Saturday, April 13, 2019  2018  at 9:00AM - 4:00PM UTC


SAP America 
10 Hudson Yards
Entrance: West 30th St.at 10th Ave.
New York City, NY 10001

Closest subways: N, R, Q, 1 

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  Colleagues Comment:

Ike SaundersBonnie has been a trusted mentor of mine for years, and I’ve repeatedly sought her advice and counsel when facing the recurring and seemingly insurmountable task of a compensation discussion with my executive. Consistently, Bonnie has framed my concerns and expectations in a series of questions that I’ve been able to answer in a way that guide my mental confidence and emotional assuredness to a place of realizing my true value—both qualifiable and quantifiable—so that I am able to ask for the compensation package I deserve. Since I began these discussions with Bonnie, every conversation I have had with my executive has led not only to the raise I asked for but also a recommitment to the understanding between my executive and me of the value I add to his life and the company as an executive assistant.”

Ike Saunders, EA to Christopher Kennedy, Chicago

"Successful people never stop learning; therefore, their progress is continuous. One person
whom I would describe as the embodiment of this idea is Melba J. Duncan. After nearly 10
years as my Executive Assistant when I was chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, and more than 32 years of private entrepreneurship, Melba has shown by example that accountability, adaptability, and ultimately indispensability are the keys to successful organizational relationships, and the basis of a formula for success in meeting the demands of the new global workplace."

Peter G. Peterson, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Blackstone Group

"My professional life blossomed when my voice joined the global conversation involving the administrative profession and Bonnie’s workshop was my first introduction. Providing the unique combination of truth-telling and inspiration for change, Bonnie coached on the value of assistants until I could articulate my own value in business terms with a return on investment for the company. The blunt truth and knowledge of the profession from the 1,000 foot view shared by Al-Husein Madhany matured my view of my value. During a one year period, I became the sought after assistant within my company, was requested by executives when they left the company for other pursuits, and negotiated my salary increase by a total of 31% ($22,500) over the course of that year. Understanding my true contribution and value to an organization has been transformative on every level."

Starlene Keppel, EA at General Dynamics, Virginia

Daria "Bonnie, women like you make other women all over the world be stronger and believe in themselves. You encourage us to stand up for our rights and inspire us to act and move towards our goals. I now know how to solve the ‘money question’ with my executive and understand why I had a hard time with the conversation. No more. I’ve got this. Thank you."

Daria Afanasieva - EA, Moscow Russia 

Maggie Jacobs "Al-Husein is a captivating speaker who ignites a fire in hundreds of attendees in less than 3 minutes. I paid $1,800 out of pocket to attend an event because he was on the agenda. Al-Husein shares strategies and offers a framework so Executive Assistants can have a productive compensation conversation in the same language as their Executive, speaking in terms of ROI and impact on their org and the business as a whole. The mark of a great speaker is someone that moves you to action and Al-Husein does just that. He challenges you to take control, confront and walk through the discomfort, and write the next chapter of your professional journey. Since initially seeing Al-Husein last year, my ROI has more than 10x'd and this is only the beginning. And yes, this includes asking for and receiving reimbursement on my initial investment.".

Maggie Jacobs, Executive Assistant to the CEO, San Francisco, California, USA


 Need On-Site Team Training or a Speaker at your next event?

Melba, Al-Husein and Bonnie are available together or individually to deliver a custom training program for your company. Please contact Bonnie or  Al-Husein or Melba for a complete list of training options.

Breaking Through to Raise the Bar: Executive Assistants
Taking Charge of Their Careers

A Special One-Day Training Event in New York City
Saturday April 13, 2019 | 9AM-4PM 

You can't be it if you can't see it. Become inspired, energized and crystal clear about how to succeed at the highest levels by three of the top trainers in the world - Melba J. Duncan, Al-Husein Madhany, and Bonnie Low-Kramen. These leaders mean business as they join forces for you to learn exactly what it takes to be an Executive Business Partner and how to negotiate top compensation for performing at this level. If that is what you and your leaders want, don't miss this transformational learning & networking experience.

You will take charge of your career and own your impact! Come hear why the administrative role is not going away, and is needed now more than ever before. The up-leveling and elevating of the role to Executive Business Partner / Chief of Staff status is bringing with it higher compensation and also bringing more men into the profession. Come learn first-hand how best to benefit from this industry shift, and how to prepare yourself as the role shifts again as we move into the next decade and beyond.

Register now   

Founder of NYC’s top retained search firm the Duncan Group, Melba will discuss the future and precisely what it will take to succeed into the next decade and beyond. Read Melba's iconic article that she wrote for Harvard Business Review called "The Case for Executive Assistants."


  As one of the world’s most respected trainers for
  assistants and the author of “Be the Ultimate Assistant," 
Bonnie       will tackle the obstacles that get in the way including gender 
  inequality, bullying, and the wage gap. 

Networking Lunch

A top career coach & specialist in salary negotiations, Al-Husein will outline the proven strategies that are realistic, reasonable and actually work.


Final Q&A with Melba, Bonnie, & Al-Husein
Photos. Meet & Greet.

Bring: Copies of your resume, business cards, and your best foot forward.

Your presenters are considered not only the best coaches in the profession but regularly are called upon by your executives to even coach them and their human resources departments on how to utilize this role as we move into a new global economy. They all have proven track records of not only finding hundreds of Executive Assistants jobs but also negotiating hundreds of thousands of dollars in raises.

Register now while seats remain! Do you know others who should be in the room? Please share this information with them. 


Join us in downtown Manhattan to:

  • Expand your network with recruiters and administrative professionals from all across the country
  • Learn where the hottest and highest paying jobs are for assistants today
  • Learn how to successfully negotiate your next pay raise
  • Learn about the influence of technology and the future of this career 

    Space is limited! Reserve your seat now! Click here.

Register now


April 13, 2019 | New York City | 9AM-4PM

Early Bird Registration until February 1st: * $399
Registration February 2nd - March 1st: $499
Registration March 2nd-April 13th: $599

* Note: Lunch is not included in the registration.

Pre-Order your signed copies!
BTUA Book (new)  

The New Executive Assistant by Melba J. Duncan: $15 / copy

Be the Ultimate Assistant by Bonnie Low-Kramen: $15 / copy

20-Min Resume Review with Al-Husein Madhany: $15
Book 20 minutes of Al-Husein's time for him to review & edit your resume live or by phone

Register now

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event. Please contact Max Rodriguez max@duncangroupinc.com

  • This highly interactive and content-rich workshop is geared towards:
  • Executive Assistants & Business Partners
  • Personal Assistants
  • Private service professionals
  • Executives, HR Professionals & Recruiters are welcome

    Workshop Topics Include:
  • Assistants as Executive Business Partners
  • Being the CEO of You, Incorporated
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Advanced Communication
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Networking and Mentoring
  • Gender, Ethnic & Generational Issues
  • Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
  • Workplace Bullying/Sexual Harassment
  • Career Management