Debbie Gross

Debbie GrossDebbie Gross, Former Chief Executive Assistant–Cisco Systems

Debbie is an advocate, teacher, and speaker with over 30 years of experience in the administrative profession. As the former Chief Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cisco, a Fortune 500 company based in Silicon Valley, she increased her CEO’s productivity by 40%.

Early her career, she realized she had a knack for connecting the dots. She tapped into her intuition and built the courage to take risks that would take her role — her executive and her company — to the next level. As the Chief Executive Assistant, she designed career development training, recognition programs and oversaw over 1,000 assistants across the globe. She is most proud of receiving the Colleen Barrett Award, which is the highest recognition given for administrative excellence by the Admin Awards of Silicon Valley.

After 26 years at Cisco, she retired at the same time as her CEO — a rarity these days. She’s is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and insights into what it takes to create excellence in the administrative role. It’s a powerful position that should be highly valued and recognized by management the way her own executive valued her. She wants every administrative professional to know how to serve as a strategic business partner and be a true Office Rockstar. That’s why she teaches and speaks across the world.