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Nominations DeadlineFebruary 15, 2019

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.

Cheers to Nominee Cocktail ReceptionFebruary 2020Hotel Nia

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.

Finalist Notification WeekFebruary 2020

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.

Admin Awards GalaApril 2020Location Coming Soon!

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 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.  

Colleen Barrett and Herb Kelleher

Colleen 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, Servant Leader and Superstar

Colleen Barrett presents the Colleen Barrett Award at the 2015 Dallas Admin Awards

Janet RobersonSr. Executive AssociateJuniper Networks
Jeanne CorsickExecutive AssistantBloomReach
Sherri MackingaSenior Executive Assistant Office of SVP General CounselApplied Materials
Lisa MilanesExecutive AssistantMaxim Integrated
Yesenia CastanedaReceptionistMaxim Integrated
Kathy CannonExecutive AssociateJuniper Networks
Sarah Jones WenzelAdministrative Business Partner, Office of the CMOGoogle
CC WoolfolkSenior Executive AssistantIntuit
Joanne LindenPresident & Master TrainerAdminUniverse
Shiela WattChief Executive AssistantQuanergy Systems, Inc.
Denise PolancoExecutive AssistantHP, Inc.
Jaime MillerExecutive AssistantLinkedIn
Yvonne TorresExecutive AdministratorInfinera
Terence BennettAdministrative Business PartnerGoogle
Melissa AcunaExecutive AssistantCisco Systems

The Grand Prize

Two Business airfares on Emirates Airlines to an exotic location and luxury Accommodations at Taj Hotels! Thank you to Morrison Corporate Travel for making this exceptional experience possible!

Major Prizes:

  • HOTEL NIA - Two night stay in Hotel Nia’s Presidential Suite and breakfast for two at Porta Blu ($5,400 Value)
  • HP - HP Laptop & Printer: A silver, HP Envy x360 15 inch plus a Tango X Printer ($1,200 Value)
  • REGENCY CENTER /MOUNTAIN WINERY(4) - Tickets to a show of your choice at Regency Ballroom or Warfield Theatre + (8) Drink TicketsA (2) Night Stay at Hotel Zeppelin (two individual one night stays that can be used together or separate)(2) bottles of our Estate Pinot Noir + (2) bottles of our Estate Chardonnay(4) Logo wine glasses and a Wine Carrying Case ($920 Value)
  • WEOLIVE - Gourmet Gift Basket Large gift basket, which will include an array of California Extra Virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet food products and a bottle of California artisan wine. The basket will include a guided olive oil, cheese and wine tasting class for 6 guests in our garden patio and includes a 12.75 ounce bottle of each guests choice of any of our bulk olive oils and vinegars ($610 Value)
  • CHARDONNAY SAILING - 2 packages of 10 gift certificates each from Chardonnay Sailing. Our Public Charters are sailing trip of 2 hours and the majority of them include food and drinks ($1,323 Value)
  • TONY CATERS/WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE - Chef-led, interactive culinary activity on the grounds of the historic Winchester Mystery House. Convene in one of Winchester Estate’s iconic spaces for a wine and cheese reception, then break into teams and compete head to head in an appetizer building contest. Culinary activity is followed by a personal tour of Winchester Mystery House. Maximum 12 people ($4,000 Value)
  • ADMINUNIVERSE - $500 DSW Gift Card: No one understands what it’s like to walk in an Admins’ shoes more than Joanne Linden! With over 30 years of Admin experience and now Master Trainer and President at AdminUniverse, Joanne wants you to walk in style all year with a $500 shopping spree at DSW!
  • ELEMENTS MASSAGE - Elements Massage - Campbell & Sunnyvale . Six (6) 1-Hour massage sessions. (1 massage per month for 6 months) ($654 Value)
  • ASSOCIATION OF LUXURY HOTELS INTERNATIONAL/MERITAGE RESORT & SPA - A two-night stay at Napa Valley’s Vista Collina, named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts in Northern California” with a fully accessorized Picnic Time Corsica Insulated Wine Basket, plus a $50 Visa Gift Card for your wine of choice! ($1,200 Value)
  • AUBERGE RESORTS - Auberge Resorts Two-night stay at Solage with a daily breakfast for two ($1,400 Value)
  • SF GIANTS - Four (4) Lower Box Seats for a 2019 Game ($500 Value)
  • LEVI'S STADIUM SPECIAL EVENTS - Levi’s Stadium Special Events will host you and one guest for one 2019 regular season home San Francisco Forty Niners football game, to include guided pregame field access and cool 49ers swag! ($500 Value)
  • POPPIN - $500 Gift Card
  • GET FRIED - Dinner for two twice a month for a year. ($500 Value)
  • MAXIM INTEGRATED - Gift Bag – SPA package/Dinner at Santana Row, San Jose! One $300 gift certificate for Burke Williams SPA One $200 gift card for the amazing restaurant “Left Bank”
  • INTEL - Microsoft Pro Pad ($580 Value)
  • AMADEUS - Apple Watch 4 ($400 Value)
  • NOMS BAKE SHOP - An assortment of 30 Noms Bake Shop cookies delivered in a wooden gift box to your home/office every month for a year! ($600 Value)

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).

Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence

This is the Admin Awards’ most prestigious award and honors the Admin that best demonstrates many of the qualities which enabled Colleen Barrett’s rise from legal secretary to President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines.Award Category Questions

Office Manager of the Year Award

For Administrative Professionals serving as Office Managers who effectively handle a wide range of administrative responsibilities in the workplace ranging from administrative support to managing office facilities and everything in between.Award Category Questions

Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award

This award honors Admins that serve the public or private sectors, including healthcare, non-profits, government, education, military, law enforcement, fire and rescue organizations, or political leaders.Award Category Questions

Above the Call Award

This is the award that's all about providing exceptional customer service both internally and externally and honors the Admin whose job responsibility involves significant interaction with others such as coworkers, customers, vendors, company visitors etc.Award Category Questions

Loyalty Award

The Loyalty Award is presented to the Administrative Professional that has a long history of effective service in the Admin profession (minimum of 20 years) and/or has a long history of effective service to their existing company or executive in an administrative capacity (minimum of 10 years).Award Category Questions

Spirit Award

This award celebrates Admins that are the "heartbeat" of their companies, and consistently exhibit a positive, can-do outlook and is the person that people are drawn to during good days and bad for their optimism, enthusiasm, and positivity.Award Category Questions

Achiever Award

For Admins who have a reputation for “getting it done” – either a significant project that had a company-wide impact or day in day out achievement of tasks and projects.Award Category Questions

Leadership Award

This award recognizes the Admin who leads others (formally or informally) and demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities including persistence, focus, integrity, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity and a passion for helping fellow employees and their organization succeed.  Award Category Questions

Rookie of the Year Award

For Admins new to the profession, this Award celebrates those with less than three years of service in the administrative profession and who demonstrate great potential to excel and grow in their role.Award Category Questions

Founders Award

The Admin Awards' only "company" award, this award recognizes organizations that provide an exceptional work environment through the demonstration of specific criteria that brings out the very best in its Administrative Professionals.Award Category Questions

2019

Sarah WaymireTraining and Development ManagerMcManis FaulknerColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Sarah WaymireTraining and Development ManagerMcManis FaulknerColleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceSarah Waymire, McManis Faulkner
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Christine SotoExecutive Administrator to the VP of Product ManagementVeritas Technologies, LLCOffice Manager of the Year Award
Christine SotoExecutive Administrator to the VP of Product ManagementVeritas Technologies, LLCOffice Manager of the Year Award
Office Manager of the Year AwardChristine Soto, Veritas Technologies, LLC
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Edie FischerAdministrative business partner to the President & CEOXilinx, IncLoyalty Award
Edie FischerAdministrative business partner to the President & CEOXilinx, IncLoyalty Award
Loyalty AwardEdie Fischer, Xilinx, Inc
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Anna ArmstrongPresident-Level Executive AssistantHPAbove the Call Award
Anna ArmstrongPresident-Level Executive AssistantHPAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardAnna Armstrong, HP
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Gina BarrerasSenior Legal Administrative AssistantMaxim InegratedSpirit Award
Gina BarrerasSenior Legal Administrative AssistantMaxim InegratedSpirit Award
Spirit AwardGina Barreras, Maxim Inegrated
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Nev DooleyExecutive AssistantWhiteHat SecurityLeadership Award
Nev DooleyExecutive AssistantWhiteHat SecurityLeadership Award
Leadership AwardNev Dooley, WhiteHat Security
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Anne MetschExecutive Assistant to the Managing DirectorSage IntacctAchiever Award
Anne MetschExecutive Assistant to the Managing DirectorSage IntacctAchiever Award
Achiever AwardAnne Metsch, Sage Intacct
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Kristy HuynhExecutive Assistant to the Chief Medical OfficerSatellite HealthcareAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Kristy HuynhExecutive Assistant to the Chief Medical OfficerSatellite HealthcareAdministrative Excellence in Public Service Award
Administrative Excellence in Public Service AwardKristy Huynh, Satellite Healthcare
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Stephanie MaganaExecutive AssistantIntuitRookie of the Year Award
Stephanie MaganaExecutive AssistantIntuitRookie of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year AwardStephanie Magana, Intuit
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2018

Kristy WolkExecutive AssistantMaxim IntegratedSpirit Award
Kristy WolkExecutive AssistantMaxim IntegratedSpirit Award
Spirit AwardKristy Wolk, Maxim Integrated
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Anthony CastanedaFacilities Manager BloomReach Inc. Office Manager of the Year Award
Anthony CastanedaFacilities Manager BloomReach Inc. Office Manager of the Year Award
Office Manager of the Year AwardAnthony Castaneda, BloomReach Inc.
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Elena SchneiderSenior Legal AssistantMcManis FaulknerLeadership Award
Elena SchneiderSenior Legal AssistantMcManis FaulknerLeadership Award
Leadership AwardElena Schneider, McManis Faulkner
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Carolyn FreitasExecutive AssistantJuniper NetworksCommunity Champion Award
Carolyn FreitasExecutive AssistantJuniper NetworksCommunity Champion Award
Community Champion AwardCarolyn Freitas, Juniper Networks
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Denise PolancoExecutive AssistantHP Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Denise PolancoExecutive AssistantHP Inc.Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence
Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative ExcellenceDenise Polanco, HP Inc.
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Jamie MillerExecutive AssistantLinkedInAchiever Award
Jamie MillerExecutive AssistantLinkedInAchiever Award
Achiever AwardJamie Miller, LinkedIn
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Adriana HerreraExecutive Assistant Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterAbove the Call Award
Adriana HerreraExecutive Assistant Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterAbove the Call Award
Above the Call AwardAdriana Herrera, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
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Yasmin PatelExecutive AssistantSynopsys, Inc.Loyalty Award
Yasmin PatelExecutive AssistantSynopsys, Inc.Loyalty Award
Loyalty AwardYasmin Patel, Synopsys, Inc.
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