About The Admin Awards

Al-Husein Madhany, Executive Assistant at Facebook receives the Rookie of the Year Award at The Silicon Valley Admin Awards from Mitch Plott, UCSC – Silicon Valley Extension and Award Level Sponsor.

The Admin Awards is the first and only program of its kind in the U.S. to publicly recognize the invaluable contributions of Administrative Professionals. Founded in 2012 by Sunny Nunan, the daughter of a career admin and Dallas entrepreneur, The Admin Awards is a unique competition and celebration that recognizes administrative excellence in nine award categories. Among those categories includes the program’s most prestigious award, The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence, which elevates the professional who embodies the “spirit” and proficiency of nationally renowned (former) admin, Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines. During her four decade career at Southwest, Colleen climbed from corporate secretary (to Herb Kelleher, the airline’s founder) to President and COO of the legendary, award-winning airline. Colleen personally selects and presents this coveted award at the awards gala.

Hundreds of nominations are submitted in support of administrative professionals in the various award categories, which are reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges, who serve alongside Colleen and select the finalists and winners in their assigned award categories. Winners are then announced at The 2017 Houston Admin Awards gala in May. This high energy, super fun event, often referred to as “the Academy Awards for Admins” draws between 400-600* area business leaders who attend to cheer on their administrative staff while celebrating their accomplishments and service.

While the Admin Awards is a competition, at its heart it’s truly a celebration of every administrative professional which is why each year, hundreds of admins attend regardless of their status in the competition to cheer on their peers, enjoy the red carpet, VIP treatment by The Admin Awards staff and remind themselves of their importance to their organizations.

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