Cisco Empowered Women’s Network

Join us for the 3rd annual women’s leadership and technology forum at Cisco Live.


3rd Annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Event at Cisco Live: – ReDEFINE Tomorrow, Today.

What does ReDEFINE mean to you?

Join us at the third annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) Forum at Cisco Live in San Diego, California to ReDEFINE Tomorrow, Today – for you, your career and community.

The event will be held on Sunday, June 7 and will feature keynotes, panel discussions and workshops led by thought leaders in IT and beyond. You’ll walk away with new ways to think about and shape your company culture, leadership style, community and career path.

CEWN is a network of Cisco customers, partners, and employees joining together to make a difference for women in IT. Our year-round programs offer tools for our members to enrich and grow their careers, while paying it forward to empower women in our global community.

This year, help us continue the journey: join us in sunny San Diego as we focus on the challenges and opportunities of today and discover new ways to inspire the empowered women of tomorrow.

Stay connected with us before, during and after Cisco Live by joining our communities on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, where we will be posting up-to-minute news on confirmed speakers, new agenda items and registration information.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Date and Time

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network
Cisco Live San Diego 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
3:00 – 7:30 p.m.



Welcome & Event Kick-Off

Patrice D’Eramo, VP, Cisco


What are your non-negotiables? When the chips are down, what are your guiding principles? How do you stay true to YOU in the craziness of life and career?

Alison Gleeson, SVP, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Leadership

What does a modern leader look like? How do we lead while being authentic and vulnerable? More panelists to be confirmed soon!

Panel Discussion featuring:
Rebecca Jacoby, CIO, Cisco
Patricia Florissi, CTO, EMC
Moderator: Wendy Bahr, SVP, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Career

Facilitated mentoring discussions led by executives in the CEWN community, including customers, partners and Cisco employees.

ReDEFINE: Inspiration

Lightning talk on finding inspiration in our work.

Kirin Sinha, Founder & Executive Director, SHINE for Girls


ReDEFINE: Innovation

Lightning talk on how to stay relevant, innovative and impactful wherever you are in your career.

Shraddha Chaplot, Greengineer, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Community

Lightning talk featuring the winner of our CEWN Social Media contest. Stay tuned for more details on how to enter!
Winner to be announced prior to Cisco Live.

ReDEFINE: Inclusion

It’s not enough to be inclusive anymore – we must be inclusive and collaborative. What does the inclusive and diverse company of the future look like?

Shari Slate, VP, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Success

Speaker & topic to be announced shortly!

Close & Raffle Winner Announcement

Anuja Singh, Rima Alameddine and Priscila David, CEWN Founders

Networking Reception

Join your fellow CEWN forum attendees, executives and speakers for a networking reception following the event, complete with refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a view of the pacific ocean!


There are two ways to register for Cisco Empowered Women’s Network:

  1. Register for a full-conference pass with Cisco Empowered Women’s Network add-on.
  2. Register for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Explorer Pass (CEWN Expo Pass).

Once you have registered, add Cisco Empowered Women’s Network sessions ‘CEWN-1001 – ReDEFINE Tomorrow, Today’ and ‘PNLCEWN-1001 – Industry Leaders Discuss Transformative Careers’ through our content catalog.

Panel Session


Monday, June 8 10am-11:30am | Session ID: PNLCEWN-1001

As a follow-up to the main event on Sunday, Cisco Empowered Women’s Network is hosting a panel session, ReINVIGORATE Your Career, on Monday, June 8.

Keeping our technical skills up to date is a no-brainer in technology, but what about the other skills required to get ahead and stay ahead through market transitions? We have lined up some heavy hitters to share their views on non-technical skills needed to transform your career. Topics for this panel are:

  • Office Politics and Managing Up for the Technical Person
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Networking for the Introverted – Tips and Tricks
  • Taking Charge of Your Own Development

Each presenter will share advice for their topic, then we’ll open it to questions around how they’ve transformed their own careers to become leaders in the industry.


  • Joe Onisick, Principal Engineer, Insieme
  • Monique Morrow, Distinguished Engineer

Customer Testimonials

“I attended this last year and it was fantastic. This year was even better. The one space where women can meet and network with other women. Lots of executive support is key. Having the round table at the beginning of the session with mentors/executives was very stimulating.”

— Cisco Live 2014 CEWN Attendee

“This is probably one of the most valuable events at Cisco Live. It amazes me how you continue to relate to and motivate your female audience, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve always respected Cisco so much. Your actions are always showing leadership and woman’s empowerment – not just saying you support woman’s empowerment.”

— Cisco Live 2014 CEWN attendee

Executive Sponsors

Thank you to our executive sponsors for the event:


Patrice D’Eramo
Vice President, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco

Patrice D’Eramo leads field marketing for Cisco’s largest geographic region: the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Her organization is responsible for setting and executing the field marketing strategy for Cisco’s channel partners and four customer segments: enterprise, public sector, commercial, and service provider.


Shari Slate
Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer, Cisco

Shari Slate is responsible for building a strategy that enhances Cisco’s vision to be a world class, benchmark company for inclusion and collaboration, driving exponential value across Cisco, its partners and customers. She is promoting thought leadership across Cisco’s people strategy enabling employee engagement and inclusion outcomes to fuel innovation and market leadership. She is also directing the integration of new models of inclusion and collaboration designed to guide future workplace practices to realize the $19 billion opportunity of the Internet of Everything over the next decade.

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