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    Shifting Empowerment And Switching Our Norms

    President’s Message

    Happy New Year! I hope you have been able to

    spend quality time with family and friends during

    the holiday breaks--making your Thanksgiving

    happy and your Christmas merry.

    We have now shifted into the season of rest

    (winter). With the start of the New Year, Conference is right around the corner.

    I have great excitement about our upcoming Conference; especially the

    opportunity I have to see each of you again. Please, finalize plans to attend the

    Annual NCAEOP Conference, March 17-20, 2020, at the Hilton Raleigh North

    Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is one you will not want to miss!

    Thank you to our Conference Committee for the awesome job you are doing for the NCAEOP membership.

    They have worked hard planning our Annual Conference and have secured some phenomenal speakers and

    workshop presenters. The 2020 Conference Schedule is included in our newsletter. Register today! I encourage

    you to come looking for empowerment and taking the steps to switching your norms.

    Are you ready for new SEASONS? Conference info can be found at


    PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING Vol. XLIII, No. 9 North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals, Inc. January, 2020

    Publication submissions for Professionally Speaking may be made by sending information to

    Voting Ballots

    All voting ballots must

    be postmarked by the

    March 6, 2020 deadline

    for those members who

    do not have Internet

    access. For those

    members who have

    Internet access, please

    vote online. Ballots can

    be found on page 11.

    Inside this issue:

    President’s Message Page 1

    69th Annual Conference Schedule Page 2

    69th Annual Conference Notes Page 4

    Speakers & Workshops Page 6

    2020-2021 State Officer Candidates Page 8

    Changes in Constitution and Bylaws Page 9

    Conference Registration Page 10

    Voting Ballots Page 11

    Sharron D. James-Bizzell


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    69th Annual Conference Schedule

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    1:30 p.m. Conference Committee Meeting

    3:00 p.m. Conference Committee Meet with Hotel Staff

    4:00 p.m. 2019-20 Executive Board Meeting

    6:00 p.m. Past Presidents’ Dinner

    7:00 -9:00 p.m. Baskets, Hospitality items and Registration Packets arrive

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 2019-20 Board of Directors meeting

    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Vendors arrive

    11:30 a.m. Retirees Meeting/Luncheon

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hospitality, $$$ for Scholars, Membership, NAEOP, PSP,

    Registration, Special Projects & Vendors Open

    4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. FIRST GENERAL SESSION - “Denim & Diamonds”

    Speaker: Willa Brigham; Other Activities

    6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. President-Elects Meet & Greet

    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Hospitality, $$$ for Scholars, Membership, NAEOP, PSP

    Special Projects & Vendors Open

    Decorate for Breakfast

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration Open

    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Vendors Open

    7:30 a.m. Head Table lineup

    8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. SECOND GENERAL SESSION: “Catching Sparks of Hope”

    Speaker: Les Long

    Membership, $$$ for Scholars & Special Projects

    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. BREAK

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. THIRD GENERAL SESSION: “Bursting into Bloom”

    Opening & Business Session

    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

    Decorate for Banquet

    PSP Rehearsal

    Installation Rehearsal

    12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hospitality, $$$ for Scholars & Special Projects

    Membership, NAEOP, PSP, & Registration Open

    12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Vendors Open

    2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshops:

    Dismantling Your Unconscious Bias – Danya Perry

    Switching Our Norms-{ACT] Action Changes Things - Lindsay


    Stress and Burnout! Trying to Come to an Office Near You! –

    Shirley Bolden

    Walking the Tightrope of Life - Getting Your Balance – Renarta


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    69th Annual Conference Schedule

    6:00 p.m. Head Table Lineup

    6:30 p.m. FOURTH GENERAL SESSION: “Celebrating Your Harvest”

    Administrator’s Banquet

    EOP and Administrator of Year Presentations

    2020 – 2021 Officer Installation

    Speaker: Dr. Gael Hogan

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration Open

    8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. $$$ for Scholars & Special Projects

    Membership, NAEOP, PSP & Vendors Open

    8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshops:

    Branding a New You/Social Media Empowerment – Sabrina


    Financial Freedom/Wellness – Tony Belin

    Keeping Your Cool During Hot Conversations - Jennifer L.


    Using Google to Organize EVERYTHING - Jennifer L. Graham

    Aspiring to Be the Change - Bianca Abell, CEOE; Elizabeth Hobbs

    & Dottie Walker, CEOE

    9:00 a.m. 2020-2021 Executive Board Meeting

    10:00 a.m. 2020-2021 NCAEOP Board Pictures

    Decorate for Luncheon

    11:00 a.m. Head Table Lineup

    11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. FIFTH GENERAL SESSION: “Time of Sensing a Shift”

    PSP & Awards Luncheon

    Speaker: Jill Averyhart, CEOE, 2019-2020 NAEOP President


    2:30 p.m. 2020-2021 Board of Directors’ Meeting

    Don your favorite denim looks along with diamonds. Of course, you don’t have to wear real

    diamonds; fakes and rhinestones are great for our themed event. Feel free to wear your favorite

    jeans with a fun top, a denim dress or skirt, or dress up your denim with heels. It’s up to you.

    We just want you to come ready to have fun, mingle, eat, and dance.

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    69th Annual Conference Notes


    ❖ Registration is open December 30, 2019 to February 3, 2020.

    ❖ Everyone will register online. You may pay online or mail payment.

    ❖ Payments mailed must also include a completed registration form.

    ❖ All payments must be postmarked no later than February 3, 2020.

    ❖ Locals units sending multiple registrations with one check must have registration forms for each person registering.

    ❖ Local units sending in a check for all attendees together, should make sure each person is a current member or everyone’s registration in the group will be held until membership is paid and check clears.

    ❖ Make sure checks and registration forms are mailed to correct address: Linda Berard – NCAEOP, Wayne Community College, P.O. Box 8002, Goldsboro, NC 27533.

    ❖ Registration is NON-REFUNDABLE.

    ❖ Active and retired members cannot be guests at meal functions.

    ❖ PLEASE select the meal functions you plan to attend; meals are included in the registration, but you will not be included if you do not select.

    ❖ Please select your menu choice for the Administrators’ Banquet. If you do not select, Menu A will be default.


    ❖ You MUST be a current member of NCAEOP to attend the annual conference.

    ❖ Have not joined – please submit a completed membership form to the Membership Recorder and pay your registration online.

    ❖ Renewal memberships submitted after January 1 must include a $10 late fee.

    ❖ Your conference registration CANNOT be processed until your check has CLEARED the bank.

    On-Site Registration

    ❖ On-site registration for workshops will be available to paid NCAEOP members.

    ❖ $160 for full registration.

    ❖ $110 for one day.

    ❖ Cash, money orders or institution checks only, NO personal checks accepted.

    Non-Member Registering On-Site

    ❖ Dues must be paid with cash, money order or institution check only.

    ❖ Renewing is $45 ($35 for membership plus $10 late fees).

    ❖ New membership is $35.

    ❖ Membership fees are in addition to the on-site registration fee.

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    Hotel Registration and Parking

    ❖ The conference hotel is the HILTON RALEIGH NORTH HILLS, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh NC.

    ❖ Hilton Rate: $165 plus tax/night for 1 King or 2 Double Beds.

    ❖ The cutoff date for hotel reservations is February 16, 2020, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

    ❖ Checks will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED at check-in. Checks MUST be received 2 weeks prior to arrival. Make sure to include your hotel confirmation number on the check.

    ❖ Please do not reserve a block of rooms and then cancel them at the last minute prior to conference. This keeps members from reserving rooms in ou