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Workshop building future among administrative professionals

by LaShawn Cox
USASOC Public Affairs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 25, 2014) -U.S. Army Special Operations Command celebrated Administrative Professionals Day with a workshop, “Making the Leap to Remarkable," April 23.   

The workshop, attended by both military and civilian administrative professionals, was held at the Family Readiness Center, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.  The workshop consisted of training on effective presentation and communication skills, project management, and working with your boss.

“This year’s theme, “Making the Leap Towards Remarkable” was chosen to remind our administrative professionals that we are all partners in building the future of USASOC." Tricia Tyson, civilian training manager said. "Their remarkable contributions leave behind a legacy of excellence, achievement, and passion for others to follow that will always keep USASOC remarkable.”

USASOC’s human resources directorate and a committee representing each of USASOC’S units spearheaded this event.   

Keynote speaker, Timothy Fitzgerald, deputy, human resources, emphasized how research facilitates competence and encourages groups to remain competent.

"You can learn something from someone every single day.  If you are honest with yourself, you will become competent," Fitzgerald said.

He also noted the importance of balance and perspective. When asked how he would describe success in one word, he said, “competence.”

The workshop, facilitated by Sherry Darden, Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center, Kansas City, Mo., was a considered a success by its attendees.

“The personnel that worked on putting the conference together did a terrific job." Said Patricia Turnbull, Contracting, Administrative Support Specialist, USASOC.  "It was a very informative conference.  It's always good to get together with other Administrative Professionals to network, share information, experiences, and ideas.  The facilitator, Sherry was awesome--she made the training fun and interesting; but most important, she shared a lot of valuable information with the group.  Sherry managed to make my "light bulb turn on" several time during the session.  I look forward to next year's Administrative Professional Conference.

Administrative Professionals Day is designated as a time to show special appreciation for administrative professionals.  This observance is the last full week in April.