Inspirational Workplace Leadership Expert & Former Celebrity Assistant To Olympia Dukakis
Speaking Style: Inspirational, Actionable, Knowledgeable
Travels From: Florida
Fee Schedule: 2
International speaker, Bonnie Low-Kramen is recognized as one of the world’s most respected and inspirational thought 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. A committed advocate for women’s issues, Bonnie is at the center of the efforts to close the wage gap between women and men and to ending workplace bullying.
Bonnie and Vickie Sokol Evans co-host the Be the Ultimate Assistant Podcast series where they tackle the burning issues of the workplace. A writer for Glassdoor, Huffington Post, 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.
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’s work with Olympia Dukakis included close involvement with the Academy Award win for Moonstruck, the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis, and travel around the world to places such as Sydney, London, Alaska, and Prague.
A New Jersey native who now calls Florida her home, Bonnie holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in English and Theatre. She worked in sales and marketing for not-for-profit theatres in Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston before returning home to New Jersey in 1986 where she became the Public Relations Director at Olympia Dukakis’ Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ. The rest is history.
Using personal experiences, stories, and photos from her 25-year career as the Personal Assistant to Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Bonnie delivers a customized and informative presentation that is sure to entertain, celebrate and inspire your audience. Bonnie is nothing if not passionate about engaging everyone she meets.
- Assistants as Leaders in Today’s Workplace
- #TimesUp for Workplace Bullying
- Be the Ultimate Assistant – Saving the Day Every Day
- Finding Your Voice to Speak Up
- Be the Ultimate Manager
- Know Your Worth: Negotiating for the Salary You Deserve
- Leaning In – Why Women Need to Help Other Women
- Massive Mistakes and other Life-Changing Moments from a Celebrity Assistant
- For Managers: Finding and Keeping the Perfect Assistant
- For Managers and Assistants Together: Building the Ultimate Partnership
- Be The Ultimate Assistant, A Celebrity Assistant’s Secrets To Working With Any High-Powered Employer
- Hillshire Brands
- Executive Secretary Magazine
- Johnson & Johnson
- Association Of Administrative Assistants
- Association Of Celebrity Assistants
- Administrative Professionals
“A powerful and progressive presenter. Bonnie is an inspiration to all assistants looking to advance their professional development and take their careers to the next level.” – Emily Friedman, Executive Leadership Support Forum Conference Director
“Bonnie is a great speaker – very interesting, informative, and uplifting! This may sound dramatic to you, but in all sincerity, I feel reinvigorated after just 1.5 hours spent with Bonnie and the large group of admins. My job is so fast-paced that I rarely take time away from my desk for this type of event, and I’m happy that I attended this one.” – AstraZeneca Attendee
“Bonnie makes every attendee feel like they are the most important person in the world.” – Renee Viens | EA to CEO, Boston
“You are truly an inspiration for women, not only as administrative professionals in our everyday role, but also for being the women who juggle every aspect of our lives, every second of every minute. Thank you for everything you do.” – Amy Maslo, IAAP Member, Hershey, PA
- Huffington Post – CEO’s: Can We Talk?
- Oct 2017 Washington Post – After Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood assistants urged to break culture of silence
- Feb 2018 Executive Secretary Magazine – Are you a #MeToo? Assistants Ready to be the #SilenceBreakers
- Dec 2015 Executive Secretary Magazine – 5 Ways for Women to Make More Money (and Close Your Wage Gap)
- Feb 2015 Be the Ultimate Assistant blog – A CEO’s Most Powerful (and Profitable) Secret Weapon
- July 2014 Executive Secretary Magazine – 8 Ways to Manage Your Manager
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