At Cisco Live, you not only get the practical, hands-on knowledge that can advance your career. You also get compelling insight into the ideas, concepts, and emerging trends that are setting the stage for a more connected and collaborative future.


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.

Innovation Talks
To thrive in the era of the Internet of Everything, companies will need to innovate at an unprecedented pace to create a lasting impact and sustainable competitive advantage. Cisco Live’s Innovation Talks provide a multi-faceted look at the challenges and potential of the latest innovations in key areas such as network technology, security, and the Cloud – providing the context and inspiration today’s IT professionals need to create the world of tomorrow.

New this year, Cisco Live’s Innovation Talks are a direct response to attendee feedback asking for a broader view and fresh perspectives on the defining issues at the intersection of technology and business. This new format combines the insight of three different experts and incorporates the real-time responses of audience members in a dynamic exchange of ideas that sets the course for an informative and engaging week at Cisco Live.

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.

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.

Innovation Talk: Service Provider Transformation through Innovation

Monday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Session Host: Nick Adamo
Senior Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco

As more services and applications migrate to the Cloud – and as users grow to expect on-demand access to network resources – service providers will play an increasingly vital role in delivering quality experiences and performance at the speed businesses and consumers demand. This Innovation Talk will help kick off Cisco Live’s Service Provider program by highlighting emerging technologies, trends, and unique opportunities that will transform the way next-generation services are developed and delivered and provide new value to businesses and consumers alike as the Internet of Everything comes online.

Innovation Talk: Future of the Network/IT (Part 1)

Monday, June 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Session Host: Robert Soderbery
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Products and Solutions

This session will showcase network innovation from Cisco. Software-defined and controller-based networking has left the data center and arrived in the campus and WAN. See what it means for your network. Find out how our latest cloud networking innovations can completely change the way you manage your network. See how mobility is improving customer and employee experiences. As more people and things come online, discover how the network itself will help you stay ahead of the game.

Innovation Talk: Future of the Network/IT (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Session Host: Edzard Overbeek
Senior Vice President, Cisco Services

This follow-on to Monday’s session examines additional issues that are central to the future of the network in a more connected and collaborative world, including the data center and its role in analytics, as well as IT’s changing responsibilities in tomorrow’s network-centric era. Other topics on the agenda include the future of software-defined networking and Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure and the changing role of compute resources in a network ecosystem.

Innovation Talk: Intelligent Cybersecurity for the Real World

Tuesday, June 9, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Session Host: Chuck Robbins
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Cisco

While the Internet of Everything spawns more connections with more devices, we see a corresponding rise in the number of possible attack vectors. At the same time, the nature of those attacks grows more complex and sophisticated. The traditional point-in-time approach to security is no longer a sufficient approach to these more advanced threats, leading more organizations to embrace a threat-centric model that enables greater vigilance and more intensive protection before, during, and after an attack. This Innovation Talk will focus on the strategies and tools today’s businesses are using to better anticipate and guard against the security threats they face, while still providing the availability, access, and performance that users demand.

Innovation Talk: InterCloud – Leveraging the Power of the Intelligent Network

Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Session Host: Rob Lloyd
President, Development and Sales, Cisco

The Cloud has been one of the landmark paradigm shifts of the past several years as businesses realize the advantages of transitioning more data and computing resources to a Cloud-based model. As the Internet of Everything becomes a reality and drives increased demand for Cloud services, businesses will ask more of their networks and the teams that design, deploy, and maintain them. This session examines how public, private, and hybrid clouds are evolving towards Cisco’s Intercloud. Intercloud, the foundation of Cisco’s cloud strategy, is powered by OpenStack and enabled by Intercloud fabric for workload mobility and ACI for dynamic provisioning the networking, application services, services policies and subnets. Cisco’s vision is to create THE platform for ISVs and Developers to leverage the power of the intelligent Network.

Innovation Talk: The Future of Collaboration

Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30pm


Session Host: Rowan Trollope
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Collaboration Technology Group

Collaboration can be a transformative force, especially as the connections among people, processes, and technology become stronger and more relevant. In a world of growing complexity, collaboration can help companies, teams, and individuals find new ways to share expertise, address shared priorities, and leverage complementary skills. During this Innovation Talk, we’ll explore how the latest generation of tools is integrating the mobile, social, visual, and virtual aspects of collaboration to bring people together anytime, anywhere, on any device – removing the barriers to greater sharing of resources and more effective strategies for accomplishing mutual goals.

Speaker Bios


Rebecca Jacoby
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cisco

Rebecca Jacoby is Cisco’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President. Her extensive understanding of business operations, infrastructure, and application deployment as well as her knowledge of products, software and services help her advance Cisco’s business through the use of Cisco technology.

As CIO, she has made the Cisco IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped and elevated the role of IT at Cisco, resulting in great synergies of IT and Engineering through a history of Cisco on Cisco deployments.


Nick Adamo
Senior Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco

Nick Adamo is Senior Vice President of the Global Service Provider segment, an organization that oversees global sales, service delivery, and development for Cisco’s top service provider customers. Global Service Provider is responsible for $12.4 billion in annual sales and nearly 3000 employees.

Adamo brings a deep working knowledge of Cisco’s technology architectures along with experience from both Enterprise and Service Provider segments. He serves as the executive sponsor for some of Cisco’s top customers and partners, fostering strategic relationships, guiding business and technology discussions, and identifying new opportunities for shared success.


Robert Soderbery
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Products and Solutions

Rod Soderbery leads enterprise strategy, solutions, products and go-to-market for Cisco’s Development organization. He and his team identify customer needs, define solutions to address them, and determine the best ways to make those solutions accessible to customers. His team works across Cisco’s product and technology groups and with partners to create solutions the generate business outcomes for our customers and a better online experience for users.


Edzard Overbeek
Senior Vice President, Cisco Services

Edzard Overbeek is Senior Vice President for Cisco Services. He manages the Cisco services business portfolio, which delivers unique and strategic consulting, platform, advanced and technical services solutions to customers and partners worldwide. His focus is to help our customers transform their businesses through intelligent networked-based service offerings that support their business goals and increase their competitiveness, as well as ensuring efficient business and technical operations throughout the lifecycle of the network.


Chuck Robbins
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Cisco

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco, Chuck Robbins leads the company’s Worldwide Sales Organization and Worldwide Partner Organization.

Robbins has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco’s largest geographic region, where he led more than 8500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.


Rob Lloyd
President, Development and Sales, Cisco

Robert Lloyd is responsible for Cisco’s development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd’s organization manages the alignment and acceleration of Cisco’s technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. Lloyd is also a member of the Cisco Executive Committee, which sets strategic direction for each of Cisco’s market segments.


Rowan Trollope
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco

Rowan Trollope is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, which develops collaboration solutions. He leads a global team responsible for identifying key market transitions in collaboration software, devices, infrastructure, and services that enable video collaboration, unified communications, customer contact centers, conferencing, mobility, and desktop virtualization, such as Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Jabber, and Cisco WebEx.

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