Vanessa A. Farino is the Founder and President of Boston Executive Assistants (BEA), an organization that promotes the networking and collaboration of Executive Assistants throughout the Greater Boston area. BEA has more than 1,000 community members and serves to unite assistants, allowing them to meet their peers and network with like-minded professionals. Through monthly meetings and a yearly Forum, assistants are empowered through shared experiences, resources and learning. Vanessa’s latest endeavor is Her Boston, a new organization founded in January of 2018. Her Boston is a community designed to support professional women in the Greater Boston area, providing a forum for networking, empowerment and support through shared personal and life experiences. In 2017, Vanessa served as President of Boston Business Women, an organization with over 12,000 members, and was named as one of El Mundo Boston’s Latino 30 Under 30. Also in 2017, Vanessa was included in Candela Magazine’s list of the Top 25 Most Successful People. Vanessa loves to travel and enjoys all activities that the Greater Boston area offers. A wife, daughter, sister and involved community member, Vanessa places her daily focus on helping others connect. Early Life Born in Boston, Vanessa is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Vanessa’s entrepreneurial interests developed at age 15 when Vanessa co-owned a high-end fashion boutique. This early exposure to the business world spurred her to learn about all aspects of business – pursuing a career working with and learning from high level Executives. Becoming an Executive Assistant allowed Vanessa to develop and utilize her natural organizational and planning skills. Over the past 10 years Vanessa has worked with and learned from C-Suite Executives in multiple industries, including: Education, Healthcare, Real Estate, Legal, Finance, Biotechnology, and Software. A trusted partner to these Executives, Vanessa has assisted with acquisitions, renovations, business and event planning, and more.
International speaker and teacher, Bonnie Low-Kramen is recognized as one of the world’s most respected and inspirational leaders in the administrative profession. In 2015 Bonnie was named Educator of the Year by the Domestic Estate Managers Association. She worked as the Personal Assistant to Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for 25 years until 2011. Bonnie’s passion is to affect positive change in the global workplace by paving the way towards healthy and productive relationships between assistants, managers, and fellow staff. Bonnie and Vickie Sokol Evans host a monthly Podcast series where they tackle the burning issues of the workplace. A writer for Executive Secretary Magazine, SmartCEO Magazine, and the Ultimate Assistant blog, her website was named as one of the “Top 10 Websites for Assistants of 2015” by Business Management Daily. Bonnie is the bestselling author of the desk-side resource book “Be the Ultimate Assistant, A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer.” She is a sought-after speaker and trainer at conferences and corporations around the world. In April 2015 she launched an international initiative called Speak Up! Pledge to motivate more positive and productive communication in the workplace (SpeakUpPledge.com.) She is a member of many professional organizations, including New York Celebrity Assistants (co-founder), International Association of Administrative Professionals, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and the National Association of Professional Women. Bonnie is at the center of the movement to close the wage gap and to end workplace bullying.