About Laura Schappert, Sedona Virtual AssistantINSPIRATION
I became a Virtual Assistant in late 2012 as a proactive response to the combined realities of layoffs, unemployment, decreases in staffing and training and the impersonal nature of looking for work and applying for jobs. Over the years many friends suggested I work for myself. With over 30 years of administrative experience, computer software, internet knowledge, office management and organizational skills, I am available to provide my skills and experience to a select number of clients who do not need a full-time assistant.

BACKGROUND
Being raised in the Midwest, my hard-working ethic began at 12 years old as a nanny. I continued working through grade school, high school and college when my professional career began nine years later as a file clerk. Since that time, my titles have included Secretary, Board Member Secretary, Legal Secretary, Administrative Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Office Manager, Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk and Travel Agent.

These positions supported architects, developers, attorneys, government agencies, a hospital, an engineering firm, a travel agency and an online marketing firm. In addition, I have volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations in positions such as Health Food/Products Cooperative Assistant, Vendor Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Treasurer, Board Member, Movie Night Coordinator.

Focus, flexibility and motivation have allowed me to adapt to and grow with these widely varying industries, organizations and environments with grace and ease.

BEING OF SERVICE
I am a proud member of the Sedona-Verde Valley chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). I served as Past-President in 2016/2017, President in 2015/2016, President-Elect in 2014/2015 and Chair of Communications and Marketing in 2013/2014.

As part of the May 2017 Shining Stars – A Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence, I was nominated for the Mary Schnack Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood Award. For the 2016 Shining Stars, I was nominated for Customer Service and Community Involvement. For the May 2015 Shining Stars, I was nominated for the Customer Service award and the Mary Schnack Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood Award.

The mission of the Sedona – Verde Valley Chapter of NAWBO is “To promote the excellence of their members, thereby strengthening their businesses and the vitality of the Northern Arizona economy; connect independent, vibrant business owners locally, regionally, nationally and globally; stimulate their members’ business potential through education, training and mentoring.” Click here for information about membership.

PAYING IT FORWARD
Ideally, I would love for Sedona Virtual Assistant to manifest and grow so I can pay it forward and donate more time, energy and financial support to meaningful non-profit organizations.

About Laura Schappert, Sedona Virtual Assistant

 

Success means we go to sleep at night
knowing that our talents and abilities
were used in a way that served others.
~ Marianne Williamson ~