Cisco Women's Empowerment Network

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Cisco’s commitment to championing women in their own organization makes Cisco Live the perfect opportunity to demonstrate diversity and inclusion in technology and business. By developing a network that specifically enrolls and mentors girls and women, Cisco redefines the technology space. Cisco’s Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) is set to impress the masses again this year at Cisco Live with an already sold out program within Cisco Live. If you didn’t get the chance to register, take this time to familiarize yourself with some of the program’s speakers and the discussions they will introduce.

Opening Remarks
Patrice D’Eramo, VP, Americas Marketing, Cisco

D’Eramo is Vice President, Americas Marketing for Cisco, a post she has held for nearly five years where she oversees all of Cisco's North and South American customer segment marketing. This includes Service Provider, Enterprise, Commercial and Public Sector, as well as Partner Marketing. Determined by ideals such as relevancy and loyalty to partners and customers, she leads the drive to keep Cisco’s customers well engaged.

Shraddha Chaplot, Machinegineer, Cisco

Chaplot has been creating and building Internet of Everything (IoE) experiments for Cisco just under two years with the Corporate Social Responsibility team but has been with Cisco for at least seven years. A rising star, Shraddha has been recognized as Silicon Valley Business Journal's (SVBJ’s) Forty Under 40 (2013), SVBJ’s 100 Women of Influence (2014), and YWCA’s Emerging Leader for Cisco (2014).

Opening Keynote – Responsibility in Action
Ruba Borno, Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to CEO, Cisco

Borno joined Cisco just over a year ago and holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In her role at Cisco, she is responsible for leading their business strategy and planning, supplying market analysis that supports Cisco's investment and technology strategies, and informing the CEO agenda.

The rest of the CEWN two-day program is below. We hope to see you at some of these sessions at Cisco Live.

Panel Discussion – Transcend Barriers and Create Breakthroughs
Moderator – Brenda Dennis, Head of America’s and Global Sales Operations, Cisco Marianne Cooper, Sociologist, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
Melissa McCoy, VP Channel Strategy, Sungard AS
Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cisco

Break & Raffle

Fireside Chat — The Internet of Women, Accelerating Cultural Change
Lance Perry, VP, Customer Strategy and Success
Monique Morrow, CTO, New Frontiers Engineering, Cisco

Lightning Talk – If the Tech Fits – Accelerating Your Career in Technology
Janet Schijns, VP Global Channels, Verizon

Guest Keynote – Maverick Rules for Leaders
Polly LaBarre, Author, Founding Member of Fast Company Magazine, Director, Management Lab & Co-Founder of MIX

Closing Remarks
Shari Slate, VP, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer

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