MEAG was founded by Carmel Bond in November 2014. As a newly titled EA, Carmel often felt isolated and sometimes overwhelmed in her role.
Looking at her colleagues, most of whom worked in small teams or large departments, Carmel longed for someone to run ideas past, talk business with, or simply share a few words of support on those super-stressful days.
After speaking on a panel at an EA conference, Carmel came up with the idea of starting an EA group. She casually put the word out to see who in her circle might be interested. Before she knew it, she was flooded with emails from other EAs looking for the exact same things.
It was clear there was a gap in the EA market, and that Melbourne needed a place for EAs and PAs to come together, socialise, support, connect, inspire, learn and grow. Carmel made it her mission to fill this gap – and so MEAG was born.
MEAG hosts monthly meetings exclusively for EAs and PAs. These meetings provide the perfect platform to network, share industry knowledge and support like-minded peers as you navigate together through what can be a challenging, although incredibly rewarding, career path.
Every meeting is different – and, as a member-focused community, MEAG listens to what members want and plans events with the aim to please. From public speaking sessions to software tutorials, site visits, and presentations from special guest speakers, MEAG provides the best and most comprehensive resources to help EAs and PAs thrive in their careers.
As well as finding friends for life, some members have even found career mentors at MEAG.
With over 600 current members (and counting), the possibilities for personal development, networking – and, of course, fun – are endless.
Meet your MEAG founder – Carmel Bond
Carmel Bond started her career in administration over 12 years ago, working her way up to Executive Assistant in the real estate and IT industries.
Carmel is an extremely passionate EA – named Morris Jones Secretary of the Year 2017 - and a bit of a social butterfly – so it made sense to combine her genuine love of people with her strong career ambition.
Originally starting as a passion project, MEAG has grown into one of Melbourne’s premier professional networking communities. Seeing members connect, support and inspire one another is exciting.
When she’s not busy managing MEAG, Carmel is a mother, wife and full-time Executive Assistant at Hodges Real Estate in Ascot Vale. In her down time, she likes to keep things simple by spending quality time with family and friends.