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Eureka Award

Are you a problem-solver...idea-generator...process-improver...creative-thinker?

The ASAP Eureka! Award is an extraordinary and prestigious opportunity to be recognized for your talent and initiative. The award recognizes an achievement made by an administrative professional who has made innovative contributions to the organization for which he or she works.

Are you the next ASAP Eureka! Award winner?

  • Have you created and carried out a project that produced real results for your company? 
  • Have you created a solution that saved money or time (or both)? 
  • Have you developed a breakthrough idea to reduce errors or increase productivity? 
  • Has your creative “out of the box” thinking helped motivate your boss or team to find the way forward on a challenging project?

Who is eligible for the award?

The project must have been developed and implemented by one or a team of administrative professionals. This includes professionals with the functions and titles of Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Business Administrator, Personal Assistant, Secretary, Office Manager, Administrative Specialist, Office Coordinator, Executive Secretary and Receptionist (or a related job title with similar responsibilities). It is open to residents of North America only.

What are the project requirements?

The project must involve:

  • Initiating and carrying out a fresh approach or creating a breakthrough to solve a problem or make an improvement of significance related to office or support operations.
  • An initiative that was completed sometime between January 2017 and June 2018. The resulting practices must be in place for at least 3 months prior to the application deadline.
  • A minimum of a 250-word description of the project, complete responses to all application questions, as well as relevant examples and proof of results.

Supporting documents must include at least two of the following: cost savings, increased efficiency or productivity, problem resolution, enhanced morale, stronger accuracy and integrity of operations, increased customer satisfaction, increased teamwork and collaboration. We are also happy to receive 1-2 testimonials from managers or colleagues about the efficacy of the project.

Rules & Deadlines

  • The ASAP Eureka! Award application and supporting document(s) must be received by June 30th, 2018.
  • Finalists will be required to sign a letter of verification upon request.
  • The winner must be present to receive the award and must attend the entire Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) in Kissimmee, Florida.
    • If the winner cannot meet these terms, ASAP reserves the right to forfeit the prize and choose an alternative winner.
    • In the event of team submissions, only one representative of the winning team will be selected to attend the conference although others may attend at their own expense.

Hotel and airfare accommodations will be booked through APC's travel agent. ASAP will cover hotel accommodations for a maximum of three nights, and coach roundtrip airfare up to $500 with advance reservations within North America and the U.S.

If your initiative is chosen as the winning entry, you’ll receive coach round-trip airfare (up to $500), hotel accommodations for 3 nights at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, and a Value Pass registration to the 2018 Administrative Professionals Conference. The ASAP Eureka! Award will be presented at the APC, and the project summary will be featured on the ASAP website, sharing your breakthrough as a “best practice” with your peers.

Nominations are now closed!

See who’s the winner of the 2018 Eureka! Award – Winner will be announced this September at the Administrative Professionals Conference.

asap17-eureka-award_winner.jpg.small.400x400.jpegStacy Williamson

U.S. AFRICOM, U.S. Department of Defense

Many of the awards being distributed by the Defense Intelligence Agency were arriving well after the employee had already departed the agency, or months after their achievement. Stacy devised a solution that streamlined award distribution and lowered processing time from 90 days to just 30.

award-winner-1024x827.jpg.small.400x400.jpegBeth Ann Howard

Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond

Using a web program her colleagues were already familiar with, Beth took an incredibly tedious and time consuming process and simplified it via a fully cloud-based system on her own. Her inititive now allows the department's tenure and promotion portfolios to be accessed online from anywhere with an internet connection.

april_judy.jpg.small.400x400.jpegApril Stallworth

Niles Township High Schools - District 219

After finding a lack of time and opportunity for networking, training and communication for herself and her colleagues, April created the H.E.A.R.T. initiative. This program’s mission provides professional development, communication channels, networking opportunities, resources and coaching that will help all Administrative Support Professionals to excel, lead, and grow!

American Society of Administrative Professionals

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