National Administrative Professional’s Day is also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day. It is a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.
The individuals who championed the efforts to create ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY/WEEK were Mary Barrett (a past President of the National Secretaries Association – now called The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)); C. King Woodbridge (President of Dictaphone Corporation); and Harry F. Klemfuss (Public Relations Account Executive at Young & Rubicam).
U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles Sawyer, proclaimed the first observance of National Secretaries Week as JUNE 1-7, 1952. On Wednesday, JUNE 4, 1952, the day was designated as the first National Secretaries Day. IN 1955, the National Secretaries Associations changed the dates to the current celebration during the last full week of April.
The name of the observance was changed to Professional Secretaries Day/Week in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International (PSI).
In 1998, PSI changed the organization’s name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and the name of the occasion was changed again in 2000 when, the IAAP designated the holiday as Administrative Professionals Day/Week. The name change reflected the changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the administrative workforce.
We at Rothmeyer | Rothmeyer are grateful for each and every one of the more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals working in the United States and we recognize all of you for your skills and loyalty and for the attributes every company depends upon. You have enriched our lives, challenged us to think big, and honored us by supporting our work.
We hope that you continue to excel both professionally and personally. And, we congratulate each of you on how far you have come to get you where you are today, and we encourage you to think bigger, take risks, and become all you were created to be.