As the induction ceremony just ended, this is to seal my acceptance of the responsibility to steer LEAP in its existing program of transformation to a bolder, brighter and broader 2017. Thank you for the trust and confidence in me and I hope you are all thrilled as I am for another exciting year with the organization.
By: Ms. Jinky Aguinaldo
When being asked for an advice regarding career development, I take inspiration from my experiences. From the Taiwanese company where I was assigned different roles, to the energy provider company where I was mentored until I was part of its Corporate Planning, and finally, in Ayala Land under the Office of the President, I realized one thing. I will not be where I am today if I did not make the most of the opportunities that were given to me.
As a founder of LEAP, I want executive assistants all over the country to be motivated and to keep this in mind: do what is beyond expected of you because in this world, there are no boundaries for improvement.
Gain knowledge of the business you’re in, and maintain your drive and integrity. These will bring advantages to your line of work.
The role of an Executive Assistant is not limited to administrative tasks. Working with your bosses every day, you already become an important factor in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Thus, you must equip yourselves with knowledge on the business, most especially on the aspects that your bosses usually deal with. In my case, one of the things I do is to prepare presentations needed for engagements or briefings, but I couldn’t have done these successfully if I did not study the nature and components of the business.
There are also opportunities for you to discover your potential when there are challenges in the workplace and allow yourself to contribute a solution. Remember that while you can opt to wait for the resolution and help in the execution, you can also give valuable suggestion on how to resolve problems. Sometimes, you fail to recognize that your suggestions are valuable because of your day-to-day experiences in your work.
Never lose our drive and passion for your work. Apart from having the initiative to study and research on the things that you need to improve on, I encourage that you welcome bigger tasks and be part of different activities in the company. I also believe that part of having the drive is to make sure that you think ahead so that everything is ready before the boss asks for it. Be a strategic thinker. This way, you can take time out, explore, network with colleagues, or start a project that maybe valuable not only for yourself but also for the company.
Lastly, it is also important that you do your work with integrity. Follow company policies, respect confidentiality and disclose accurate information. Choosing to do the right thing gives more confidence and strengthens your values system.
These are only few of the many ways in which you can raise the bar in performing your role as executive assistants. Discover new talents and learn new skills. We have a whole lifetime to work on what we want to achieve so do not be discouraged by little bumps along the way.
You set your own boundaries, so choose to explore and grow.
To our Honored Guests, Fellow Members… Good Evening.
A year ago, I stood in front you, my hands shaking as I accepted the role of Chairperson, which this prestigious organization had bestowed upon me. A year ago, I was anxious, and even as my heart raced with excitement, / I was infinitely proud of how the body had acknowledged my devotion, and found me worthy of such an honor and privilege to serve LEAP. I knew that there would be challenges ahead – that much work was to be done if I were to see LEAP transform into the organization that I knew it could become – and this past year, we worked together tirelessly in upholding our organization’s values, and creating a wonderful environment for those serving in the Administrative profession.
We look back on all of the hours we’d spent, and on how our organization has continued to grow. This past year, we saw the induction of three new members: Czarina, Gretchen and Christine – three new members who have pledged, and offered support to a growing family of like-minded individuals. As of January 2016, we now have 44 members, I have no doubts that we will continue to see this number grow in the years to come.
Our continued efforts have also enabled us to adopt two more scholars from the National Teachers College, bringing our total number of scholars to six – four from the National Teachers College, and two from the Hero Foundation. Through our scholarship program, we hope to give back to the society that has helped shape us into the empowered professionals that we are today.
We’ve also been given the opportunity to spread the word about our organization, while educating communities about best in class practices in the field, through a highly successful public seminar entitled, “Raise the Bar and Become A Strategic Administrative Professional” held in Cagayan de Oro last October with Jonathan Yabut as our Speaker. The seminar saw forty seven participants come together to learn about how to succeed in the industry, as well as share their experiences, while creating a fruitful and engaging discussion. Likewise, we have also held successful roadshows at the De La Salle University in Dasmariñas, Cavite; Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong City, and at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Taguig City. The success that we saw through these roadshows has prompted LEAP to begin looking at other opportunities to share the wealth of knowledge we have accumulated through the years.
But of course, LEAP is nothing without its cherished members, and this past year, we’ve also held events to celebrate the camaraderie and companionship we’ve fostered in the organization. From a Bowling Clinic last May, a Bowling Tournament last June, and Zumba session last September, to an outreach activity at the Bahay ni Maria Center in Makati City and Raffle Bonanza last November - we have also found the time to come together as friends and enjoy the company of the brilliant women who make up LEAP, without whom, none of our achievements would have been made possible.
That is why I would like to end by taking the occasion to thank the 2015 Board of Directors: (may I kindly request you to stand as I call your name – Elvi Garcia, Rose Escueta, Cynthia Arbis, Karen Prijoles, Liz Fernandez, Erlynne Figueroa and Leah Lacdao.
I would also like to thank Ms. Jinky Aguinaldo, Ms. Frances Peria, Ms. Ching Bognot for their unrelenting support. Certainly, each member has been invaluable in reaching the goals we have set for LEAP. The road to success is never easy, and as we greet a new year together, I hope that each of you will be filled with pride, knowing that you are helping in LEAP Transformation: Bolder, Brighter, Broader!
Honored Guests, Board of Directors, Esteemed LEAP colleagues, friends and family, I am honored at your presence. There are some occasions at which the most important thing one can say is "Thank You". For me, this is truly one of those occasions.
To our Honored Guests, thank you for sharing this occasion with us. To my dear Executive, Mader, thank you for the never ending support. To the Board of Directors, thank you for allowing me the great privilege of working with you. To my esteemed LEAP colleagues, thank you for making LEAP the wonderful organization that it is. To the lady who has served in this office before me thank you for your leadership and for making a difference not only in the life of this organization but in my life personally. And finally to my friends and family, thank you for your love and for being God's most precious gifts to me.
I stand before you now proud and anxious. Proud to have been chosen by this prestigious organization as the next Chairperson, yet anxious to be able to prove myself worthy of this honor which you have bestowed upon me. The road I took to this position was not an easy one, and many of you have stood witness to both the successes and challenges I've faced in my years serving LEAP.
Have you ever felt like you're stuck at some point in your career? It is very normal. Everyone goes through that. Maybe what's important is to get out of that funk! Some people are designed to move vertically at an almost steady pace and some are designed to grow horizontally. You may initially think of a woman's waistline when you encounter the word horizontal growth, but I am more referring to (personal and) professional growth.
LEAP is a professional organization of Administrative Professionals. Its members are career women who meet on a regular basis in an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust, and openness to share in each other’s career, business, family and personal experiences. The Organization provides an ongoing opportunity to share and discuss with a group of peers all issues that arise from being an Administrative Professional.
League of Executive Assistants of the Philippines, Inc. (LEAP)