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Bluzette Stemper, CAP-OM | Executive Assistant/Lead Facilities Coordinator |

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Thank you to all who contributed to our newsletter.  We have one more edition to publish.  This is our last call for photos and articles and we don't want you to miss the chance to be included in part of our legacy!

Send photos and articles to Yvette Banuelos, CAP-OM at ybanuelos@mdanderson.org or Lorna DeArmond, CAP at ldearmondiaap@gmail.com.

Much appreciated!

Lorna DeArmond, CAP
2014 - 2015 Texas Louisiana Division
Vice President


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Has certification been on your list of goals for the past few years, always getting shuffled forward from year to year without any real progress being made? Why not make THIS the year that you achieve certification!

The first step in that path is to register for the exam and the deadline for that is fast approaching. In fact, it's this coming Monday, June 1.

So there's no time to dilly dally around, hemming and hawing about whether you are going to do it or not.

CARPE DIEM!!! SIEZE THE DAY!!!
Just do it!

Whether you choose to self study or to join a study group (I offer one, as does Donna Rankin and Debbie Bridges - contact me by PM to learn more about my CAP or OM groups), this just takes some effort and self discipline. You CAN do it!!!

It's worth pursuing certification to stand out against a field of candidates in a job interview or during your performance review. Show employers how proactively you approach lifelong learning and skill improvement.

Make this YOUR YEAR!!!

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After more than 20 years in the Administrative field I am finally following through on a commitment that I made to myself 2-3 years ago to obtain the CAP-OM certification. This is when I was introduced to IAAP and learned of this certification opportunity. I need to ensure that my skills are up-to-date and that I am competitive in my field.
Becoming an AA is not something that I originally sought out, but rather it found me.  After re-entering the workforce after being a stay at home mom for a few years, I happened upon an opportunity through a temp agency that was a great fit for me. I was blessed that the company sent me to classes to learn and stay current with software products and I excelled in this area.  This prepared me for the numerous moves that were ahead for our family and I have always done well in finding employment with each move. 
However, the workplace has changed a great deal and I am now one of the older people in the office. I need to ensure that my skills are current and that I don't get left behind as the newer generation comes on board. Times change and I need to be prepared.  I have always been, and want to continue to be, the go-to
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Not an easy question and it most certainly doesn't have an easy answer. 

I chose my degree based on the idea that I actually wanted to finish my degree.  I started my college career back in 1988.  Yep, a while ago.  It was a bucket list item that I wanted to get a degree and be the first in my family, well it almost worked.  Noble idea at least when I put the item on the paper.  Not so easy when you consider for most of us we probably didn't have any help back in the day from parents paying our way. 

So, ultimately I became the career student while holding down a full-time career.  Hmmmm?  Sound familiar to anyone.  You take a class here and there, and from whatever university you happen to enroll at during that particular period of time at a particular location/state you happen to be at.  Short story, I have enough credits for a masters and then sum but 

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Obtaining the CAP certification means that I will be accomplishing a goal that I have had for 12 years. I sat for a mock CPS exam early in my administrative career. However, I could not sit for the CPS exam at that time.
I have various reasons for obtaining my CAP certification. My reasons include continuing to grow in my professional development, stepping outside of my comfort zone, and learning new skills.
It has been over 17 years since I studied for any exams, so this is an opportunity for me to hit the books and get back it into study mode. This is a goal that I had "put on the shelf" years ago, and I still cannot believe that I have taken the goal "off of the shelf" and am working towards it.
I need to know that I can do this, and everything that I have learned as an administrative professional over the years has helped me to this point. So in essence, this is a personal goal for me just as it is a professional one.
Tara L. Hons
NJ Division Member-at-Large
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Obtaining the CAP certification means that I will be accomplishing a goal that I have had for 12 years. I sat for a mock CPS exam early in my administrative career. However, I could not sit for the CPS exam at that time.
I have various reasons for obtaining my CAP certification. My reasons include continuing to grow in my professional development, stepping outside of my comfort zone, and learning new skills.
It has been over 17 years since I studied for any exams, so this is an opportunity for me to hit the books and get back it into study mode. This is a goal that I had "put on the shelf" years ago, and I still cannot believe that I have taken the goal "off of the shelf" and am working towards it.
I need to know that I can do this, and everything that I have learned as an administrative professional over the years has helped me to this point. So in essence, this is a personal goal for me just as it is a professional one.
Tara L. Hons
NJ Division Member-at-Large
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I attended an Administrative Professional Asstistant Day celebration, hosted by the IAAP, at the UMB Bank in Kansas City in 2013.  That evening I learned how the IAAP worked, and that Administrative Assistants can earn their certification.  The lightbulb went on, and my excitement grew!  I never knew such an opportunity existed!  I went back to work the next day eager to share what I had learned with my boss.  Not only did he support my new goal, he paid for me to join the IAAP where I have met so many great women!  I'm so excited for this learning opportunity over the next couple of months.  Knowing I can better myself, and the work I do is so rewarding, and will set a wonderful example for my kiddos.
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In the winter of 2014 I decided to go for my CAP certification. I felt the best way to prepare was by joining an online study group. In March 2015, a year later, I sat for the exam. The time I spent preparing acclimated me to become disciplined and dedicated to studying - something I hadn't done since leaving college.

By the time the 16 weeks of preparation ended, and I was seated in front of a monitor keying in responses to 300 questions, I had attained knowledge, and with it, confidence that I would pass.

Six weeks later I got the official email congratulating me on having become certified. That milestone propelled me to take the next leap, and prepare for the OM exam.

I've just embarked on what will be another few months in an online study group. With my recent CAP designation, I'm optimistic and certain that in September 2015 I'll add the OM post-nominal initials to my professional signature.
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I am so fortunate to work for a company that promotes member development.  While I “own” my career and am responsible for my growth and learning, my leader is also tasked with helping me identify experiences that help me achieve my development goals.  The CAP-OM certification program fits this bill perfectly and has now been incorporated into my documented development goals for 2015.  I am the first member of my company’s admin team to work toward certification through IAAP.  I am very excited and honored to be the “pioneer” on my admin team to accept this challenge.

I have been an administrative professional for 20+ years and still feel there is a lot to learn in this field.  Changing technology and expanding responsibilities for admins make it necessary to continuously learn and grow.  Studying for the CAP-OM exams will aid me on my growth and development journey.

I am excited to be participating in a study group while preparing for the September exams.  I believe the study group will keep me committed and on task while pursuing certification.

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For several years I have been hearing about the IAAP CAP Certification, and although my interest was piqued, I never pursued it. This year I began supporting a senior level executive and realized in order to progress in my position, and provide the highest level of support possible, I would need to continually refresh my skills and develop new ones, going beyond what I learn daily while performing my duties. I also want to be recognized, stand out, and be an indispensable administrative professional (AP). That’s why I made the decision to become certified.

I have been an AP for over 20 years, and with each high-level position held, much is required. The expectations are no longer just administrative duties, we are pulled into projects and tasked with assignments outside of general administrative tasks, and I believe IAAP Certification is key in enabling me to chart my own course and achieving what I desire in progressing my career.

I plan to take the exam in September 2015 and joined a study group because I believe fresh knowledge is received from each participant and new ideas are shared providing a greater chance for success. I also believe that networking is a huge part of our positions and by being a part of a study group we can provide each other with support that we would not be able to receive through individual study.

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I received the Certified Professional Secretary certification in 1992 and was re-certified in 2002. Since that time, I pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science, hence my certification lapsed.

In my Caribbean home country the CPS designation was and is very recognized, and I was very proud to have received such certification in 1992, while there.   Although I now have a degree, I have always felt that to be certified as an administrative professional is a high honor.

Although I am very good at self-studying, I decided to join a study group which may be a limitless resource and to get others’ perspective about relevant subject matter.

In gaining the CAP designation would lead me to take the OM exam.  These achievements will better position me in the administrative field with countless network opportunities.

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When I decided to go for my CAP-OM certifications, some questioned why.  I'll admit, I questioned it at first as I was told years ago that getting my CPS certification would be of no benefit and would not help me advance in the company.  So, needless to say, I didn't pursue it.

It's now nearly 15 years later and I desire those certifications, not because times have changed in the company and they'll help me to advance, but because I'd like to do it for me.  I want to prove to myself that my many years of experience have meant something, that I've learned and grown along the way, and that an old dog can learn new tricks.  The study group I've joined looks like it's going to provide so many resources for learning, not only to pass the exams, but to provide knowledge that I can bring back and put into practice in my organization.

I'm looking forward to the challenge of the study group and the exams, and hope to forge some lasting relationships with others who are as determined as I am.

For those on the fence, tip it this way and shout "Why NOT?"


Ann Schwert
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Having been an Administrative Professional since 1992, I have learned so much in the various industries I have been associated with.  Coming into my career, I had obtained a certification from Business College and then ran with it!

I have found that one day I will doing accounting and the next, I am being certified in Hazardous Waste Management. I have worked in Mail Order, Nuclear Medicine, Aerospace, CRM and now in the Beer Brewing Industry.  

As one of the "seniors" within my organization, people often look to me for advice and training.  I believe now is as good a time as ever to step up my game in the area of Administration.  I have taken many other courses to help with different focuses for whatever needs have come up through the years. 

However, it has been well over 20 years since I have focused on education pertaining to my specific career as an Executive Assistant.

My new boss since 2014, has just stepped into the role of VP of Brewing Operations and Supply Chain. Before this, he was a Manager over 12 people in the brewery.  He is now head over some 250 employees.  I wish to provide my boss with the best tools for success in his newly developing role.  We both agreed the CAP-OM is a good start. I am also fortunate to work for an organization that invests in my education. 

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As IAAP has re-vamped, one of the new and exciting plans put into place is the Speaker Database. I think this is a great concept and I have been debating myself on if I should enroll or not. On one shoulder, I LOVE presenting educational training. Some people use exercise or other means for endorphin to kick in...I teach. I admit, I do get a "high" so to speak from my love of being an Administrative Assistant. The funny thing is that when I attended college I wanted to be a teacher and I took classes for early childhood education. The problem I found was that teaching children was not the correct career path. Thankfully, and I hate to admit, I fell into being an Administrative Assistant and have since worked my way to a Senior Admin Asst and plan to continue my career journey until one day I am an Executive Admin Asst. For this very reason, I would like to put my name in the database to encourage and teach other Admins. 
But, there is always the other shoulder waiting, this shoulder advises I do not have the degree to pursue this goal. This shoulder tells me to "not get over my head". What if no one wants to use my skills? How embarrassed would I feel?
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Hi everyone,

We're continuing to accept donations for this year's Silent Auction, which will be held July 27-28, during IAAP Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. The Silent Auction benefits The Foundation of IAAP. The Foundation provides ongoing support to administrative professionals through research, education, and community-based initiatives. To learn more, please visit their website. Last year, we raised over $14,000 and this year, we're looking to raise at least $17,000.

We need your help to reach that goal!

We've already received some great items, but we need more. Please consider donating an item - minimum value of $50. All you have to do is complete the online donation form. Then, decide if you're going to send the item to HQ ahead of time or have yourself or someone else bring it to Summit.

If you have any questions about this year's auction, check out the FAQs, or feel free to contact me directly.
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I have a confession to make, I signed up to sit for the CAP and OM exams in November 2013 and have, for one reason or another put it off each time the tests rolled around (paying $75 each time I requested to have it rescheduled for the next available exam date). I didn't postpone because I didn't have the materials, heck I had a ton of materials, including having purchased over $900 in recommended textbooks. Life just always seemed to get in the way, too busy at work, too busy at home, blah, blah blah. In reality, I am just scared to death to fail - I expect nothing less than perfection from myself and to fail would mean that I essentially failed the last 20+ years of my life as an administrative professional.

I think one of the reasons it hasn’t been a priority for me to follow through and take the exams is because no one in the company I work for (including the higher ups) thinks this certification is worth anything. It’s not going to get me a pay raise. It’s not going to make me stand out from the administrative crowd any more than I already do, it’s just some letters to add after my name. In the organization I work for, college degrees are worth their weight in gold. I don’t have a degree. I don’t even have an associate’s degree. I do however, have a long-standing career as an administrative professional in which I began as a temp and worked my way up through the ranks and over a decade ago earned, what I consider, the “coveted” title of Executive Assistant (and Office Manager).

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After attending the 2012 EFAM I knew I had to attend another EFAM.  But with the rising costs and future annual conferences being out of state I knew it would be a number of years.  What a fantastic opportunity when the Foundation of IAAP announced that they would also give (for the first time) 10 scholarships to prior attendees to help attend IAAP Summit 2015 in Louisville, Ky. July 25-29, 2015 by covering the Registration Fee.  I applied, waited and received the phone call that I was selected as a scholarship winner.  I can’t wait!!!  Thank you ‘Foundation of IAAP’ for the amazing adventure to come.


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Western Canada Division is committed to ensuring our members have the opportunity to Connect, Learn, Lead, and Excel. Please continue to check the website and eGroup for all updates.

 

May & June Webinars

May and June webinar registrations are live and can be accessed at www.iaap.ca

Microsoft Word: Tips, Tricks & Techniques Everyone Should Know
Thursday May 28, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM MDT
Presented by Dawn Bjork Buzbee is The Software Pro®

Business Applications for the Office and Administrative Professional
Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM MDT

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As I look out my window I see color everywhere. The trees are greening up and buds are popping on flowers all over my neighborhood and city. New beginnings. That’s what May brings. In addition, these are exciting times of new growth at IAAP. Every day we’re stepping closer to the renewed and revitalized association we’ve been working toward.
 
Last month, new volunteer leaders of IAAP—our first ever Branch Advisors—met for a training session in Kansas City, Missouri. After two intense days, the group of new BAs went back home and immediately started the groundwork to launch their Branch by contacting members, enlisting volunteers and getting the word out that IAAP is revitalized and ready for action. I encourage all of you to reach out to the Branch Advisor that is in your area. You can find a listing of all the Branch Advisors on our website.
 
It’s finally here—the first step in the process to form your Local Area Network. Apply for a LAN today! The 
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