About Us

About Our Chapter

The Oregon Trail Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals was a progressive professional chapter focused on education and networking. Members of the Oregon Trail Chapter met monthly in the Portland  Downtown / Convention Center area.

The Oregon Trail Chapter was founded in 1946 as a chapter of National Secretaries Association. The Associations code of ethics decreed that:
"The National Secretaries Association stands to lend grace, charm, and sobriety in all its dealings, and to maintain poise and dignity under all conditions and circumstances." and

"That our very presence may bring life and light to those about us."

The first Certified Professional Secretary exam was administered on 1951, and Virginia Wirtanen became the first CPS in Oregon Trail Chapter in 1952.

About IAAP

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is a 501 (c)(6) registered not-for-profit professional association for office professionals. Our mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.

The association founded in 1942 as the National Secretaries Association to provide a professional network and educational resources for secretarial staff. The association's name was changed in 1998 to the International Association of Administrative Professionals to encompass the large number of varied administrative job titles and recognize the advancing role of administrative support staff in business and government.

IAAP core purpose: "To ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead and excel."

IAAP core values:

Integrity: Demonstrated by honesty, accountability and ethical behavior consistent with an abiding respect for the dignity and value of individuals.

Transparency: Demonstrated through listening, understanding and responding to member and stakeholder feedback.

Excellence: Demonstrated by quality resources that support growth and development of the individual and the profession.

Collaboration: Demonstrated by an inclusive culture that appreciates the value of diverse perspectives, the power of common vision, and equality among peers.