How The Admin Awards Works
Important Note: Below is typically how the Admin Awards works, however due to COVID-19 we will be live streaming our awards galas at Watch Parties across each region in 2020 and 2021 and will also be celebrating all Nominees at the Cheers to Nominees virtual cocktail reception.
To learn how Admin Awards 2021 LIVE! will work click HERE.
Becoming nationally known as the ‘Academy Awards for Admins’, the Admin Awards is the country’s first and only awards program dedicated to providing executives and coworkers with a powerful platform for recognizing the backbones of their organizations, Administrative Professionals, in nine award categories. Winning an Admin Award is considered the Administrative Profession’s highest honor.
The Admin Awards was created by the daughter of an Executive Secretary in 2012 who experienced first-hand the tremendous impact her Mother had in the profession before retiring just shy of her 80th birthday. Today, The Admin Awards is one of the country’s fastest growing business award programs. To read the backstory in an article written about Admin Awards Founder and University of North Texas Alumni Sunny Nunan, visit https://northtexan.unt.edu/issues/2018-fall/administering-recognition
How are Nominations Submitted?
Executives and coworkers from area companies operating in our seven markets submit nominations through our website (look for the big yellow NOMINATE button) in support of their extraordinary Administrative Professionals (Administrative Assistants, Executive Assistants, Office Managers – there are over 100 titles that reflect the Administrative profession). Nominations can be submitted in one or more of the nine award categories before the below deadlines. There is no cost to nominate thanks to our Program Sponsors.
View Nomination Deadlines and Details for your city by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Once a nomination is submitted, Nominees are notified instantly through our awards portal that they’ve been nominated for an Admin Award, and by whom. Anonymous nominations are not accepted. When a Nominee receives notification, they must accept their nomination and verify their information in order to stay in the competition. You also must be present at the Awards Gala to win an Admin Award.
Thousands of companies have participated in our nine-year history including companies of every size and industry including many of the country’s Fortune 500 companies, mid-market, small business, start-ups, nonprofits and government institutions – any organization that relies on the administrative function is invited to participate. The competition produces Finalists and Winners from every company size and industry sector. Click HERE to view a snapshot of some of the companies that have participated in our program.
The 9 Admin Award Categories & the Program’s Most Prestigious Award
There are nine individual award categories which vary slightly by market including the program’s most prestigious award, The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence, which celebrates the spirit and proficiency of former Secretary turned President of Southwest Airlines during her five-decade career. Colleen personally evaluates and selects the Finalists and Winners in the award category that bears her name.
There is also one company award category, The Founder’s Award, which celebrates progressive companies that create an exceptional work environment for Administrative Professionals and meet specific criteria.
To view the award categories in your market select the appropriate city from our homepage.
‘Cheers to Nominees’ Cocktail Reception
Once nominations close, the annual ‘Cheers to Nominees Cocktail Reception’ kicks off the competition and is a celebration of all Nominees who attend alongside their Supervisors and other Nominators. Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors, this event is complimentary. Finalists are NOT announced at this event but approximately one week later.
Determination of Finalists and Winners
An independent Board of Judges including Colleen Barrett evaluates and scores each of the candidates, determining the Finalists and Winners in each Award Category. These decisions are based solely on the written nominations. Neither the Admin Awards staff nor program Sponsors have any role in the judging process. Finalists are announced on our website, Adminawards.com.
The ‘Good as Gold’ Admin Awards Dinner Gala & Celebration
The nine Admin Award Winners are announced, and all program Finalists are honored at “Good as Gold”, The Admin Awards Dinner Gala which is a five-star experience held annually in each of our program cities. Companies attend to cheer on the Finalists and display a tremendous sense of pride! While the Admin Awards is a competition, at its heart it’s a celebration of every Administrative Professional that attends the gala who receives an awesome commemorative gift valued at over $50, and is registered to win over 12 amazing prizes valued at over $500 and as much as $20,000 in some markets!
To watch a short video of the Good as Gold gala, click HERE.
Finalist & Winner Pride
There is a tremendous amount of pride that companies display when they have an Administrative Professional that advances to the Finalist or Winner status. Pictured to the right you’ll see that Nasdaq Tower in Times Square congratulating Nancy Nordberg of Maxim Integrated for winning the Leadership Award and DocuSign which brought over 30 attendees to cheer on their Loyalty Award Winner Daniela Bin Oteiza armed with concert-style signs.