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Issues and Voices that Matter April 15, 2010

Administrative Assistants – Under the Radar

Administrative Assistants - Under the Radar

One of the largest workplace observances is “Administrative Professionals Week” in April of each year. We go under the radar and behind the scenes at Orlando Catholic Diocese and Lockheed Martin Simulation-Training-and Support to get to know the administrative assistant and the boss for whom each assistant works. Feature length – 22:53


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)
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Depending on your age, you may remember this workplace recognition as “secretaries’ day.” The “day” has grown into a week – April 18-24, to be exact — and the name has changed to “administrative professional”…perhaps, all in recognition of the change over the years in what this position does.

Today, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

Administrative Professional Week is always the last full week in April. And, in 2010, Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 21.

On the Central Florida Matters’ Website you may listen to or download Steve’s extended interviews with all four of guests along with a bio of each. You’ll also find still photographs taken in their office or conference room during the interviews.

Also on the site, we’ve provided links to external Webpages offering relevant information about Administrative Professional Week and our guests’ respective workplaces. While at the site, please leave a comment about the piece and we encourage you to email a link to the feature to a friend or colleague.

Extended Interview & Pictures

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Dale Bennett, president, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support with Linda Lamond (photo - CMF Public Media) (left) Dale Bennett, president, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support with Linda Lamond, administrative assistant to Mr. Bennett (photo - CMF Public Media)
Dale Bennett and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (19:35)
President, Lockheed Martin Simulation-Training and Support

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Linda Lamond, administrative assistant to Mr. Bennett (photo - CMF Public Media) Linda Lamond, administrative assistant to Mr. Bennett (photo - CMF Public Media)
Linda Lamond and Stephen McKenney Steck
Bennett’s administrative assistant
Extended interview (32:46)

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Thomas Wenski, bishop, Catholic Diocese of Orlando (photo - CMF Public Media) Thomas Wenski, bishop, Catholic Diocese of Orlando and Cristina Caban, administrative assistant to Bishop Wenski (photo - CMF Public Media)
Thomas Wenski and Stephen McKenney Steck
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Orlando
Extended interview (21:33)

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Cristina Caban, administrative assistant to Bishop Wenski (photo - CMF Public Media) Cristina Caban, administrative assistant to Bishop Wenski (photo - CMF Public Media)
Cristina Caban and Stephen McKenney Steck
Bishop Wenski’s administrative assistant
Extended interview (42:22)

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Linda Lamond, administrative assistant to Mr. Bennett (photo: CMF Public Media) Cristina Caban, administrative assistant to Bishop Wenski (photo - CMF Public Media)

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One Response to “Administrative Assistants – Under the Radar”

  1. David Williams says:

    What a great feature – the interview with Cristina Caban was particularly insightful. I was impressed by her own view of her role, and by the source of her satisfaction with her job. Thanks for a great feature!

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