Our Master Trainer

Joanne Linden is President and Master Trainer at AdminUniverse™. She has a background that spans more than 30 years as an executive assistant. With the majority of her career in Silicon Valley, she has worked with and been part of both successful start-ups and billion-dollar corporations. She is President and Master Trainer at AdminUniverse™, which provides consulting and training for administrative professionals. Joanne previously held the title of Chief Executive Assistant at Synopsys for over 19 years.

A true activist for professional administrators, Joanne, along with other CEO assistants, developed the first certificate program for administrative professionals with UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley.  Joanne served on the advisory board and has been an instructor for that program.  Joanne is a member and past Chairperson of Silicon Valley Catalysts Association (SVCA) and past President of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), San Jose and Crossroads Chapters. She is currently Founder and Chairperson for Administrative Center of Excellence™ (ACE-EA).

Joanne was in part instrumental in bringing Admin Awards™ to Silicon Valley, and was Chairperson for the first inaugural 2016 event. She is a current board member for the 2018 Silicon Valley Admin Awards. Bringing together more than 500 business professionals, the Admin Awards is the first and only program of its kind in the U.S. to publicly recognize the invaluable contributions of Administrative Professionals.

Joanne, along with Linda McFarland, is the author of the book “Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun: True Stories of Silicon Valley CEO Assistants.