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 made an impact on the organization and 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?
  4. Describe the overall impact that this Administrative Professional has had on their organization as a result of their competencies, dedication, achievements, etc.

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 has this Administrative Professional demonstrated a passion for volunteerism and community service and how has it positively impacted their organization?
  2. How does this Administrative Professional inspire fellow employees to serve the community and engage in volunteerism?
  3. Please include any additional information that you feel would be helpful in demonstrating how this Administrative Professional impacts others through their service.

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. 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 or projects towards success.
  3. Describe how this Administrative Professional shares their knowledge, expertise and experience with others in the organization and how this positively impacts the organization’s work environment.
  4. Please provide any additional details that you feel would be helpful in demonstrating what makes this Administrative Professional an exceptional leader in their organization and/or in their profession.

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 the completion of it.
  2. Describe the level of complexity of the project(s) and how critical successful achievement of the project(s) was to the organization.
  3. Describe how this Administrative Professional demonstrates relentless perseverance and resourcefulness in successfully accomplishing projects and important tasks in their role.
  4. Describe the overall impact that this Administrative Professional has had on their organization as a result of their competencies, dedication, achievements, etc.

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 describe in detail the diverse duties and responsibilities of the Administrative Professional and in which areas they fall.
  2. Describe the overall impact that this Administrative Professional has had on their organization as a result of their competencies, dedication, achievements etc.
  3. Provide specific examples of how this Office Manager has made a significant impact on the organization and has excelled in their role.
  4. How many employees are at the location that this Office Manager supports?
  5. Does this Administrative Professional serving in an Office Management role directly supervise others? If so, include their job titles and how many people they supervise with those job titles.

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 a general overview of this Administrative Professional’s responsibilities including what Executive or Department they serve.
    2. Describe how this Administrative Professional’s optimistic spirit positively impacts their coworkers, clients, vendors etc. and/or the overall organization.
    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 has positively impacted their organization and/or administrative profession.
  2. Describe how this Administrative Professional puts the needs of others and/or the needs of the organization before her/his personal needs.
  3. Describe the overall impact that this Administrative Professional has had on their organization as a result of their competencies, dedication, achievements, etc.
  4. Please provide specific examples that best demonstrate this Administrative Professional’s tireless commitment to their Organization, Executive and/or profession.

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 and a general overview of their responsibilities.
  2. Who does this Administrative Professional regularly interact with day to day in their role?
  3. Please provide specific examples of how this Administrative Professional has gone above and beyond in providing exceptional customer service to others.
  4. Describe the overall impact that this Administrative Professional has had on their organization as a result of their competencies, dedication, achievements etc.
  5. Describe any examples of when this Administrative Professional was commended for their extreme professionalism, helpfulness or friendly demeanor.

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