Work With Purpose

Monday October 11, 2021

The EA Journey

This edition of Work with Purpose is brought to you by the IPAA ACT Executive Assistant (EA) Committee. It brings unique reflections and experiences from three EAs who have provided crucial support to executives and teams throughout the pandemic’s dispersed and uncertain environment.

We hear from Martin Elliffe, Office Manager for Rachel Stephen-Smith, the ACT Minister for Health, Rhana Crago, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Courtney Djerke, Executive Assistant at MinterEllison. They speak with Alyssa Broomby, Executive Assistant to the Head of Simplified Trade System Implementation Taskforce and Deputy Chair of IPAA ACT’s EA Committee. Discussed in this episode:

  • How lockdown has impacted the EA role.
  • Supporting change and mental health within your team.
  • Managing a healthy work life balance.
  • Practical advice for EAs.

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  • Martin Elliffe image
    Martin Elliffe

    Office Manager for Rachel Stephen-Smith, the ACT Minister for Health

  • Courtney Djerke image
    Courtney Djerke

    Executive Assistant at MinterEllison

  • Rhana Crago PSM image
    Rhana Crago PSM

    Executive Assistant to Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM FIPAA, Australian Public Service Commissioner
    Australian Public Service Commission

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