Friday, May 19, 2006, the Online International Virtual
Assistant's organization will salute the global VA industry
during the International Virtual Assistants Day celebration,
which is being sponsored by
As part of these
celebrations, the Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of
Distinction will be awarded to a Virtual Assistant (VA)
who has been in business for at least 2 years and who has
made a positive impact in the VA community.
As you may know, Thomas
Leonard is considered to be the founder of the coaching
profession and is credited with coining the term "life coach".
But did you know that Thomas also introduced the term "virtual
assistant" into the English language? Stacy Brice of Assist U
was Thomas' assistant, and because they worked online from
different geographic locations, Thomas called her his
"virtual assistant". Among his
many achievements in the coaching field, Thomas Leonard founded the
IAC, as well as
and the ICF. Thomas Leonard passed away in 2003.