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Administrative Professionals' Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Administrative Professionals' Day (Secretaries' Day) is an unofficial secular holiday observed on the last Wednesday of April (April 26 in 2006), to recognize the work of clerical employees such as administrative assistants, receptionists, paralegals, etc. It is celebrated as part of a larger Administrative Professionals Week, which takes place during the last full week of April.

National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretaries' Day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam. Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the position to a company or business. His goal was to encourage more women to become administrative assistants (called secretaries at the time). Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss promoted the values and importance of the job of administrative assistants. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of administrative assistants.

The first Secretaries' Day was held in 1952 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, with the support of an association of corporate groups. In 1998, the name of the holiday was changed to better represent the full range of administrative positions.

In the United States, the day is often celebrated by giving one's assistant flowers, candy, or small gifts, or by taking him/her out to lunch.

The holiday is criticized for being just another holiday created by the greeting card/gift industry to increase their sales between larger holidays (see Hallmark holiday).

In the United States, Administrative Professionals Day® is a registered trademark with the serial number 75898930. The registrant is the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Secretaries Day Infromation by IAAP Communications

Administrative Professionals Week and Day
(Formerly Professional Secretaries Week®/Professional Secretaries Day®)

2006 Theme
"Creating Excellence" is the official theme for the 2006 observance of Administrative Professionals Week (April 23-29) and Administrative Professionals Day (April 26).

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about
Administrative Professionals Week

Administrative Professionals Week®  Always observed annually during the last FULL week in April, standard Sunday through Saturday calendar week.

April 23-29, 2006
April 22-28, 2007
April 20-26, 2008

Administrative Professionals Day®  Observed annually the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week

April 26, 2006
April 25, 2007
April 23, 2008


Event History and Objectives
This annual event was originally organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association (now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals) in conjunction with public relations executive Harry Klemfuss and a consortium of office product manufacturers. It was established as an effort to recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace, and to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers. In the year 2000, IAAP announced a name change for Professional Secretaries Week and Professional Secretaries Day. The names were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce.

Over the years, Administrative Professionals Week has become one of the largest workplace observances. The event is celebrated worldwide, bringing together millions of people for community events, educational seminars, and individual corporate activities recognizing support staff with gifts of appreciation.

IAAP suggests that employers observe Administrative Professionals Week by providing training for their administrative staff through seminars, continuing education or self-study materials. Another suggestion is to make a commitment toward delegating responsibilities that better utilize the skills of administrative professionals. 

Employers/Managers:
Click here for observance suggestions

Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

See the "Research and Trends" section of this Web site for latest information about the profession, key skills most in demand, career development advice, tips for employers, and much more.


Administrative Professionals Week 2006
News Releases


Local IAAP Chapter
Administrative Professionals Week Events

Many chapters of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will conduct special activities in their communities, including:

  • Workshops and seminars on topics such as workplace trends, evolving technology and management skills for the administrative professional;
  • Networking events and/or special breakfasts/luncheons;
  • Presentations of “Administrative Professional of the Year” awards; 
  • Co-sponsored events between IAAP chapters, educational institutions, and other business organizations; and
  • Proclamation signings by county and city government officials.

A searchable database of IAAP local chapter events for April 2006 is available by clicking on link below. 

Click Here to Search for Local IAAP Chapter Sponsored Administrative Professionals Week Events to be held April 2006
If no event is currently listed in your area, check back frequently, as events are added regularly, or use the IAAP Chapter Locator to find contact information for IAAP chapters nearest you.


19th Annual Administrative Professionals Day Satellite Conference Set for 2006
Fast Forward: Managing Change and Creating Opportunities for Success - April 26th, 2006 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Register now and join over 250 participating organizations for The 2006 Annual Administrative Professionals Briefing featuring Stephen Covey, author of The 8th Habit.

The 2006 Briefing is...  

  • A two hour live and interactive global event held on Administrative Professionals Day
  • Delivered via satellite, videoconference and the web (to your PC over the internet)
  • Designed as an on-site learning experience complete with course materials  

TLC'S 2006 BRIEFING AT A GLANCE

Date: April 26th, 2006 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Title: Fast Forward: Managing Change and Creating Opportunities for Success
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, on Leadership
Briefing Address: Kay E. Enlow CPS/CAP, international president of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) reporting on the State of the Profession
Skill Building Session:  Jackie Freiberg, author of Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, on "Becoming a Remarkably Different Admin."
Partners:  International Association of Administrative Professionals, OfficeTeam and Microsoft Corporation

View the Event Brochure and a Sample Clip
 >> CLICK HERE to view the complete brochure
 >>
CLICK HERE to view last year's opening remarks

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER
CALL - 800-243-9799
E-MAIL - contact@targetlearn.com
VISIT - www.targetlearn.com 
REGISTER - www.targetlearn.com/briefing2006


Promotional Resources
OfficePRO magazine is an excellent gift or handout at Administrative Professionals Week events.  Click here for subscription information.  Employers may also consider paying annual dues for Professional membership in IAAP for their administrative staff - a worthy investment in professional excellence.


Event Archives
2005
Administrative Professionals Week Event Report
IAAP Reaches Millions During Administrative Professionals Week 2005 Promotional Campaign

Examples of Administrative Professionals Week Programs Sponsored by Local IAAP Chapters, 2005

2004
2004 Print Media Articles about Administrative Professionals Week


Trademark Notice

 "Administrative Professionals Week" and "Administrative Professionals Day" are both registered trademarks owned by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. This means that the registered trademark symbol (®) should be used at least once in any document, publication, or electronic media in which these terms appear. Individuals or organizations outside of IAAP should also indicate that these terms are "Registered trademarks of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)."  

The former names, Professional Secretaries Week
®  and Professional Secretaries Day® , are also trademarked terms owned by IAAP.

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