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If there’s one thing Administrative Professionals must master it’s resiliency. And as Clint Bruce sees it, that’s a skill, not a personality trait. And one that anyone can attain. As the world fluctuates between back to normal and anything but, you might find yourself in a frustrating state of limbo that might be even more challenging to you than the early days of the Pandemic. There’s never been a better time to understand and develop mental toughness and there’s nobody better to lead this discussion that Clint Bruce, Former Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL), Naval Academy grad, NFL Player, Entrepreneur and Family Man. Our discussion with Clint will help you raise the bar on your mental toughness in ways you never thought possible as he shares “some things I’ve learned along the way” on the ball-field, battlefield, boardroom, and breakfast table. Here’s what we covered with Clint: The 5 PursuitPoints…

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Embracing big-picture thinking isn’t a title – it’s a mindset. We sat down with an extraordinary group of Admin panelists who spoke on the Power of the Strategic Partnership: – Major difference between serving as an Administrative Professional and one who also serves as a Strategic Partner – How do you prepare yourself to become a Strategic Partner? – The skills and attributes necessary to be successful as a Strategic Partner – How do you help Executives understand how you can serve them as a Strategic Partner?  – Best piece of advice for someone wanting to make this transition  We captured this useful advice and anecdotes in an informative Whitepaper and via the Event Recording. – Kathleen Earley, Executive Assistant to the President and CFO Emeritus, Salesforce – Jackie Ludwig, CEO, LUMINI Network – Yulanie Türkekol, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to President and CEO, Chaos Free, Inc. – Rob Wu, Executive Business Partner, Google

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In times like these, it is unclear what the future of work will look like for Administrative Professionals – at home, at the office or a mix of both? We sat down with an extraordinary group of Admin panelists who spoke on: – Pros and cons of in office, remote and hybrid work environments – How to build a strong case for a remote work structure as an Administrator – How to make remote workers feel included and connected  – How to navigate COVID-19 in the workplace We captured this useful advice and anecdotes in an informative Whitepaper and via the Event Recording. Moderated by: Colleen Affeldt, Managing Director – RGT Wealth Advisors – Christine Gooch, Executive Assistant, Novartis – Melinda Vail Goodnight, Executive Assistant, Southwest Airlines – Meredith Hayes, Executive Assistant, DaVita – Alice F. Howard, Sponsorship Coordinator, Toyota – Kathleen Robinson, Executive Assistant, Marvell Semiconductor     The Future of Work Whitepaper 1:

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The career path to a Chief of Staff sometimes isn’t as clear cut as one would like but we know Administrative professionals are interested in learning how to get there. We had an extraordinary group of Admin panelists who spoke first-hand about their path to Chief of Staff while offering up useful advice and anecdotes. Topics covered included: – How do the roles of Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant differ? – What to expect in the Chief of Staff role – and is it the career path you really want? – How do you make the transition internally? – How do you prepare for the Chief of Staff role? – Advice for those considering a Chief of Staff role – Which three phone apps can you not live without? Moderated by: Hallie Warner, Chief of Staff to the Founder and CEO – Adam Hergenrother Companies – Ashley Wood, Chief

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The following roundtable discussion covered the Admin’s Impact on Employee Morale and Company Culture. This lively discussion covered the following topics: – How Administrative Professionals lead by being brave, especially when leadership is the source of bad culture – How Admins drive and influence culture rituals that create connection in any work environment, including remote – How Admins can inspire culture by being their authentic selves – How Admins drive business outcomes by influencing teams around company values – What Admins have tried that didn’t work in improving employee morale and creating a great culture, that we all can learn from! Moderated by: Cynthia Young, Retired Executive & Culture Builder – UT Southwestern, Ambit Energy & Southwest Airlines – Nan Barry, Managing Director, Southwest Airlines – Robin Guido, Executive Assistant, Salesforce – Erica Young, Executive Assistant, Whiting Turner Contracting Company – Jillian Hufnagel, Slim.AI, Head of Culture – Nancy Nordberg,

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On this next edition of Backbone LIVE! Admin Awards Founder Sunny Nunan interviews the Co-Founders of LUMINI Network, Sean Magennis and Jackie Ludwig, which is a peer to peer advisory group for Administrative Professionals inspired by their work together at Young Presidents Organization (YPO). We talk about all kinds of important stuff like why Admins need a peer group, the cost to replace an Admin (OUCH), why networking is critical and other juicy topics that lead to the creation of this unique platform. To learn more about LUMINI Network visit https://lumininetwork.com or contact Jackie Ludwig at [email protected]

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In this episode of OpenWork, a live interview video series by Guerrero Media, Admin Award’s Founder Sunny Nunan was interviewed about the modern Administrative Professional’s career, from transitions to career pathing, empowerment, and professional development, as well as the one thing every admin professional should know. You’ll also hear a story within the first segment of this interview that will probably make your head spin around on your neck, that hasn’t been told before this interview. Watch the interview here.

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On June 22nd we hosted our first Admin Awards Roundtable Discussion on the Admin’s Impact on Employee Morale and Company Culture. This lively discussion covered the following topics: – How Administrative Professionals lead by being brave, especially when leadership is the source of bad culture – How Admins drive and influence culture rituals that create connection in any work environment, including remote – How Admins can inspire culture by being their authentic selves – How Admins drive business outcomes by influencing teams around company values – What Admins have tried that didn’t work in improving employee morale and creating a great culture, that we all can learn from! Moderated by: Cynthia Young, Retired Executive & Culture Builder – UT Southwestern, Ambit Energy & Southwest Airlines – Nan Barry, Managing Director, Southwest Airlines – Robin Guido, Executive Assistant, Salesforce – Erica Young, Executive Assistant, Whiting Turner Contracting Company – Jillian Hufnagel,

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As 2021 Administrative Professional’s Month is once again behind us, I found myself really reflective this past year, on what it means to serve in a profession that means so much to so many of us. My whole life I’ve witnessed the passion and pride that Admins have for their Leaders, Organizations, and Profession. As the daughter of a retired Executive Secretary, I remember how often my Mom would talk about how she couldn’t wait for Mondays to come. She absolutely loved her job. She loved taking care of people. She loved learning. She loved how no two days were the same. She loved being a Secretary. And the people she served and worked alongside absolutely loved her. Jeannette Castellano, Retired Executive Secretary & Inspiration for the Admin Awards As an adult, the Admin Awards has given me a unique perspective through the thousands of stories told by Executives about

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Melinda Vail Goodnight, Senior Executive Assistant at Southwest Airlines once found herself in the all too common and uncomfortable position of being somewhere where she didn’t feel valued while supporting someone that she knew didn’t truly embrace the Administrative role. The idea that a highly-skilled Executive Assistant could have an enormous impact on a Leader and Organization? Lost on her boss, and likely never to be found. Faced with the decision to stay at a job that paid well, was five minutes from her home (but caused her enormous stress) or enter into the abyss of the unknown that often comes with change, Melinda chose to consider new opportunities which lead her to her dream job. Where? At a place that they say is harder to get into than Harvard – Southwest Airlines. This episode of Backbone Live talks about when it’s time to make that change, what to look

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The Backbone Blog is all about the modern Admin. Created by the Admin Awards, Backbone is all about leveling up and inspiring Admins to do their very best work. It’s also about overcoming outdated stereo-types about the profession and those that serve in it. We work hard to tell the stories of innovators, change agents, thought leaders and pioneers who area making a phenomenal impact to their organizations and profession and inspire others in the process. We believe the best ideas and insights come from Administrative Professionals themselves, so that’s what you’ll find here.