2024 Admin Professional Conference Agenda


8 - 9 AM | Registration & Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:30 | Welcome and Greetings from the College

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames | President, Midlands Technical College

9:30 - 10:30 | Keynote Address | The ABLE Leader - 7 Personal Principles for High Performance

Charles Weathers | Professional Speaker and Leadership Improvement Strategist

Administrative Professionals who are self-aware and able to successfully adjust within an ever-changing landscape are critical to the success and survival of any organization. Learn skills, knowledge and confidence to have a significant impact in your organization.  Leadership is the art of getting others to reach for shared aspirations.  Learn to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone and gain personal insight into what truly makes you tick.  Join us to discover if you're truly ready, willing and "ABLE.”

10:30 - 10:45 | Break

10:45 - 11:30 | Managing Multitasking

Dr. Iwana Ridgill | Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer

Multitasking can make us feel productive, but often that productivity is a myth. We are actually switch tasking, and the cost is more stress and less effectiveness with tasks.  We’ll look at what switch tasking is and how our brain handles the rapid change of focus from one task to another.  Practical tips for minimizing switch tasking will be included in the session. 

11:30 - 11:45 | Stretch Break

11:45 - 12:15 PM | Emotional Intelligence at Work - Make your MARK with your Head, Hands and Heart

Ariella Hughes Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer

How do you prepare and respond to an ever-changing work environment? Have ambiguous project plans where it seems that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is more relevant than human intelligence? Are you competent enough to get all of this done? Delve into the world of Emotional Intelligence – and learn more about the skillset that distinguishes ordinary professionals from reMARKable ones.

12:15 - 1:45 PM | Networking Lunch

Dr. Barrie Kirk | Provost, Midlands Technical College

1:45 - 2:30 | Be Proud, Stand Tall and Keep Moving

Dr. Damian Rankin | Program Director, MTC Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Do you find that you sit all day at work and rarely take breaks?  Explore effective strategies for maintaining good posture and incorporating more movement into your day. Embracing proper alignment and moving more not only prevents issues like headaches and fatigue but also mitigates the risk of back, shoulder, neck and other pain. Uncover practical approaches, including office stretches and exercises, to effortlessly integrate and enjoy the benefits of good posture. 

2:30 - 2:45 | BREAK

2:45 - 3:45 | Closing Session | The ABLE Leader, Part 2

Charles Weathers | Professional Speaker and Leadership Improvement Strategist

As an administrative professional, you demonstrate leadership in various ways through your skills, behavior and actions. Your ability to effectively manage tasks, people and resources, as well as your commitment to ethical conduct and continuous improvement, makes you a valuable contributor. While varied positions and roles may not hold a formal leadership title, we will discuss how to expand the definition of what true authority and influence are built upon and how you can make an impact.

3:45 - 4:00 | Door Prizes 

Agenda subject to change without notice. 

The 2024 conference registration includes 6 contact hours of continuing education (0.6 CEUs) which will be reflected on the participant’s certificate of completion.

Requests for refunds must be received by phone at 803.732.0432 five business days in advance.