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Often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins‘, The Admin Awards is the first and only public recognition program of its kind in the country that focuses specifically on recognizing and rewarding the achievements, dedication and importance of Administrative Professionals.

The Admin Awards offers nine distinct award categories, including the program’s most prestigious award, The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence which elevates the professional who embodies the “spirit” and proficiency of nationally renowned (former) secretary, Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines.

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Winner Spotlight


DeeDee RodriguezExecutive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent – Dallas Independent School DistrictLoyalty Award
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DeeDee RodriguezExecutive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent – Dallas Independent School DistrictLoyalty Award
Melanie LenahanExecutive Assistant – SabreSpirit Award
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Melanie LenahanExecutive Assistant – SabreSpirit Award
Jo AbilaAdminstrative Assistant – Pioneer Natural ResourcesRookie of the Year Award
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Jo AbilaAdminstrative Assistant – Pioneer Natural ResourcesRookie of the Year Award
Terie TriAdministrative Assistant II – EpsilonCommunity Champion Award
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Terie TriAdministrative Assistant II – EpsilonCommunity Champion Award
Karen ShumanSenior Executive Assistant – DFW International AirportLeadership Award
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Karen ShumanSenior Executive Assistant – DFW International AirportLeadership Award
Kassandra JohnsonAdministrative Coordinator – UT Southwestern Medical CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
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Kassandra JohnsonAdministrative Coordinator – UT Southwestern Medical CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Ellen Larimore FreemanAdministrative Assistant – SenderoAchiever Award
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Ellen Larimore FreemanAdministrative Assistant – SenderoAchiever Award
Margie LunaReceptionist/Admin Coordinator – SouthwestAbove the Call Award
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Margie LunaReceptionist/Admin Coordinator – SouthwestAbove the Call Award
Semma DaveClinical Research Manager – UT Southwestern Medical CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Semma DaveClinical Research Manager – UT Southwestern Medical CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Stacey SpeizerSenior Executive Assistant – Uber Technologies Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Stacey SpeizerSenior Executive Assistant – Uber Technologies Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Sarah BestBusiness Services Administrator – Grant HortonColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Sarah BestBusiness Services Administrator – Grant HortonColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Leslie SalazarManagement Analyst/Executive Assistant – San Bruno Police DepartmentColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Leslie SalazarManagement Analyst/Executive Assistant – San Bruno Police DepartmentColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Kristina ConawayHead of Executive Office – Moogsoft Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Kristina ConawayHead of Executive Office – Moogsoft Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Kathleen EarlyExecutive Administrator – SalesforceColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Kathleen EarlyExecutive Administrator – SalesforceColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Daniela Bin-OteizaExecutive Assistant – DocuSignColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Daniela Bin-OteizaExecutive Assistant – DocuSignColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Damaris FelixAdministrative Coordinator – VituityRookie of the Year Award
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Damaris FelixAdministrative Coordinator – VituityRookie of the Year Award
Brittany GrotzAdministrative Coordinator – VituityColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Brittany GrotzAdministrative Coordinator – VituityColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Valarie DisneySenior Paralegal – Griffiths Law P.C.Achiever Award
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Valarie DisneySenior Paralegal – Griffiths Law P.C.Achiever Award
Tracy BehrensOffice Manager – Sterling-Rice GroupLoyalty Award
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Tracy BehrensOffice Manager – Sterling-Rice GroupLoyalty Award
Sothary CheaProgram Assistant – University of ColoradoRookie of the Year Award
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Sothary CheaProgram Assistant – University of ColoradoRookie of the Year Award
Mindy BrooksExecutive Assistant – Xilinx, IncCommunity Champion Award
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Mindy BrooksExecutive Assistant – Xilinx, IncCommunity Champion Award
Michelle RinglemanCommunications Technology Specialist and Administrative Coordinator – Sherman & Howard Law FirmAbove the Call Award
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Michelle RinglemanCommunications Technology Specialist and Administrative Coordinator – Sherman & Howard Law FirmAbove the Call Award
Kelly MaebaneExecutive Assistant – Eating Recovery CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
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Kelly MaebaneExecutive Assistant – Eating Recovery CenterAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Jessica JalbertAdministrative Manager – Anton Collins Mitchell LLPLeadership Award
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Jessica JalbertAdministrative Manager – Anton Collins Mitchell LLPLeadership Award
Jasmine KuliashaExecutive Assistant – SpheroSpirit Award
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Jasmine KuliashaExecutive Assistant – SpheroSpirit Award
Christine FierroExecutive Assistant – Liberty Global, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Christine FierroExecutive Assistant – Liberty Global, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Kristy WolkExecutive Assistant – Maxim IntegratedSpirit Award
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Kristy WolkExecutive Assistant – Maxim IntegratedSpirit Award
Anthony CastanedaFacilities Manager – BloomReach Inc. Office Manager of the Year Award
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Anthony CastanedaFacilities Manager – BloomReach Inc. Office Manager of the Year Award
Elena SchneiderSenior Legal Assistant – McManis FaulknerLeadership Award
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Elena SchneiderSenior Legal Assistant – McManis FaulknerLeadership Award
Carolyn FreitasExecutive Assistant – Juniper NetworksCommunity Champion Award
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Carolyn FreitasExecutive Assistant – Juniper NetworksCommunity Champion Award
Denise PolancoExecutive Assistant – HP Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Denise PolancoExecutive Assistant – HP Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Jamie MillerExecutive Assistant – LinkedInAchiever Award
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Jamie MillerExecutive Assistant – LinkedInAchiever Award
Adriana HerreraExecutive Assistant – Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterAbove the Call Award
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Adriana HerreraExecutive Assistant – Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterAbove the Call Award
Becky FreeExecutive Assistant – Linbeck Group, LLCSpirit Award
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Becky FreeExecutive Assistant – Linbeck Group, LLCSpirit Award
Crystal WalleyAdministrative Assistant – Rookie of the Year Award
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Crystal WalleyAdministrative Assistant – Rookie of the Year Award
Cheri MoorheadExecutive Assistant – Loyalty Award
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Cheri MoorheadExecutive Assistant – Loyalty Award
Stephanie EdgettConference Coordinator – UT ArlingtonLeadership Award
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Stephanie EdgettConference Coordinator – UT ArlingtonLeadership Award
Roshonda HelmSenior Administrative Assistant – Texas Health Harris Methodist HospitalAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
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Roshonda HelmSenior Administrative Assistant – Texas Health Harris Methodist HospitalAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Reta SnyderExecutive Assistant – Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Reta SnyderExecutive Assistant – Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Sara AllenProject Administrator – Sundt ConstructionAchiever Award
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Sara AllenProject Administrator – Sundt ConstructionAchiever Award
Lori GravesExecutive Assistant – AlconAbove the Call Award
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Lori GravesExecutive Assistant – AlconAbove the Call Award
Kimberly GoiffonAdministrative Assistant – Method ArchitectureSpirit Award
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Kimberly GoiffonAdministrative Assistant – Method ArchitectureSpirit Award
Rachel FullerAdministrative Assistant – Acacia OriginalsRookie of the Year Award
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Rachel FullerAdministrative Assistant – Acacia OriginalsRookie of the Year Award
Kathy AdairMarketing Assistant – National Oilwell VarcoLoyalty Award
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Kathy AdairMarketing Assistant – National Oilwell VarcoLoyalty Award
Annette McCammonExecutive Assistant – Hi-Crush Partners LPLeadership Award
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Annette McCammonExecutive Assistant – Hi-Crush Partners LPLeadership Award
Melodie WessonDispatch Customer Service Representative – US Med-EquipAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
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Melodie WessonDispatch Customer Service Representative – US Med-EquipAdministrative Excellence in Healthcare Award
Wendy MillhouseExecutive Assistant – Administrative Excellence in Energy Award
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Wendy MillhouseExecutive Assistant – Administrative Excellence in Energy Award
Judy JohnsonOffice Manager & Executive Assistant – EDF Energy ServicesAchiever Award
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Judy JohnsonOffice Manager & Executive Assistant – EDF Energy ServicesAchiever Award
Melissa MenchacaSenior Executive Assistant – Above the Call Award
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Melissa MenchacaSenior Executive Assistant – Above the Call Award
Shannon SmockExecutive Assistant – Hunt Consolidated, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Shannon SmockExecutive Assistant – Hunt Consolidated, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Doug DenslowAdministrative Assistant III – Ball AerospaceColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Doug DenslowAdministrative Assistant III – Ball AerospaceColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Cheri MoorheadExecutive Assistant – Texas Motor SpeedwayColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Cheri MoorheadExecutive Assistant – Texas Motor SpeedwayColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Yasmin PatelExecutive Assistant – Synopsys, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Yasmin PatelExecutive Assistant – Synopsys, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Peggy ButlerAdministrative Assistant – TSPColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Peggy ButlerAdministrative Assistant – TSPColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Candice EvansOffice Manager – UT MD Anderson Cancer CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
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Candice EvansOffice Manager – UT MD Anderson Cancer CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Brandon GunnersonOffice Manager – IFTTTOffice Manager of the Year Award
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Brandon GunnersonOffice Manager – IFTTTOffice Manager of the Year Award

Admin Award Gala Dates
& Nomination Deadlines

  • Houston
    Nominations DeadlineMarch 22, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionWeek of April 1, 2019Hilton Americas

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekWeek of April 8, 2019

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaMay 22, 2019Hilton Post Oak Hotel by the Galleria

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • Boston
    Nominations DeadlineComing Soon!

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionComing Soon!Coming Soon!

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekComing Soon!

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaComing Soon!Coming Soon!

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • San Francisco
    Nominations DeadlineAugust 30, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionComing Soon!Coming Soon!

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekComing Soon!

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaNovember 2019, Date TBDComing Soon!

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • Chicago
    Nominations DeadlineMarch 01, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionMarch 22, 2019Doubletree Hilton Magnificent Mile

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary. Click here to RSVP for the Cheers to Nominees Reception in Chicago.

    Finalist Notification WeekWeek of March 25, 2019

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaMay 02, 2019Palmer House Hilton Hotel

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • Silicon Valley
    Nominations DeadlineFebruary 15, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionFebruary 21, 2019Club Auto Sport

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekFebruary 25, 2019

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaApril 12, 2019Santa Clara Marriott

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • Denver
    Nominations DeadlineAugust 9, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionAugust 15, 2019Coming Soon!

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekAugust 26, 2019News delivered via email and posted to adminawards.com

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaOctober 2019Coming Soon!

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

  • Dallas | Fort Worth
    Nominations DeadlineAugust 26, 2019

    Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page.

    Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionWeek of September 16, 2019Hilton Lincoln Center

    The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.

    Finalist Notification WeekWeek of September 23, 2019News delivered via email and posted to adminawards.com

    Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.

    Admin Awards GalaOctober 4, 2019Fairmont Hotel Dallas

    The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.

WHAT people ARE SAYING

 

I attended the event as a guest and was able to bring one of our rock star executive admins (she had friends that were finalists & winners) we both left the event saying we must get our company involved next year!” …great flow to the event, never a dull moment, uplifting, emotional, long overdue in Silicon Valley.

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Mike CarrSr. Manager Product Information, Infoblox

I am so glad we got to be apart of the Admin Awards this year! I was truly amazed on Friday, as you guys did an unbelievable job putting everything together. My team from D&B was very impressed and we hope to be a partner again next year. Keep in touch!

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Nick KopachRegional Sales Manager, DFW Metroplex, Dave & Buster's

Congratulations on a phenomenal event, Sunny, Ben and team! We are so thrilled to have been a part of it and look forward to working with you in the future.

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Diem DoonanDirector of Membership, Hall Wines

Admins and EA's are what make Silicon Valley work. Without them the tech economy would crater. I'm soooo happy to know this recognition is there.

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Tim O'LearyVP Commercial Legal, NetApp, Inc.

The Admin Awards recognizes such an important part of most all of our lives. There is Administrative Professionals day, but this event shows so many hard working people how important their work is and how much it is needed and appreciated. The spirits of the winners are obviously boosted, but the understanding of importance of administrative work is put on such grand display that anyone in an administrative role has to walk out of their with a greater sense of pride in their contributions to their companies and the people at them.

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Don CrawfordCEO, Delta Dallas

These awards were a long time coming! We (Admin Professionals) don't do what we do for recognition. We are in this profession because we love it. It sure is nice to be recognized in such an amazing way. Not just a simple thank you with a plastic award that sits on your desk, but it's like being in a parade with a fancy sash over your shoulders and a crown on your head announcing how AMAZING you are!

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Kathy CannonExecutive Associate, Juniper Networks

What a wonderful tribute to the hard-working Admins (often unsung heroes) who are the backbone of companies! So inspiring to see them recognized in this special awards program established in their honor!

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Amy MarhoeferInternal Customer Care Program Lead, Southwest Airlines

I've been in the administrative field for over two decades and have been felt so appreciated. To be surrounded by a room full of strong, amazing women celebrating each other was an awesome experience. Thank you for giving us a platform to feel special.

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Brooke ColemanAdministrator, Topgolf

The event was 100% more than what imagined. It was a beautiful event, well thought out, very organized and structure, and of course FUN! I felt honored to be a sponsor and a guest.

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Jenny NguyenDivision Director, OfficeTeam

I cannot stop talking about it. It was by far the best Awards Luncheon and was put together very effectively. Everyone LOVES my award - it's all they can talk about!...Thanks again - I cannot wait until next year's event. I guarantee it will be twice the size!

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Cheryl PortilloChief of Staff & Executive Assistant to the CEO, Ryan

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