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Training How to Work Remotely, Remotely

Ep. 19

The sudden shift to remote work has forced many executives and their assistants to adjust their working dynamic to fit today’s demands.


In this episode of Remote Space, Doug Thomas is joined by Laura Belgrado, a project coordinator and executive assistant to the President of KIND International at Mars, INC. Laura has been working remotely since 2003 and is no stranger to the assistant environment.  Laura’s held executive assistant roles for several companies, including 10 years at Microsoft. Not only is she a champion for remote working, but she also trains executives and their assistants in remote communication and has been a touchstone for many as businesses move to a remote environment.


Laura tells us all about “communication shift,” why it’s important for assistants to speak up, how to liven up your team video calls, the importance of embracing technology, and so much more.


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Laura Belgrado - LinkedIn


Doug Thomas - LinkedIn

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