Award Categories

Debbie Gross, Chief Executive Assistant to John Chambers, Chairman of Cisco accepts her Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence at The Silicon Valley Admin Awards.

The Admin Awards recognizes administrate excellence in nine award categories, listed below. Administrative Professionals can be nominated for an award in more than one category, although an admin can only be declared a finalist and winner in one award category. To review the questions associated with award categories prior to nominating click here.

The Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award celebrates an Administrative Assistant or Receptionist, new to the administrative profession whose career as an Admin started less than 3 years ago.  Candidates in this award category have already made a significant impact on the organization, seek continuous improvement and demonstrate great potential to continue to excel and advance in their role.  This award honors either young professionals that are either starting their career as an Administrative Professional, or more mature individuals who have re-entered the workforce as an Admin or made a career change.

The Office Manager Award

The Office Manager Award recognizes the Office Manager or Office Assistant who effectively handles a wide range of administrative responsibilities in the workplace ranging from administrative support to managing office facilities and everything in between. This award is reserved for the Administrative Professional that wears many hats – including those related to technology, human resources, operations, marketing, accounting, finance etc. and enjoys the challenge of serving an organization’s diverse office administration needs. Additional titles that may reflect office manager duties could include Office Administrator, Office Assistant, Administrative Manager, Administrative Officer and Office Coordinator.

The Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award

The Administrative Excellence in Public Service Award honors Administrative Professionals that are involved in either the public or private sectors, including non-profits, government, educational institutions, military, law enforcement, fire and rescue or politics. Professionals in these areas have made significant contributions to the success of their organizations in an administrative capacity.

The Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes the Administrative Professional that best demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities such as persistence, focus, integrity, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity and a passion for helping fellow employees and their organization succeed. Candidates in this award category may lead others within the organization either formall or informally and have a track record of helping others achieve success.

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The Achiever Award

The Achiever Award recognizes the high performing Administrative Professional that has successfully demonstrated one or more of the following criteria:

• Has successfully managed and/or executed a significant project that has had a positive, company-wide impact within the past 2 years
• Continuously performs difficult tasks and solves challenging problems day after day as a result of their resourcefulness and relentless perseverance

The Spirit Award

The Spirit Award celebrates the Administrative Professional that consistently exhibits a positive, optimistic outlook that people find contagious and uplifting. They approach their work with high energy, enthusiastiasm and demonstrate an eagerness to help others, always with a positive can-do attitude. This is the person that lifts up the office, who people are drawn to during good days and bad and the person that contributes to a culture of optimism and positivity within the organization.

The Loyalty Award

The Loyalty Award is presented to the fiercely loyal administrative professional that has a long history of effective service to their current organization in an administrative role, consistently demonstrating tireless dedication, commitment to supervisors, employees and customers.

The Above the Call Award

The Above the Call Award honors the Administrative Professional that goes above and beyond the call of duty in delivering an exceptional customer experience, phenomenal first impression and serves internal and external customers with professionalism, enthusiasm and care. Candidates that qualify for the Above the Call Award include any Administrative Professional whose job responsibility involves significant interaction with others such as coworkers, customers, vendors, company visitors etc.  Administrative titles might include but are not limited to Receptionists, Office Assistants, Client Service Assistants, Facilities Assistants, Sales Coordinators, Sales Assistants, Marketing Coordinators etc.

The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence

The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence is the Admin Awards®’ most prestigious award. This coveted award will be presented to the admin that best demonstrates the qualities listed below, many of which enabled Colleen Barrett’s rise from legal secretary to President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Airlines and contributed to the company’s legendary corporate culture and extraordinary success.

These qualities are:

  • High proficiency
  • Values that reflect those of your organization
  • Passionately committed to your organization’s cause or purpose
  • Deeply committed to legendary customer service both internally and externally
  • The heart of employee advocacy — making sure the company always does right by its employees