Nominations are submitted via our website (simply click the Nominate button) and includes the option of submitting nominations in one or more of the nine award categories. To view, the award categories and questions, go to the Awards and Eligibility page. Companies in both the private and public sectors are invited to nominate anyone whose primary role is administrative in nature, regardless of their official job title. To learn more about the nomination process watch our "Admin Awards 101" webinar! Watch Now
The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all program Nominees prior to finalist announcements. Between 100-200 typically attend this special event and includes Nominees, their Supervisors, and other Nominators. This event is by invitation only and is complimentary.
Finalists are notified of their advancement in the competition during finalist notification week. This typically happens via email and our website but in some markets may be delivered in person by our Finalist Notification Street Team.
The Admin Awards dinner gala is often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, is an extraordinary celebration of the contributions of Administrative Professionals and is where the nine Admin Awards winners are announced among an audience of hundreds of attendees. The Admin Awards gala includes a one-hour cocktail reception, an exceptional three-course meal, amazing music, extraordinary prizes valued at between $500 - $22,000 (varies by market) as well as a special high-quality gift for EVERY attending Admin.
About Colleen Barrett: Her Journey from Secretary to President of Southwest Airlines and the Award that Bears Her NameThe 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.
Colleen Barrett and Herb KelleherColleen is also a fierce advocate for the administrative profession and she understands first-hand the extraordinary impact that high performing Admins have on an organization’s success. The Colleen Barrett Award honors Administrative Professionals who are following in her hallowed footsteps. Barrett has long credited Kelleher with helping her to succeed: “If you have a boss who will let you stretch,” she said, then you have opportunities to learn. With the Colleen Barrett Award, bosses also have an opportunity to show superstar admins how much their dedication to excellence means — and how far they too can potentially rise. The award will be presented by Barrett to an Administrative Professional who best exhibits those traits that helped her have an extraordinary impact in her role as an Admin and include: high proficiency, shares the same values as their organization, is passionately committed to their organization’s purpose, demonstrates a legendary passion for customer service internally and externally, and has a heart for employee advocacy.
Colleen Barrett presents the Colleen Barrett Award at the 2015 Dallas Admin Awards
Contribute A Major Prize and All Eyes will be on your Company at the GalaThe Admin Awards, referred to by many as “The Academy Awards for Admins” is accepting a limited number of Major Prize contributions which will be awarded during “Prize Breaks” throughout the awards ceremony. Past prizes have included all-expenses-paid vacations, electronics, spa packages, gift cards, airline tickets, designer purses and much, much more! Our Prize Breaks have become legendary and represent a potent way to endear your brand to these deserving and connected Administrative Professionals while also enjoying the captive audience of 450-650 executive and administrative attendees during the ceremony (size varies by market).
Here’s how our prize partnership program works:
- 14 companies are showcased during three “Prize Breaks” which happen intermittently in between the nine award presentations to an audience of Administrative Professionals, their executive counterparts and coworkers.
- Minimum prize value is $500, subject to review and approval
- Prize Partners receive prominent display of their logo and giveaway on the big 16’ screens for about one minute while the prize contribution is drawn.
- Every Admin that attends the Gala is automatically entered to win one of the 14 major prizes. An est. 250 – 350 admins attend each Gala.
- Prize Partners are given the contact list of Admins including email addresses for future follow up.
- Prize Partners will receive one ticket to attend the Gala.
- While not all prizes are accepted, those that we believe would delight our community of Administrative Professionals and include a value of over $500 (although many are in the $1,000 – $2,500 range) are what gets us most excited.
Finalists & Winners Publications
Vail Resorts Finalist Wall
LivWell celebrates their Finalist Robbie Bollin
Guest share a toast
Finalists and the Attendees pose together
Liberty Global with Finalist Windy Roundtree
Finalists pose together
Vail Resorts rally around their Finalist Amy Brooks
Masters Memories captures the fun with their photo booth
Admin Awards Founder Sunny Nunan gives her opening remarks
LaTonya Lacy delivers a message from Mayor Michael Hancock
Awards on stage
Jessica Rose wins the Rookie of the Year Award
Jessica Rose accepts her award
Rachael Hermann accepts the Achiever Award
Rachael Hermann Accepts her award on stage
Kelley Southern wins the Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Kelley Southern gives acceptance speech
Brittany Bastien wins the Office Manager of the Year Award
Tammy Harcrow wins the Leadership Award
Tammy Harcrow accepts her Award
Windy Roundtree wins the Above the Call Award
Seva Kouremetis wins the Spirit Award
Seva Kouremetis celebrates her win
Lucky winner receives Tory Burch handbag and Nordstrom Gift Card
Windy Roundtree poses with Denver Fire Chief, Eric Tade
Debbie Atkinson wins the Loyalty Award
Finalist Aspen Matthews wins a trip to the iconic Lodge at Vail
Courtney Blodgett wins Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Courtney Blodgett gives Acceptance Speech
2019 Denver Metro Admin Awards Winners
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The Admin Awards recognizes administrative excellence in nine individual award categories, which may vary slightly from market to market to reflect the leading industries in each program area. Below is a list of all existing award categories and their respective markets in addition to the Founders Award which is the only company award offered by the Admin Awards and is described below. Nominators do have the ability to nominate an Administrative Professional in more than one award category although an admin can only be declared a finalist in one award category (the award category with the highest score from the judges is retained).