Just a few short weeks until Summit in Louisville!!! Time is slipping away so quickly! I love having the chance to see old friends and make new friends.

Are you planning to stay an extra day or two for sightseeing, but a little nervous about venturing out on your own? I've organized a full day tour for those who are interested on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

I've chartered a bus which will take us to the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory, then on to a  bourbon distillery. Next we'll head to Mammoth Cave where we will have lunch and get a tour of the amazing caves. 

Cost for this full day tour includes ground transportation, tour fees, lunch, taxes, and gratuities.

If you are interested, drop me an email at and I'll send you the registration information.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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This was the most dynamic conference I have ever attended. It ran from 9:00 – 4:00. Check in started at 8:00. (4) 15-minute breaks with an hour lunch.

Set Up: There were 6 rows of long tables in 2 columns where the attendees sat, facing the presenter. I liked this format a lot better because it is set up to learn from the speaker, as opposed to other conferences where the layout uses round tables. The latter format is used to learn mostly from the attendees where discussions and brain storming take place. In this conference, the speaker did most of the talking.

By 4:00, my mind was exhausted and spent, in a good way, with all of the generous information provided. Although additional tools were available at the back of the venue, it really was not needed unless you wanted take-aways.

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Topics : conferences, Career Development

Calling all Central Great Lakes Branch members attending Summit.

Our 'Friends of Michigan' dinner will be held on Monday, July 27th at 6:00 at Bristol on Main, 614 Main Street, Louisville, KY.  Reservations are listed under 'IAAP Friends of Michigan.'

We will be seated in the dining room and they will provide us with separate checks.  The menu is varied and includes salads, pasta, steak, burgers and seafood - something to suit everyone!

Bristol on Main is located 4 blocks from the Convention Center.  All Central Great Lakes Branch members and guests are invited.

If you would like to attend, please contact Marie Ouzoonian, CAP-OM at by no later than July 20th.

Please plan to join us!
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If you haven't seen the new look of a branch website, visit  A fresh, new visual as IAAP's revitalization continues.

Interested in reading your comments.

Judie Yannarelli, CAP-OM
2013-2014 Board President

2008-2015 IAAP Member of Excellence

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It’s almost time for IAAP Summit 2015! I can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces and celebrate! And, speaking of celebrating… We hope to see you at The Foundation Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Galt House where we will be recognizing our fantastic supporters and volunteers. I hope you can join us!


We are excited to share the names of the 2015 scholarship recipients. We’ll be introducing them at The Foundation Celebration as well. For many, this is their first-ever IAAP Summit. Help us welcome them!

Congratulations to the 2015 Amazing Ride winners! Thank you to all of those who participated in the Amazing Ride this year. This event has been the primary fundraiser for The Foundation for the past three years and is crucial to helping The Foundation provide money for scholarships, housing assistance, grants for new initiatives, and other funding that advances the profession. Your donations and participation made a huge impact. Thank you!

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We encounter setbacks. We hit adversity. We make mistakes. We have to absorb sudden and sometimes dramatic changes.

Through it all, resilience gives us the power to overcome setbacks, to bounce back and maintain equilibrium.

Luckily, resilience isn’t something you have to be born with; it’s a skill that can be learned. By understanding and activating the principles of resilience, we can bounce back, and realize the life we’ve always imagined.

Office Dynamics conference theme for 2015 is, “The Resilient Assistant.” Every session will explore how we can apply the science of resilience to transform our experience

What You Recieve: 

  • Login credentials delivered within 3-4 weeks after the conference
  • 11 career and life changing educational sessions
  • Unlimited access to professionally edited video recordings so you can "attend" each session as many times as you like. Unlike other Conferences On Demand, ours has no expiration date.
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Topics : conferences, Career Development , Education Forum

Date of Event: Jan 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

Managing yourself begins with who you are and how others perceive you.  Managing yourself requires dealing with multiple paradoxes. It is a transformative and influential role which should focus less on authority and friendship with your team and others in the organization and more on trust in your competence and character.

Managing Your Network — Begins with the need to work effectively in political environments without becoming enmeshed or controlled by them. Learn to influence with integrity and the understanding of the political realities of organizational life. Build 3 networks: operational, strategic and developmental of critical people you must work with and whose help you need.

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I will be running a four week online Microsoft Outlook Certification Study Group starting Monday June 29. Learn the nuances of Outlook from calendars to email to tasks and more! Every Microsoft Office Specialist exam is eligible for 5 CAP recertification points (up to 20 points maximum), so this is a great way to earn points too! This is actually a great way to learn more about the program even if you don't want to get certified in it.

Live sessions aren't convenient for you? No problem! All sessions are recorded and be reviewed at your leisure.

Contact me at if you'd like to learn more.

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by Cathy Cassata
Previously published in the May/June 2015 Issue of OfficePro Magazine.

Whether you're looking to expand your networking pool or ready to find a new job, social media can help you reach your goals. 

"Most jobs are still found because someone knows someone. However, remember 
when you're networking online, the whole idea is to move the online to the personal, not just to be collecting a database of people, but to be building relationships, and out of relationships come opportunities, and from opportunities come jobs," says Arnie Fertig, CEO and Founder of Here's how to make the most of your online presence and 

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By Amy Lawrence
Previously published in the May/June 2015 Issue of OfficePro Magazine.

A new study by Pew Research has shown that women equal men in most qualities, such as intelligence and innovation, needed to be a good leader. In some areas, such as ethics and the ability to mentor employees, women are seen as equal or even better qualified for leadership than their male counterparts. And yet, only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. What's the deal?

The study found that one of the key reasons women are not in more senior positions is that, unlike men, whose leadership abilities are 

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I am so excited to be heading to Summit in Louisville in just six short weeks! Time is slipping away so quickly! I love having the chance to see old friends and make new friends.

If you are going to Summit and would like to stay a little extra for sightseeing, but maybe you are nervous about venturing out on your own, I'm actually setting up a tour for those who are interested.

I am organizing a full day tour on Thursday, July 30, 2015. I'll be chartering a bus which will take us to a bourbon distillery for a tour, then go to lunch, and then doing a tour of Mammoth Cave (a gorgeous WOW of a place). It's possible the tour might include one more stop like the Louisville Slugger Factory (seeing if I can fit it in with our timing). Cost for this full day tour will likely be $80-100 (cost will be based on the number of people I expect to sign up as it affects the size bus I have to get) and will include ground transportation, tour fees, lunch and gratuities..

If you are interested, drop me a private message and include your email address please.

I expect to open registration within the next week or two. 
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It seems that every week I am reminded that sometimes consciously making the choice to take a breath and take a break is an essential skill for all professionals.

 I was reminded of this just yesterday.  I had spent quite a bit of time working on a project, and I thought it was looking pretty good.  I carefully considered the colors, font choice, text, and other elements of an announcement to be included on a website. I emailed my client, and asked her to take a look at what I had done. In her reply, she said the layout looked a bit strange. A bit of frustration and fatigue got the better of me, and I was tempted to write her back and ask, "What the heck are you talking about?" But, I didn't. Thank goodness. My colleague and client certainly didn't deserve that kind of attitude from me.

 As I've done a few times before when I've reacted emotionally to an email, I took a deep breath, and then I got up out of my chair and took a walk. As I was walking, I realized that the announcement I designed must have looked differently on her computer than it did on mine. So, when I got back to my desk, I asked her to send me a screenshot of what she was seeing. I also sent her a screenshot of what the announcement looked like on my computer. It turns out that she was seeing a messed up version of the announcement. In fact, as can happen with websites, two different computers were rendering two different versions of the same page.  My client simply refreshed her screen and, suddenly, all was right with the world and we were able to move ahead with the project.

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As an active member of Toastmasters, I've been privileged to have exposure to many individuals who are making fantastic progress as they learn and lead by example... all the while, overcoming the fear of speaking in front of other people. Many have become professional speakers. One of my favorites is a young man who tells it like it is when it comes to time management and procrastination. He has an intriguing new take on how "procrastinating on purpose" fits into our busy, overloaded lives. After asking the usual questions about importance and urgency, then deciding whether to do or delegate, Rory suggests that we consider as well whether the action will have a lasting effect--whether doing it now will open up time later, or whether doing it later opens up time to do something else right now. Hmm... maybe now is the time to check out his TedX talk:
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Good morning.

At the risk of embarrassing myself, is the upcoming Summit in Louisville the last of its kind, the last "convention," and IAAP is now moving toward more "local" or regional TEC conferences?

If Louisville is not the last of its kind, and there will be another annual meeting of the entire membership in 2016, any chance we could find out where it will be?

Please enlighten me.


Debbe Millet
Member of-what-used-to-be Golden Gate Chapter
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A few weeks ago, I could not quiet my mind to sleep so I just embraced insomnia and called it a partial night.  Of all the unfinished items on my home to-do list, I chose to go clean out my computer’s desktop folder, which I tend to utilize like my kitchen junk drawer.  A folder I routinely try to ignore, also labeled “TO DO”, reminds me of more pursuits unfinished.  There is a subfolder for downloaded but unread Kindle books on time management, productivity hacks and even one on combatting insomnia that I probably should read soon.    Another subfolder contains purchased but not downloaded e-book bundles on DIY, cooking and homemaking.  I skimmed through the other subfolders without deleting anything yet.   

I realized I don’t do well without a deadline.  I thrive on lists with due dates and fail with lists of ideas that have no follow through.

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Date:   Dec 9, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern





Research shows that one of the most important roles of a leader is to mobilize their team around a shared vision. But vision comes naturally for only about 1% of leaders. If you’re not part of the 1% or if you haven’t been struck by the lightning bolt of vision, you can still create a shared vision by learning the principles we will discuss in this webcast.

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Date:   Nov 18, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern





It’s not your boss' job to develop you, motivate you, or inspire you. That's your job.


This humorous, highly interactive webcast will delve deeply into the awkward, unnatural boss-subordinate relationship and help you to manage even the scariest relationship.

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Date:   Oct 28, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern





How to Drive Strategic Initiatives


It's sometimes said that there is no constant but change.

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Date:   Oct 7, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern





How Improvisation Improves Creativity and Collaboration


Leadership has never been easy, but today’s leaders face unprecedented challenges: technology shifts, globalization, once-in-a-generation changes in the workforce as baby boomers retire.

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Date:   Jul 22, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern





Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world’s authority on how successful leaders achieve positive, lasting behavior. 

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