Building an External Assistant Network in Your City – Guests: Ike Saunders & Julie Kavanaugh | Ep 20 (Part 2 of 2)


In our complicated workplace, external assistant networks are trending all over the world as a way for Executive and Personal Assistants to find the answers they need – fast.

Bonnie and Vickie continue the conversation with Ike Saunders, EA to Christopher Kennedy and Founder of REACH in Chicago and Julie Kavanaugh, EA to Craig Bouchard and member of the REACH leadership team. REACH stands for the Regional Executive Assistant Cocktail Hour.

In Part 2 of 2, Ike and Julie explain how they are able to keep REACH free of charge to the members by working with vendors who generously and enthusiastically supply the meeting space, food, drinks, raffle prizes and goody bags in some of the coolest venues in Chicago! Find out how REACH has made a name for itself without a website and how people find out about this powerful network. Ike and Julie tell us exactly how they did it and how you can do it too!

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”~ Napoleon Hill

REACH Event Chicago's First Lady Cruise 2016
REACH Event Chicago’s First Lady Cruise 2016

About the Guests

Ike Saunders REACHIke Saunders

Ike Saunders has led the networking group REACH – Regional Executive Assistants’ Cocktail Hour in Chicago since 2013. What began with fewer than ten people meeting over drinks has now grown to a mailing list of over 200. Ike is the Executive and Personal Assistant to Chris Kennedy who is the son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Ike and Chris have worked together for seven years.

Julie Kavanaugh REACHJulie Kavanaugh

Julie Kavanaugh is on the REACH Leadership Team and brings 28 years of experience supporting executives in Chicago.  Julie walks the talk about the importance of external networks not only with REACH but also as a member of New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA) which Bonnie co-founded and the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants-Los Angeles (ACPA-LA).   Julie is currently the Sr. Executive Administrator/Managing Assistant to Craig Bouchard, an International Entrepreneur, CEO and NY Times Best Selling Author.  Julie spent two years at Hillshire Brands as the EA to the President/CEO. Julie helped create an internal EA Network. Prior to this, Julie served as Sr. EA to the VP/GM of the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team but Bonnie and Vickie met Julie at their first Chicago BTUA workshop in 2012.

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Ike Saunders
Julie Kavanaugh

Related References:
Ep 2: Global Trends for Assistants with Guest Lucy Brazier (Part 1 of 2)

Ep 17: Building an Internal Assistant Network with Guest Victoria Darragh

REACH 2016 Salary Survey – Chicago


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