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Honoring True Impact and Commitment

In a digital landscape where automation is changing the way business is done across countless industries, it can be easy to think that digitization and automation are the present and future of business. But where does that leave today’s Personal & Executive Assistants?

While these technological advancements certainly open up a whole new realm of possibilities and solutions, they will never be able to replace the human touch.

Born out of a desire to equip and empower the next generation of impact assistants, PAYA Africa is an award reserved for those who set the bar for what personal assistants can accomplish. This is an award of excellence, but it is also meant to be an award that inspires others to reach higher and grow their own impact as they strive to join this exclusive club.

PAYA is an annual event tied to our Executive/Personal Assistant Symposium and recognizes standout leaders and world-changers who are revolutionizing the assistant position with their hard work, dedication, commitment to growth, and forward-thinking ideas. Candidates are selected from members of the Executive Assistant Network (EAN) and are measured against criteria including exemplary service and support, initiative, leadership, resourcefulness, and profound difference making, among other qualities and traits.

This is our way of showing the world that high-powered personal and executive assistants fill a role that no person, computer, or program can replace. These are the difference makers who bring the human touch and personal skills to the business landscape and provide the support that every successful organization relies on.

So here’s to all the hardworking professional assistants who go above and beyond the scope of their duties. Here’s to the ones who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make others shine. Here’s to the backbone of every successful business. PAYA is an award dedicated to those who want to make an impact


To say an Executive Assistant has been redundant because of the availability of Information and Communication Technology is tantamount to saying a computer can now effectively manage the office, articulate on office procedure and carry out administrative work in the office. Can a computer welcome guests and give them the relevant information on behalf of executive offices. Of course, the answer is no. Yes, messages can be left on the voice mail but an Executive Assistant actually goes a step further by giving the caller the exact information that is needed and advise on the course of action that clients should take in order to get the services that they want.” Excerpt The Assistant Newsletter issue no 2.

PAYA is held annually during the Executive/Personal Assistants symposium. This award seeks to recognise Personal Assistants who:

  • Provide extraordinary support and continually think of ways to streamline processes and improve performance
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership, resourcefulness, innovation, creativity.
  • Assume responsibilities far beyond daily work
  • Provide quality control for administrative processes and show great diligence.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner all the times.
  • The Personal/Executive Assistants Award is open to members of Personal/Executive Assistants Network (EAN), Secretaries, and Executive/Personal Assistants who have been employed for a minimum of six months in an organisation. ****From certificate to first degree.
  • Provide extraordinary support and continually thinking of ways to streamline processes and improve performance.
  • A track record of change that makes a profound difference to personal assistants on a sustainable basis
  • Inspire and deliver sustainable change that makes a big difference for personal assistants
  • Exhibits exceptional leadership, resourcefulness, innovation, or creativity
  • Assuming responsibilities far beyond the daily work.
  • Provide quality control for the administrative processes and show great diligence.
  • Conduct themselves in professional manner at all times.
  • Provides superior sustained service or a special one-time contribution to their organisation.
  • Continually contributes to a positive, collaborative work environment.
  • Delivers exemplary service to others.
  • Nominees must participate in the symposium prior to the award ceremony.
  • Cover Sheet
    • Award Identification. Please identify the nomination by typing at the top of the page:” Personal/Executive Assistants Awards Nomination.”
    • Nominator Information. Please list the following information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Address, City, Country, Telephone, and Fax.
    • Nominee Information. Please list the following information: Name, Job Title/Organization, Address, City, Country, Telephone, and Fax.
  • Statement by Nominator

Please attach a one-page statement that summarizes the nominee’s service to the organization. Show how the nominee has met the criteria mentioned above (nomination criteria). Discuss the challenges faced, the impact of the nominee’s contributions, and how they inspired others to become better professionals. Please explain why the candidate is being nominated and why they deserve the honor.

NB: Nominators: Please sign and indicate the date in your statement.

  • Selection Process

The Awards Committee will appoint a panel of Judges of five members. This panel will be responsible for evaluating the nominations submitted for consideration in accordance with the criteria listed above, and for selecting the winner of the award.

  • Awards

The Awards will include a cash prize of US$1500, and medal.

  • Awards Ceremony

The Personal/Executive Assistants Awards Program is held annually during the Personal/Executive Assistants symposium.

  • Nominations Deadline

Nomination Deadline 17th September 2021

  • Notification

Nominators of award winners will be notified in writing. Nominators of non-winners will also be notified in writing.

International Renaissance Centre

Where to Send Nominations

Nominations for all the awards described should be sent to:

The PA Award Secretariat

International Renaissance Centre 7th Floor KTDA Plaza

P.0. Box 17439 -00100


Email: ircafrica@gmail.com