Matt Oden

Matt Oden, CEO of, leads an AI-powered software platform that helps organizations achieve world-class executive support operations. He combines 20+ years of experience helping companies adopt new technologies with his passion for operational excellence to help solve some of the most pressing operational problems facing executive support functions today. Matt actively collaborates with Executive […]

Lucy Brazier, OBE

Meet EA Ignite’s official emcee! Lucy Brazier, OBE is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession. As CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publisher of Executive Support Magazine, Lucy is passionate about ensuring the assistant role is truly recognized as a career and not just a job.   Lucy has access to the most […]

Shailaja Shankar

Shailaja Shankar is the Senior Vice President, Engineering of Cisco’s Security Business Group. A respected and transformative leader with strong executive management skills and deep technical experience, Shailaja is responsible for engineering—including strategy execution and architecture—to fundamentally simplify the security experience.   Shailaja came to this role after holding numerous leadership positions within the security business […]

Kim Woellecke

Kim Woellecke is the senior executive assistant supporting the SVP of Engineering for Cisco’s Security Business Group, Shailaja Shankar. With 30 years of experience as an administrative professional, Kim has acquired a strong reputation for her exceptional organization skills, ability to manage complex schedules, and proactive approach to problem-solving. Throughout her career, she has supported […]

Scott Howitt

Scott Howitt serves as Chief Digital Officer of UKG.  In his role, Scott leads the company’s corporate technical groups, including global security, information technology, data and analytics, and governance, risk, and compliance.  Prior to joining UKG, Scott served as Chief Information Officer at global security company McAfee.  He also served as Chief Information Security Officer […]

Mia Lane

Mia’s background spans three decades in executive support roles, including the C-Level suite, across various industries. She excels at assisting executives in accelerating their business operations through collaborative partnerships, refining processes, eliminating barriers, and maintaining transparent communication.  In her present capacity, Mia holds a dual role where she supports Scott Howitt, Chief Digital Officer, and […]

Mackenzie Lee

Mackenzie Lee is the CEO of Cedar. He helps CEOs and their C-suite teams to let go and do more. He gives top executives the freedom to do more things that matter.  Mackenzie fights C-suite distractions, busy work, and blockers. He has over a decade of experience in working with C-suite executives at Fortune 3000, […]

Cameron Male

Cameron Male is a Microsoft specialist, focusing on the developments and opportunities in Modern Work and Business Applications, and works to make this digestible and easy to understand.  With a wide berth of experience—namely as a trainer, sales coach, and speaker—Cameron engages groups from the moment he steps in front of them and leaves them with […]

Tareka Wheeler

Known to speak from the heart with a dash of sassy, Tareka Wheeler is an effective thought-provoking storyteller, who uses her own personal and professional journey to teach and empower others.  Whether she is teaching organizations how to develop a strategic plan or is presenting to professionals on how to advance in their careers without […]

Kristen Ostro

Kristen Ostro forged a robust foundation for her entrepreneurial success through a distinguished career as an executive assistant before launching her firm, Strut Consulting, in 2016, where she now serves as CEO. She got her first big career break when she was hired as EA to the CFO of Tower Records. From there, she took […]

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