Meet our Speakers
With so many sessions, you can maximize your time by choosing from topics that mean the most to you and your business! All sessions are recorded so you won't miss a thing!
KEYNOTE Speaker ~ Kathy Goughenour
4 Ps to Being Paid: The Secret to Becoming A Well-Paid, In-Demand Expert VA
After finding the courage to say “bye-bye” to her corporate marketing career, Kathy Goughenour built a 6-figure virtual assistant (VA) business from her tiny house in the middle of nowhere. Today, she helps women just like you create success on your own terms ... to give you the flexibility, freedom, and financial security you crave. Kathy's students describe her as a confidence and profit building expert. After working with her, you look and sound like a professional, and potential clients beg to work with you. Kathy and her Expert VA Training program have been mentioned in Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, All You, and The Wealthy Freelancer, to name a few.
General Session Speaker - Tracey D'Aviero
Are You Afraid of Success or Failure?
Tracey D’Aviero is a veteran Virtual Assistant, VA Coach and Trainer, Speaker, and Author. Since 2010, she has taught business and marketing skills to women who want to be in control of their own earning potential and schedule by running profitable and sustainable VA businesses. Tracey's mission is to provide education, inspiration, and motivation to Virtual Assistants and Virtual Professionals to help them build the business they need to support the lifestyle they want to live. Contact Tracey for speaking engagements, group training, or private coaching.
Create Your RockStar Brand! Make it Clear. Make it Cohesive. Make it Convert!
Amber Griffiths is CEO and Branding RockStar of Your Brand by Design founded in 2007. She is driven by the belief that every entrepreneur has a unique voice, a story that only they can share. Amber has been a member of several national organizations and networking groups. She served as Vice President of NetGain BNI and co-founded Abundant Business BNI. Amber also chaired the Education Committee for NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and is currently a member of EWomenNetwork, Salt Lake City.
Work Smarter Not Harder: The Secrets to Feeling Less Stress and Having More Time!
Christine Morris, founder of FabulouslyBalancedLife.com, has worked her way through the online business world. After starting her business as a virtual assistant and quickly building a multi-VA team, she moved on to become the highly sought-after Online Business Manager and Systems expert that she is today. Christine has worked behind the scenes on several 6- and 7- figure businesses, managing their teams, and creating strategies for growth. Throughout Christine’s career, she has proven her ability to overcome adversity and use it to create opportunities to help other entrepreneurs. Her experience, combined with her focus on balance and strategies, assures even the most overloaded business owner will find clarity and success. Today, Christine uses this experience as a business and productivity mentor, helping busy entrepreneurs create a life that is more inline with both their personal and business goals.
I'm Too Busy...
Jessica Modad is a productivity strategist and speaker who presents to groups that want to have more TIME, more FREEDOM, and get MORE DONE. Jessica created the Make it Matter system which teaches you to align value with goals and goals with actions so that you can say, yes less and find focus fast. All focus. No fluff. Jessica and her clients can tell you from experience that feeling starved for time and overwhelmed can be a thing of the past. She believes that being busy is not the same as being productive. Jessica is a member of the National Speakers Association and a certified 7 Habits Trainer, wife to one serial entrepreneur, two teenagers, and the world’s softest dog, Sonya.
Just the Interlude: 7 Steps to Renewing Your Business After Hitting Pause
After working as a mainstream, executive administrative specialist for 30+ years, an entrepreneur and close friend encouraged Lisa to consider the VA business. In October 2006, LHR Administrative Services was born. Lisa remained active within the VA world until 2016 when her daughter became gravely ill; and Lisa's title changed from business owner to advocate and caregiver for the next year. Lisa made the difficult decision to place LHR Admin on a year hiatus. In January 2018, Lisa renewed her VA business after her daughter regained health. LHR focuses on improving business’s social media presence through a personal, human connection.
Podcasting as a Unique Way to Market Your Business (Amplify YOURSELF!)
Darlene Victoria began her business in 2008 and has been creating online content ever since. Her first audio podcast, A Virtual Perception, was created on a whim. The show provided business resources and inspiration to the Virtual Assistant industry. Archived episodes are available at AVirtualPerception.com. The show went on to be nominated for a PodCast Award in 2009 and again in 2010. She also produced the podcasts, Inspiration to Grow On and Straight Up Entrepreneur. Her current podcasts, WAHMs Rock! The Podcast and The Inspired Guide podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play. As a podcast support specialist and internet marketing assistant she assists clients with the management of their online content; including podcast production, audio editing, video editing, eNewsletters, content management, website maintenance, and social media updates.
The Ins & Outs of Podcasting....and the Support Services Podcasters Need From VAs!
Lyndal Harris makes podcasting easier. She is passionate about helping people get their message out to the world via podcasts! She has been a Virtual Assistant since 2011 and recently re-branded to become Podcast VA, the first VA in Australia to niche into podcast support. She loves being a business owner and has learned through trial and error that there are some things we should not even try if it’s not in our zone of genius. In 2015, Lyndal was part of the team to launch the first podcasting conference in the southern hemisphere called We Are Podcast. That was her introduction into the world of podcasting, and she sees a huge need to offer support services to Podcasters.
5 Simple Steps to Take You From VA to OBM in 90 Days
Sharon Broughton is an Infusionsoft Certified Partner, Certified Online Business Manager/Trainer, and specializes in Techie VA skills. She’s been able to work with some of the top 6- and 7-figure business coaches in the industry, including Ali Brown, Gina DeVee, Suzanne Evans, Kevin Thompson, Fabienne Fredrickson, and Christine Kane. These people dread wasting time and money – and they pay Sharon top dollar because they know she doesn’t mess around. Sharon lives in Reno, Nevada, with three wonderful grown children and her fiancé.
Use Strategic Content Marketing To Amplify Your Personal Brand & Attract Your Ideal Clients
Susan Weeks is the content marketing mentor for VAClassroom University as well as being one of their technical trainers. With a long professional career in IT and training, Susan began her VA journey providing video marketing to global clients. Her current focus is podcasting, which is another powerful creator of content. This is not only as a provider of podcast-related services, but as the host of her own podcast, Stitchery Stories, a growing and popular textile art and embroidery podcast. Susan blogs regularly, is a guest on other podcasts, is experimenting with Facebook ‘lives’ in both video and audio format, and she really loves to re-purpose and re-use content to get the absolute most out of the effort it takes to create it.
How High Earning Service Professionals Double Their Business Consistently
Sylvia is an energetic and passionate Business Coach with over 10 years of experience helping high earning service professionals achieve outstanding results in their business. As an accomplished coach and business strategist for service-based entrepreneurs, Sylvia has the ability to get right to the source of the challenge, lay out a rock-solid success strategy, and keep her clients on track to reach their goals. By motivating and inspiring clients, Sylvia’s valuable insights also allows them to stand out and become well-known experts in their respective industries. Her mission is simple but powerful: to help as many professionals and firms transform their businesses and lives in ways they may not yet imagine.
5 Process Groups of Project Management and How to Identify Opportunities to Grow Your VA Business
Jill Frack is an Organizational Psychologist and Project Manager. Jill owns her company, Opportunistic Consulting, which helps people make informed decisions based on data analytics. Jill’s work experience involves Project Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Jill has completed two Master of Arts degrees from Alliant International University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Business Administration and she is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Jill is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and volunteers with the PMI San Diego Chapter. Jill mentors people in preparation for their PMP Exam and coordinates chapter events for members. Jill volunteers with Rock Financial Life doing financial coaching and coordinates the Financial Peace University class. Jill resides in San Diego, California.
Bump Up Your Rate and Boost Your Practice: Specialize as a Launch VA
Long-time VA Tracie Shroyer has helped countless marketers create successful launches online. Sensing a growing need for online launch support, in 2017 Tracie expanded her business to train entrepreneurs and their VAs to do their own launches. From list building to conducting three-part video series launches, Tracie is the missing link when it comes to mastering the tech steps to setting up an online business. "Too many online business owners have decided they aren't techie enough to set up their own business. I help them rewrite their stories and discover basic tech isn't hard. Knowing how to do it yourself is the key to long term success." Tracie is the founder and creator of LaunchTechMadeEasy.com and the Launch Tech Blueprint.
Facilitating Your Client Meetings
THVA Online, started in 2009, is a virtual assistant business with clients from various industries including higher-education, sales training, coaching, and non-profit organizations. Trish Hallmark, owner, brings over 25 years of administrative experience with positions ranging from a marketing manager for an environmental company, to an administrative officer at a university, to an executive assistant at a world-renowned resort. Trish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She co-authored the Administrative Assistant Guideline, an online curriculum for Penn-Foster College and authored online articles such as “The Americanization of Global Culture” Global Politician, 2007. She and her husband own a pecan plantation and four dogs.
Suzanne Bird Harris
Four Steps to WordPress Security
After an 18-year career as a programmer and systems analyst in the corporate world, Suzanne Bird-Harris has been developing websites that make people sit up and take notice and assisting growing businesses online for over a decade. Spontaneous and a quick wit, she turns the stereotype of “geek” on its head and makes building your business online fun!
Nanette Themalque, Lisa Kolb, Tammy Durden
Best Practices of a Multi-VA Company
VA to VA consists of three Virtual Assistants who are in different stages of building their business. We offer our perspective, experience, and research to all other Virtual Assistants who are in the process of building a Multi-VA business. We are a three VA panel consisting of: Lisa Kolb of Augusta Virtual Assistants - Lisa has been running a Multi-VA company for over 4 years. Nanette Thelemaque of InEssence Virtual Assistance - Nanette has 5 years’ experience and recently went from building her business while at a full-time job to running her business full-time. She is in the beginning steps of hiring subcontractors. Tammy Durden of Tammy's Office Solutions - Tammy has run a Multi-VA company for over 6 years and employs & empowers disabled professionals to work and who make up over 75% of her workforce.