Office managers, secretaries and other administrative professionals from The University of Texas-Pan American and the community learned how to succeed in today's changing business world at a seminar Tuesday, April 24 at the University.
The seminar, entitled "Create Your Future.... Make It Happen," featured keynote speaker Anita Reed, who has traveled across the country lecturing on the true meaning of success at home, the workplace and the community.
"The success you have today doesn't ensure your success tomorrow," Reed said. "You must open your minds for real possibilities and realize that your success is your decision."
Reed encouraged the audience to "develop the spirit of winning" through determination, motivation and improvement.
UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez also spoke to attendees on the advantages of a changing workforce.
"We must accept that change is a natural, normal occurrence," Nevárez said. "You must adopt change, and most importantly, learn to enjoy the opportunities that come with it."
Other seminar programs included "Today's Actions Determine Tomorrow's Results," "Rules of the Road" and "Productivity and Job Satisfaction." Speakers included Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs; and John Edwards, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.
The seminar was sponsored by the UTPA Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs, the Staff Senate and the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). It was part of Administrative Professionals Week April 22-28, which was officially recognized by the Edinburg City Council earlier this month.
IAAP is the world's largest association for administrative support staff, with nearly 700 chapters and 40,000 members and affiliates worldwide. For more than 50 years, it has provided information on office trends, new publications, seminars and conferences, and other resources to help administrative professionals enhance their skills and become more effective contributors to their employers.