President's Letter


Hello Las Colinas IAAP Chapter Members and friends,

There is so much happening in IAAP these days, I almost don’t know where to begin.

I’ll start off by first inviting you to the LCC Professional Development Session on September 8, at the Westin DFW Hotel, 4545 John Carpenter Freeway (114) in Irving. We have a great Excel program scheduled for you. We will be in the conference room area on the south side of the building. If you are traveling west on

114, turn right on Esters Blvd. at the stop sign, the entrance to the hotel is on the left. Do not stay on the service road through the stop sign, there is no entrance to the hotel that way. Trust me, I know this.

Click here to RSVP, if you are paying by check or cash at the door.  [editor's note: credit payment system is under construction.]  

Waves of Change - Oceans of Opportunity.   We have begun planning our fall seminar, Waves of Change – Oceans of Opportunity. It will be held November 15, 2014. We are planning on providing 4–6 recertification points. As soon as the speakers/topics and the location are firmed up we will send out a special communication, but for now please save the date.  Julie Cooper, CAP-OM, Vice President, is the coordinator and would love some volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact her at

October is shaping up nicely. We are working on something special and different. Stay tuned.

We won’t have a meeting in November because of the seminar, but we hope to see you in December where we are planning a big celebration to end 2014.

Professional Development Needs.  The LCC Board is very interested in what you want to learn this year. We have some ideas for the remaining professional development sessions, but we want yours as well. Please let us know your thoughts, click here for a quick survey.

2015 - A New Year.   January – March will be business as usual, a professional development program and networking each month. In April we will celebrate Administrative Professionals Week (APW). This past April we celebrated our 25th anniversary and didn’t celebrate APW. Since the April meeting will be the last Las Colinas chapter meeting we want to celebrate APW in a big way. I am envisioning door prizes, gifts, great food and even better fellowship. Several LCC members attended the Big D chapter’s good-bye brunch on Saturday. Talk about a history, 67 years. Be sure and look on Facebook for pictures. It was bitter-sweet, but I am glad I was there to meet past presidents and members of Big D. It was an impressive event.

April 2015 Education Opportunity.  There will be another seminar, like our November one, in April, hosted by Arlington Golden Circle. The event will be a great way to get more recertification points. As soon as I hear more about this event, I will pass the information on to you.

TEC2015.  I hope we can send some LCC members to Austin through a scholarship. Stay tuned for more information. These training are well worth the time and money.  Program sessions and registration will open up in the fall.  Check it out here. 

Texas-Louisiana Diviaion Annual Meeting.  Save the date for this one as well. May 21-24, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will also be the last division annual meeting, so make plans to attend. New Orleans is a great historic city. I sure don’t want to miss this event. And, I hope to see you there!

Louisville 2015.  This has historically been called EFAM and is being renamed in the revitalization of IAAP, but for now it is being called Louisville 2015.  Louisville, Kentucky, July 26–29, at the Kentucky Intl Convention Center. Check here for more information as it becomes available.            

Final Thoughts.  I have to admit the changes that are being made to IAAP caught me off guard and I wasn’t thrilled. But I have so much to be thankful for because of IAAP that I have to stick with it to see where the road we are on leads. I have faith in the folks at headquarters. They were brave and selfless in their pursuit to revitalize IAAP. I know the decisions they made were hard. I will do what I can support the new IAAP. And, if it is in the cards, help make it a better IAAP. I hope upon hope, you are there with me. Let’s have some fun, learn some cool stuff, experience new things, and be better for all of it.

Your president,
Kimberly Garrett, CAP-OM



Hold The Date! 

        Waves of Change – Oceans of Opportunities Event

November 15, 2014   *   9:00AM - 4:00PM

Hosted by the Las Colinas Chapter IAAP 


New Board Leadership


2014-2015 Officers

(L-R) Kelly Hughes, Treasurer
Julie Cooper, CAP-OM, Vice President
Kimberly Garrett CAP-OM President
Rhonda Kilburn, CAP-OM, Secretary

Thank You Shirl!!  2013-2014 President

On behalf of the chapter Starlyn Frank hand crafted this beautiful quilt for outgoing Las Colinas president, Shirl Jackson.  Nothing can say how much we appreciate your leadership and your heart for IAAP.  This quilt is a good start and we hope you love it as much as we love you.   

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years!


We had a wonderful time and hope you did too!

[April 2014] We're having a party! This is so special. Las Colinas IAAP has been a vital part of our community serving administrative professionals for twenty-five years. We are proud to invite charter 

members, past presidents, international officers, friends, family and coworkers for our Silver Anniversary celebration.  Our speaker will have words of enthusiasm and encouragement for all ages. To commemorate our $20 dues level since "day one" we're offering a special $20 rate for this event. This includes the networking, dinner, speaker, and all the fun!  MORE

How's Your Profile?

Did you know you can view a complete directory of Las Colinas members?  Log in and click on COMMUNITIES to see Las Colinas, then click on the link to right ("76 members") to see the whole directory.

If you don't see your photo when you log in, that's easy to fix!  Look up to your log-in, click PROFILE (below your name) and then you can click to easily add a photo of yourself.  We'd love to see all member photos here.  It will help us to get to know you better and vicey versey!

Jobs Jobs Jobs

Immediate openings with nearby companies for full-time admin positions.  These leads are a benefit of your local Las Colinas Chapter membership.  Please log in to see the job descriptions and contact information. READ MORE    **new posting added September 12, 2014

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     The TEC15 will be

    right in our back yard!

    Let's go to Austin! 

    Mark your calendars

    for March 6-8, 2015 

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Non-Member Cost:  $710.00

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street                Single/Double:   $179.00      
Austin, Texas 78701                (512) 478-1111 

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Coming in 2015...

Strategic Plan 2013-2018:  Goal 3 - Professional Development & Certification

We are excited to announce that we currently plan to move to computer-based testing in 2015. We can’t share a lot of specifics yet; however, we can say that computer-based testing will be done through a company with secure testing centers and a consistent delivery system, with testing locations throughout North America.

Also, with the change to computer-based testing, we will be changing our application deadline dates and the actual exam dates. Our plan right now is to offer the exams in March and September, replacing our current schedule of May and November.

Note, there will be no exam in November 2014.  For complete information, visit the Association’s web site at:

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