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Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

In celebration of APW, The Foundation of IAAP dedicates the Amazing Ride’s APW Challenge to your fellow admins who have inspired you to do what you love. Please help us celebrate by letting us know who they are! Go to the Amazing Ride website for the details on the challenge.

That’s not all. As an added challenge, the three participants raising the most money during APW will win some great prizes! We sincerely appreciate your support of this event. The APW Challenge ends Saturday and the Amazing Ride ends April 30.

Vista Grande Update

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The deadline to apply to be a candidate for the 2015-2016 Foundation of IAAP Board of Directors is quickly approaching! Individuals with positive leadership skills, fundraising or philanthropy experience, and a passion to invest in the success of IAAP and the administrative profession are encouraged to apply.

Online applications may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CT on April 30. Additional details regarding candidate qualifications and board position descriptions can be found within The Foundation of IAAP Board Nominations Guide.
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I just wanted to share an article I read recently in regards to email signatures that I found very interesting.  It's from Forbes:

I came across it as I searched for the appropriate sign off for a business email.  Email sign offs I struggle with as to what is appropriate and when.  I hate to use ones that are the same that the rest of the office is using - I kind of feel the need to find my own.  I currently use "Have a great day!" for most of my sign offs.
Does anyone have any thoughts on if this is appropriate in business?  What do you use?

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Join us for our APW Vendor Expo on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9:30-12:30 at Noah's Banquets in Naperville, IL. We have a phenemonal speaker lined up to give a program on Productivity! We have a vendor expo, door prizes, and fun galore planned! You won't want to miss this fabulous event in honor of Administrative Professionals Week! Register NOW to go and be sure to tell all your friends about it! It's FREE For attendees!!! You have a chance at winning an overnight getaway with dinner as well as several other fantastic prizes!!! Don't miss this event!
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Webinar for April 29, 2015 at 7:00PM [CT], 6:00PM [MT] and 5:00PM [PT] 

"Seven Skills To Keep Your Career Moving Forward," with Kemetia Foley. Kemetia will discuss the seven skills admins need today, including travel planning, budgeting, database management, social media, among others. Recertification points are pending for this event.

Kemetia has more than twenty years of administrative experience, including her current position as finance and customer service coordinator for the American Staffing Association. Kemetia presented three educational sessions at the 2013 IAAP Educational Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) Kemetia currently serves as an instructor for Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development, focusing on administrative assistant courses. She is an IAAP volunteer leader, frequent presenter of side-splitting administrative stories, social media lover, addict and an overzealous sports fan with divided team loyalties between her hometown of Boston and her adopted hometown of Washington, D.C.  You can find her at

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by Rhonda Scharf

I’ve had a recent attraction to all the Law & Order types of shows that seem to be on television every night. I like to pretend I am the investigator; I pay close attention to the suspects. I have found that sometimes they are very credible in what they say and how they say it. Those people are usually the good guys. Now yes, I realize these are TV shows and the people aren’t real. However, they still give us insight into what people say and the way that they say it – and whether or not we believe what they are saying.

Credibility makes such a difference. It can make a lot of good things happen in your life, such as job promotions. Lack of credibility, on the other hand, can hurt your reputation and cost you those same promotions. 

You’re in control

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One of the biggest things I miss right now is being able to contact chapters across the country for assistance. I have a friend who has recently relocated from Boston to LA in California to be closer to family. I think we can all understand that. However, she has been looking for a job since she moved 6 months ago. It has been so hard.

Back in the day, I would have automatically contacted the nearest chapter to ask for assistance...maybe reach out to her. Now, I don't know where to go.

If anyone in that area of California can assist me...I would greatly appreciate it!

I am definitely going to miss being able to reach out as easily as before.
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I know it’s early but let me wish all of you a wonderful Administrative Professionals Day on April 22. Being a member of IAAP already sets you apart as dedicated, ambitious professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was created to celebrate amazing, essential, office and administrative professionals across the globe. All of you do so much every day. If you don’t hear it anywhere else this year (and I hope you do) thanks for all you do for your workplace, your profession and for IAAP. There is no better way to celebrate APW than with education (and a pat on the back is nice as well). IAAP is giving you a gift of a webinar worth one recertification point. In addition, the staff at Headquarters will host a reception

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On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the IAAP - Woodlands Area Chapter will host their 14th Annual Administrative Professionals Week - Recognition Breakfast & Vendor Expo.

We are thrilled to have our keynote guest speaker – Dr. Mac McQuire presenting "How to be a Superhero at Work (and at Home).” for this year's event.  The seminar discusses the five character traits needed to become a very successful person at work and at home.

Remember to come early to network and shop at our popular vendor expo that goes on before and after the breakfast/program. Cost is $30.00 per person - Vendors $75.00. 

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As our chapter, Queen City North in West Chester, Ohio prepares for the final meeting on April 14 I would like to reflect back on how I became involved with IAAP.  While I have been in the administrative field for over 30 years, I have not been a member of IAAP for anywhere near that long. 

I first became aware of IAAP back in the late 80s early 90s while I was working in Evansville, Indiana.  An IAAP chapter met in the hotel where I worked and I became familiar with the group and considered joining at that time.  However, I lived 35 miles away and it was not convenient for me to attend.

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I am sharing some good news with you!

Nashville Chapter and Tennessee Division member, Donna Grace CAP, has been notified that she is one of the recipients of a scholarship to IAAP Summit 2015:  Louisville!  Donna has been an active and dedicated member and is very deserving of this scholarship.  Join me in congratulating her.

I also send congratulations to all other members who are scholarship recipients!

Enjoy Summit!
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Registration is open for my online study groups to prepare students to sit for the September 2015 CAP and OM exams. These study groups will last for 16 weeks, beginning in May.

It can be frustrating and overwhelming to work your way through all the material alone. I am here to help guide you through the process and hold your hand!!!

My study groups include review of the material, helpful additional online resources, recordings of all sessions so you can participate even if the live sessions aren't convenient, general test taking tips, practice questions and more.

Contact me privately to learn more.

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Hello Everyone! I have never done a blog before, but I wanted to share a little something about myself. Although, I've been with IAAP for only a year, I still consider myself a "newbie". I came during the changes to the organization, so I really don't have anything to compare the changes to. I like being a part of IAAP, and I hope that the changes are for the greater good. I look forward to many more years to come!
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I finally had time to watch the Branches and LANs Informational Webinar.  I found it very informative and responsive to members questions and concerns.  Thank you for listening to us, and making changes as needed on this new revitalization journey in IAAP.
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I am writing this blog to mark the end of an amazing period in my IAAP experience, the start of a new period, and to pay homage to my chapter which had its final meeting today.  I joined IAAP in April 2008 when the Celgene Corporate Chapter was chartered, thanks to our first president, Heidi Romano.  I had never heard of IAAP prior to this despite having been an administrative professional for 20+ years.  I was excited about the networking and learning opportunities that were available, and I was active within my chapter from the start.  I attended almost every meeting, and I was chapter secretary from 2009-2010.  After attending EFAM 2013, my eyes were opened to the scope of the association beyond the chapter level.  I became even more involved and began attending New Jersey Division meetings.  I served as chapter vice president in 2013-2014, which increased my confidence in my leadership capabilities, and helped me see the possibilities I could achieve as I continued on my career path.  In 2014, I studied for and passed the CAP exam, and I attended EFAM for the second time.

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By Darcy Eikenberg, PCC

Most of us have been taught that there’s no room for emotion in today’s world of work. We were told “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” Well, we’ve been taught wrong. Work is always personal. As long as human beings are doing the work, it will always stay personal. Unlike machines, plants, or animals, human beings are uniquely equipped with emotions. That’s what makes us messy—and marvelous. 

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This past Saturday, March 28th the Greenville, SC Chapter of IAAP held their closing Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn, Greenville, SC.  We had 35 past and present members in attendance.  One member had been a Chapter President in all 3 names of the organization, NSA, CPS and IAAP!  What a milestone!

We began with a fabulous buffet luncheon that everyone enjoyed.  Then we started the program titled “Past, Present, Future”.  First some of our retired members talked about the history of the Chapter over the past 67 years.  The reminisced with stories of events, learning and fun they had over the years.  Next presenters talked about the current state of the Chapter and how we worked together with The Greenville Tech Student Chapter and the importance of Certification and how many members had been through certification classes and hold the current CAP or CAP-OM certification.  Last our Division President shared a vision of the future of IAAP and what we can look forward to in the new revitalization to continue to Lead, Learn, Connect & Excel!

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You are invited to attend the LAST educational program offered by the Cutting Edge Chapter! We appreciate your attendance at our past webinars, your membership and dedication to the chapter, and all of the support you have given us since 2008! We hope you will enjoy this final presentation!
Virtually yours,
The Cutting Edge Chapter

Cutting Edge Chapter
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
8:00 pm ET
“Power Presentation Using PowerPoint”
Presented by Greg Creech

No more boring presentations! This PowerPoint Presentation course covers intermediate/advance areas of PowerPoint for incorporating multimedia, custom design themes and templates plus charts and SmartArt.

Here are some of the learning objectives for this fast paced and engaging session:

* Incorporate multimedia - video and audio files directly in PowerPoint as well as linking to YouTube and other video applications plus edit video and audio files within PowerPoint,

* Create custom designs and themes for your organization using logos, colors, fonts, photos, and other branding elements for marketing with PowerPoint and Microsoft Office through Slide Master, Notes/Handouts Master, and the Design Tab,
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March has been a busy, but exciting month for The Foundation of IAAP! Two of The Foundation’s key fundraising events, the Amazing Ride and the Silent Auction, launched this month and the board of directors made a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for our spring board meeting.


Vista Grande

During our trip to Albuquerque, we visited Vista Grande, our “place in the sun.” This was my fifth visit and it was wonderful to see it again. I am so proud of our investment there. We have some exciting news to share about Vista Grande in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for next month’s Foundation News e-newsletter.


Amazing Ride

I hope everyone plans to sign up to participate in the Amazing Ride! If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. It’s easy to join — just register

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It's always so gratifying to receive that Members of Excellence certificate and signature block every year. No matter how many times I receive it, it still brings a smile to my face because my efforts are being recognized. Thanks IAAP for this program!
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