Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun is a book about a small group of women who wield an enormous amount of power—the executive assistants to the CEOs of Silicon Valley, California. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of the executive suite in the high-tech capital of the world, we will tell you. Some of the most powerful men and women are represented in these stories, as executive assistants spill the beans about their CEOs.

This is a book for all business managers, not just administrative professionals. It will ring as true for the “newbie admin” as the seasoned assistant who’s been around more years than she would care to admit. Managers at all levels will come away with a better understanding of the intricacies of the CEO’s office and how to interact with it.

Joanne Linden, CEP, CEAP


Chief Executive Assistant

CEP, CEAP, Author and Master Trainer
Founder of AdminUniverse™

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Joanne Linden 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.

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.

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.”

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