Our first ever Admingling meetup took place in Dallas last week, and we’ve been trying to figure out how to best summarize the whole experience. Turns out, one of our guests, Brenda R, Executive Assistant to CEO, put it better than we ever could:
Admingling wasn’t your typical networking event. It was fun without making you uncomfortable; light but professional; and educational without changing the fun vibe to heavy and clunky. I’m so glad that I attended. I’ve already told a couple of colleagues about it!
Thanks, Brenda! You hit the nail on the head.
The formula for such a great evening began with two vital ingredients: an awesome partner and a stellar location. We co-hosted with our friends at The Admin Awards, an organization that shares our passion for supporting and recognizing remarkable admins. Plus, like OfficeNinjas, they know how to throw a good party. PINSTACK, with its fresh décor and fun, funky vibe, helped set the tone for a chill evening of tasty bites, delicious drinks, and high-quality networking.
But the most important ingredient to such a great night is obvious—the guests! Over 100 Office Ninjas from a variety of industries and levels of experience registered to attend.
The Admingling began at the nametag station. Ninjas were asked to write out the coolest thing they’d ever done. Some of our favorite answers included:
- Giving birth at 48 years old
- Was set on fire over 100 times
- Performed as a competitive Scottish dancer
- Being serenaded by Michael Bolton
Talk about conversation starters!
The rest of the evening included a “fun but not uncomfortable” (we know—it’s a fine balance) team activity. It all started with a Photo Scavenger Hunt that not only gave our participants a great way to get to know each other quickly, but gave them a chance to let their networking shields down in a fun way!
We followed the silliness with some competitive Tech Trivia, and an interactive discussion on the importance of tech in the professional admin world. We liked Executive Assistant Andrea’s honest assessment of this portion of the event:
At first I thought the scavenger hunt and photos were a little silly but I have to admit that I had a blast! I pride myself on being pretty technologically advanced but I actually learned a lot during the technology discussion.
After reviewing all the fun photos and the Tech Trivia answers, we crowned our winning team, the Divalicious Admingling Ninjas, and presented each member with a delicious Bottega Louie prize package. Score!
We also gave away some pretty stellar raffle prizes including a $100 gift certificate from Al Biernat, dinner and bowling for four at PINSTACK, an overnight stay at Omni Dallas Hotel and a $100 gift card to Target.
And, because we like to end things on a sweet note, every ninja went home with a delicious gourmet cupcake from Sprinkles, our all-time favorite cupcake bakery.
Thanks again to The Admin Awards, PINSTACK, our wonderful event partners, and our kick-ass ninja attendees for making our first ever Admingling event such a huge success.
Want to be a part of our next Admingling meetup? We’re looking for Office Ninjas around the country who are interested in helping plan a meetup in their city. Contact us to get involved!