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Harry Klemfuss, the Secretaries’ Champion, was a publicist who handled the Dictaphone Corporation account for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency. Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the position to a company or business and promoted that secretaries deserved recognition and wanted to encourage more people to enter the field.
Mr. Klemfuss teamed with the National Secretaries Association, now the International Association of Administrative Professionals and office product manufacturers to persuade Charles Sawyer, then the secretary of commerce, to proclaim the first National Secretaries Week, which evolved to Administrative Professionals Week and now as Administrative Assistants’ Day. The title has evolved, but the recognition is equally important.
There are two new terms in use today. They are “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Admins”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities to different companies. Both are broader terms that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role and you will even now find males in these positions.
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