The American Society of Administrative Professionals marked its 10-year anniversary recently with several milestones, including a record-high 60,000 members, a career center, a portal for meeting planners, a redesigned website and the “Eureka!” award, which honors admins who spearhead efforts to make their companies more efficient or innovative.
The inaugural award went to April Stallworth from Waukegan Public Schools in Waukegan, Ill., for her H.E.A.R.T. program. The acronym stands for Helping Empower Administrative Support Professionals through Resources & Training. The program has five goals: multiple channels of communication, networking opportunities, access to technological resources, personal and professional development opportunities, and raising the profile of administrative support professionals throughout the organization.
ASAP offers year-round professional development, online training and resources as part of its free membership. It plans to launch a comprehensive, exam-based certification program — the Professional Administration Certification of Excellence program (PACE) — in 2016, executive director Judy Geller says.