Training & Development

Constant Training and Development is crucial for every professional career. It is not only about expanding knowledge, it is about wanting to evolve in a vast changing everyday business life. We offer an International Training & Development Program conceived to provide our members with all the modern knowledge they need to succeed in their business environment. A conference organized every autumn and a training day organized every spring, tailor-made to the needs and the development of our members, can guarantee their evolution. Several factors playing a role in the success of a company are beyond the scope of financial statements alone. No matter the size, industry or profitability of a business, organizational culture, management philosophy and business ethics each have a crucial impact on long-term business performance. After the theme ‘Change’ in 2015 and ‘Self Development’ in 2016, we will work around ‘Business Ethics’ in 2017. Our role as assistants to the management is crucial, as we execute their decisions. But do we always agree? Do we have a choice? Acting in an ethical way is about being able to distinguish “right” from “wrong”. It is about integrity and doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

IMA has since the start in 1974 offered high quality international training and development for the management support professionals. On the occasion of IMA’s 45th anniversary we have listed all our international events and topics between 1974-2019 here.

  • International Conference

    The Annual Conference is the most important event of the year. By attending you not only gain knowledge, but also an open mind to the latest changes in the modern business environment. A few of the benefits are the ability to sharpen your skills, to meet experts and influencers from all over the world, network and interact, get out of your comfort zone and learn. The conference takes place in one of our member countries. These are the topics of past conferences.

  • International Training

    Training never ends. We provide tailor-made training at an affordable price. Currently, held once a year. The sessions are individually developed for us by professional trainers. The Training Day takes place in one of our member countries. These are the topics of past training days.

  • National Training

    Training and development is a key element in our association not only on international, but also on national level. Therefore, a substantial number of training activities is organized frequently in every member country, giving its members motivation and access to all the new know-how in order for them to thrive in the business field.

  • On-line Training

    IMA Online Academy offers our members regular webinars for free with high quality content and with excellent speakers/trainers. It is about lifelong learning to ensure that your competence is up-to-date.

    Professional Master for Executive Assistants – an online training program, co-created by IMA, for taking the role to new levels. IMA members gets 15% discount.

  • International Cooperation

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For IMA – International Management Assistants it is important to take responsibility for our impact on the environment. Since we are an organization that arranges many events for our members, both globally, nationally and regionally we work proactively to minimize our negative climate impact by having an environmental mindset in our processes.

As a member’s organization, we will not be able to attract younger generations if we don’t take our responsibility for climate impact and have an ambitious mission. The planet is our home and we all have a responsibility to preserve it for future generations. We understand that this requires a behavioral change, and that we cannot continue with the same practices as we do today. Some areas will be easy to address and change, other will take time and our creativity to achieve. We also acknowledge that our members, Management Assistants, are buyers and can in turn affect many decisions at their own workplaces. IMA aims to bring awareness, inspire and motivate members and partners to act as role models in contributing to a sustainable world.

Next IMA Events

  • IMA Annual Conference 2020


    October 2, 2020

    Helsinki, Finland

    Venue of the conference: Paasitorni Congress Center

    Hotel of the conference : Scandic Paasi Hotel

  • IMA Training Day 2021


    Date TBC

    Oslo, Norway

    Venue: Clarion Hotel The Hub

  • IMA Annual Conference 2021


    October 29, 2021

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Venue of the conference: To be confirmed

  • IMA Training Day 2022


    Date TBC


    Venue of the conference: To be confirmed