Attract and Retain Top Administrative Talent Through our World-Class Recognition Program

The Admin Awards is considered the Administrative Profession's highest honor and an extraordinary, five-star celebration of Administrative Excellence. Trusted by the country's top business leaders for over a decade, the Admin Awards celebrates Administrative Excellence in 9 Award Categories including the program's most prestigious award, the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence. This coveted award honors the Administrative Professional who best reflects the qualities of Colleen Barrett, the legendary Legal Secretary turned President & COO of Southwest Airlines during her five-decade career at Southwest.

Created by the daughter of  Retired Executive Secretary who retired just shy of her 80th birthday, the Admin Awards is a powerful recognition program that helps organizations of every size retain top Administrative talent in 10 cities across the U.S.

Get the Entry Kit

This kit comes via email and includes everything you need to nominate including an overview of the 9 Award Categories, your link to the nominations portal, nomination deadlines in each city and more!

"This is the Academy Awards for Admins!"



Step One: Get the Entry Kit

Complete the form above to get your Entry Kit. If you're ready to go right now, you can simply click here to enter our nominations portal and create your nomination today. There is no cost to nominate thanks to our National Sponsors Southwest Airlines, Robert Half and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.


Step Two: Submit your Nomination(s) and Let's Celebrate!

All nominations are submitted through our Awards Portal and do not have to be done in one sitting. The minute you click submit, your Nominee is notified instantly that they've been nominated for an Admin Award and by whom. This is a powerful moment for your Admin. Shortly after the nominations deadline we invite you to join us, your Nominee and fellow Nominators at the Cheers to Nominees reception in your city, which kicks off the competition and is a complimentary two-hour cocktail party in celebration of all Nominees. This is about 5-6 weeks prior to the Admin Awards 'Good as Gold' Gala where the 9 Winners are revealed.


Step Three: Join us at the Admin Awards 'Good as Gold' Gala, a Celebration of Administrative Excellence

This five-star celebration honors the 2022 Finalists in each program city and reveals the nine Admin Award Winners. An independent board of judges works alongside Colleen Barrett to determine the Finalists and Winners in each of the 9 Award Categories, yielding approximately 50-60 Finalists in each city. While the Admin Awards is a competition, at its heart it is a celebration of every Administrative Professional that walks through our doors. Commemorative gifts for each attending Admin, 14+ prize drawings valued at over $500 and other surprises are why hundreds of Admins are treated by their organizations each year to the Admin Awards, regardless of their status in the competition.

Trusted by Top Business Leaders Across the Country

What Our Guests Say about The Admin Awards

Kathleen EarleyExecutive Administrator to the President & CFOSalesforce

"My journey to winning the Colleen Barrett Award last year began with a nomination from my wonderful boss, Mark Hawkins. I was floored that he nominated me, but had only a vague idea of what was in store. The Gala was a magical evening filled with excitement, fun and emotion...Winning the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence is the Hallmark of my career"

Carey Carlock CEO Riveredge Hospital

"The communication and tremendous professionalism were both apparent and impressive. So very worthwhile! High energy, high class, tons of fun and most importantly a beautiful celebration of our most valuable assets, our beloved EAs.

Keith KrachChairmanDocuSign 

“The Admin Awards concept is brilliant, absolutely brilliant! A huge congratulations to you and your team!”

"This is the Academy Awards for Admins"

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