People might not associate the phrase “administrative professional” with “great social change.” The stereotypical picture of an admin is a quiet, well-dressed secretary typing away at an assignment, who can usually be seen fetching the mail, bringing coffee, answering phones and dealing with customers.
Admins are so much more than that. They are there when the partners are working late hours, helping them locate important documents when nobody else knows where they are. They’re working weekends with everyone else, putting in the extra time. They are the ones who keep the internal machinations running smoothly so the executives can concentrate on the bigger picture. They put out all the fires and handle the irate clients.
Admins really are the only ones who know what is actually going on inside an office.
The fact that Chloe’s Law was enacted in a six-month period is unheard of — it makes sense that admins were the ones who actually made it happen.
In memory of Chloe Arenas
1/7/1994 – 6/28/2015
The Tragic Story That Inspired Change
Chloe Arenas was a student at University of Central Florida who died after falling asleep behind the wheel and driving her car into a retention pond. Had there been a barrier around the pond, or some kind of guardrail, she likely would have survived the crash with only some injuries.
Clarissa Lindsey, Chloe’s best friend since the age of two, immediately started working to enact new legislation with the help of interns and legislative aids in the Florida House of Representatives. Their help behind the scenes is what drove the Change.org petition, called Chloe’s Law, to become official in record time.
“The majority of that is without any media outreach,” Lindsey said. “These are just people talking in the community, sharing on social network.”
The law seeks to build more barriers around bodies of water in order to prevent tragedies like what happened to Chloe from happening again. This is imperative for Florida, as the state has more water-related crashes than any other state in the country.
State Senator Darren Soto is on board with this, too. He stated, “I’ve already asked the Florida Department of Transportation to look into the matter and give me a proposal about how we can improve upon the formula they use and get the funding to at least deal with the worst first, and try to make our roads safer.”
You Make a Difference
The fact that this has happened so quickly is almost unheard of in the legislative world. Admins are able to influence great social change, even if it feels like they are in supportive roles, standing behind their executives. Because of them, legislation like Chloe’s Law will protect other drivers and save them from horrific accidents, and possibly death. Admins were even able to get bipartisan support. Saying “thank you” is not enough, but that is the only thing to say here.
To all of our administrative professionals: Thank you so much for all of your hard work. We appreciate everything you do and cannot thank you enough. Happy Administrative Professional Day!