Cisco Empowered Women’s Network

Join us for the 3rd annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Forum at Cisco Live!


3rd Annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Forum 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. The event will feature keynotes, panel discussions and lightning talks led by thought leaders in IT. You’ll walk away with new definitions of leadership, networking, innovation and success—and feel empowered to implement change in your own life by redefining your future, starting today! 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. 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 you’ll find up-to-the-minute news on confirmed speakers, new agenda items and registration information. We look forward to seeing you June 7!

Date and Time

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Forum: ReDEFINE Tomorrow, Today Cisco Live San Diego 2015 San Diego Convention Center Room 20 BC Upper Level Sunday, June 7, 2015 Registration: 3:00 — 3:30 p.m. Forum: 3:30 — 7:30 p.m. Reception: 7:30 — 8 p.m.



Welcome & Event Kick-Off

Patrice D’Eramo, VP, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Leadership – Keynote

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 – Panel

What does a modern leader look like? How do we lead while being authentic and vulnerable?

Panel Discussion featuring: Rebecca Jacoby, CIO, Cisco Kelly Kramer, CFO, Cisco Ashley Hand, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City 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: Impact

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, Nicole Walter.

ReDEFINE: The Way We Work

The way we work is changing rapidly. How does the inclusive and diverse company of the future work?

Shari Slate, VP, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer, Cisco Rowan Trollope, SVP/GM, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco

ReDEFINE: Success

Guest speaker: Mel Robbins, A Motivational Experience

Close & Raffle Winner Announcement

Anuja Singh, Rima Alameddine and Priscila David, CEWN Founders


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

ReINVIGORATE Your Career Monday, June 8 10am-11:30am | Session ID: PNLCEWN-1001 Please also consider joining us for a CEWN panel discussion: When you’re in IT, keeping your technical skills up-to-date is a no-brainer, but what about the other skills required to get ahead and stay ahead in today’s fast-paced world? Join us for a panel discussion with industry heavy-hitters who will share their views on non-technical skills needed to transform your career.  Topics for this panel include:
  • Office Politics and Managing Up  – Diane Gongaware,Director, US Public Sector & Solution Integrator
  • Salary Negotiation – Joe Onisick, Principal Engineer, Insieme
  • Taking Charge of Your Own Development – Monique Morrow – CTO ­Evangelist-New Frontiers Development and Engineering, Cisco
Presenters will share their story and advice regarding their topic and then we’ll open it to audience questions. Add the panel to your schedule and join us to find out how our presenters transformed their careers to become leaders in the industry – and how you can do the same!

Table Topics

Cisco EWN is excited to host three table topics this year. Table Topics discussions offer a fresh perspective on the issues that everyone is talking about at Cisco Live. This is your opportunity to talk about what is top of your mind. This year’s Cisco EWN topics include themes that build off of our Forum themes. See a complete listing of topics below. No pre-registration is necessary. Just walk up, and engage! Monday, June 8
  • Topic: Be Fearless… or Fake it. Get out of your comfort zone, build risk taking strategies.
  • Date /Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center – East/West Mezzanine Outdoor Terrace, 2nd Floor
  • Facilitator: Puja Shourie
Tuesday, June 9
  • Topic: The Power of Vulnerability – does it contribute to our success or not ?
  • Date/Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center – East/West Mezzanine Outdoor Terrace, 2nd Floor
  • Facilitator: Punam Nagpal
Wednesday, June 10
  • Topic: If You Want Something, Ask for It – Do we wait too long ?
  • Date /Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center – East/West Mezzanine Outdoor Terrace, 2nd Floor
  • Facilitator: Niles Pyelshak

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: cl13-pdeflack Patrice D’Eramo Vice President, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco As Vice President of the Americas Field Marketing Organization, Patrice D’Eramo leads Field Marketing for Cisco’s largest geographic region. The region includes the United States, Canada, and Latin America, and is responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales. D’Eramo is an inspiring leader with a reputation for analyzing complex business challenges, assembling great teams, leading by example, and driving significant results. She has won several industry awards, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award and Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award. D’Eramo holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
slate 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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