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Join us for the 2nd annual women’s forum at Cisco Live.


Cisco Empowered Women’s Network – Today. Tomorrow. Transformed.

Last year, the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (Cisco EWN) kicked off at Cisco Live Orlando with a standing room only launch event featuring Padmasree Warrior, Rebecca Jacoby and AT&T Vice President Maria Teresa Lensing.

This year, the incredible journey continues as we focus on the challenges and opportunities of today, uncover new ways to inspire the empowered women of tomorrow, and leave the conversation transformed through the insights we have gleaned and the connections we have made.

Please join Cisco EWN on Sunday, May 18 for our second annual Cisco Live forum where you will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders including: Cisco CTSO Padmasree Warrior; Samasource CEO Leila Janah; Cisco SVP Carlos Dominguez; Netapp CIO Cynthia Stoddard; Cisco VP Patrice D’Eramo and a host of other Cisco executives, customer, and partner executives.

The event will feature two keynotes,  topical presentations in the TED Talk format, executive mentoring, interactive networking sessions, and opportunities to give back and support women and girls on the STEM path.

The Cisco Empowered Women’s Network is a global community of highly motivated professional women who connect at Cisco Live and throughout the year to exchange thought leadership and grow their careers. Stay connected with us before, during and after Cisco Live by connecting with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, where we will be posting up-to-minute news on confirmed speakers, new agenda items and registration information for Cisco Live.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Date and Time

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network
Cisco Live San Francisco 2014, Moscone Center
May 18, 2014 | 3–7 p.m.


Time Activity
3:00 – 3:20 Registration
3:20 – 3:25 Welcome with Ehrika Gladden
3:25 – 4:00 Icebreaker Activity / Executive Mentoring
4:00 – 4:10 Opening with CEWN Co-founders Anuja Singh, Rima Alameddine, and Priscila David
4:10 – 4:50 Keynote with Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
4:50 – 5:10 Promoting Social Justice through TechnologyLeila Janah, CEO, Samasource
5:10 – 5:25 Transforming the STEM LandscapePatrice D’Eramo, Vice President, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco
5:25 – 5:40 Break
5:40 – 6:10 Panel Session – Unleashing Your Personal Power & Potential For TransformationFacilitator:
Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, Americas Sales, Cisco

Patrice D’Eramo, Vice President, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco;
Cynthia Stoddard, CIO, Netapp;
Rashmi Sinha, CEO, Slideshare;
Judy Priest, Distinguished Engineer, Engineering, Cisco

6:10 – 6:30 Tips from a Communications Ninja/How to become Cisco ChampionAmy Lewis, Influence Marketing Manager, Cisco
6:30 – 7:00 Remaining Relevant in the New WorldCarlos Dominguez, SVP, Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO, Cisco
7:00 – 7:10 Closing with Mike Koons, VP, Systems Engineering, Cisco and the CEWN Founders
7:10 – 7:30 Open Networking


Full-conference badge holders can register for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network event by adding session CEWN-1000 to their session schedule using the scheduling tool. Attendees with Expo, Explorer Plus or Social Passes can send an email and will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis. For questions or additional information, contact

Wednesday Panel

Your Future in Technology: Discover the Possibilities brought to you by the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network

Wednesday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.  |  Session ID: PNLEWN-1000

As a follow-up to the main event on Sunday, Cisco Empowered Women’s Network is hosting a panel session, Your Future in Technology: Discover the Possibilities, on Wednesday, May 21.

As technology continues to impact our lives, workers need to acquire new skills and approaches to succeed. Job opportunities in technology are growing up to three times faster than other career fields in the U.S.  Join us  for a compelling panel discussion with a seasoned group of technology industry leaders to learn about: exciting new technology career paths; ways to extend your network and uncover new opportunities; strategies for overcoming career challenges, and tried and true approaches for securing the technology job you’ve always wanted.


  • Denise Donohue Sr., Solutions Architect, Chesapeake NetCraftsmen
  • Denise Fishburne, CPOC Engineer and Lab Rat, Cisco
  • Lauren Malhoit, Technical Virtualization Engineer, Network Storage Inc.
  • Rong Pan, Distinguished Engineer, Engineering, Cisco


  • Brenda Dennis, Senior Director WW Sales Strategy and Growth, Cisco

Executive Sponsor

Thank cl13-pdeflackyou to our executive sponsor 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.

Distinguished Speakers

Padmasree cl13-pwarriorWarrior
Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, 

Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.

Leila Janah
Founder and CEO, Samasource

Leila Janah is an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice. Sama means equal in Sanskrit and is the guiding principle of her life and work.

Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. It has received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate.

In 2011, Janah co-founded Samahope, the first crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. The Sama Group has been featured widely in the press with features in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and Fast Company, and in the book Hearts on Fire.

Janah is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, and the recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, presented by President Clinton. She received a BA from Harvard and resides in San Francisco.

Carlos cl13-cdominguezDominguez
SVP, Cisco Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO

Carlos Dominguez is a technology evangelist. He has deep knowledge of current and emerging technology and trends and is a passionate innovator. He challenges and motivates audiences worldwide with engaging, highly animated presentations full of deep insight into how adaptable cultures can create winning organizations.

Michael Koons
VP, Cisco Technology and Systems Engineering

Mike Koons is responsible for ensuring the Cisco Systems Engineering (SE) community is meeting the business needs of Cisco’s customers and partners. In this capacity, he focuses on the technology and business demands of this strategic community within Cisco. Mike is also responsible for the field engineering and technology strategy for all architectures within Cisco as it relates to the SE community. In these technology areas, Mike focuses on strategy, network architecture, product placement and engineering.

Amy Lewis
Influence Marketing Manager, Cisco

Amy Lewis is a Community Evangelist disguised as an Influence Marketing Manager for Cisco. Host of Engineers Unplugged and Cisco Champions Radio, co-host of Geek Whisperers, and manager of Cisco Champions for Data Center, she uses old-school tools (whiteboards) and new-school platforms (social) to engage technology thought leaders from around the globe. A connector by disposition, Amy is likely to find you at an event and ask for your thoughts, on camera.

When not furthering the Cisco cause, Amy enjoys cooking, eating, and blogging about food. Her first computer was a Commodore 64. Most hours of the day, you can find her on Twitter as @CommsNinja;

Judy Priest

Judy Priest is responsible for driving emerging technologies that enable increased bandwidth, capacity, and scalability in data center hardware platforms. She actively collaborates across Cisco’s business functions, product groups, and supply chain focusing on innovation and silicon technologies that bring sustainable differentiation. Judy is also the Executive Technical Advisor for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).

Rashmi Sinha

Rashmi Sinha is an entrepreneur and designer. She is the cofounder and CEO of SlideShare, which is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. Slideshare was acquired by Linkedin in May, 2012.

In 2012, Rashmi was named as one of ten Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She also has been named the World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company and is a frequent speaker at technology conferences.

Rashmi has a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Brown University and conducted research on search engines and recommender systems at UC Berkeley. You can read her blog at or follow her on twitter @rashmi.

Shari cl13-sslateSlate
Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, Americas Sales, 

Shari Slate is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue-generating arm of the business and using inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers. Slate’s team also leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.

Diamond Sponsors

EMC Intel NetApp Statseeker

Emerald and Platinum Sponsors

F5 NetScout VMware
Citrix Compuware Gigamon Ixia Network Instruments
Panduit Samsung VCE

John Chambers Invite

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO invites you to join us at Cisco Live US 2014, San Francisco, California, May 18-22, 2014.