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Colleen Barrett Award Past Winners


In all my years of being an Administrative Professional, I have held winning the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence as the highest and most prestigious honor I could receive.

The passion I have for this profession and sharing that passion with other administrative professionals has been the driving force that made me who I am today.  With the encouragement and empowerment from my principal who I support, my Cisco family, and my administrative peers in Silicon Valley I have gained the confidence and courage to boldly reach beyond all I imagined possible for myself.  Thank you to Sunny, Colleen, and the Admin Awards of Silicon Valley for bringing this profession and what it stands for to a new level. This has been an amazing experience that I will never forget and one I believe will drive the next fantastic chapter of my life!

Debbie Gross

Cisco Systems


Winning the 2015 Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence has been the highlight of my career.  I am honored to receive such an award that’s named after a role model for so many people.  I’ve been doing what I love for over 30 years and am blessed to be recognized in such a wonderful way.  A big thank you to Sunny for having the vision to create the Admin Awards.

Donna McAnulty



What an incredible and exciting honor it was to win the 2014 Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence! Winning this award brought validation to my 30 year career as an administrative professional, a profession that I love and for which I have always had a passion. I am blessed beyond measure to be recognized for my contributions and accomplishments in this most prestigious way. Thank you, Dallas Admin Awards, for seeing the value in our profession and for creating this fabulous program that celebrates administrative excellence.

Debbie Johnson



Winning the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence was a tremendous honor. It was an attestation from the executives I support and my colleagues in the office of the important role I play in their respective jobs. It’s an honor to be recognized and celebrated for my contributions as an administrative professional, especially by someone like Colleen Barrett, and it has energized me to continue to grow and achieve more.

Brandon J. Ray

Brinker International


Winning the first CB award was more than I could have ever imagined. I have been in an administrative role my entire career – so being recognized so publicly for doing something that not only am I very good at but that I actually love doing is beyond words. This award is proudly displayed front and center in my office and serves as a daily reminder that hard work and effort does pay off!

Cheryl Portillo