Joan Burge Innovation Award

At Office Dynamics, we understand that assistants are constantly generating innovative ideas, developing new systems and processes, and taking the initiative. However, they may not always have the chance to demonstrate their abilities or share their creations and may not always receive recognition for their hard work.

To address this, Joan Burge established the Joan Burge Innovation Award in 2019. The award is designed to honor the exceptional ideas of administrative and executive assistants and to provide them with an opportunity to share their ideas with their peers at a public gathering of fellow assistants. Joan wanted to celebrate the forward-thinking and creativity of these assistants and recognize their valuable contributions to their organizations.

The benefits to the presenter

We encourage all conference attendees, whether you are attending in person or via live-stream, to apply for this Award. Here are the benefits to you should you apply.

  • Sharing your idea with administrative professionals from around the world
  • Being recognized as a leader and trailblazer
  • Self-satisfaction from knowing you did a great job
  • Providing exposure for your employer/organization
  • Gaining recognition from your organization upon your return from the conference
  • Adding to your bag of skills making yourself more marketable
  • Possible reward from your employer
  • Expanding your credentials on your resume or social media


Any conference attendee can submit their innovative idea prior to October 7.

Your submission can be in a typed document and emailed to [email protected].

Or, you may mail a hard copy of your submission to:

Melia Amira
Office Dynamics International
5575 S. Durango Dr. Suite 106
Las Vegas, NV 89113

Joan Burge and her team will be reviewing all submissions. We recommend the following:

  • Be creative in your presentation of what you did that demonstrated your creativity or innovative idea or how you streamlined a process. Remember, the judges will also be looking at the actual submission and how well it was done.
  • Option: You might want to submit a little video to go along with your written submission or send a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Be as clear as possible in explaining your accomplishment so the judges can understand what you did.

If you are chosen as the recipient of the Joan Burge Innovation Award and you are attending the:

  • in-person conference in Las Vegas, we will ask you to come to the main stage to briefly share your story and receive the award from Joan Burge.
  • livestream event, we will ask you to submit a short video that we can share from the main stage with our two audiences.

If you have any questions regarding how to submit, call Melia Amira at 800-STAR-139.

Office Dynamics International
5575 S. Durango Dr. Ste. 106
Las Vegas, NV 89113