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Anna Read

Asana Certified Pro | Co-Founder of Empowered Assistants Empowering Assistants (EAEA)

Asana Certified Pro | Co-Founder of Empowered Assistants Empowering Assistants (EAEA)

Anna Read is an Asana Certified Pro and co-founder of Empowered Assistants Empowering Assistants (EAEA). She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of YWCA Central Alabama. The YWCA’s mission is to “eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.”

Anna is a lively and informational trainer. She brings enthusiasm and passion as she gives you practical know-how into the tools she trains on. She has worked with non-profits and for-profit companies around the United States to streamline their processes, identify time-wasters, and create solutions for everyday efficiencies. Anna has been working with C-Suite executives for over 9 years. She holds a degree in Communication Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On any given Sunday, you can find her in the garden or hanging out with her husband and their dog, Tuppy Tebow.

  • Board Meeting Minutes Unlocked: How to capture quality meeting minutes in OneNote

    We’ve all been there. We look at our calendar and realize the next board meeting is only a week away, and we still need to update last month’s meeting minutes. Minute-taking can be a challenging and tedious chore. I’ve refined a method of taking meeting minutes to make the capturing process seamless, and efficient. In this session, I’ll share with you my Board Meeting Minutes template, tricks to simplify the minute-taking process, and tools to use to shorten your turn-around-time for producing minutes.

    Learning Outcomes

    In this session you’ll learn:

    • Lean how to create a custom OneNote Template for standing meetings
    • Learn how to set up and organize meetings in OneNote
    • Learn options on how to tag and code action-based information using OneNote functions
    • Learn how to utilize tags and create custom tags in OneNote to deliver action items and follow-up needed directly following a meetings
    • Learn how to tag and record action-based tasks and move to Outlook Tasks
    • Discover how to integrate meeting note information from Outlook to OneNote


    In this session you’ll leave with

    • Three custom OneNote templates
    • Daily Tactical Template for you and your executive
    • Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Template
    • Board Packet Checklist Template
  • Asana for Assistants: How to Streamline Your Tasks and Manage Projects

    In this session we will go over Asana basics, pro tips, and all of Asana’s brilliant features. We will also cover how to use Asana to reduce the amount of weekly and project meetings; how to set, track, and achieve KPIs and Company Strategic goals plus how to make the most of virtual event planning in Asana! Whether you’ve never heard of Asana, you’ve been dabbling in Asana and still feel lost, or you have a good handle on Asana and want to know more, this course is for you.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What is Asana and why should I use it?
    • How to get started in Asana
    • How to streamline your daily tasks to one location
    • How to use Asana’s My Tasks and Inbox Features
    • How to manage projects, teams and collaborations more effectively
    • When to use Asana, when to use a different tool, and which tools can be integrated into Asana
    • How to sync Asana with tools you already use such as Slack, G-Suite, Chrome, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Zapier and more!
    • How to use Asana’s newest features such as Goal Setting, Forms, Appreciations and Portfolio Status
  • OneNote for All Things EA

    Daily Tactical Meetings, Project Management, Credit Card Information, Personal Details, Event Planning, Board Meetings, Employee Onboarding, Office Management and more. Executive Assistants really do it all. In my role as an EA, I’ve discovered Microsoft’s Best Kept Secret – OneNote. OneNote is the perfect one-stop-shop for Executive Assistants.

    In this session, I will show you how to set up your daily tactical meetings with your executive, (you’ll receive a free template!), how to send all related items from Outlook to OneNote, and how to set reminders and track projects collaboratively.

    We’ll also go over OneNote’s templates and how to use them for 1:1 meetings, Board Meetings, or Planning Meetings. We’ll discuss how to send emails, calendar pages and documents directly to OneNote, so you never have to leave the page when in a meeting or presentation. OneNote, when used correctly can be a game-changer. If you use programs like EverNote or Outlook’s my tasks feature in Outlook, you’ll love what OneNote has to offer.

    Learning Objectives

    What is OneNote?

    • OneNote Hierarchy
    • Features and Functionality
    • Use Cases


    How to manage your executive and stay organized with OneNote

    • Keep Track with Meetings and Action Items in OneNote
    • Automate content with Zapier
    • Password Protect Confidential Info
    • Scan receipts and documents from your phone camera into expense  reports or notebook page pages.
    • Link to other documents
    • Send emails, calendar, PowerPoint slides, and more to OneNote


    Top 10 OneNote Add-ins

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