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Administrative Professionals Day 2014 Conference




Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Trident Technical College Main Campus
The College Center (Bldg. 920)
North Charleston, South Carolina

Don’t miss this one-day event! Join us and leave the conference refreshed, energized, inspired. Network with your peers, exchange ideas and best practices. Make meaningful connections that last. Register today!

Who Should Attend:
• Administrative Assistants
• Receptionists
• Paralegals
• Office Managers
• Executive Assistants
• All Support Staff



8:30 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

9 a.m. Welcome to Trident Technical College Bob Walker, VP of Continuing Education and Economic Development Debby Marindin, Director of Corporate and IT Training
9:15-10:15 a.m.

Guest Speaker, Penn Onaraha

“Coaching Techniques for Administrative Professionals: Asking Powerful Questions to Get the Info You Need, When You Need It”
10:15-11 a.m. Guest Speaker, Amy Brennan “Customer Relations: Is Your Tone Out of Pitch?”
11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-noon Keynote Presentation, Dr. Karen Chandler “READY...SET...GO Forth and Serve”
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1-1:45 p.m. Guest Speaker, Janet Carter, MUSC Registered Dietician “Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life”
1:45-2:30 p.m. Guest Speaker, Dr. Louester A. S. Robinson “It’s All About You — Dream BIG”
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break  
2:45-3:30 p.m. Guest Speaker, Kim Clifton “Personal Growth through Community Service”
3:30-4 p.m. Guest Speaker, Brian Hicks “Behind the Scenes—Stories from a Journalist”
4-4:15 p.m. Door Prizes  
4:15-4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks  


Co-Founder/Principal Charleston Jazz Initiative and Associate Professor of Arts Management, College of Charleston

Dr. Chandler is also the former director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. She received her Ph.D. in Studies in Arts and Humanities from New York University (NYU), M.A. in music education from Columbia University in New York City, and B.S. in music education from Hampton University. Dr. Chandler has been honored with several awards, fellowships and testimonials in recent years including the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2012, the state’s highest award in the humanities given to an individual.

Executive Director, Center for Women

She joined the Center for Women in September 2013 after successfully starting three nonprofit organizations in Georgetown, S.C. Under her leadership, these organizations won several local, state and national awards and her work helped Georgetown County earn its 2004 distinction as an “All America County.” Ms. Brennan has been involved with many nonprofit boards including Hospice of Georgetown County and the AIDS Task Force. In addition to her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, Ms. Brennan also received a four-year certificate from Sewanee Theological Seminary in Education for Ministry.

Executive Director, HALOS

She received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University with a concentration in program planning and development, community organizing and nonprofit administration. Ms. Clifton has 15 years of nonprofit experience working to support children and families. Her prior experience includes working as a VISTA* member on Whidbey Island, Washington, serving as the Director of Development for a community center in inner-city Boston, and working in Guatemala as a fundraising specialist. Ms. Clifton was named one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2008.

Columnist, The Post and Courier

Brian Hicks has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years and his journalism has appeared in national newspapers and magazines for 25 years. He is the metro columnist for The Post and Courier in Charleston and the author or coauthor of six books, including “Toward the Setting Sun” and “Raising the Hunley.” In 1998, Mr. Hicks was named South Carolina Journalist of the Year by the S.C. Press Association. Mr. Hicks’ column has won a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists as well as Best Column and Best Humor Column honors from the S.C. Press Association.

Organizational Management Consultant and Cultural Diversity Inclusion Manager, Boeing - Propulsion South Carolina

She is a former executive assistant, and holds both the Certified Professional Secretary and the Certified
Administrative Professional designations from the International Association of Administrative Professionals. A proud U.S. Army veteran, Ms. Onaraha holds a dual master’s degree with concentrations in business administration and organizational psychology and development from American Intercontinental University. Penn is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas-Dallas.

Dean, Trident Technical College Palmer Campus

Dr. Robinson earned the Ed.D. degree in curriculum development and systemic change from Nova Southeastern University (Child and Youth Studies) and received national recognition from the university for the Leadership Journal Award in 1996 for excellence in technology and education. She holds a master’s degree in child and youth care administration from Nova University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the College of Charleston. Dr. Robinson has received numerous awards for public service and leadership and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.


Please register by Friday, April 18 to reserve your seat!

• $119 - Early Bird registration fee through March 30 – XBUS 571-001
• $129 - IAAP Members registration fee through March 30 – XBUS 571-002
• $149 - Regular registration fee from April 1-18 – XBUS 571-003

PHONE: 843.574.6152

MAIL: Trident Technical College; P.O. Box 118067, CE-M; Charleston, SC 29423-8067

FAX: 843.574.6310

ONLINE: (Click on the TTC Registration link.)

IN PERSON: Complex for Economic Development; Bldg. 910 on the Main Campus; 2001 Mabeline Road; North Charleston, SC

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Contact Steve Price, business training manager for TTC's Division of Continuing Education, at 843.574.6683 or


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