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Colleen Barrett
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About Colleen Barrett: Her Journey from Secretary to President of Southwest Airlines and the Award that Bears Her Name

The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence is the most coveted and prestigious honor bestowed by The Admin Awards and is named after a legend in the administrative profession, a woman who first proved herself indispensable as corporate secretary to former Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher before ascending the ranks to President and COO of the Dallas-based company in 2001.

Throughout her five-decade career at Southwest Colleen advanced from Legal Secretary to VP of Administration, to EVP of Customers to President and COO and President of one of the world’s most successful airlines. Since 2008 Colleen has served as President Emeritus of Southwest and is revered for her leadership and decision-making abilities, along with her dedication to ensuring the needs of customers, employees, and all other stakeholders are met. Colleen has won many business and industry awards including one of the most important, historic and visible aerospace awards in the world, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy which reflects a timeline of the most innovative inventors, explorers, industrialists, and public servants in aeronautics and astronautics.  

    2022

  • Alyssa JohnsonNFPColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Alyssa JohnsonNFP
    Denver
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  • Jaci SprossSynopsysColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Jaci SprossSynopsys
    Pacific Northwest
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  • Anna KotvisAdlai E. Stevenson High SchoolColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Anna KotvisAdlai E. Stevenson High School
    Chicago
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  • Vickie HenrichsenKBRColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Vickie HenrichsenKBR
    Houston
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  • Margaret AndersonAbbottColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Margaret AndersonAbbott
    Silicon Valley
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    2021

  • Marion RiemenschneiderNovartisColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Marion RiemenschneiderNovartis
    Boston
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  • Nichole AndersonCoformaColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Nichole Anderson 2021 Philadelphia Admin Awards Colleen Barrett Winner
    Nichole AndersonCoforma
    Philadelphia
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  • Missy FentonFirst Financial Trust and Asset Management CompanyColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Missy Fenton 2021 Dallas/Fort Worth Admin Awards Colleen Barrett Winner
    Missy FentonFirst Financial Trust and Asset Management Company
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Karen NelsonSBSA, LLCColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Denver Metro Colleen Barrett Winner
    Karen NelsonSBSA, LLC
    Denver
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  • Missy JuddCompass HealthColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Missy JuddCompass Health
    Pacific Northwest
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  • Brita BleuelSidley Austin LLPColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Brita BleuelSidley Austin LLP
    San Francisco
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  • Colleen LiebersteinDealer InspireColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Colleen LiebersteinDealer Inspire
    Chicago
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  • Sara CromartieARMColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Sara CromartieARM
    Silicon Valley
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  • Marcy CandelaPlatinum Copier Solutions LLCColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Marcy CandelaPlatinum Copier Solutions LLC
    Houston
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    2020

  • Jennifer HiwaU.S. Attorney's OfficeColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Jennifer HiwaU.S. Attorney's Office
    San Francisco
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  • CC WoolfolkIntuitColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    CC WoolfolkIntuit
    Silicon Valley
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  • Tracy MikusExecutive AssistantClarusColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Tracy MikusClarus
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Barbara SaundersPegasystemsColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Barbara SaundersPegasystems
    Boston
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  • Ashley SparhawkGlobal Down Syndrome FoundationColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Ashley SparhawkGlobal Down Syndrome Foundation
    Denver
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  • Jaclyn GaughanChief of StaffGuerrero MediaColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Jaclyn GaughanGuerrero Media
    Chicago
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  • Harriet SharrardExecutive Assistant to the President & COOHess CorporationColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Harriet SharrardHess Corporation
    Houston
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    2019

  • Jennifer DemerleAllego, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Jennifer DemerleAllego, Inc.
    Boston
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  • Courtney BlodgettCommunity College of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Courtney BlodgettCommunity College of Denver
    Denver
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  • Michelle FosterSutter HealthColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Michelle FosterSutter Health
    San Francisco
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  • Sharon BridgesExecutive AssistantFlowserveColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Sharon BridgesFlowserve
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Mary Jane LongQuatroTax LLCColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Mary Jane LongQuatroTax LLC
    Houston
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  • Sarah WaymireTraining and Development ManagerMcManis FaulknerColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Sarah WaymireMcManis Faulkner
    Silicon Valley
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  • Ike SaundersExecutive and Personal AssistantJoseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Ike SaundersJoseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
    Chicago
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    2018

  • Seema DaveClinical Research ManagerUT Southwestern Medical CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Seema DaveUT Southwestern Medical Center
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Kathleen EarleyExecutive AdministratorSalesforceColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Kathleen EarleySalesforce
    San Francisco
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  • Christine FierroExecutive AssistantLiberty Global, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Christine FierroLiberty Global, Inc.
    Denver
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  • Denise PolancoExecutive AssistantHP Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Denise PolancoHP Inc.
    Silicon Valley
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  • Reta SnyderExecutive Assistant Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Reta SnyderBell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Candice EvansOffice ManagerUT MD Anderson Cancer CenterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Candice EvansUT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston
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    2017

  • Sherry ParsonsSenior Executive AssistantAvayaColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Sherry ParsonsAvaya
    Silicon Valley
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  • Kristy WellerExecutive AssistantBell HelicopterColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Kristy WellerBell Helicopter
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Lisette CervanoExecutive AssistantHoneybookColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Lisette CervanoHoneybook
    San Francisco
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  • Diana Lerma PfeiferExecutive Assistant Kayne AndersonColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Diana Lerma PfeiferKayne Anderson
    Houston
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  • Melody AmbroseExecutive AdministrationCH2MColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Melody AmbroseCH2M
    Denver
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  • Shannon SmockExecutive AssistantHunt Consolidated, Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Shannon SmockHunt Consolidated, Inc.
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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    2016

  • Debbie GrossChief Executive Assistant Debbie GrossColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Debbie GrossDebbie Gross
    Silicon Valley
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  • Leticia FierroHuman ResourcesOmni Fort Worth HotelColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Leticia FierroOmni Fort Worth Hotel
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Allison MillerExecutive Assistant to CEOMedSynergiesColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Allison MillerMedSynergies
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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  • Mary DownesExecutive Assistant to CEOGoodwill Industries of DenverColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Mary DownesGoodwill Industries of Denver
    Denver
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    2015

  • Donna McAnultyExecutive Assistant to the Executive ChairmanJCPenneyColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Donna McAnultyJCPenney
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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    2014

  • Debbie JohnsonExecutive Assistant to the Chief Credit OfficerComerica BankColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Debbie JohnsonComerica Bank
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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    2013

  • Brandon RayBrinker InternationalColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
    Brandon RayBrinker International
    Dallas | Fort Worth
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