91 episodes

REACH is for the Executive Assistant who hustles hard, strives for excellence and is committed to seeking out life’s “aha moments” to help you reach the next stage in your development and career. In each episode, expect to gain invaluable insight from our personal network of Executive Assistants whose careers span the Fortune 500, Silicon Valley Venture Capital firms and your favorite tech companies and start-ups. Hosted by Maven Recruiting Group’s Founder and CEO, Jessica Vann, this is your opportunity to participate in the solidarity of listening to people who “get it.” REACH is designed to inspire your workday, guide you through pivotal moments in your career and transform you into the Executive Assistant you’ve always wanted to be. REACH is brought to you by Maven Recruiting Group who specializes in placing Executive Assistants and support staff to the Bay Area’s most prominent Executives and companies. You can learn more about Maven at www.mavenrec.com.

REACH - A Podcast for Executive Assistants Maven Recruiting Group

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    • 4.8 • 108 Ratings

REACH is for the Executive Assistant who hustles hard, strives for excellence and is committed to seeking out life’s “aha moments” to help you reach the next stage in your development and career. In each episode, expect to gain invaluable insight from our personal network of Executive Assistants whose careers span the Fortune 500, Silicon Valley Venture Capital firms and your favorite tech companies and start-ups. Hosted by Maven Recruiting Group’s Founder and CEO, Jessica Vann, this is your opportunity to participate in the solidarity of listening to people who “get it.” REACH is designed to inspire your workday, guide you through pivotal moments in your career and transform you into the Executive Assistant you’ve always wanted to be. REACH is brought to you by Maven Recruiting Group who specializes in placing Executive Assistants and support staff to the Bay Area’s most prominent Executives and companies. You can learn more about Maven at www.mavenrec.com.

    Balancing Motherhood While Supporting at the Top: Advice from US Veteran Turned EA to Top Tech CEOs

    Balancing Motherhood While Supporting at the Top: Advice from US Veteran Turned EA to Top Tech CEOs

    With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to do an episode specifically for the working moms! In this episode of REACH, we’ll be delving into a conversation that resonates deeply with many: balancing the demands of motherhood and an elite Executive Assistant career working at the top of the professional ladder. We welcomed remarkable guest Camille Howard for this feel good conversation.

    Camille’s journey to the top is nothing short of inspiring. A US veteran who transitioned seamlessly into the corporate world, Camille now serves as a C-level Executive Assistant supporting the CEO of Mastercard. Beyond her professional accolades, Camille embodies the essence of resilience and balance, seamlessly navigating the intricacies of both career and motherhood. Listen in as Camille shares her insights, experiences, and invaluable wisdom on how she manages the delicate dance between her role as an Executive Assistant and her cherished role as a mother. We’ll explore the unique challenges she’s encountered, the strategies she’s employed to overcome them, and the profound impact her role has had on enabling the executives she’s supported to also reclaim precious time for their personal lives. 

    And last but not least, Happy Mother’s Day!

    • 58 min
    Listeners Call In: Your Questions Answered in Honor of Administrative Professionals Day

    Listeners Call In: Your Questions Answered in Honor of Administrative Professionals Day

    Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our REACH Executive Assistant community! In the spirit of celebration, we invited our listeners to call in to the show and ask us anything. In this episode we welcomed back Maven Recruiting Group’s VP of Accounts and Growth, Gillian Lopez, to help tackle your burning questions alongside REACH host Jessica Vann. Thank you to all of you who called in to our program and asked such insightful questions around asking for a raise, standing out in your job search, landing an EA to CEO role, adjusting your resume when you’ve been out of the industry for a while, getting your executive to view you as a trusted partner and so much more! We’re excited to share this Q&A episode with you all!

    • 52 min
    Learning from Legends: What Jeff Bezos’ Former Executive Assistant Gleaned & Translated into Her New Career as a Leadership Strategist

    Learning from Legends: What Jeff Bezos’ Former Executive Assistant Gleaned & Translated into Her New Career as a Leadership Strategist

    Ann Hiatt is a Silicon Valley veteran with 15 years of executive support experience under her belt. She’s supported many of the titans of tech including Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo!, & Eric Schmidt, CEO and Executive Chairman of Google. Having pivoted from her career as an Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff, Ann is now a Leadership Strategist & Executive Coach as well as an author and podcaster! In this episode, she’s going to be sharing some of the wisdom she’s gleaned from working closely with some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley and how she’s parlayed that knowledge into her work as an executive leadership strategist. If you haven’t already, be sure to grab a copy of her book Bet On Yourself: Recognize, Own & Implement Breakthrough Opportunities.

    • 59 min
    What One Executive Assistant Learned from Being in the Room with Renowned Tech Leaders

    What One Executive Assistant Learned from Being in the Room with Renowned Tech Leaders

    In her nearly 25-year long career, Anita Gaeta has had two primary support relationships, each lasting over a decade, which suggests a lot not only about Anita’s immense value to these executives, but also the depth and extent of her partnerships and the tremendous opportunities for learning and exchange Anita has had. When we look at Anita’s career, she has been courtside with some of the most formidable and accomplished Titans of Tech, including Meg Whitman, former CEO of both eBay and Hewlett Packard, Lars Dalgaard, Founder and CEO of Success Factors and Steven Boal, CEO of Coupons.com. In this episode we hear from Anita firsthand about some of the lessons she’s learned and observations she’s had by being in the room with such renowned tech leaders and executives. One of her best pieces of advice? Always listen.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Understanding Your Rights as an Employee + Tips for Executive Assistants Creating Workplace Policies

    Understanding Your Rights as an Employee + Tips for Executive Assistants Creating Workplace Policies

    If you’re an executive assistant curious about your rights as an employee or perhaps you work in an environment where you’re tasked with being the defacto HR person or setting employee policy, this episode is for you. We’re diving into the complex world of employment law with two experts who know the ins and outs of this topic. And, I promise you, if anyone can make the law fun and relevant, it’s our guests, Angel Horacek, Founding Partner and Attorney at Law Offices of Angel J. Horacek, PC and Iryll Robbins-Umel, Civil and Employment Attorney at Law Offices of Angel J. Horacek, PC and formerly an administrative judge with the EEOC. 

    Both of these ladies bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, having represented countless individuals in cases ranging from all forms of discrimination to wrongful termination to wage and hour disputes. In fact, Angel and her team secured one of the largest plaintiff verdicts in 2022 in all of California! With their track record of successfully navigating the intricacies of employment regulations, we’ve brought these ladies on to help inform you of your rights as employees as well as to decode some of the more obtuse areas of the law, so you can feel more empowered in how you navigate or consider situations you may find yourself in. Moreover, we know many of our EA listeners are themselves also people managers, hiring managers or, at times, policy creators, so it’s important to understand how your role may intersect with the law.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Defining & Owning Your Support Style: Advice for Executive Assistants Working in Creative Entrepreneurship

    Defining & Owning Your Support Style: Advice for Executive Assistants Working in Creative Entrepreneurship

    Natasha Rodriguez, Business Operations Manager at Eyeswoon joins us from Brooklyn to talk about her role supporting the renowned Athena Calderone, dubbed as “the modern girl’s Martha Stewart” by none other than The New York Times. You may know Athena as a chef and author of the James Beard award-winning cookbook, Cook Beautiful, or perhaps you’re familiar with who she is as a designer, her book Live Beautiful or maybe you’ve seen one of her brilliant design pieces on Crate & Barrel’s website (a recent collaboration she did). In this episode of REACH, Natasha gives us a glimpse into her day-to-day and shares how she’s framed her work experience and created a unique support style and brand for herself as a professional within the creative space. Be sure to shop Eyeswoon’s stylish curation of beautiful objects for the kitchen and home at www.eye-swoon.com. ’Tis the season for holiday table inspo!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

MyProAssistant ,

Thank You

This podcast is a must for an Executive Assistant serious about becoming an indispensable partner. I feel like it’s career therapy as you hear about how other top professionals face the same challenges. Thank you for making this podcast! I share it with so many people.

TheWoodlandsInsider ,

Everything an EA needs for career success!

THIS PODCAST IS PHENOMENAL!! Last month I returned to work as a corporate EA. I’ve been away from the industry for a while, so I thought I’d find a good podcast to catch up with the changes.

I did a simple search in the Apple Podcast app for “Executive Assistant”. REACH was in the #1 spot. I tapped it and I’ve never looked back!

Jessica is a fantastic host and the guest are giving me a lot more than I ever expected. Rather than just giving tips on how to manage a calendar, they’re giving actionable tools on how to state my value and advance my career.

Thank you REACH Podcast for Executive Assistants!

Kdun415 ,

Beneficial Podcast

Highly recommend this podcast. The host has great perspectives and brings in guests to share their experiences while asking all the right questions. The content is genuine, informative and helpful.

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