The Silicon Valley Admin Awards – Award Categories & Questions 

The following award categories and their corresponding questions for the Silicon Valley Admin Awards are listed below. Recognize outstanding Silicon Valley Administrative Professionals all year-long through The Silicon Valley Admin Awards, but be sure you submit your nominations by the deadline for the current year’s program which can be found here. All questions below will also be included in the nominations portal which can be accessed here. Please be aware that the more thorough and specific you are in completing the award category questions the more likely your nominee is to advance in the program to the finalist and/or winners status. Also be aware you do not need to complete your nomination all in one sitting. Happy Nominating!

 

The Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award celebrates an Administrative Assistant (including Receptionists) 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 who 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. Please note: This is NOT an age-related award category.

Questions:

  1. What did this Administrative Professional do prior to their career as an Admin? Please provide a brief description.
  2. How has this Rookie of the Year Candidate demonstrated exceptional value to their company in their new administrative role?
  3. How has this Administrative Professional demonstrated an early commitment to continuous improvement in their new role as an Administrative Professional? 

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area

The Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award is awarded to the Administrative Professional who best demonstrates a commitment to serving others in their community and works internally to inspire employee volunteerism, community service and good corporate citizenship on behalf of their organization.

Questions:

  1. How does this Administrative Professional inspire their company and fellow employees to serve the community and engage in volunteerism?
  2. How has this Administrative Professional demonstrated a passion for volunteerism and community service and how has it positively impacted their organization and the community?

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro and Houston

The Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes the Administrative Professional that best demonstrates multiple leadership qualities such as confidence, focus, integrity, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity, persistence and a passion for helping fellow employees and their organization succeed.

Questions:

  1. Please describe the leadership qualities that this Administrative Professional demonstrates in their role and provide specific examples or details to support each of these qualities and how they are demonstrated through their administrative role. Leadership qualities that you might speak to could include (but are certainly not limited to) qualities such as determination, focus, confidence, integrity, passion, innovation, patience, decisiveness, open-mindedness, empowerment, generosity, persistence, etc.
  2. Please provide specific examples of how this Administrative Professional demonstrates a passion for leading people, ideas, projects etc. towards success. Include examples of how this Administrative Professional shares their knowledge, expertise and experience with others in the organization and how this positively impacts the organization.

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Denver Metro, Houston, San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley

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

Questions:

  1. Please describe the project(s), assignment(s) or scope of work that the Administrative Professional was given and what the organization was trying to accomplish through completion of it. Be sure to include the work product’s level of complexity or importance.
  2. Describe how this Administrative Professional demonstrates qualities such as relentless grit, perseverance and resourcefulness in successfully accomplishing projects and important tasks in their role.

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area

The Office Manager of the Year 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.

Questions:

  1. Please provide an overview of the diverse duties and responsibilities of this Administrative Professional and in which areas they fall.
  2. Provide specific examples of how this Office Manager has made a significant impact on their organization and coworkers in their office management role. Be sure to provide specific examples of accomplishments, demonstrated excellence and exceptional performance.

Eligible Program Markets: Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area

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, enthusiasm 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.

Questions:

    1. Please provide specific examples of what this Administrative Professional does to create a positive, upbeat work environment for others and how their positivity and optimistic spirit positively impacts their coworkers, clients, vendors and/or the overall organization.
    2. Please provide specific examples of what this Administrative Professional does to create a positive, upbeat work environment for others. Be sure to include external examples of this candidate’s spirit, optimism, encouragement and their impact on the company’s culture.
    3. Please provide specific examples of what this Administrative Professional does to create a positive, upbeat work environment for others.
    4. Please share any additional information about what makes this Administrative Professional uniquely qualified to win The Spirit Award.

 Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area

The Loyalty Award

The Loyalty Award is presented to the Administrative Professional that has a long history of effective service in the Administrative 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).

Questions:

  1. Please describe how this Administrative Professional’s long history of effective service and dedication has positively impacted their organization and/or administrative profession.
  2. Please provide specific examples that best demonstrate this Administrative Professional’s tireless commitment to their organization, executive and/or profession. Include examples of how this Administrative Professional puts the needs of others and/or the needs of the organization before her/his personal needs. Include this candidate’s demonstration of loyalty, perseverance, tenacity etc. during what might have been challenging times in their career or service to their organization or executive.

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area

The Above the Call Award 

The Above the Call Award honors the Administrative Professional (including Receptionists) that goes above and beyond the call of duty in delivering an exceptional customer experience, a 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.

Questions:

  1. Describe this Administrative Professional’s primary role at their company and a quick overview of their responsibilities. Be sure to include who this Administrative Professional regularly interacts with in their role.
  2. Please provide specific examples of how this Administrative Professional has gone above and beyond in providing exceptional customer service to others and the impact they’ve had on the organization. Be sure to include any commendations they’ve received internally or externally for going above and beyond.

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Fort Worth, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area

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 for employee advocacy — making sure the company always does right by its employees

Questions:

  1. Please describe how this Administrative Professional possesses a high level of proficiency in their role as an Administrative Professional. Please include what specific skills, certifications, education and/or training they have that supports their role.
  2. Please provide specific examples of how this Administrative Professional shares the same values as their organization.
  3. How has this Administrative Professional demonstrated a passionate commitment to their organization’s cause or purpose?
  4. How has this Administrative Professional demonstrated a passion for legendary customer service, both internally and externally?
  5. How has this Administrative Professional served as an advocate for fellow employees?
  6. Please list any additional information that you believe demonstrates why this Administrative Professional is deserving of The Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence.

Eligible Program Markets: Dallas, Silicon Valley, Denver Metro, Houston and San Francisco Bay Area