Bonnie Low-Kramen

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Bonnie Low-Kramen

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Assistants can be a manager’s most powerful secret weapon. That’s why bringing both groups together for an interactive session has high positive impact. Managers will learn how to maximize effectiveness, productivity, and profitability by fully utilizing their assistant. Assistants will gain insights about taking their work to the next level for the benefit of their manager(s), themselves, and the company they represent.

Designed to build mutual respect and empathy, the goal of this training is to learn immediately actionable strategies to empower managers and assistants – for now and the future. Bringing these two groups together can change everything. Finally. Together at last.

Pulling off miracles — minor to major — has become the norm for the professional assistant of 2012 and beyond. You’ll get practical ideas on how to excel as an assistant and how to make the most out of your relationship with your employer. Bonnie Low-Kramen, former assistant to actors Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich for 25 years, will focus on what it takes to build a healthy, long-lasting, and mutually beneficial partnership.

Bonnie will share her experiences of creatively solving problems through risk-taking, exploring options, and collaborating with her employers. Her applicable and entertaining real-life examples will show the path to success — for both assistants and employers –is found by facing our fears and tolerating “puddles of discomfort” while proactively searching for solutions.

As assistants, we “learn by burn.” We save the day, not just on some days but every day. We quietly avert crises and pray that the pieces fall into place at the 23rd hour. The weeks fly and our To-Do list grows longer. Paralysis sets in. Sometimes it is hard to breathe or sleep from the weight of the responsibility. In a single day we can have enormous triumphs and plans that go horribly wrong. Somehow we move through it, learn by necessity and are stronger for it.

Bonnie Low-Kramen has experienced all of these things and so much more in a 25-year career working as the Personal Assistant to celebrity couple Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich. Her stories will resonate with every administrative professional as she relives the saga of 1988 when she coordinated Olympia’s life for her successful Academy Award campaign for “Moonstruck,” the Presidential race for cousin Michael Dukakis, and her own pregnancy with son Adam. Multitasking indeed and all without a cell phone or a computer which is unthinkable in today’s 24/7 instant access world.

Bonnie will share stories of life-changing moments that define a career. Solving complex problems and then moving right on to the next one with no time to stop. Making colossal mistakes, celebrating big successes, surviving personal crises, and making sense of the nonsensical – one situation at a time, one task at a time. Every admin understands the moments of epiphany when the clouds clear and the answers appear. These are the never to be forgotten lessons of a celebrity assistant.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Sheryl Sandberg, 43-year old COO of Facebook reports that this question is posted on everyone’s wall at Facebook. She encourages women to fight the fears borne in our socialization, speak your minds, and own your own success. Oprah Winfrey tells women to not let others define you or tell you what you can’t do. Martha Stewart urges us to turn off the tech to improve work-life balance. Sandberg, Winfrey, and Stewart are powerful women role-models who are sharing inspiring ideas and strategies that will empower women in the modern workplace.

Lessons to be learned and solutions to be explored, author and speaker Bonnie Low-Kramen is fascinated by the ideas that help women succeed and the issues that hold women back. She discusses the dynamics in play from her own 25-year career and that of her former employer Olympia Dukakis which apply to every administrative professional. Bonnie explores workplace issues and realistic solutions for women from the famous and not-so-famous women leaders in our world.


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