Sheila J Davis started out as a Virtual Assistant in 2011. Now she is an internet marketing business consultant for entrepreneurs looking to surpass their revenue goals.

Her passion for branding, web design, sales funnels, marketing and customer support strategies has helped her clients build their dream businesses (without sacrificing time with their families) and attain massive growth in just months. She has also developed LeapFrogVA Academy for VAs who want to achieve their dreams!

Her heart-centered approach has helped many entrepreneurs and VAs become everyday superheroes for their clients. But, she's not stopping there. Her goal for 2017 is to help 1,000+ entrepreneurs and virtual assistants build their dream businesses.

My First Coaching Client supports introverted coaches and VAs who want to create nurturing relationships and need a laid-back approach for meeting people and attracting business.

I am an introvert and private person which becomes a blessing and a curse at times. I've realized a balance in my business by working with a variety of coach clients, understanding what matters to me, and learning the power of saying either 'no' or 'not now'. I teach what I know, what I've learned, and what adds value to my business with my clients, which results in long-term business.

Coaching has taught me the value of giving from a pure heart with no expectation of return, and God has taught me how to apply tolerance in dealing with differing personalities. Thus, I have narrowed my niche enough to know when the right client crosses my threshold and how to embrace her for the journey.

Kathie is the Virtual Assistant Queen! Founder of Australia’s first Virtual Assistant Network in 1996, she registered her own business “A Clayton’s Secretary” in 1994.

Kathie is a Virtual Assistant Coach & Trainer and has trained and mentored many VAs during the life of her business. Additionally, she is an award-winning author and is many times published in business and women’s magazines. Kathie was twice nominated for “Australian of the Year” (2008 & 2009). Listed in Australia’s Who’s Who of Women 2010- 2017.

She began her business to be at home for her 5 young daughters. Today both Kathie and Graham work at home and the daughters are grown and married. They currently have 7 grandchildren and enjoy the freedom working from home gives in being able to spend time with their extended family.

Tracey D'Aviero is a veteran VA, Founder of Your VA Mentor, and President of the Global Alliance of Virtual Assistants (GAVA) and the Canadian Association of Virtual Assistants (CAVA).

Your VA Mentor, Tracey trains and coaches professionals who are brand new to the VA industry or who have been struggling to make their business successful. She has operated her own business since 1996, has been coaching and teaching VAs since 2010, and purchased GAVA and CAVA in September 2016.

Tracey brings valuable experience from a variety of industries and varied service offerings to offer the members of the associations and her coaching clients and students a broad range of insight, information, and direction.

Susan Mershon, The Techie Mentor™, mentors virtual assistants in building the business and life of their dreams. Through her technology training and business mentoring programs she shares the roadmap she used to build her six-figure VA business after leaving a 20+ year corporate career.

She knows what it is like to struggle to go from employee to entrepreneur and has built The Techie Mentor™ to help make the transition easier. To date. she has taught over 3,000 Virtual Assistants & Business Owners how to find the freedom and flexibility they are looking for.

Sharon Broughton is a self-proclaimed online marketing junkie and “tech skills” addict.

If there’s a better, faster way to do something, she probably already knows about it. She has developed a reputation for being efficient and resourceful. She’s been able to work with some of the top 6- and 7-figure business coaches in the industry, including Ali Brown, Kevin Thompson, Fabienne Fredrickson, and Christine Kane. These people dread wasting time and money – and they pay Sharon top dollar because they know she doesn’t mess around.

Sharon's passion in life is to help entrepreneurs build their virtual teams and train virtual assistants to have in-demand, high-level skills, so they can be on those teams (and become more valuable to their clients and make more money). She is an Infusionsoft Certified Partner and Certified Online Business Manager. Sharon lives in Reno, Nevada and is a single mom with three wonderful grown children.

Amanda Johnson provides Virtual Assistant Coaching and Training and is one of the UK’s premier providers for VA training, coaching and mentoring. Amanda founded Your Executive Secretary Limited and launched her VA career, upon her retirement from the Royal Navy after 23 years military service.

"The passion I bring to my business and clients is the love of working with someone who has been scared, confused and frustrated with the entire online marketing and social media world. I love helping clients realize how these tools can bring in more business."

Although primarily focused on the Virtual Assistant training, coaching and mentoring side of her business, Amanda is still a VA to a couple of clients, as she firmly believes that it is critical to understand the grass root elements of the industry and the only way to do that is to still be working and mixing with clients.

Kathy Colaiacovo is an Online Marketing and Social Media Strategist and the founder of Pepper It Marketing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Kathy began her career as a Virtual Assistant when she opened Time on Task Virtual Assistant Services in 2008.

After growing that business to incorporate 14 Virtual Associates and building a reputation as a leader in the Virtual Assistance industry, she then founded Pepper It Marketing to level up and work with clients on a more strategic level for their marketing.

This is where her passion lies: Empowering other Business Owners to feel and see Success with the Online Marketing. "The passion I bring to my business and clients is the love of working with someone who has been scared, confused and frustrated with the entire online marketing and social media world. I love helping clients realize how these tools can bring in more business".

The dream of being an online business owner began while I was on maternity leave with my daughter. After hours of research and lots of phone calls, nothing worked out. However, I eventually found a business mentor who took the skills I already had, and what I’d learned from my experience as a bookkeeper, and helped me find my own path.

This is when my niche, subcontracting, was born. I’ve become the go-to person providing subcontracting resources for service providers and virtual assistants.

Tina Marie Hilton is the owner and virtual online technology consultant at Clerical Advantage Online Technology Services, a company committed to providing results driven online tech assistance to forward thinking businesses, consistently providing tailored services to a wide variety of clients since 2007.

The success she has had with her own clients led to joining the faculty at Solo Practice University to train solo attorneys looking to grow their business by working with a virtual assistant or virtual paralegal. She also began privately coaching small business owners in general who found themselves in need of help, either with finding the right virtual assistant or adopting new technologies in their offices.

After finding the courage to say "bye-bye" to her Corporate America marketing career, Kathy Goughenour built a 6-figure virtual assistant business from her tiny house in the middle of nowhere. Today, she helps VAs join the 6-figures club and live their dream lifestyle.

Kathy and her Expert VA Training program has been mentioned in The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, All You, and The Wealthy Freelancer.

With Kathy’s educational background in marketing, plus her years of experience in corporate marketing, Kathy realized this was the career she’d been working towards all her life. A career that would grow with her and allow her to earn a fantastic income.

Jo Saunders is a social media strategist, educator, and explorer, who thrives on inspiring people to share their values, vision and voice to grow their brand and business. She has been helping individuals connect and communicate since the early 90s, through pen and paper, events and now social media. She was number 5 on Klout’s LinkedIn expert list and was named one of the top 200 LinkedIn practitioners in the world.

She is often referred to as the 'LinkedIn Demystifier', and helps professionals and organizations communicate their brand message, showcase their talent, connect with their ideal audience and build thought leadership. Engage Jo to update your online presence, map out your content strategy and train your team to use LinkedIn effectively.

Look out for Jo’s upcoming book ‘Get Good Or Get Off - A guide to getting it right on social media.’ Connect to Jo:

Award-winning virtual assistant Lyn Prowse-Bishop is based in Warwick, Queensland, Australia, and has been assisting clients worldwide since 2000 in her practice Executive Stress Office Support.

Lyn is founder of the Australian Virtual Business Network, serves as Australian representative on international committees looking at standards and certification for the VA industry and is a foundation steering committee member of the annual Online International Virtual Assistants Convention. She has served as Queensland Representative on the national board of Independent Contractors Australia.

Honored to be a recipient of various awards and nominations, Anita Kilkenny is a highly-acclaimed administrator, educator and virtual assistant to health and wellness professionals throughout Australia, Bali and the US.

She is also President of the Australian Virtual Assistants Association and Social Media Mentor for the newly revamped VA Classroom University.

When she’s not working, her time may be spent surfing with her two beautiful sons or indulging her hippie spirit with a road trip to the Central Coast of New South Wales. Wherever she is, she’s available to help you free up your time and fall back in love with your business.

Jenny is a video marketing strategist, idea generator and message crafter for business large and small. With 25 years working with audiences from 2-200, across diverse industries, what Jenny doesn't know about presenting with impact and crafting powerful messages isn't worth knowing.

Working with clients online through webinars and her signature course Lights Camera Lipstick, Jenny’s system for effortless video marketing has reached more than 200 women in business.

Paul Tero is a consultant, teacher and public speaker with a background in IT. He is a PhD student at Swinburne University who is researching the industries of the future and how to best prepare for them. He delivers “Jobs of the Future” workshops to high schools.

Susan Weeks is a podcast producer who helps successful entrepreneurs podcast with ease. They just ‘Turn Up & Talk’ and she does all the rest!

With a focus on podcasting and online marketing, Susan leads and enables her clients to create clarity, simplify strategy and tame technology. Susan has been working with worldwide clients since 2010 and is also Content Marketing Mentor for

Her passion project of the moment is launching her own podcast Stitchery Stories based on her love of textile art, embroidery & podcasting.

After taking a life-changing trip that led to speaking engagements, Gretchen Breuner learned what it took to find and get herself on stage.

Breuner spoke nationally and internationally, landed the first keynote, appeared on San Diego's TODAY show and other local TV programs and was featured on the front page of the travel section of America's seventh largest newspaper as well as in PARENTS magazine and on KPBS radio.

With a number of private clients asking her to do the same for them, Gretchen now trains admins and VAs on how to find and book speaking gigs for their clients, helping you be in-demand.

Andrea Cannavina, is the creative and technical force behind LegalTypist, Inc. and the Virtual Bar Association, and she’s made it her mission to educate CEOs, Managing Partners, CFOs, HR Coordinators, IT Administrators and solo practitioners about their options in the setup and use of digital and web-based technology to slash overhead, safeguard company/client information and improve overall productivity.

Andrea provides vital support to busy professionals through customization of easy to use and implement processes allowing firm personnel and company representatives the ability to work remotely — securely and professionally — 24 hours per day/7 days per week – using nothing more than a phone.

Tammy has been in the Virtual Assistant Industry for over 9 years, with many years prior experience in the Accounting, Administrative & Retail Industry. She now says she ‘works her mission.’ Although disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis, she decided that MS did not have permission to ‘have her’. In working her mission, she loves empowering disabled professionals to work!

Tammy’s Team provides a variety of virtual business services for their clients. Some of which are Bookkeeping, Digital Marketing, Virtual Assistant Services and Writing Services. Not only is she President & Founder of Tammy’s Office Solutions, but she is a Founding Partner of VA to VA.

Since creating this thriving and ever growing network for Virtual Assistants, Rosie Shilo has become one dedicated business woman. Currently, Rosie owns and runs ‘Virtually Yours’, a network for over 170 Australian Virtual Assistants which she founded in 2004.

Rosie has mentored many new and experienced VAs in their business and seen them overcome many hurdles to achieve amazing goals. This inspired her to write “VA VA Voom: How to become an amazing VA and every client’s most Valued Asset” which was published in May 2014 and has sold hundreds of copies to date.

Lisa Kolb is the owner and manager of Augusta Virtual Assistants, a team of professionals who provide online support that includes; real estate, paralegal, administrative and online marketing.

She was a REALTOR for 15 years and worked as a licensed assistant prior to starting AVA in 2011. Lisa has a strong work ethic and pays close attention to detail. Her knowledge and experience in the real estate industry attribute to the success of managing her team and assisting business owners with increasing their productivity.

As a member of the VA to VA panel with Tammy Durden and Nanette Thelemaque, Lisa is committed to educating other professionals in the virtual assistance industry that desire to build and manage their own Multi-VA company.

I have over 25 years of Sales and Marketing. I began my career with small technology start-ups. As these company grew so did my career. I found work with a publishing company first as an Administrative Assistant then as a marketing Coordinator working with a Product Manager of School books. This new position gave me new skills and experiences in marketing and graphic design.

The result of my career trajectory is a well round array of skills sets and processes and the confidence to strike out on my own and offer a vast professional expertise to help other small businesses grow.

In 2013, I started my virtual business and began my journey. The flexibility and wide range of different projects make working as a virtual business support professional enticing. I really enjoy, and have a passion helping other small businesses realize their dream.

Tawnya Sutherland is a Certified Internet Marketing Business Strategist from the University of British Columbia and has owned her own VA business for 20+ years. Her online marketing skills founded her in 2003, the market leader in the Virtual Assistant industry.

Tawnya has become the go-to spokesperson and expert trainer/coach for Virtual Assistants wanting to share, learn more, and grow their businesses.

Tracey Osborne is known as The Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon™. After specializing in the Virtual Assistant industry for almost a decade, Tracey coaches and teaches women how to use the skills they have to create a money-making machine working from home as a Virtual Professional.

Tracey is the author of Becoming a VA; The Key to Unlocking the Virtual Assistant Industry. She is a powerful and dynamic speaker and has relaunched her popular podcast, Coffee With Tracey.

David Abrams

David Abrams is the co-founder of Demio. He is focused on creating a highly streamlined SaaS company for its users.

Madina Akhmedova, Founder and Managing Director of RiseAssist Business Training, the only live virtual assistant training program provider in the UAE.

Cristina has 14+ years of experience in providing professional support to C-Level executives and is the founder of Tus Secretarias Online. Since 2011, is providing online services to C-Level executives and their companies together with her team of VAs. She is a Professional PA providing her services in 5 languages. Based in Spain, she promotes the VA industry through the Spanish Virtual Assistant Association, participating in numerous events across Europe.

Salma Burney is a Virtual Assistant, Computer Instructor & Social Media Coach for Virtual Girl Friday, a company she created in 2004.

Her passion is to teach what the students want, not what she thinks they need to learn. Her classes (1-on-1, corporate & online) are interactive, and focus on how to use the software to make the students’ workday easier, not stressful. As a Social Media Coach Salma assists her clients in understanding the confusing world of Social Media. She helps you get started if you have no presence, teach you how to do it yourself and how to maximize your time on social media.

Salma is an active member of The Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group (GHVA), which is a local association of independent business owners who offer a wide range of administrative, technical, and creative services to support other businesses. We have members throughout Southern Ontario, Canada, and meet monthly in Hamilton and Mississauga.


Please Note: Speaker positions fill quickly. Requests will be reviewed and final choices made by the OIVAC Steering Committee. All decisions are final. ALL SLOTS ARE FILLED.

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