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Nominate your Extraordinary Admin for the
Second Annual Chicagoland Admin Awards

  • Nominations are due by February 21st

  • Cheers to Nominee Cocktail Reception: March 4th

  • Finalist Notification Week: Week of March 10th

  • A city-wide celebration of administrative excellence
    Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, April 16th.

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Who Are We?

Created by the daughter of a career Executive Secretary, 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. Nine years later, The Admin Awards is also regarded as the Administrative Profession’s Highest Honor.

Continuing a Legacy

Among the nine award categories, is 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 who rose from Secretary to President of Southwest Airlines during her
five-decade career.


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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VP Commercial Legal, NetApp, Inc.

This is hand down, the best business awards event I have ever been to!

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Don Braun

President, Hall Group

Winning an Admin Award was the hallmark of my career.

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Kathleen Earley

Executive Administrator to the President of Salesforce

Our Awards

Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence

This is the Admin Awards’ most prestigious award and honors the Admin that best demonstrates many of the qualities which enabled Colleen Barrett’s rise from legal secretary to President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines.

Office Manager of the Year Award

For Administrative Professionals serving as Office Managers who effectively handle a wide range of administrative responsibilities in the workplace ranging from administrative support to managing office facilities and everything in between.

Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award

This award honors Admins that serve the public or private sectors, including healthcare, non-profits, government, education, military, law enforcement, fire and rescue organizations, or political leaders.

Above the Call Award

This is the award that's all about providing exceptional customer service both internally and externally and honors the Admin whose job responsibility involves significant interaction with others such as coworkers, customers, vendors, company visitors etc.

Loyalty Award

The Loyalty Award is presented to the Administrative Professional that has a long history of effective service in the Admin profession (minimum of 15 years) and/or has a long history of effective service to their existing company or executive in an administrative capacity (minimum of 10 years).

Spirit Award

This award celebrates Admins that are the "heartbeat" of their companies, and consistently exhibit a positive, can-do outlook and is the person that people are drawn to during good days and bad for their optimism, enthusiasm, and positivity.

Achiever Award

For Admins who have a reputation for “getting it done” – either a significant project that had a company-wide impact or day in day out achievement of tasks and projects.

Leadership Award

This award recognizes the Admin who leads others (formally or informally) and demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities including persistence, focus, integrity, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity and a passion for helping fellow employees and their organization succeed.  

Rookie of the Year Award

For Admins new to the profession, this Award celebrates those with less than three years of service in the administrative profession and who demonstrate great potential to excel and grow in their role.