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Administrative Professionals Week 2017

Dear Administrative Peers,

I hope this finds you healthy and happy. I hope your week is full of demonstrations of employer recognition that is valuable to you.

I hope that you recognize and understand your true value, not only to your company, to your co-workers, but to the overall economic good.

I hope you are able to see that people count on you, your work, your ability to communicate clearly and honestly, and to deliver on tasks. I hope you have the respect of those you work alongside.

I hope your supervisor(s), your company, your co-workers can acknowledge your continuous effort to keep all the pieces moving in the right direction.

For those of you that hate being in the administrative field, I hope you can find a different employer, or perhaps a different career field, that makes you content.

Some may say this week of recognition is nothing but a  made up holiday in order to sell more flowers or cards. Some  say this week of recognition is just a small opportunity to make others aware of the work we do.  I see it as a week of pride, almost like a homecoming celebration. One time a year, we gather as a profession to acknowledge the hard work loads and  sometime challenging personalities we encounter in our daily work. I like to think of it as one big ‘Clink’ of glass as we toast one another for a successful year.

Best wishes to each and every one of you. I am so very proud to be part of this community- For the exceptional assistant, this is not a job. It's a vocation. They've dedicated their life to it, and it compels them to greatness in the role.- - Jan Jones, the CEO's Secret Weap.

~ K.

 

  • There's plenty goings on in the DC Metro region this time of year -- both to celebrate the the holidays and to get social. For administrative professionals, we invest a ton of time in organizing our company holiday functions. But what's new for us? Did you know there is a local admin group-- DC LAN - International Association of Administrative Professionals group? We ran out of room for our first social event at Union Station on the 2nd of December.  Our next event is already almost at capacity -- January 3 at the Champps in Arlington. You don't have to be a group leader to host an event. If your office has conference room space, we can get an educational or informational event to you. Professional development for administrative professionals! that is what IAAP is all about. We have tentative educational events scheduled for March, April and May. And, we're looking at offering webinars in early 2016. Want to learn more about IAAP?  Check out their site at www.iaap-hq.org. And, if you are looking for a great network in the DC Metro region, reach out to me. We'll get you on the mailing list.  I'm a volunteer for IAAP, not a paid staff member.  My goal is to help DC area admins create and keep a strong and resourceful network of peers. And on a personal note, here's wishing each of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  Hope to meet you soon. ~~  Kemetia MK Foley,  DC LAN Coordinator Volunteer - IAAP

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