Administrative Professionals Week
Last week, some of you may have signed a card or wished a co-worker a happy Administrative Professionals Day, but did you ever wonder how this holiday got its start? As it turns out, this day has been around for quite a while – 60 years, to be exact! Originally called National Secretaries Week, this celebration was created in 1952 by the National Secretaries Association (now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals, or IAAP) along with a group of office product manufacturers and a public relations executive named Harry Klemfuss. These groups had two reasons behind establishing National Secretaries week: recognizing the contributions of hardworking secretaries around the country, and attracting new people to administrative careers.
In 1981, the celebration was renamed Professional Secretaries Week, and finally changed to Administrative Professionals Week in 2000. You may be wondering exactly who would be described as an “administrative professional.” IAAP defines administrative professional as “individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an office-related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in their chosen profession.” Generally, these are administrative assistants, executive assistants, office coordinators, office managers, and receptionists.
In celebration of 2012’s holiday, Big Sister CEO Deb Re was invited to deliver the keynote address at the IAAP Greater Boston Chapter Administrative Professionals Week Dinner on April 27. She talked about her journey from teacher to CEO, and why it is important to make the most of every job, as every job is a learning opportunity.
Happy Administrative Professionals Week to all of the women and men who have chosen careers in this field!