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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; STEMConnector CPO Julie Kantor; Cisco SVP Carlos Dominguez; Netapp SVP & CIO Cynthia Stoddard; Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha; 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. All attendees will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for the chance to win a breakfast meeting with an interactive roundtable of Cisco executives, including: Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco SVP and CIO; Wendy Bahr, Cisco SVP; and Alison Gleeson, Cisco SVP. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to support STEM initiatives.

Throughout your time at Cisco Live keep the Cisco EWN conversations going! You don’t want to miss our panel discussion on May 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. entitled, Your Future in Technology-Discover the Possibilities. You can register for this event by using the scheduler tool. You can find more information below.  Also, consider joining one of our table topics on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Topics include “Smart Women Take Risks” and “Be a Cisco Champion.” Lastly, arrive at the Customer Appreciation Party in style – join our meet-up and go together. Members of the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network will be on hand at the Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park from 7:15-7:45 p.m. to direct you to the group inside the party!

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
Moscone Center West Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 3002/3008
May 18, 2014 | 3–7:30 p.m.

Reminder to all attendees: Please pick-up your badge in the Moscone North Hall Upper Lobby (open Saturday 3-7 p.m.PST and Sunday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT) prior to attending the Cisco EWN event. All attendees must have a badge to gain entry to the event.


Time Activity
3:00 – 3:20 Registration
3:20 – 3:55 Welcome & Executive Mentoring

Emily Griffin and Elizabeth Sherman

Facilitated mentoring discussions led by Cisco, Customer and Partner Executives at each table

3:55 – 4:00 Cisco EWN Today. Tomorrow. Transformed. Welcome!

Ehrika Gladden, Senior Director, Americas, Cloud Consumption Models, Cisco

4:00 – 4:10 Event Opening with Cisco EWN Founders and Gary Moore

Gary Moore, President and COO, Cisco;
Anuja Singh;
Rima Alameddine;
Priscila David

4:10 – 4:40 Executive Keynote with Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
4:40 – 5:05 Transforming the STEM Landscape

Patrice D’Eramo, Vice President, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco;
Julie Silard Kantor, Chief Partnership Officer of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors®

5:05 – 5:30 Break
5:30 – 6:00 Unleashing Your Personal Power & Potential For Transformation – Panel Discussion

Facilitator: 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

6:00 – 6:10 Transforming IT Together

Michael Koons, VP, Technology and Systems Engineering, Cisco

6:10 – 6:25 Tips from a Communications Ninja/How to Become Cisco Champion

Amy Lewis, Influence Marketing Manager, Cisco

6:25 – 6:55 Remaining Relevant in the New World

Carlos Dominguez, SVP, Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO, Cisco

6:55 – 7:05 Closing Remarks

Cisco EWN Co-Founders

7:05 – 7:30 Networking Reception


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.

Full-conference badge holders can register for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network panel by adding session PNLEWN-1000 to their session schedule using the scheduler tool. Attendees with an Explorer Plus* will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis if space allows. Please note that a full-conference badge or expo plus pass are required to attend the panel.

*PNLEWN-1000 will count towards the 2 sessions Explorer Plus attendees receive as part of their package.


  • Denise Donohue Sr., Solutions Architect, Chesapeake NetCraftsmen
  • Denise Fishburne, CPOC Engineer and Lab Rat, Cisco
  • Rebecca Jacoby, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Cisco
  • Lauren Malhoit, Technical Virtualization Engineer, Network Storage Inc.
  • Rong Pan, Distinguished Engineer, Engineering, Cisco
  • Ana Pinczuk, Senior Vice President, Services, 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.

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.

Edie heads-efraserFraser
CEO, STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM)

Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM), and a vice chair of Diversified Search, LLC. Edie has worked with more than 250 Fortune companies and associations to champion women’s advancement. Edie has won 45 major awards for diversity and women’s leadership, STEM, entrepreneurship and communications. She is the recipient of the Mosaic Woman Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from Diversity Woman Magazine. She has been inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a founding member of C200. Edie was on the cover of Women of Wealth Magazine for her philanthropy and mentoring. She is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the World Affairs Council of DC and served on the national board of SCORE. Edie has written or served as publisher of many books, papers and articles. Women and diversity support are at the core of Edie’s work and values.

Judy heads-jkantorKantor
Chief Partnership Officer of STEMconnector ® and Million Women Mentors ®

Julie Kantor is a veteran leader and tireless ambassador of STEM education, entrepreneurship and building of America’s skilled workforce, serving in CXO roles since 1992. As Chief Partnership Officer at STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors (subsidiary of Diversified Search LLC), Julie and team bring together corporate America, government, higher education and national nonprofits as members to better convene key players in the STEM universe and consult around smart STEM investments.

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.