The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Awards were announced Oct. 11, and we’ll be highlighting some of them until the event takes place live, in-person Nov. 30.
Next is Executive Assistant of the Year (Private Company) finalist Audrey Bird, who’s executive assistant to the CEO and CFO at ViaPath Technologies. Here, she success in her current role, learning from failures, career advice and more.
What has made you successful in your current role?
One of my former executives once told me I have a “can-do attitude.” Having an open mind, being a trusted team-player and being adaptable has allowed me to excel in my current role. While having hard skills are important, I’ve found that soft skills have had a monumental impact on my career.
What’s one key thing you learned from a failure you had?
I’ve learned many valuable lessons from past failures, but what sticks out most is the need to embrace change. Instead of looking at failure as defeat, I’ve looked at them as opportunities. This mindset has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.
What are you most proud of having been a part of in your current organization?
ViaPath Technologies is an incredible place to work. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is mission driven and is trying to break the cycle of incarceration through transformative technology. The organization is driving real, positive change; I feel grateful to be surrounded by colleagues who believe in our mission and core values.
What’s your best career advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Being an executive assistant is a very rewarding job. Each day is different, you have the opportunity to help others be effective, and you are constantly learning. My best career advice for someone interested in this occupation is to fully immerse yourself. This role is so much more than scheduling and booking travel.
You are the gatekeeper to your executives, and you are a confidant and trusted partner. Learn the intricacies of your executives, make a special effort to streamline processes and be dependable. If you have impeccable organization, stay calm under pressure and have a customer service mindset you will likely thrive in this career path.