Virtual Executive Assistant
The support you need to accelerate your business!
A Little Bit About Me (okay, maybe more than a little bit…🤔)
The journey to becoming a solopreneur as a Virtual Executive Assistant began when I completed a two-year Executive Secretary tech program and and worked for some prestigious downtown Cincinnati firms (i.e., Scripps-Howard Broadcasting/WCPO-TV). A few years into my secretary career, I decided to pursue an opportunity that promised “it was not just a job, but an adventure.” I didn’t realize at the time what the U.S. Navy had meant by their motto – until after completing my enlistment! Following eight weeks of intense boot camp and four weeks of radio communications training, I was assigned to the NAS Pensacola grounds maintenance crew (remember, I was a secretary before this!), driving 2-1/2 ton flatbed trucks, and herding goats! I couldn’t believe it either. I had traded my office dress, high heels, and typewriter for dungarees, combat boots, and hard labor. I did the “grunt work” that first year with the same enthusiasm, commitment, and can-do attitude that came natural to me. It paid off with subsequent assignments (after informing them that I could type 80wpm) supporting the base Commander and Executive Officer and the Staff Judge Advocate General.
After four years of active duty, I left the military to support my military spouse and raise our two children in rural Pennsylvania. Since leaving the Navy, I have worked in a broad range of industries including an ad agency, a law firm, a local Internet provider, juggled multiple roles at a multi-physician healthcare practice, managed the small business for a swimming pool plumbing contractor, the financial news industry, and a data privacy startup. Writing about banking, fintech, and cybersecurity has fueled my passion for online and data security!
Just as with my military service, in the course of my career as an administrative support professional, I’ve done the grunt work as a receptionist greeting clients, screening phone calls, making photocopies, and fetching coffee. I went on to work with and support all levels of business owners and executives – from solo professionals to C-level – while acquiring a broad range of expertise in various sectors that included technology, and the financial news industry. I expanded my skill set and expertise beyond administrative tasks to include publishing online newsletters, basic HTML and website content management, editing, writing, and social media management.
With a diverse background in administrative experience, I’m very detailed oriented, have excellent time management skills and great organizational abilities. I’m also extremely personable and enjoy interacting with clients, customers, and other professionals on social media sites such as LinkedIn or Twitter.
Whether I’m assisting a CEO with calendar and email management or travel arrangements, providing customer support, managing social media, preparing presentations, sending out marketing emails, or editing and writing blogs or articles, I tackle each task with the same diligence, professionalism, and 110% effort I gave to herding goats in the Navy!
With my goat herding and child rearing days behind me (one son is on active duty in the Air Force and the other is a Firefighter/EMT), I moved back home to Cincinnati, where I live with my husband and our 3 herding dogs – A purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a Border Collie/Corgi, and a Corgi mix rescue – and 2 cats.
👁🗨 Fun Fact:
Herd [ hurd ]
noun: a herdsman (usually used in combination): a cowherd; a goatherd; a shepherd.
verb (used with object) to tend, drive, or lead (cattle, sheep, etc.).to conduct or drive (a group of people) to a destination.