You Did It, Corina Terrell! You’re a 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star!

Meet 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star Corina Terrell.

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Name
Corina Terrell

Title & Company
Senior Executive Assistant, Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, TX

# Years as an Office Ninja
11 years

Fun Fact
Her stress-relief strategy includes creating memes for her colleagues’ enjoyment.

Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled to spotlight the tremendous impact admin professionals have on the workforce and global business community. While coronavirus threw us for a loop this year, our 2020 All-Stars rose to the challenge with great collaboration, flexibility, and fun personal photos!

If you know anything about Corina Terrell, you may be surprised to hear that attending the inaugural OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership & Communication course was initially a big step outside of her comfort zone.

After all, she’s curious and creative. She thrives in complex situations, and she’s completely unflappable (more than one colleague used the word magical to describe her problem-solving skills).

So, a two-day executive-level administrative education program at one of the best business schools in the world seems like it would be her jam.

And it was! Those jitters quickly diminished and she jumped right into the interactive sessions, bringing her seasoned perspective to the discussion. She left with Ninja contacts from multiple industries and plenty of ideas on how to evolve her leadership skills… but not before making a meaningful impact on our program and inaugural cohort.

We were lucky to have her, and we’re thrilled to add her to the All-Star Hall of Fame.

Check out our Q&A with Corina Terrell and get to know this 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star!

2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star Corina Terrell enjoys learning from UC Berkeley faculty during the OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership & Communication Course.

Corina participates in the inaugural OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership & Communication Course held at UC Berkeley in December 2019.

Tell us about the craziest day you’ve ever experienced as an Office Ninja.

My executive was on a 21-hour flight to Australia with a tight return, when I learned that all of the meetings I’d worked with the AU team to schedule were somehow off by one day, which meant they wouldn’t work for my exec’s short trip.

I immediately thought, “Where did I go wrong?!” But I didn’t have time for that!

I contacted everyone I could on the ground in Australia, including other EAs and Project Leaders, in a feverish attempt to rework the meeting schedule and ensure that my executive’s trip was productive. This can be quite tricky when you’re working with a 16-hour time difference!

Meanwhile, I began researching potential back-up travel solutions while troubleshooting what went wrong so it wouldn’t happen again.

When my executive landed, they didn’t get the full agenda I’d originally designed — but I was able to organize some impactful meetings, and had them back on a flight the next day, as originally planned.

While my executive felt “something” wasn’t quite right, they didn’t question the situation at all. They knew I did my best under the circumstances.

What’s your favorite part of being an Office Ninja?

I am someone who thrives on seeing others succeed and have a genuine care for everyone; animals too! So, being an Office Ninja lets my best self shine!

I get to be the glue between our teams, act as a coach for others, and build long-lasting connections with our clients. I like to make people feel connected and valued with words and gifts that are chosen according to their likes or lifestyle. And I’m always thrilled to give a shout-out and brag about a team member’s accomplishments!

Knowing that my positivity has not only impacted my organization but a single person in even the smallest way is what gets me motivated and energized to conquer this thing called life.

My experience is just so smooth when she’s in charge; everything falls into place, things go as planned, nothing ever goes wrong. I realize that somehow I take all this for granted. It’s only when I observe what is happening with other Partners or MDPs that I realize how lucky I am that she is in the background looking out for me. – Christopher Cromer, Managing Director and Partner

The BCG Admin Team hosts a congratulatory celebration for a team member transferring to another BCG office.

As an EA you spend a lot of energy focused on others. How do you prioritize focusing on yourself?

In addition to my professional goals, I always make sure that I set personal goals and stick to them. I hold myself accountable and prioritize them just as much as I would anything else.

I love to cook, so I put a limit on how often I can order take-out. Cooking is therapy to me and really puts me in a place of peace.

I have an incredible group of friends, and we have get-togethers booked for several months out. We all make sure we take care of each other and make these events happen!

My company is also really supportive of taking time off, so it makes it a lot easier when I have the encouragement to take care of me.

What’s the one thing that’s always on your desk and why?

I generally like to keep a very neat and clean desk — sometimes people ask if anyone even occupies it!

But I always have my accessory organizer. It holds extra cords, airpods, extra headphones, a portable charger — basically any tech item I may need to keep myself up and running. When it’s not on my desk, it’s in my bag and ready to go at all times.

Corina’s work from home setup includes some of her favorite books, work swag, and rotating words of encouragement.

What do you do when you’re stressed or upset at work?

It really takes a lot to alter my mood, but I do have a couple of go-to things that I do during those rare moments.

I think my coworkers can definitely attest to this, and likely don’t even realize that it’s a stress-reliever for me, but I like to make funny memes to cool off and get my head back in the game. Sometimes the memes are directed towards the group, a team member, myself, cute animals… Making memes is my happy place and gets me right back to where I need to be.

I also keep a “Bad Day” folder in my Outlook where I store feel-good emails. It has feedback, positive discussions, memes (of course), and emails from my company that remind me that I work at a place that is world-class and THE BEST OF THE BEST.

Corina’s “brand” is next to none. She handles all issues head-on, not only with determination but with a smile on her face. Corina is approachable, trustworthy, and just an overall joy to be around. Someone who handles this stressful work environment with grace as Corina does is one in a million. – Lauren Evans, Executive Assistant

How does your team help you succeed?

My team, my manager, my executives, and my organization ALL play an equal part in my success. It really does take a village. I am advocated for and empowered to speak up and lead — I have this support system away from home that I am proud to call family.

At their busiest moments, I can call one of my executives to talk about ME whether it be my career, or my personal life, and they are there to listen, support, and guide me. We often have discussions about what my goals are and how they can help me achieve them. After each milestone or victory, I find them asking me, “What’s next for you?” It’s a true partnership in that they support me just as much as I support them.

Meanwhile, my team is a brilliant group of superhumans that make the world go round. Seriously! We all juggle several things, but at the drop of a hat, they will put everything aside to pitch in. They are uplifting and encouraging, not just when times are tough but at all times. How great is that?

We are constantly sharing knowledge that enriches our careers, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a team that recognizes that each person has something special to bring to the table.

BCG staff pose for a group photo during a team volunteer event.

BCG’s team participates in the All Staff 2019 Community Service Day, partnering with Out Teach to build an outdoor learning lab space for elementary school students.

Where does your drive come from? What keeps you motivated?

I’ve always been driven to make the impossible possible; to really bring the magic to any situation. So conquering something complex gets my wheels spinning. As long as I am feeling challenged, the drive and motivation come easy.

When I can make an impact on an organization or person in even a small way, it truly fulfills me. It makes me feel like I have a purpose that is bigger than just myself.

How do you see the admin profession evolving? What do you do to stay ahead of the curve?

The admin profession has changed from delegated roles and assignments to true teaming and partnership.

I see the role evolving in a way that is collaborative and thought-provoking, rather than being task-oriented. Behind the execution, there is creativity and resourcefulness that admins use to make things run flawlessly.

As corporations change, the economy fluctuates, and technology advances, we must be flexible and passionate about staying on top of the change. I am a big planner, so I try to identify trends in my executives’ day-to-day to proactively get ahead of what’s potentially to come.

I always believe in having three plans for any scenario: the ideal, the less ideal, and the code red. Staying prepared at all times is essential. I try to keep up with news and media so I am ahead of any potential concern well in advance and can speak to the event with understanding. And I have been working on expanding my network across different industries to continue to gain knowledge and perspective to keep myself well-rounded.

Administrative professionals in Dallas pose for a group photo at OfficeNinjas Admingling Dallas.

Corina bonds with Ninjas from across the country at an intimate Welcome Dinner for participants of the OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership & Communication Course.

What is your greatest professional achievement?

THIS RIGHT HERE! What can top being a 2020 OfficeNinjas All-Star? I am beyond thrilled and proud to be recognized for such an award. Being included in this group of like-minded people is an incredibly humbling feeling!

As far as my greatest achievement within my current company, I would likely say it was being honored with one of our North America Regional BST Awards. I had an overwhelming number of congratulatory emails, calls, and in-person moments that I will carry with me forever.

That was a turning point in my career, as it was the first time I truly realized the value I was creating and my potential to do more.

Members of BCG’s Dallas Admin team attend OfficeNinjas Admingling Dallas on March 4, 2020, which Corina co-hosted.

What are you most proud of outside of work?

I sometimes say that I should get more hobbies because my life can be pretty predictable but it’s what I like. It’s what works for me.

The one thing in my life outside of work that I’m most proud of is my family and the life we’ve built.

I’ve talked a lot about the support that I’ve received within work, but at the core of it all? My inner circle at home. My husband always encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and conquer new goals. He gives me just enough of a nudge so that I don’t fall, and instead take a step in the right direction.

My parents always instilled a strong work ethic, often working several jobs to provide for my siblings and me. There was never a moment growing up where I felt “less than” or recognized that we had struggles that most of my peers didn’t, because we always had each other.

My brother is a year older and a super-talented artist and musician. My sister is a year younger and can command any room she walks into — she has the gift of giving life to any situation. With all of our personalities being polar opposites, we manage to keep this super-tight bond at all times.

How do you balance work and personal life?

In our profession, it can definitely be hard to balance work and personal life, because we want to be “ON” at all times. I quickly came to learn that there doesn’t have to be a 100% separation between work and life. That would mean I would be juggling two very important things and one could easily fall. Instead, I use prioritization and strategy to make them both work for me simultaneously.

If I am behind on a few things at work but they aren’t time-sensitive, I save that for a time when things are a bit slower on the homefront. If I have a family event or something important to me personally and I have a lot on my plate professionally, I ask for help or delegate to keep things in balance.

I also think a lot of it comes down to being honest with yourself and what you are truly capable of giving, and feeling okay with saying “no” when asked to take on something extra. I do a lot of self-reflection through my calendar and constantly evaluate where I spend my time. Are my priorities, goals, and values being reflected in what I am doing? If not, where do I need to make tradeoffs to recalibrate?

Corina’s X Factor is “magically creating time.” She does this for herself and for her executives. She takes on more and gets more accomplished than any other EA I’ve known. She knows when to do it herself, when to skip it, and when to delegate it. Her executives overcommit to 200% of their time (personal and business) and Corina magically manages it down to 100% (managing personal, well-being, and business goals) while making everyone feel good along the way. – Nicki Cave, Administrative Services Senior Manager

The BCG Admin Team poses for a group photo during a teambuilding event.

BCG’s Admin team enjoys a day of teambuilding with food, games, and conversation in Uptown Dallas.

Can you share with us one way you intentionally keep work life separate from home life?

A few things that work for me to balance work and home life are:

Limiting the amount of time spent talking about work outside of the office. My husband and I do our best to discuss the great things about our companies and highlight important moments to celebrate together. But if we need to vent, we don’t let it go on for more than ten minutes. Time is precious and being aware of how you spend it is crucial.

We have an electronics-down dinner policy. This allows us to be fully present in the moment and enjoy that time nightly.

If I do need to catch up on something after hours, I do it late in the evening and not right when I get in the door. Chances are, something else will happen that will require me to log on again later anyway so this best maximizes my time.

Take your time off! You’ve earned it! And when you do actually disconnect, allow your back-up person(s) to rock at what they do best!

What would you say are the top 3 traits of an OfficeNinjas All-Star?

Flexibility. The quality of “bending but not breaking.” Sometimes we are the first to know of a key change, and sometimes we are the last. Regardless of timing, we need to be ready to gracefully accept the challenge. The more flexible we are, the better we are able to handle scenarios head-on and adapt to the situation.

Ownership. Ownership is a huge piece of what makes an admin effective. We should all have ownership over each item we are working on, as well as our careers. As our job descriptions fluctuate and workloads shift, it’s up to us to manage and navigate change without things falling through the cracks. If I am going to have mine or my executive’s name tied to a situation, I need to take charge of the situation to make sure I am owning the outcome to the best of my ability.

Also, owning one’s mindset can be pivotal. Being happy or positive is a total choice, and I choose to own that as often as possible. If I can look at a situation and own how I am going to react, then I’m already at an advantage.

Knowing when to ask questions. This is KEY. Sometimes asking questions can be tough, but knowing when to ask — and that it is OK to ask — is really empowering. You are setting yourself up for success when you dig deep into a situation that you don’t fully understand.

This doesn’t always have to come in the form of a question to your executive or manager; you can ask a colleague or mentor, or find the answer another way!

BCG Dallas admins pose for their annual team photo at the 2019 All Staff Offsite Retreat in Austin, TX.

What’s one thing you’ve done that’s been the most impactful in advancing your career?

Finding a company that was the right fit for me — from the people to the company’s initiatives. Working for a company that shares my values and has a culture that I align with is a total game changer! I’ve been lucky to find a place that fits my needs (and, luckily, I fit theirs, too).

More specifically, I have leaders that want to see me grow, and they invest in that in so many ways. For example, I was able to attend the OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas Leadership & Communication course this past December. It was a really big moment in my career, and it was great to have the support of my company.

In addition to my normal administrative duties, I have been able to explore new projects that I enjoy. One that is completely near and dear to me is our company mentorship program. And by connecting with people across the company, I have learned so much that has helped my career and my personal growth.

How has attending the OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas Leadership & Communication course contributed to your learning and development?

I am so thankful I was part of this program, as it was really a cornerstone in helping me fine-tune the way I approach some situations. I was able to collaborate with Ninjas across different fields and build lasting relationships I can continue to call upon.

This was my first time attending a course with curriculum-based learning, solely directed towards my profession and growth. It pushed me out of my comfort zone immediately. As soon as we walked in the door, the sessions went live and they were interactive.

To really bring the group together, the instructors immediately had us speak in front of each other, discussing what we were looking for in the course and our overall purpose for attending. Talk about scary! Being candid in a group of strangers and talking about your personal goals isn’t easy. We all had to not only open ourselves up but use our best listening skills to really HEAR each other. And this was all in the first couple of hours!

I was the first called upon during another activity where I had to actively lead the class in a sequence of hand gestures and phrases. Would I have volunteered to stand up in front of a group of people I barely knew to lead an activity prior to this course? Probably not. BUT I’m so glad the instructor called on me. In that short 5-minute scenario I felt empowered — like a leader. The group actively engaged and showed me that we could know each other for a couple of hours or a lifetime and that didn’t matter because we were a team working towards the same common goal.

I generally try to keep my “professional” face on most of the time and find it difficult to talk about myself. This is something I have always worked on but never really quite had the right tools. During this course, we had an opportunity to share our story. I wasn’t fully aware of the impact it would, could, and WILL bring to a room if you build that connection.

While some of these activities and events were challenging and even a bit awkward at times, I learned more in those two days about myself than I previously knew throughout my career. Because of this course, I will now embrace those moments that are “out of my comfort zone” and anytime I feel fear, remember that I CAN lead a room. The only person that was holding me back was myself.

Corina poses with her class, UC Berkeley faculty, and OfficeNinjas co-founders at the inaugural OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership & Communication Course on December 12-13, 2019.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

I was once told, “Create what you want, don’t chase what’s already built,” and that always resonated with me.

It taught me that I don’t always have to color inside the lines to make something beautiful come to life. It has encouraged me to be creative in my own processes and pushes me to dig beyond my role to find where I can effectively take charge.

Office Ninjas often have tricks of the trade. Any you care to share?

Ask for feedback often and be prepared to put it into action. Knowing is growing!

Bring your passions to work. If you enjoy event planning, then ask where you can take on more of those types of projects. If you love volunteer work, see if your team can participate in a volunteer event. If you like writing, ask if you can help with content creation.

Share knowledge with anyone and everyone! I often find some of my best conversations happen with someone in another department or cohort when we are discussing client work and processes or just getting to know each other. We all share the same purpose, so why not share our trade secrets, too?

This is your cue to venture outside your comfort zone! Do it today in some small (or HUGE) way. Ninjas are fueled by new challenges, and our curiosity is what propels us forward.

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  1. Congratulations! Keep slayin it!

  2. Congratulations, Corina! I appreciate all the ideas that I read here from you. I’m going to work to upgrade my game.

  3. congratulations! you have some really nice ways of handling, managing, and balancing everything. i plan to incorporate some of your ideas, and see which ones i can tweak to fit. thank you!

  4. Congratulations Corina! I appreciate your insight on the Leadership & Communication course.

    1. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering or on the fence about it. I was able to bring back a lot of value to my company and even more educational investment in myself. Cheers to admin week!

  5. Corina – you definitely sound like an All-Star, congrats on the external recognition too!

  6. I like your “Bad Day” folder. Gonna have to use that! So many gems in your interview! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I also book international travel and know the feeling of not getting the time zone change just right. Good job keeping your cool and keeping the trip a success!

  8. Awesome! Congrats Corina!

  9. Love the tips, especially about the desk organizer.

  10. Congratulations Corina! Love it that your company supports you! Working for a company that shares my values and has a culture that I align with is a total game changer! Way to go Corina!

  11. Awesome job! Congrats

  12. Congratulations Carina! I like how you said to bring your passions to work and share knowledge. It’s such a team based career. I loved reading your story!

  13. Congrats Corina!

  14. Congrats! I love seeing teams that are so fully integrated and work together.

  15. Corina, love that you get so much out of helping others shine, through appreciation and gifts. I can so relate to that. Congratulations!

  16. Congrats Corina! I appreciated your insight on work-life balance — especially the idea of waiting until the end of the night to log on and complete evening tasks. (Sometimes I spend too much of my evening logging in/out and it definitely takes away from my personal time.) Thanks for the advice!

    1. Happy Admin Week! Cheers!

  17. Love this page!

  18. Loved this quote
    “Create what you want, don’t chase what’s already built”
    Congratulations!

  19. Way to go! Ninja power!

  20. Congratulations Corina!

  21. Congrats and thanks for sharing!!

  22. Way to go!! Inspirational!

  23. Well done Corina!!! You are a Rock Star Ninja indeed!! Thank you for sharing your world! Cheers!!

  24. Finding a company that is right for you really is the key. Mine is a great fit. I have been her for 13 yrs and love the people I work with and for.

    1. It truly makes all the difference! Happy admin week!

  25. Congratulations, Corina! Your interview was inspiring and you’re clearly so deserving of this award. I was particularly impressed with the partnership you’ve developed with your team. Truly collaborative! And while managing the demands of your work life, you have created ways to achieve balance with your personal life. Well done!!

  26. Thank you for being brave and reinforcing the mind set that sometimes we do hold ourselves back, but to acknowledge that we truly can lead a room. Congratulations on this very well deserved recognition!

  27. Congratulations! You deserve it!

  28. Congratulations, Corina!

    My favorite part of your article was hearing how you “make time” when your executives overextend themselves. That’s something we can ALL relate to.

  29. Thank you for sharing your experience Corina. I love that you are pretty much unflappable in any situation and admire that quality in others!

  30. Congrats and thanks for sharing! Very inspiring.

  31. Thank you and Congrats Corina! My big takeaway: “Knowing when to ask questions. This is KEY. Sometimes asking questions can be tough, but knowing when to ask — and that it is OK to ask — is really empowering. You are setting yourself up for success when you dig deep into a situation that you don’t fully understand.” Thank you for sharing!

  32. Congratulations Corina! So very well deserved, loved all of your input at our Haas session and glad you are being recognized with this wonderful award!!

  33. Congratulations :)

  34. Timezones are the worst – especially when the date line gets in the mix. I was inspired to hear how you stayed calm & worked to solve your Australian snafu. Brava!

  35. Thank you for sharing your story :) keep up the awesome work!!

  36. Congrats to you Corina! Thank you for reminding us about being flexible in our jobs and especially during this time.

  37. Congrats Corina! I love your mantra! I also, am off to create a “bad day folder” now, thank you for the idea! Also, “bending but not breaking” really resonated with me, as this is a skill that makes us indispensable in our respective fields. This was a great article, and you deserve to be celebrated! :)

  38. A bad day folder – brilliant !!! Congrats!

  39. Love seeing fellow officeninjas get their shine

  40. Congratulations Corina! Making positive strides in everything you do. Keep up the great work!

  41. Congrats Corina! Such an interesting story/life.

  42. Congrats to you Corina! Off to start a “bad day” folder for myself!

  43. Congrats, Corina! Love the “Challenge Makes Change” sign on your desk! This has really rung true for me as I’ve taken on more responsibilities in my EA role.

    1. So glad it resonated with you! I try to updated my sign often to reflect what I may need to “hear” in the moment. Happy Admin Week!

  44. Congratulations for being the catalyst in what you do Corina!

  45. Congrats, Corina!

  46. Corina,

    Congratulations!

    I’m excited that one of our OfficeNinjas/UC Berkeley colleagues has been recognized, and appreciate your thoughtful interview. Just reading it gave me more “fuel” to color outside those lines! You are a special person, deserving of accolades.

    1. Thank you so much, Janie! I am so grateful to know you!

  47. Congratulations Corina! Great to hear your story of how you bring your positive energy to all aspects of your life and excel as an Office Ninja!

  48. Love that you have healthy boundaries set up!!

  49. Corina! Congratulations!!! Well deserved, friend, well deserved! From the time we first met over video in our Haas class Mastermind Session I could tell you were a rock star! Poised, intelligent, calm, a great communicator, and a valuable contributor! Your interview was a joy to read! Go girl!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words and support! It’s truly been a pleasure getting to know you!

  50. Congratulations Corina! I love your insight and perspective. I can relate to your feelings at the event being called on and taking the reigns to lead the room. It is scary and empowering all at the same time. Thank you for sharing!

  51. Woohoo! Congrats! I keep a clean desk too, clear desk equals clear mind.

  52. Way to go Corina!!

  53. LOVE the “…don’t chase what’s already built” maxim. Congratulations on being recognized for your awesome ninja-ness!

  54. Way to go Corina! You are a rock star and truly make the world a better place.

  55. Corina, Congrats on this accomplishment! I Love the MEME idea!

  56. What a great way to start off this week!

  57. Congratulations on your award, Corina. The flexibility definition that you used, “bending but not breaking”, personally resonated with me. I think that is a very important reminder especially in light of the current pandemic. I was already dealing with a lot in my personal life, and then the pandemic happened. Then I learned a few weeks ago, that my direct boss was retiring, on top of that. Thank you. I was encouraged by your advice.

    1. Times sure are different but us Ninjas always can help each other pull through the chaos! Thank you for the kind note!

  58. Congratulations! You are an inspiration.

  59. Way to go!! Corina you are an inspiration!

  60. Congratulations Corina! I enjoyed your interview. Such inspiring and thought-provoking perspective!!

  61. What an inspiring profile. Great way to start Admin Professionals’ Week!

  62. Congratulations Corina! You definitely deserve this honor.

  63. What a great article. Corina seems to really love her job and knows how to utilize the resources available to her, which ultimately benefits her company. Also, she gives tons of great advice. Congrats Corina.

  64. Congrats and welcome to the All Star Family, Corina! Hopefully I get to meet you, in person, in 2021. Until then, knowing IS growing. You go girl!

  65. Congrats Corina! Way to kick off Admin week – great interview!!

  66. Congratulations, Corina. Although we have not “met” I am inspired by your positive, pleasant and selfless outlook.

  67. Way to go!! Corina you are an inspiration! :D

  68. Congratulations- a well deserved win 🎊

  69. What an inspiration you are!! Congrats on All-Star and sharing your great ideas and advice!!

  70. Congratulations! Love the Bad Day folder… i’m starting on for myself!

  71. Congratulations, Corina! What wonderful advice, and I appreciate you sharing your story. I love using photoshop and other meme generators to create levity at this time!

  72. How great to remind us all that despite fear, we can be leaders even in a room of people we don’t know. I resonate with and appreciate that! Great work and Congratulations, Corina!

  73. Thanks for sharing your magic and for representing the profession in such a great way! Congratulations!

  74. Congratulations Corina, how exciting! I love tat you feel you are an advocated for and empowered to speak up and lead; every company should make their team feel that way! Congratulations again on your award!

  75. Great job Corina. You are an inspiration to many. Keep up the great work!
    Jacqueline

  76. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful and creative ways to stay on top of everything!

  77. Way to go! So impressive you stepped out of your comfort zone to participate in a course focussed on you!

  78. Amazing! Congratulations Corina!

  79. I love that you create memes to de-stress!

  80. Great to hear about successful techniques and tips of the trade from all stars in our field.

  81. Congratulations Corina! What an example you set for all Ninjas!

  82. Congrats Corina! Very well deserved!

  83. Congrats Corina! You are an excellent example of the “glue” that companies and teams need!

  84. Congratulations Corina! Well deserved award, you are a natural leader!

  85. Congrats, Corina!

  86. Congratulations!!!

  87. Congratulations! I love that you create memes for your coworkers that’s such an original fun idea!

  88. Congrats! Always great to see a fellow admin succeed!

  89. Congrats, Corina! I would love to see some of the memes you’ve created! What a fun and original way to entertain your coworkers (and yourself)!

  90. Congratulations to all our OfficeNinja’s for all your hard work and dedication to our community. Happy Admin Week!

  91. Congratulations!

  92. Congratulations! I love that you create memes for your coworkers!

  93. This is great! Congrats!

  94. Congrats Corina, this is a big deal. I love you explaining how you turned around a challenging day when schedules were off. It happens to all of us. I also love that you work as a team of admin’s and don’t feel alone. This is the best way to all succeed.

  95. Congratulations, Corina! You make being a Ninja look easy! I’m going to go look at my managers’ last couple of weeks and see if I can spot any trends to get in front of – what a great piece of advice!

  96. I liked her advice of ask for feedback often, bring your passions to your work, and share knowledge. Congrats Corina!

  97. What an awesome group of employees working together.

    1. My company and colleagues are key to my success. I can’t thank them and other Ninjas like yourself enough!

  98. Congratulations Corina! I enjoyed seeing how you bring joy and support to your team. They are lucky to have you!

  99. One thing I love about “meeting” the new Office Ninjas is reading their advice and how-to’s. Corina – you are inspiring – Congratulations on 2020 Ninja All-Star status!

  100. Congratulations! Thank you for such wonderful advice.

  101. Congratulations! Well deserved!

  102. Congratulations on your much deserved recognition!

  103. Congrats, Corina! I feel blessed that I get to work with you and see you shine all the time! I really liked the quote you mentioned that resonated with you, ” Create what you want, don’t chase what’s already built” That may have to become my new mantra too!

  104. Amazing! Congratulations and remember, “No matter how stressed you are, Remember how blessed you are”

  105. Congratulations Corina! Such a wonderful article with some great words of wisdom!

  106. Congratulations – what great advice and what an accomplishment. Keep up the amazing work.

  107. Congratulations! What an amazing Office Ninja All Star! Thanks, Corina, for sharing your story and the great advice.

  108. Awesome Corina! Your ability to implement leadership in your position has inspired me to do the same. As an Exec. Admin. I believed my greatest quality was in service to my executive team. Leading them is a challenge i would greatly like to take on.

  109. Congratulations! How inspiring and BCG sounds like a great place to work.

  110. Well deserved, Corina. Congratulations

  111. Congratulations!! Well deserved!

  112. Congratulations, Corina! Well deserved! I love your stress reliever of creating memes for her colleagues’ enjoyment!

  113. Congratulations! You are an inspiration!

  114. Congratulations! Thank you for the inspiration.

  115. Congratulations Corina!

  116. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your experience at the OfficeNinjas & UC Berkeley Haas Leadership & Communication course and how you’ve faced your fear and embraced moments that are “out of your comfort zone”! Bravo!

  117. It takes a great boss to feel like a great admin. Sounds like yours fits the bill by just assuming everything was lined up in the best way possible.

  118. Congratulations! Great advice.

  119. Congrats!! Continue blazing the trail!!!

  120. Thanks for the inspiration and the SMILE!

  121. Humbled to be included in a lot of these pictures and have gotten to know you :). Thank you for being you! Congrats!!!!

  122. Happy Admin Week to all! We can do this if we are on the front lines still working or doing it from home! Stay safe all!

  123. Congrats Corina! You are a RoCk StAr. I love the idea of a “Bad Day” folder to remind yourself of the awesome person you are on those questionable days you need a little boost.

  124. Congratulations! Great advice on so many things!

  125. Congratulations – love the reminder to bend, not break!

  126. Corina, this interview was inspiring! Looking forward to connecting in person when Dallas is a little less virus-y.

    1. It is on my list as soon as we are back to normal(ish) times! Looking forward to it!

  127. Congratulations!

  128. Congratulations! Amazing interview and I did learn a few things from you which I think I will use for myself.

  129. I agree with an electronics free dinner; my husband and I sit down at the table, sans electronics to talk to each other. It is amazing how easily we become distracted and not focus on who we are with when there’s the temptation to check an app.

  130. CONGRATULATIONS, CORINA! You are an inspiration, and I am so happy to know you! you are one AMAZING Ninja!

  131. Yay Corina! We celebrate in your success! Keep reaching for those stars!

  132. Congratulations! Sounds like you work for a great company and have a great group of people around you!

  133. Congratulations! It’s really amazing when an OfficeNinjas finds the right company to work for that helps them grow. You are living the dream!

  134. Congrats Corina! I love that you keep a “Bad Day” folder. I keep emails like that but didn’t really know why. Now I’m going to put them in a designated folder for those bad days when I need some encouragement.

  135. Congratulations!

  136. Wow, what an awesome interview! I love the concept of “Three Plans for Any Scenario” – I’m going to start a system for that while I’m in lockdown. Congrats, Corina!

  137. Congrats! Love the accessory organizer, and will definitely be implementing.

  138. I loved the idea of creating what you want. I also loved hearing about her stress relief idea of reviewing positive emails on a bad day. Thanks for the inspiration.

  139. Congratulations, Corina! It is evident that BCG invests in the company’s administrative team by allowing resources to attend conferences, have an offsite meeting, etc. I love that! I also love what advice Corina shared about venting. She is right! There are so few things that deserve more than ten minutes of “venting time.”

  140. Congratulations and virtual high fives on your award, Corina! You’re an awesome example of a ninja and magician! Keep on coloring!

  141. Well deserved, Corina! There are so many useful and relatable nuggets in this article. Thank you for your take on work/life balance and for the idea of a “Bad Day” folder – a reminder to incorporate levity and me-time into the hectic work day.

  142. Congrats, you definitely deserve this! What an awesome personality and positive attitude. Definitely show signs of great leadership too!!!

  143. Congratulations! Enjoyed the Q&A

  144. Corina, you are amazing! This article really highlights how you’ve taken lifelong and recently learned tools and added them to your wheelhouse to create a flawless, prepared, positive, and goal minded superhero! I could not think of a more ideal winner for this official Admin. Day kickoff announcement. Keep blazing trails!!

  145. Congrats! & totally stealing the idea of having an accessory organizer on hand at all time.

  146. Congratulations! Thanks for being an inspiration to step out of my comfort zone. My favorite take-away is to ask often for feedback then put it into action.

    1. It’s a funny thing when you start feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable! Happy Admin Week to you!

  147. Congratulations Corina!

  148. Congratulations!

  149. Congrats! I can absolutely relate to the clean-desk obsession. Mine is nearly always spotless, and everyone in the office comes by to visit because they claim that being around something so orderly is calming. I’m glad I’m not the only one that loves to keep it spotless!

  150. Congrats Corina! You are an inspiration to us all!

  151. Congratulations! What an inspiration you are to EAs everywhere! Keep up the awesome job!!!

  152. Congratulations on your award. It’s easy to see that it’s well deserved! Glad to see you are a fellow Texas Member.

  153. Congrats, Corina! Your advice on bringing your passions to work really resonates with me. It’s a nice reminder that we can and should think outside the box when it comes to our day to day tasks.

  154. Congrats Corina! Well deserved.

  155. Congratulations, Corina! I love your BAD DAY folder and am going to start implementing that into my routine, as well.

  156. Congratulations, Corina! True Office Ninja!

  157. Congratulations and welcome to the All-Star team!!!! Absolutely loved the quote “Create what you want, don’t chase what’s already built.” Keep rockin’, Ninja!

  158. Congratulations Corina. Awesome interview.

  159. Congratulations Corina! I love your idea about the bad day file!

  160. Congrats! I agree asking the right questions is always important for clarification!

  161. Girl, you rock! So much impact, and you can tell you are so admired by your peers! Thank you for speaking up about home/life balance and the need for us to allow ourselves time off. You mentioned in the Australia incident…unknown issues and the dreaded “what did I do” worry. You nailed it….quickly move beyond it, no complaining, no giving up, no excuses, and work with others to seamlessly find a solution. And “bend, not break”…absolutely!

  162. Congrats and well-deserved!

  163. Great job! Congratulations!

  164. I love her ideas for work/life balance and being able to successfully incorporate the two. I also love the “Create what you want, Don’t chase what is already built” mantra. That really speaks to me!

  165. Congrats, Corina! Well deserved!

  166. Amazing! I can see why you are an office all-star!

  167. You make the role shine. Congratulations – well done! I admire your meme creation skills as they can change attitudes and lift spirits. All the best to you.

  168. Congratulations! I love that you create memes for your team. There are never enough memes going around!

  169. Seems you’ve got a great team around you! Congrats on being an All-Star!

  170. Wow! What a stressful day rescheduling the Australia meetings! I hope someone made you a meme to make your day better!

  171. Congratulations on the win and for representing Dallas! I couldn’t agree with you more that our roles are so much more than receiving instruction and tasks – we are true strategic partners and an integral part of the team!

  172. Congratulations 🎉

  173. What was most interesting is yhe professional and personl goals. I need to do a better job setting professional goals.

  174. Congratulations!!

  175. Congratulations! Not surprising that a BCG EA would be an all-star!

  176. Congrats, Corina! It’s always difficult to step outside of our comfort zones (even though we know we’ll kick ass at whatever we do!), and your perspective on it is refreshing!

  177. Congratulations, well deserved!

  178. Congrats on making it to the All-Star team!!!

  179. Congratulations! Well deserved.

  180. Congrats! Well deserved!!

  181. Congrats!!! I love some of your tips, I am going to start using them today. THANKS!!!

    1. Thank you and Happy Admin Week!

  182. Congrats Corina!!! Welcome to the All-Star crew!!! Looks like you are practicing what you preach and creating what you want! Happy Monday!

    1. Thank you and Happy Admin Week!

  183. Congrats, Corina! I love your idea of a “Bad Day” folder, and I’m totally starting myself one today!

    1. It really does wonders :) Happy Admin Week!