Evelyn R. Beato
Executive Assistant to the CFO, the Assistant Treasurer & the VP of Finance at
Years of Experience: 30+ years
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started as an Assistant and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.
I started in the assistant world as a teenager. I had a summer job with a program called ABCD. I worked assisting an Office Manager at day care center. A couple of years later I enrolled in a community training program called Oficina Hispana, through their job placement department I was hired by Bechtel Corporation and went to work as a Clerk Typist at the Central Artery/Tunnel. I moved up the ranks in the admin world as the years went by. Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Yes. it has been very smooth. I found jobs easily when I wanted to and frequently was asked to come work for people that I knew. In the last 4 or 5 years I felt a significant amount of burnout which I blame on not being at the right company. Now I am at a place that I LOVE! Some of the struggles were dealing with difficult co-workers.
What are you most proud of in your career? Any highlights stories you can share? What sets you apart from others? I am most proud of my work with the Latin American Professional Group’s work I did at State Street. I was in a leadership role there and we coordinated a program to educate the community about our culture and also programs to professionally develop our members.
Where do you see our Assistant industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc? It definitely going virtual and I also see a EA's moving on to Chief of Staff of roles and expanding their responsibilities.
Do you have a fun fact you want to share with the community? In 2017, I became a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I am enrolled in their Fashion Certificate program. It’s never too late to go back to school. I am also very involved with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, I am a big sister and I was President of their Diversity board from 2016- 2018. Our goal is recruit more women to become big sisters, especially women of color.
I attended one of the first gatherings of BEA in 2016 and I was immediately on board. I saw the potential of BEA and the hole that was going to be filled in our local assistant community. I really enjoy the events that are targeted to our development and needs as assistants. I have enjoyed meeting people and forging friendships with them. In 2018, I formally joined the group. BEA is the place I go to when I have a question about anything. I can find what I need from this group and this saves me so much time. I am happy to have our own group to belong to.
Owner & Founder,
Your Essential Assistant
Years of Experience: 20+ years
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started as an Assistant and how you got to where you are today: Before I found my passion as Virtual Executive Assistant I spent 12 years as an emergency services 9-1-1 dispatcher. This was a job where you had to thrive under pressure, respond calmly and think on your feet. It was there that I developed the skills & dynamic foundation for my career as an Executive Assistant.
I transitioned from the 9-1-1 industry to the private sector by taking my first administrative assistant role with a high-tech firm supporting the marketing team. Within four years I went from working as an entry level assistant at that company to becoming an executive assistant for senior leaders of a call center at a major credit card corporation. I supported leadership not only locally but across multiple domestic sites. I very quickly realized that it required a unique set of skills to support leadership in different locations and for executives who were always traveling. I began to build & enhance my skill set to specialize in virtual and remote support for senior leaders and executives. I also developed a training protocol for other assistants in how to provide seamless remote support. When that role came to an end almost 8 years later due to a layoff, I decided to parlay my virtual and remote skills into a business and founded Your Essential Assistant.
I ran Your Essential Assistant as a side business to my corporate 9-5 job until January of 2018 when I decided to take the major (and terrifying) leap into self-employment and entrepreneurism! I specialize in partnering with small business owners, fellow entrepreneurs and executives to assist with calendar management, domestic and international travel planning, event planning, client billing, transcription, document refinement (think PowerPoint), internet research & CRM cleanup and maintenance.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Nothing is ever completely smooth on the career path. There have been layoffs, jobs that I really didn’t enjoy, co-workers that were difficult to collaborate with and leaders that were difficult or challenging to support. But each of these circumstances has helped formed and mold me into the executive professional that I am today
What are you most proud of in your career? Any highlights stories you can share? What sets you apart from others? I am most proud of my time at Capital One as a trainer with the Admin University (Admin U) team formed by founder Barbara Cameron. Admin U was based on the philosophy of assistants training assistants and that each admin had something to share, give or teach to our peers in regards to best practices, technical skills or soft skills. I very much enjoyed partnering with other like-minded assistants to help teach and grow the admin community across the enterprise.
Where do you see our Assistant industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc? As technology continues to advance and we have more dynamic ways to connect and collaborate I see the Assistant industry becoming more and more virtual. Remote/virtual work is already starting to become an accepted part of the corporate culture. Assistants are going to need to be more flexible, adaptable and savvy about technology in order to support and coordinate the lives of their executives and business partners.
Do you have a fun fact you want to share with the community? I was blessed and fortunate enough to attend Super Bowl XLIX (February 1, 2015) in Phoenix, AZ with my daughter and watch the Patriots come from behind to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28 – 24 when Malcolm Butler intercepted the ball in the end zone! It was an absolutely AMAZING and once in a lifetime experience!
BEA Testimonial: Being relatively new to the Boston area (approaching 2 years of living here) I have found the BEA to be a huge professional benefit to me and my career. I have enjoyed the networking, the brain storming, the panel presentations, the continuing professional development opportunities and the friendships that I have found through this group of amazing executives assistants. I look forward to 2018 and what the BEA has to offer.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Vice President of Pharmacovigilance & Safety at Blueprint Medicines
Years of Experience: 20+ years
Fields of Experience: Real Estate, Investment Management, Biotech/Biopharma, Tech, Venture Capital, Accounting, Executive Recruiting, Non-profit, Start-Up, E-commerce/Retail
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started as an Assistant and how you got to where you are today: I started my career as an office assistant to a real estate company in 1997. From there, I realized I loved to help people organize their business. I grew my career over the years working in multiple facets of the administrative role. I've been a C-Suite partner for over 17+ years now.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Being an EA over the past 20 years hasn't always been a smooth road. I've made some mistakes and have learned from them. I've also learned what industries I love to work in, and what type of person/people I work best with. The most challenging part of being a high-level EA is getting people to understand what it is you do and how your expertise can add value to the company.
What are you most proud of in your career? Any highlights stories you can share? What sets you apart from others? I'm most proud of my role at Year Up. It is an amazing non-profit that provides underserved young adults with skills, knowledge and experience that today's businesses demands, allowing them to attain a livable wage. I supported the Founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian, for nearly four and a half years. During that time, Gerald allowed me to grow not only as a member of his team, but as a person. His belief in me, allowed me to gain access to a very large network of people, some whom I even consider friends today. Gerald is undoubtedly one of the greatest employers I have ever worked for. His passion for Year Up's students, as well as its employees, is remarkable.
Where do you see our Assistant industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc? I hope that our industry starts to make a better name for itself over the next 5-10 years. I feel we aren't receiving the respect we deserve, as of yet. I believe the EA community needs to make a bigger, bolder statement of how, we too, should be part of executive teams and be considered valuable players in an organization. I do think this will take time, and I hope that a lot of the "vets" of the industry (including myself) can help make this shift.
Do you have a fun fact you want to share with the community? I am a former women's professional full contact football player. I played for a number of years for the Bay State Warriors, Boston Rampage and Boston Militia. One of my most rewarding times, as I've met many wonderful women over the years, who take their part in a male dominated sport very seriously. These women work hard as they are also full-time professionals, mothers, students. I've gained many life-long friendships from playing football.
BEA Testimonial: Since I've become a member of BEA, I've been able to perform my job more efficiently and effectively. BEA has proven to be a great resource for networking with other Executive Assistants in the Boston area, allowing us to share ideas and collaborate. I'm excited to be a member of such an amazing group of Assistants!