July 12, 2022
We’ll start with this: we’re so proud.
We’re proud of the last 10 years and what OfficeNinjas has accomplished. The tenacious team we assembled and this tight-knit community we’ve built.
We’re proud of the awareness, respect, and support we’ve helped bring to the entire Admin+ profession.
We’re especially proud of you. The new skills you’ve challenged yourself to practice and master. The changes — big and small — you’ve made bravely, to bring more satisfaction to your work. The joyful camaraderie and generous support you show each other.
We are fiercely proud of you.
We’re proud of ourselves, too.
When we dreamt up OfficeNinjas in 2011 (during our honeymoon!), there weren’t too many opportunities for Administrative and Operations professionals to build peer networks and develop the skills needed to thrive in today’s workplace. Creating those opportunities became our driving purpose.
Since then, we’ve produced hundreds of in-person networking and learning events (notably the Admingling Event Series) across 11 major U.S. cities, attended by over 10,000 community members. From Silicon Valley to Chicago to New York City, every city brought tremendous energy and passion for the profession. We also partnered with over 450 trusted vendors and sponsors to keep event tickets affordable and to introduce reliable products + services to the community.
In 2019, we doubled down on our commitment to education. We hosted the first annual OfficeNinjas Con, a sold-out conference attended by Admins worldwide.
Beginning in 2020, we expanded our educational offerings, developing seven interactive courses on critical business skills and hosting hundreds of intimate P2P-focused gatherings (i.e. Mastermind, OfficeNinjas Studio, and Focus + Flow).
And perhaps our most innovative endeavor: Partnering with UC Berkeley Executive Education to deploy the first-ever executive-level Leadership & Communication Program for Admin+ professionals.
In this one-of-a-kind program, over 150 high-reaching Admin+ professionals stepped outside their comfort zone to explore leadership and communication learning usually reserved for executives — and dared to define their own authentic leadership style.
Meanwhile, each April (for a decade), we’ve honored Administrative Professional’s Day with a multiday extravaganza that included interactive learning and networking, entertaining giveaways, and well-deserved awards. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the in-person Admin Bash events (the video reels from 2019, 2018, and 2017 say it all!).
And each week, we shared our carefully curated newsletter, providing a deeper understanding of the business landscape through actionable frameworks, emergent tools, and workplace trends.
OfficeNinjas has become deeply ingrained in our identities, and will always be.
We’ve worked tirelessly for a decade, dedicating our lives to the OfficeNinjas mission. We were honored to do it. We knew we were serving a deeply meaningful purpose: to ensure that every Admin+ professional has access to the education, resources, and community they need to lead a valued career and fulfilling life.
But, like so many members of the community who have recently taken a moment to step back to reflect on their careers and reconsider the future (your stories have moved us) — we know that, now, it’s our turn.
The reality is that leading a company as married co-founders was a 24/7 endeavor — eating, sleeping, and breathing OfficeNinjas often meant our personal lives were on the back burner. And now, at this stage in our life journey, it’s time for us to switch off the auto-pilot and take a real break. A break with ample time to reflect on where we’ve been, look inward and reassess where we are now, and discover the potential adventures that lie ahead.
So after much thought and discussion, we’ve decided to place OfficeNinjas on an indefinite hiatus and stop all business operations. This was an agonizing decision for us. But we’re confident that it’s the right course of action.
Regretfully, we’ve had to lay off our brilliant team and cancel all future programs and events. Our website and email accounts will remain active. While we can’t ensure that you’ll receive a prompt response (we’re doing our best to disconnect), you’re more than welcome to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We enter this period of uncertainty with so much love and gratitude for what we’ve experienced. And so much optimism for what the future holds.
One more thing. The most important thing. OfficeNinjas is on hiatus — but the relationships, skill-building, and unbelievable growth in courage and leadership are not. Keep advocating for yourself and each other. This is YOUR community. Always has been. And you are unstoppable.
From the depths of our hearts, thank you for being a proud part of OfficeNinjas. What an unforgettable journey we’ve taken together.
With so much gratitude,
Nancy and Edwin
P.S. We want to acknowledge the people who assisted us in preparing this message. Kristin S., Jenessa C., Kim R., Sunny N., and Susette S. — your friendship means the world to us.