Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Administrative 2016 Conference

"Power your Potential"

Don’t miss this one-day event featuring guest speakers from the community and faculty from Trident Technical College and a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design.

Our 23rd annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference provides valuable personal and career information to those who are in roles such as administrative assistants, receptionists, paralegals, office managers, executive assistants and other support staff.

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trident Technical College Main Campus

The College Center (Bldg. 920)

7000 Rivers Ave.

North Charleston, SC 29406

Conference Agenda

Emcee: Antonio Robinson, Director of Trident Technical College Upward Bound Math and Science (TRIO)

8:15 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
9 a.m. Welcome to Trident Technical College
9:05 a.m. National Anthem - Performed by Kelli Burke, Administrative Coordinator, President's Office, Trident Technical College
Pledge of Allegiance - Led by Patric Wheeler, Engineer, Facilities Management, Trident Technical College
9:15 a.m. Keynote Address: "Get Motivated and Live a YES!!!"
Terry Haas: television personality, author, real estate agent, home staging consultant
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Nicolle E. Ingui Davies: executive director of the Charleston County Public Library
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Rebecca Ryan Collett: WCBD-TV News 2 anchor and investigative reporter
1:30 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. Barbara Nwokike: Gullah Parties by Barbara, owner and visionary
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Nancy Simpson: clinical psychologist, educator and mental health advocate
3:45 p.m. Door Prizes
4 p.m. Adjourn

Meet Our Event Speakers

Terry Haas

Terry Haas - Keynote Speaker

Most people know Terry for her long running role on HGTV’s hit show Designed to Sell. As one of the show’s featured real estate agents, Terry guided millions of viewers on how staging a home and making low cost improvements can help to sell a property at top dollar. With over 20 years in the industry, Terry’s knowledge of the real estate market and various clientele on a local and national level has brought her recognition in the real estate community as a national expert, respected colleague and keynote speaker for various industry communities. She is well known for her networking and creative business techniques to make a project successful. Now living in Charleston, SC with her husband Tim and two young sons, Terry has her own real estate sales and home-staging consulting businesses, and She offers clients insight into the ways they can transform their homes into “stand out” properties in an always changing market. Terry has also co-written an e-book that offers tips and tools to help sellers prepare a house for sale. The insightful e-book can be downloaded at

Rebecca Ryan Collett

Rebecca Ryan Collett

Growing up in Summerville, reporting the news in Charleston has been Rebecca’s dream since she was a little girl. She got her start at Dubose Middle School anchoring the morning school news at 12-years-old. Since joining WCBD-TV News 2 in 2009, Rebecca has covered every shift, including three years on the morning news. She was named weekend anchor in October 2014. Since then she's taken on the role leading the team's investigations unit. Rebecca believes news is three things: something you can use; something you should know; and something you’ll be talking about. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, which will include a second son in May.

Nicolle E. Ingui Davies

Nicolle E. Ingui Davies

Nicolle Davies serves as the executive director for the Charleston County Public Library, currently serving the residents of Charleston County with 250 employees, 16 locations and a bookmobile. Prior to joining CCPL, Nicolle served as the executive director for Arapahoe Libraries, a public library system serving the residents of Arapahoe County, Colorado. Before her work in public libraries, Nicolle served as vice president of Galloway Group, a public relations/community relations firm in Denver, Colorado. Nicolle began her career in television in New York as a production assistant on Sunrise and the Today Show. Nicolle also worked as a news producer for KUSA (Denver) and WTSP (Tampa) television stations. Nicolle holds a master’s of library and information science degree from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado. Nicolle is married to Josh and they have three wonderful kids, Ryder, Izzy and Ainsley.

Barbara Nwokike

Barbara Nwokike

Gullah Parties by Barbara has been planning events for the last seven years. The company is a certified member of the City of Charleston Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program. A full events planning, catering and entertainment company, its executive chef prepares custom southern cuisine dishes. Locally sourced organic foods are purchased when in season. Barbara is an organized and detail-oriented event planner with over seven years of experience in planning and executing events. Thirty-three years of engineering background gives solid experience managing complex projects. The company is excited to help our environment by using eco-friendly disposables at all events. Plates and forks are 100 percent natural, made out of palm leafs and organic bamboo, which are highly renewable resources that are both biodegradable and compostable. The light brown finish matches the sweet grass decorations perfectly, embracing the Gullah culture. Some of the company’s very satisfied clients include the City of Charleston, MUSC, Boeing, Charleston County School District and various private parties.

Nancy Simpson

Nancy Simpson

Dr. Nancy Simpson is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychology instructor at Trident Technical College who enjoys teaching abnormal psychology and public speaking. She delivered a TEDx talk to a standing ovation on the need to destigmatize mental illness. A tireless advocate for mental health, she believes it’s important to start the conversation. Nancy lives with her husband and two college-aged children on a hobby farm outside of Charleston where she milks goats, makes cheese, gathers honey, spins and weaves. With great honesty and humor, Nancy will outline the myths of mental illness.

Registration Information

Registration is open now for the 2017 conference; use course code XBUS-571 4177.

Group Rate per person for fi­ve or more registrations (must register with a registration specialist for group rate)

IAAP Members (use class discount code IAAP) per person $119

Early Bird (through March 31, 2017; discount will automatically apply during the registration process) per person

Regular Price (beginning April 1, 2017) per person $149

Visit our registration page. Questions? Call 843.574.6152.

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