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I’m thrilled to announce that our one-and-only, multi-talented, -tasking, and -role tackling Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President, Trish Kalchbrenner, has been named a 2020 OfficeNinja All-Star for her outstanding work and impact at Walker Sands!
Every year during Admin Week, OfficeNinjas awards the best and brightest executive assistants, office managers, administrators and workplace operators for their hard work. The All-Stars accolade is awarded based on nominations from coworkers and peers (think the People’s Choice Awards, but for office administrators), and Trish was nominated by colleagues who are impacted by her good deeds daily.
Since her first day at Walker Sands, Trish has been an integral part of our team. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to set us up for success by keeping our offices running smoothly while simultaneously maintaining a cultural pulse on everyone’s wellbeing. From making sure every celebration is one to remember to handling major projects like our full-floor Chicago office expansion, Trish always puts our people first and embodies our “Support” value every single day. She was even a main driving force in developing our family leave policy, a noteworthy accomplishment that went above and beyond a myriad of other job descriptions.
Her nurturing and supportive presence is felt by everyone in the agency, and she’s always ready with creative ideas for boosting morale and making the office festive. Even while working from home, she’s managed to bring us together with a company-wide Spirit Week and weekly updates on everyone's beloved plants when she ventures to the office to water them.
As someone who has become a personal friend and confidant of mine and many others at the agency, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Here’s how my colleagues agree:
“Trish is instrumental to the success of Walker Sands. While she's not running around the office, double checking that all of our technology is working, making sure meetings are running smoothly or filling up our snacks to keep everyone productive on a full stomach, she's checking in with everyone to make sure they're doing okay and asking if there's anything she can do to help make their lives easier. She exemplifies what it means to be a jack-of-all-trades and office ninja. Our office, our work and our business would not be successful without Trish. I am grateful for her everyday!”
– Naomi David, Marketing Manager of Demand Generation
“Trish is the best. She's still watering people's plants at the office during a pandemic. That's all you need to know. We are not worthy.”
– John Everette, Sales Manager
“In addition to making sure the office works well logistically, Trish reminds us to be good office citizens even while we're racing to execute on a plate full of deliverables. She's like the office conscience.”
– Dion Manly, Senior Director of Operations
“Trish is the engine that keeps the Walker Sands train running. She's ultra organized, efficient, helpful and above all else, she is so personable that she has a relationship with every single person in the office. She is literally our glue. I have no idea what we did before we had her. Now, we definitely can't live without her!”
– Allison Ward, Vice President and Partner
From supermom at home to superhero in our office, we couldn’t be more grateful to have Trish championing us every day. Today is a day we get to stop to say thank you in a way she truly deserves. Congratulations, Trish! Thank you for all you do.
For even more reasons to believe in the power of Trish, you can read her full interview and learn more about the other deserving OfficeNinjas here.