Cisco Live’s keynotes and innovation talks provide insight and strategic direction from Cisco’s executives and industry thought leaders. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to hear directly from those that set the course for the future of technology.

Keynote Speakers

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Cisco Live’s main stage keynote addresses inform and inspire attendees and help put the week’s education and training in the context of the larger direction of the industry. Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and luminaries from the world of technology, business, and entertainment share their unique insights on the trends shaping the world of tomorrow, helping you see how your specific challenges align with the vision of some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and leaders.

Your Host for Cisco Live


Blair Christie
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco

Blair Christie is Cisco’s Chief Marketing Officer, with responsibility for the company’s Global Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Government and Community Relations groups. Her organization is responsible for positioning Cisco’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets and growing demand for Cisco’s solutions globally, as Cisco establishes itself as the #1 IT company in the world.

Welcome Keynote: John Chambers

Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


John Chambers
Chief Executive Officer, Cisco

Cisco Live Welcome Address
Cisco is one of the pioneering companies in the evolution of network technologies and one of the leaders in the innovations that help companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow. Each year, the Cisco Vision keynote shines a spotlight on the company’s vision for the future. Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers takes the stage to review the company’s track record on meeting the previous year’s commitments and to discuss emerging technology and business trends and their implications for Cisco, its customers, and its solutions. This keynote address offers Cisco Live attendees the opportunity to hear directly from Cisco leadership about the strategies and solutions that will have a significant impact on their business and the future of this dynamic industry.

Luminary Keynote

Tuesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Dr. Peter H. Diamandis
Technology Futurist

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is a visionary, innovator, author, physician, engineer and entrepreneur. He is Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, the co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University and the co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. He’s released two books, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think in 2012 and Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World in 2015. In all of his work, Peter aims to encourage and enable radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. He believes “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

Diamandis is also a prolific speaker and advisor to individuals, startups and multinational enterprises. Peter has a unique perspective on how to drive breakthrough thinking and innovation within companies of all sizes and achieve clear, measurable and objective results.  He sees traditional thinking, risk aversion and incrementalism as causing the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation. Peter suggests “the best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion person problem.”

Industry Keynote

Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Executive Sponsor and Moderator: Rebecca Jacoby
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cisco

What IT looks like today will be vastly different from tomorrow. Cisco and its partners will look at how the IT role will evolve and grow with the IT transformation underway. Join host Cisco CIO, Rebecca Jacoby as she discusses the IT mindset shift with peers from EMC, Intel, and NetApp.

Guest Keynote

Thursday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is an Emmy-nominated TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, spokesman and former opera singer. Mike is best-known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs, the narration of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and, most recently, CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It.

In 2008, Rowe launched mikeroweWORKS – a campaign and foundation focused on reinvigorating the skilled trades. Mike is passionate about calling attention to the widening skills gap and has shared his expertise in testimony to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in 2011 and the House Committee on Natural Resources in 2014. In 2013, he launched a new campaign and a book focused on technical recruitment called Profoundly Disconnected: A True Confession from Mike Rowe.

Mike is an advocate of adding another “S” to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Skills). He believes that as a country we might want to focus on educating children and adults alike for jobs that actually exist. For Mike, a strong skills foundation is critical to meeting the demands of our digital and technology-centric future.

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Cisco Live: Destination 2015

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June 7 – 11, 2015
San Diego, CA