About Linda McFarland

About Linda McFarland

Author | Coach | Trainer | Speaker | CEO Assistant

Linda McFarland

Linda McFarland brings her consummate professionalism, calm demeanor, and insightful sense of humor to her highly acclaimed presentations and workshops. Having supported over a dozen CEOs in Silicon Valley, Linda shares her decades of experience through stories that bring out the thoughtful lessons learned throughout her career. Her passion for sharing her knowledge and understanding with other assistants led her to launch a consulting company—Ascend2Success—to develop educational and interactive training for assistants, event planners, and other support professionals.

More About Linda:

  • Executive assistant to CEOs in Silicon Valley, supporting over a dozen CEOs and spanning the medical, energy, and high-technology industries
  • Former chair and current advisory board member for Silicon Valley Admin Awards, the first and only awards program of its kind in the country that publicly recognizes the invaluable contributions of assistants
  • Active and founding member of the Silicon Valley Catalysts Association, a group for CEO assistants in Silicon Valley
  • Along with a team of CEO assistants and UCSC Extension of Silicon Valley, helped develop the first certificate program for assistants; former advisory board member, master instructor, and guest lecturer
  • Former cofounder of Admin to Admin
  • Coauthored the book, Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, with a Gun: True Stories of Silicon Valley CEO Assistants
  • Guest speaker at corporate events and conferences
  • Certified trainer for Office Dynamics—Star Achievement Series®
  • Former cofounder of PlanetAdmin, a training company for assistants
  • Founded McFarland Consulting, which was the beginning of Linda’s consulting career
  • Married with four children and several grandchildren