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The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is the world's largest association for administrative support staff, with over 600 chapters and 40,000 members and affiliates worldwide. For over 60 years, IAAP has provided up-to-date research on office trends, cutting-edge publications, outstanding seminars and conferences, and top-notch resources to help administrative professionals enhance their skills and become more effective contributors to their employers.

IAAP Core Purpose:
The core purpose of IAAP is to help administrative professionals develop and fulfill their personal and professional potential and to ensure recognition of the profession in the workplace. 

IAAP Core Values (a set of guiding principles or tenets that define what the organization stands for):

INTEGRITY -- Trust for each other in all relationships, including those with other members, staff, employers, vendors, leaders, mentors and sponsors.

ENCOURAGEMENT -- Offer inspiration for administrative professionals to fulfill their potential and advance their careers.

LEADERSHIP -- Members serve as positive ambassadors and role models for both the profession and association; leadership development is a key purpose of IAAP.

LOYALTY -- Loyalty to the profession, to employers, and to IAAP is a characteristic of true professionals and is highly valued in business.

PROFESSIONALISM -- A commitment to excellence, both individually and collectively, is a hallmark of IAAP.

RELEVANCE -- To assure that IAAP continues to offer worthwhile programs and services and meet members evolving needs.

PRIDE -- Pride in our chosen career field and membership in IAAP.

CONNECTION -- IAAP offers invaluable opportunities to develop long-term friend-ships, to share information, and to build camaraderie among professionals.

INDIVIDUAL IMPORTANCE -- Each member is an important individual contributor and asset to the organization.

IAAP Action Plan #1: Communicate Membership Value -- Objective: Members, potential members and affiliates will be fully informed of programs, services, leadership opportunities and the value of IAAP membership.

IAAP Action Plan #2: Grow Membership --
Objective: Grow membership of traditional admins and students while increasing diversity and international participation.

IAAP Action Plan #3: Increase Internet and Technology Capabilities --
Objective: Expand technological capabilities to deliver more member services, education and training.

The National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942, incorporated in Missouri, and became an international organization in 1954 when Canada became the first country outside the United States to have full representation in NSA. The association later changed its name to Professional Secretaries International (PSI) and then added a tag line: PSI...the Association for Office Professionals. In 1998 at the International Convention and Education Forum, delegates voted to change the name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

Nationwide, IAAP consists of six districts: Great Lakes, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Canada. Internationally, there are association affiliated with IAAP on five continents: North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

IAAP is a professional association with the objective of elevating the standards of the administrative profession by providing continuing education programs. IAAP is a non-profit, non-union, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose members shall have the sole right to govern and control all activities through duly elected officers.

IAAP World Headquarters are located in Kansas City, Missouri.

To be the acknowledged, recognized leader of administrative professionals and to enhance their individual and collective value, image, competence, and influence.

To provide information, education, and training and to set standards of excellence recognized by the business community on a global perspective.

To elevate the standards of all administrative professionals and to promote their working relationships with management through continuing education, authorized programs, and publications.

To inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence.

Realizing that a position of trust imposes ethical obligations upon administrative professionals to act for the benefit of employers, clients, and the public, members of IAAP hereby establish and promulgate standards of professional conduct and resolve to be guided by them as embodying the ethical ideals of their profession.

(as amended at 2003 International Convention)
Administrative professionals shall be defined as individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an office related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in their chosen profession.