Thursday, April 3, 2014

Edison to recognize administrative professionals

Edison Community College will present its annual Administrative Professionals Day program on April 23 to salute the many contributions of support staff throughout the area. The event, sponsored by Edison’s Office Systems & Administration Advisory Committee, will run from 12-4 p.m. at the Piqua campus.

The program is open to all office support professionals, including administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and other employees who provide secretarial or administrative support for one or multiple supervisors. Supervisors and managers of those administrative professionals are encouraged to attend with their valued employees.

“This will be the 22nd year that we have held an event for Administrative Professionals at Edison,” said Shirley Moore, Dean of Business, Engineering & Information Technology at Edison. “We design this event as a celebration of the contributions and value that all administrative professionals bring to all work environments.”

Edison partners with corporate sponsors whose financial support makes this day possible. This year’s corporate sponsors include the City of Piqua; Emerson Climate Technologies; Greenville National Bank; Hobart/ITW Food Group; Wilson Memorial Hospital; and Edison Community College.

This year’s featured speaker is Lorie Simpson, a workforce development professional with a background in human resource development and owner of Team ProtoGen, LLC of Piqua, Ohio.

Simpson’s presentation entitled “Living and Working in a Multi-Generational World” will help attendees to discover if they are a Baby Boomer or a GenX-er. She will highlight the similarities and differences between the two generations and discuss how to capitalize on those differences in the workplace rather than allowing them to disrupt productivity.

“Administrative professionals are the heart of any office,” said Gloria A Harpest, Administrative Vice President of Human Resources & Marketing of Greenville National Bank and Chairperson for the Office Systems & Administration Advisory Committee at Edison Community College. “Smooth operation in today’s office is contingent on administrative professionals who are organized in every aspect of their work life.”

The day’s event schedule this year will include five breakout sessions addressing a variety of pertinent topics such as “Listening and Communicating in a Hectic World,” “What’s New in Office 2013®,” “How to Deal with Difficult Customers, ” “Learn the Look of Professional Confidence,” and “Using LinkedIn® to Broaden Your Professional Network”.

Those interested in participating will need to register by April 9. Cost to attend is $35 per person, which includes admissions to all sessions, a buffet lunch and refreshments, and entry in the drawing for door prizes. Registration forms can be requested and submitted via mail, e-mail or fax.

For more information, contact Carolyn Jackson, Office Systems & Administration Assistant Professor, by phone 937-381-1541 or email

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