agenda on the website
  • Send Delegate Credentialing forms and receive completed forms
  • Finalise registration costs, share registration form and receive registrations

In April and May 2020

  • Finalise Agenda
  • Ask for any “Papers” to be presented at the WA-Summit
  • Ask for any “Bids to Host” the 2024 WA-Summit
  • Receive final material from Task Forces

In June and July 2020

  • Share material with Delegates for consultation within their own country

By 30 August 2020

  • Close Registrations (early August)
  • Have everything ready for the WA-Summit Opening and Welcome Reception
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Eth Lloyd

Eth Lloyd, MNZM, worked for 30 years as a Personal Assistant. Her passion for administrative professionals and their value in the workplace is shown by her commitment to encouraging them to value themselves and their roles. In 2018 Eth was awarded the New Zealand Queen’s Birthday honour MNZM for her services to administrative professional development. Eth is the Chairman of the World Administrators Summit Advisory Council and author of The Executive Secretary Guide to Conference and Event Management, available now on Amazon. Eth is speaking at Executive Secretary LIVE GLOBAL, 19 & 20 June 2020. For more information, and to book, visit www.executivesecretarylive.com

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