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What is The Admin Awards?
The Admin Awards is the first and only public recognition program in the country that recognizes the invaluable contributions of Administrative Professionals. Today, winning an Admin Award is considered the Administrative Profession’s highest honor and our Awards Gala has become affectionately known as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’. We are currently in nine cities across the country as part of our ongoing national expansion. To learn more visit the About Us section of our website.

What are the award categories?
The Admin Awards offers nine distinct individual award categories in each market as well as the one organization award, the Founders Award. Learn about the Admin Award categories in the Award Categories section of your program city.

Who can be nominated?
Anyone can be nominated that serves in the administrative profession which is reflected by over 150 job titles. Learn more in the eligibility section.

Who can nominate?
Anyone can nominate that’s experienced the outstanding work of an Administrative Professional including Supervisors, Coworkers, Clients, Vendors etc. Administrative Professionals are welcome to nominate themselves, however that nomination must be followed up by a nomination from their Direct Supervisor in order for the Admin to advance to the judging phase of the competition. Learn more in the eligibility section.

How do I nominate?
Nominations are submitted on our website via the Nominate button or by clicking here. Once you register with our system, be sure you check your SPAM folder during the account verification process so you can access your account and begin nominating.

How do I ensure that my Nominee has a shot at advancing in the competition?
Read this blog article written by our Founder.

Is there a cost to nominate?
Thanks to the support of our program sponsors there is no cost to nominate! Should a program Nominee advance in the competition there is a cost to attend the Admin Awards gala as well as a variety of table sponsorship options.

How are Nominees notified that they’ve been nominated for an Admin Award?
The minute a nomination is submitted, the Nominee is notified via email that they’ve been nominated for an Admin Award, in which award category and by whom. This alone is a very powerful moment for Nominees – when they learn in such a significant way that their impact and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

Can you nominate an administrative professional for more than one award?
Yes, nominations in multiple award categories are encouraged when applicable. Our judges also reserve the right to consider candidates in any of the nine Award categories, which creates the best possible outcome for each Candidate.

Are self-nominations allowed?
Yes, we do allow self-nominations, however please note that an endorsement from the nominees Direct Supervisor will still be required. To tell your Supervisor or HR Department about the Admin Awards program click here.

How are nominations judged?
All nominations are judged by an independent panel of judges which is comprised of both Administrative Professionals and Executives.

  • Colleen Barrett judges her award category independently
  • Neither the Admin Awards staff nor Advisory Board members or Sponsors participate in the judging process.
  • Judges rely solely on written nominations when assigning scores that identify Finalists and Winners in the nine individual award categories.

What is the Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception?
The Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception is a complimentary reception that kicks off the competition and is open to Nominees and a guest of their choosing as well as Supervisors and other Nominators. Program Judges, Sponsors and the program’s Advisory Board also attends this special event which is typically a reception from 6-8PM and offers cocktails, fantastic food and a fun evening of mingling with fellow Nominees and area business leaders.  In 2020 and 2021, this reception will be a Zoom Happy Hour as we work to keep our community safe.

How much are tickets to the awards gala?
There is a cost to attend the Admin Awards gala as well as a variety of table sponsorship options which start at $6000 for a table of 10 and offer additional benefits to enhance your company’s experience.

What can I expect at the Admin Awards gala?
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. Attendance varies by market and longevity of market and ranges between 350 – 650 attendees.

What are the key dates and deadlines for the Admin Awards?
Key dates and deadlines vary by market. Please see your program city’s Program Dates section of our website.

Do Finalists have to be present to win?
Yes, Finalists must be present to win and verify their attendance prior to advancement in the program.

If I am not a Nominee but am an Administrative Professional, can I still attend The Admin Awards?
YES!  While the Admin Awards is a competition, at its heart it’s a CELEBRATION of ALL Administrative Professionals. While the program yields between 40-50 Finalists between 150 – 350 Admins in total attend the dinner gala.

Are sponsorships available?
Yes, please click here for more information about how to join an elite community of program sponsors who rely on the Admin Awards to meet their marketing, business development and/or employee recognition objectives.