REACH - A Podcast for Executive Assistants

REACH - A Podcast for Executive Assistants

REACH is for the Executive Assistant who hustles hard, strives for excellence and is committed to seeking out life’s “aha moments” to help you reach the next stage in your development and career. In each episode, expect to gain invaluable insight from our personal network of Executive Assistants whose careers span the Fortune 500, Silicon Valley Venture Capital firms and your favorite tech companies and start-ups. Hosted by Maven Recruiting Group’s Founder and CEO, Jessica Vann, this is your opportunity to participate in the solidarity of listening to people who “get it.” REACH is designed to inspire your workday, guide you through pivotal moments in your career and transform you into the Executive Assistant you’ve always wanted to be. REACH is brought to you by Maven Recruiting Group who specializes in placing Executive Assistants and support staff to the Bay Area’s most prominent Executives and companies. You can learn more about Maven at www.mavenrec.com. ... Show More

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Success in an Executive Assistant role is predicated on establishing the right practices and behaviors with your executive from the outset, boundary setting, mutual respect and open dialogue. Ligaya Fieler, Senior Executive Assistant at SurveyMonkey, walks us through how she’s personally accomplished these things with her Executives over the years – one story includes how she earned the respect of a traditionally “grumpy” Exec! ... Read more

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In a service-oriented role, sometimes it can be a challenge to strike a balance between being helpful and supportive of others and their needs while also ensuring you don’t take on too much. We all know that sometimes we need to be able to “manage up” and push back. Chances are, this is probably something that you’re already doing on a daily basis. However, the act of managing up is truly an art, and one that can always be worke... Read more

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Tanya has always had a passion for leading and mentoring Executive Assistants, starting first with her role as a Staff Supervisor at Merrill Lynch and ultimately landing in a hybrid Admin Manager / EA to CEO role at Okta. In this episode, Tanya shares the history of how she evolved and elevated the EA function within Okta and ultimately created a world-class EA team. From leading by example to teaching more junior EAs how to own... Read more

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Meg George, former Executive Assistant to the Founder of Coinbase and Paradigm and currently the Events, Facilities and Operations Manager at Even, discusses the role of technology within the executive support and office support roles. Living in Silicon Valley, the hub of technology innovation, we see technology platforms gobbling up an increasing number of functions that used to be handled by humans.  We wanted to ask the quest... Read more

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Ann Borja, Executive Business Partner to the CEO and Co-Founder of Lyft, talks to us about what a pivotal year it’s been for her – from carrying a child to going through an IPO and navigating all of that change within a highly visible role at a rocketship startup. In this episode, Ann offers advice to other Executive Assistants as a woman with a noteworthy and demanding EA career on the cusp of becoming a first-time mom. While A... Read more

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Editor in Chief turned Critical Care Nurse turned Executive Business Partner, Paige Zeigler sheds light on how you as an Executive Assistant can be a strategic asset to your company and Executive by discussing her own thought process and behaviors. As the Executive Business Partner to Eric Gundersen, CEO of Mapbox, Paige spends her days spearheading projects and driving new initiatives in order to propel the business forward, ri... Read more

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Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic. There are a lot of people who feel passionately about D&I as a value and a virtue but aren’t really sure how to activate that within their role or career, other than it being a personal and ethical priority. Lauren Pelusi, Executive Assistant at Instacart, talks to us about the ways in which she has used the Executive Assistant role as a platform to promote diversity and inclusion in t... Read more

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From Livefyre to Elf to Juul, Kristin Beatham talks about what it’s like to work as an Executive Assistant at a high-growth startup, specifically what to expect, how it’s different than a non-startup company, how to pace yourself for the marathon and the importance of practicing gratitude, while also laughing over some of the more novel start-up perks (hint: glitter bombs, donuts and break dancers!). Kristin has spent the better... Read more

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Former Disneyland Paris Princess to Executive Assistant to Max Levchin, Lia Ballard talks about her journey to becoming the Executive Support Manager & Founder of the Employee Resource Group (ERG) Black @ Affirm. From highlighting the thought process that led her to a career as an Executive Assistant to discussing her promotional path to becoming the Executive Support Manager, Lia takes us through a review of her career ... Read more

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