Administrative Professionals Day Conference

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 25th Anniversary seal

2019 Theme: "Tend Your Garden"

Hear from community and thought leaders. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch. Win valuable prizes. Make connections with colleagues. This is your day to relax and re-energize!



Wednesday, April 24, 2019


8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.


Trident Technical College Thornley Campus (formerly Main Campus)

The College Center (Bldg. 920)

7000 Rivers Ave.

North Charleston, SC 29406

 Who should attend:

• Administrative Assistants
• Receptionists
• Paralegals
• Office Managers
• Executive Assistants
• All Support Staff



Elizabeth Colbert Busch photo

The 2019 keynote address will be given by Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Managing Partner of Colbert Busch LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on the nexus of the academic and the business worlds. She is currently working for the SC Aeronautical Training Center at Trident Technical College. Elizabeth previously served as the Executive Director of Business Development and Community Engagement for the Clemson University Office of Academic Affairs in the Charleston area. From 2008-16 was Director of Business Development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), also in Charleston. In 2013 she took a leave of absence to run in the special election for the SC 1st Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives. Before her tenure with Clemson University Elizabeth spent a 20-year career with Orient Overseas Container Line (USA) Incorporated during which she progressed from a Customer Service Representative to North America Regional Sales Director. She has served on more than a dozen boards and community organizations and has earned numerous awards and special recognitions throughout her career with the most recent award of Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Charleston. Since running for Congress Elizabeth has become a prolific public speaker, addressing audiences throughout the Palmetto State and around the US Southeast.


NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marcus Lattimore is unable to participate as the keynote speaker.


8:15 a.m. Check-in, Hot Breakfast Buffet and Market Place vendors 
9 a.m. Welcome

Emcee: Marshall Connor, Assistant Vice President, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development

Welcome: Bob Walker, Vice President, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development

National Anthem: Merri Charlotte Powell

9:15 a.m. Office Gardening 101
Tony Bertauski, Horticulture Program Director, Trident Technical College
9:45 a.m. Not Your Garden Variety Bucket List: 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die
Cele and Lynn Seldon, authors
10:45 a.m.                     Break
Please visit our Market Place vendors
11 a.m. Keynote Address: "What was I thinking?"
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Managing Partner, Colbert Busch LLC
noon Lunch
Please visit our Market Place vendors
1:15 p.m.

Branching Out with IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals)

Charleston Chapter IAAP: Rebecca Heath, CAP and Laura Morris, CAP, OM
1:35 p.m.

Community Gardening

Lowcountry Volunteer-4-Vets: Liza Campbell, Founder

Lowcountry Food Bank: Andrew Peiffer, Volunteer Manager

Reading Partners South Carolina: Christine Messick, Senior Community Engagement Manager

2:30 p.m. Growing Good Work Habits
Jennifer Truesdale, STR8N UP
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.

Blooming Outside the Corner Office

An interview with Kelli Burke, Administrative Coordinator, Trident Technical College President’s Office

4 p.m. Closing


Tony Bertauski

Tony Bertauski is horticulture program director for Trident Technical College. Author of numerous industry articles and two landscape design textbooks, Tony is also a frequent contributor to The Post and Courier’s Home and Garden section.

Kelli Burke

Kelli Yvette Burke received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tennessee State University. A native Charlestonian, Kelli is currently administrative coordinator and director of scheduling to the president of Trident Technical College. In her unique position, just outside the “corner office,” she has learned that being a successful executive assistant requires patience, flexibility, tremendous communication skills, and an old-fashioned, hard work ethic. 

IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) is a 501 (c)(6) registered not-for-profit professional association for administrative professionals. IAAP strives to ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead, and excel. IAAP is dedicated to helping office and administrative professionals advance their career in a demanding and ever-changing business environment. For more information, visit

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Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through distribution centers in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach. Lowcountry Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit

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Volunteer 4 Vets presenters

Lowcountry Volunteer-4-Vets is looking for happy cheerful volunteers to support and encourage our lowcountry veterans. Many flexible volunteer opportunities are available. If you have a heart for veterans and would like to join our great team we would love to have you. For more information, visit

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Reading Partners South Carolina has been a part of the Charleston educational landscape since 2013, when we merged with Book Buddies and began placing community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading. Our one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program. For more information, visit

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Lynn and Cele Seldon

Lynn and Cele Seldon make up the team that is Seldon Ink and have spent more than thirty years covering all aspects of travel. With a keen focus on the Southeast and a particular love of Charleston, they have written dozens of magazine and newspaper articles about the area and have become award-winning Charleston experts. Their work has appeared Southern Living, Taste of the South, The Local Palate, Cruise Travel, South Carolina Living, South Carolina Magazine, TrailBlazer,, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Charlotte Observer, various in-flight publications, and many AAA magazines. Their new book, 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die (Reedy Press) was released in February 2018. Follow along on their adventures at or @seldonink.

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Jennifer Truesdale

Jennifer Truesdale, CPO® and founder of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services, helps smart, busy and sometimes overwhelmed people reclaim balance in their lives with order and simplicity. With over 30 years of experience in project management and productivity, Jennifer serves both residential clients and business owners who need practical and personalized solutions for better, simplified and more productive living.

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Color Street Nail (nail care) | Damsel in Defense (protection) | Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston (wellness) 

doTERRA (essential oils) | Glow Boss (cosmetic) | Hayward Gourmet (treats)  | Lavish Lathers (grooming)

Lots of Lights (home décor) | Mary Kay (makeup/skincare)  | Panera Bread (samples) | Paparazzi (jewelry)

Seldon Ink (books) | Tupperware (housewares) | Unforgettable Gems (handbags, accessories)

2019 Administrative Professionals Day Conference Market Place Vendor logos



Registration is open for the 2019 conference; use course code #8831

Early Bird (through March 22, 2019; discount will automatically apply during the registration process) per person


Employee Rate for Trident Technical College employees

Regular Price (beginning March 23, 2019) per person $159


Register online or visit our registration page for other options. Questions? Call 843.574.6152.

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