How do you navigate chaos? Admins deal with this question almost every working day. This conference will empower Admins with skills and insights to help them perform their jobs better — in essence, to navigate the chaos.

Utah Valley University is excited to announce the 2019 UVU Administrative Professionals Conference: Navigating Chaos. This one-day conference is designed to provide administrative professionals of all kinds informative workshops and networking opportunities to improve their skills, gain necessary tools for their roles, and become personally enriched. In attendance will be admins, secretaries, personal assistants, front desk receptionists and many more. Dr. Astrid Tuminez, new President of Utah Valley University, will be the keynote speaker.

Who should attend? All Admins, Office Administrators, Office Managers, Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants and Secretaries. If you support or assist in any way, this conference is for you!

Registration Includes

  • Access to general sessions
  • All conference materials
  • All networking receptions and events
  • Entrance to the keynote presentations
  • Breakfast and lunch


  • Cost:$99
  • Date:March 20, 2019
  • Time:8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: UVU Grande Ballroom & Student Center


If you have any questions or registration complications please contact UVU Continuing Education at 801-863-8012.

UVU Employees

UVU Emplyees have the option to pay with an index number. If registering using and index number, please call 801-863-8012.



2019 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez

Dr. Astrid Tuminez
President, Utah Valley University

Following a rich and storied career in business, philanthropy, and academia, Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez became the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018. She is the first woman to serve full-time as UVU president. Raised in the slums of the Philippines, Tuminez rose to become a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft. She is also the former vice dean of Research and assistant dean of Executive Education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Rudy Vidal

Rudy Vidal
VIDAL Consulting - Sustainable Organizational Effectiveness

Rudy Vidal is an accomplished speaker, author, and consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in guiding organizations to higher performance. Rudy’s approach focuses on internal and external customer experiences as drivers for organizational management effectiveness.

Rudy Vidal has spent his career developing holistic models and hands-on tools to design and deploy best practices in today’s most challenging business environments. He has successfully held numerous executive and C-level positions in fortune 500 as well as emerging growth companies. He is now fully devoted to speaking and coaching organizations from around the world, to achieve extra ordinary efficiencies and growth through a systematic focus on aligning the organization to the customer values.

2019 Schedule

Schedule Summary

Time Event
8:30am - 9:00am Registration and breakfast
9:00am - 9:10am Welcome
9:10am - 9:50am Opening Plenary
10:00am - 10:50am Workshop 1
11:00pm - 11:50pm Workshop 2
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch and Cultural Envoy
12:30pm - 1:20pm Keynote
1:30pm - 2:20pm Workshop 3
2:30pm - 3:20pm Workshop 4
3:30pm - 4:00pm Closing and networking

2019 Workshops

Jessica Gilmore

Jessica Gilmore — What’s Your Job Search Super Power?

Come join Jessica Gilmore as we walk through the super powers needed to write a resume & cover letter that avoids the villainous pitfalls and makes sure your resume is a wonder. Then move on to interviews where you will lasso your story and ensure your interview is fun and leads to a job offer. Get your super powers on at this great workshop! 

Candida Johnson

Candida Johnson — Soft Skills. What are they? Why are they important?

 Soft skills are one of the key factors to having a successful working environment, especially in today’s digital age. What are soft skills? Why are they important? We will be going over the significance of soft skills, both verbal and written, and how having these skills will improve your career. It is often thought that soft skills are not as important as hard skills. In this presentation, we will be going over the impact of soft skills and the consequences related to having poor skill practices. We will also be going over what a soft skill is, how to cultivate and learn a new skill, and the benefits of doing so. This will be done by demonstrating practical application of soft skill implementation, various techniques that can be practiced and developed to encourage personal growth. We will also be going through examples of soft skills and illustrate creative solutions to make a difference in both professional and personal lives.

Workshop 2: You CAN Make a Difference

Learn techniques on how YOU can make a difference in your workplace environment. In this presentation we will go over 5 key points that will help you to become a more engaging and inviting person both in your personal and professional life.

Joe Belnap

Joe Belnap — Time Management: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Don't you wish you could make time stand still to get more done?  Time is the only thing on this earth we can't get back, yet we get the same amount each day.  So why do we always feel like we never have enough?  The topics covered are: • Being Present   • Goals & Activities • Calendaring & Scheduling • Staying Effective • Avoiding or Overcoming Barriers • Self-Betrayal & Self-Deception. This course is designed to give you the skills to make the most of your time by using time as a tool.

Maggie Tobar

Maggie Tobar — Health and Safety for Administrative Assistants: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Administrative Assistants are the soul of the office! Thus, it is really important for them to know how to take care of themselves. In this workshop, participants will learn handy, easy, and sustainable health and safety tips to practice every day to improve their work environment.

Specifically, participants will gain insight on Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs), managing job and work stress and tips for eating healthy with a busy schedule. Also, come ready to practice and learn some easy stretches and exercises you can do at work!

Donna Milakovic

Donna Milakovic — Building Professional Relationships 101 

“The shortest distance between two people is a story.” (author Patti Digh) Building relationships is about more than passing cards around a table. It is about connecting with what we have in common and the shared ancient practice of storytelling to build community. At work we collaborate, connect, work together, and spend more time together than we do with family and friends. It’s important that we know each other. This workshop is about the skills you need to build relationships that are meaningful, helpful and enduring. 

Renae Deighton

Renae Ann Deighton — How Google Suites can help collaborative work flow

Is collaborative work holding your office back? Join this hands on workshop to learn better ways to use Google Suites to collaborate and create team work product. From Google Sheets to Google Docs, and sharing permissions, come ready to leave with valuable tips and tricks. Please bring a laptop or tablet with Google Chrome on it for this workshop.

Michael Snapp

Michael Snapp — Converting Your Years into Seconds: How to Construct a “Me in 30 Seconds” or “Elevator Pitch”

You know what you’ve been doing for the past ___ years. You know what you are good at, and you know what you like to do. The problem is, you may not know how to speak about yourself professionally and comprehensively, while being effective, and succinct. In this session you will learn why you need an Elevator Pitch, how to write one, and when and how to use it.

John Richards

John Richards — Wolverine Marketplace Tips, Tricks and Q&A

Almost all UVU administrative professionals need to interact with Wolverine Marketplace at some point while conducting University business. Come learn some tips and tricks that can help make using Wolverine Marketplace easier in your day to day tasks. Also, bring your specific questions about Wolverine Marketplace to get answers related to your department’s unique situations. (This workshop is intended for UVU employees, but all are welcome to attend.)

Reed Parkin

Reed Parkin — Conflict is not only the Problem – It is the Solution!

This hands on and interactive workshop will help attendees learn to deal with conflict problems, and to recognize healthy conflict as a solution in the workplace. Yes, you read that correctly…conflict can be a solution! Come learn from Reed as you dive into effective communication practices and organizational behavior. 

Jeff Hutchinson

Jeff Hutchinson — Excel Tips and Tricks

In this Excel Tips and Tricks Workshop, we will review the interface and introduce the Contextual ribbons, Quick Access Toolbar, as well as show some of the common keyboard commands. We will also demonstrate how to create a simple formula, patch 2 cells into a single cell, and use the Fill Handle to copy the formula. Some of the common formatting features we will review include the Currency method, Accounting method, use of the Font Ribbon Group, Rotate a label, and Merge and Center. We will also define the printing area, scale the spreadsheet for printing, and repeat titles on every page. We will then cover Advanced Formula techniques, Conditional Format, Data Validation, and Outlining.  


Administrative Professionals Conference is presented by UVU Continuing Education.