Debbie Gross, former Chief Executive Assistant to former Cisco CEO and Chairman, John Chambers, has over 30 years experience in the administrative field. She joined Cisco Systems in March 1991 as the executive assistant to John Chambers, then Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. As the company grew from $1.2 billion in annual revenues to over $46 billion, her responsibilities grew together with Chambers’. In 1995, when Chambers became President and CEO, Debbie assumed the lead role leading Cisco’s global 1000+-person administrative team.
A leader on initiatives that promote administrative excellence, she is a member of the California UCSC Extended Campus Board for Administrative Curriculum Development and is a guest lecturer there. She has held an advisory board member position with the Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) and is certified to teach both the Level 1 and Level 2 Star Achievement Administrative Programs developed by Office Dynamics. Debbie is one of the original founders of the SVCA (Silicon Valley Catalysts Association) which is an organization of executive assistants who support CEOs in Silicon Valley.
In 2016 Debbie received the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence. She is a keynote speaker and trainer who speaks at industry events around the world.
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