Networking is one of the most essential things we can do for both our careers and the profession as a whole!


Access to Individualized Learning Plans.


Mentorship program providing personal attention, guidance, and professional development.


Exchange information and ideas among people who share interests and professional goals on Networking Forums.


Monthly webinars filled with valuable information to further your professional growth.


Free access to our quarterly in-person networking events.


Access to peer advisers willing to help you at any point.


Every possible resource needed right at your fingertips.


Access to our Easy Button Vendors who have already been vetted by the group.

About us


EA Direct Connect is your direct connection to local administrative professionals looking to collaborate, learn from one another and share creative, thought-provoking ideas. Created in 2016 by former Executive Assistant and Director of Administration, Joelle Paban. This grassroots organization has taken over Tampa Bay and is now close to 1,000 members strong!

EA Direct Connect provides unique opportunities to network both online and in person with well-respected experts in the Executive and Administrative fields, offer and/or put you in touch with continuous professional development, learn new strategies to support your executive team, and expand your skills repertoire.

By joining this community of experts, you will maximize your resources and proficiency.



Joelle Paban

Joelle Paban, formerly of New York, is a professional entrepreneur with over 10 years’ experience as a successful C-Suite Executive Assistant. As Founder of EA Direct Connect, a local networking community in the Tampa Bay area, Paban accurately identifies and promotes the importance of networking among “A” list players who value excellence and growth.

Become part of this powerhouse group of Tampa Bay influencers!



Debbie Lundberg believes “How you present is how you are remembered”! She is the founder & CEO of the Florida-based national firm, Presenting Powerfully. Debbie combined her 14-years of General Motors leadership with her 11-years of adjunct Dale Carnegie Training facilitation success during that same time frame to embark on her business endeavor to enhance communication, behaviors, and relationships through four offerings: Keynotes & Talks, Strategy & Facilitation, Teaming & Training, and Coaching & Consulting.

As a 12-time published author, certified virtual presenter, certified life coach, certified leadership coach, and certified image consultant, Debbie is a performance coach who writes a monthly business etiquette column for Tampa Bay Business and Wealth Magazine. Debbie also co-hosts The Business Of Life Master (TBOL) Class Podcast. Debbie’s featured book, REMOTE WORK ROCKSTAR, quickly became the guidebook for working and leading virtually, as she worked, led, and has run a business for over 75% of her professional career! A quick dose of Debbie can be seen in her 2020 TED Talk “Who CAREs”.

Serving as a MacDill Air Force Base 927th Air Refueling Wing Honorary Commander Board of Directors Member, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member, Centre Club Board of Governors member (and former Chair), Leadership Tampa Alumnus, and The Special Needs Family Hour Board member, Debbie is an active (three-year Chair) member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, and recently was honored as the 2021 South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Debbie was asked to join the Tampa General Hospital Patient and Advisory Council in 2020 after her kidney donation to a woman in need in Tampa Bay. Along with that, she has been a featured athlete in the Kidney Donor Athlete community. She serves to mentor others who want to be living donors, including her husband, Michael, who donated six months after she did. Debbie’s talks, classes, and workshops on kindness made her a good fit as a Kindness Attendant for Kindleigh’s world-wide Kindness Community. The collective book, LIVING KINDLY, in which Debbie wrote a chapter, Share Your Spare, became an Amazon bestseller in June 2021.

Debbie earned a BA in Communication at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an MBA at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Team Lundberg, which includes Michael and their four-legged daughters, two rescue labs, Lexi, and Daisy, reside in South Tampa, where they settled in 2004.


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