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

Karen Walker

Karen Walker
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco

Karen Walker is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Cisco. As Cisco’s CMO, Karen is responsible 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.

Since joining Cisco, Walker has championed marketing’s role as an accountable business function aligning closely with sales teams and a vital resource to partners. Most recently, she led the global Go To Market Organization responsible for creating and delivering the integrated global marketing plan for the company, from marketing strategy through to in-country execution of brand campaigns and marketing programs.

Her team takes an integrated marketing and communications approach from brand to demand, using digital and social media to engage customers and partners on their purchase journey. This has resulted in industry recognition including a 2014 SiriusDecisions ROI Award, and Cisco being recognized as the company to which customers say they are most emotionally connected (Google/CEB 2013 study). The company also moved up to #13 on Interbrand’s annual survey of top 100 global brands with a 7% increase in brand value (to US $29.053B in 2013).
Previously at Cisco, Walker was Senior Vice President of Segment, Services and Partner Marketing, leading a global team to engage customers in addressing their technology challenges with Cisco product and services solutions.

Walker’s 20-plus years in the IT industry have included senior field and marketing leadership roles in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. She joined Cisco from Hewlett-Packard, where she held business and consumer leadership positions including Vice President of Alliances and Marketing for HP Services, and Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for both the Consumer Digital Entertainment and Personal Systems groups.

Walker is a recognized industry authority on both technology and marketing topics. She is a Board member of the I.T. Services Marketing Association and a member of the CMO Council North America Advisory Board, the Marketers that Matter Council, Advancing Executive Women (AWE) in Silicon Valley, and CRN’s 2013 Women of the Channel. Walker also sponsors multiple initiatives to accelerate female leadership within Cisco, and she has lectured on business thought leadership at UC Berkeley, Haas Business School, as well as multiple industry keynotes.

Walker holds a bachelor of science degree with joint honors in chemistry and business studies from Loughborough University in England.

Welcome Keynote

Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


John Chambers
Chief Executive Officer, Cisco


Chuck Robbins
Chief Executive Officer – Designate, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, 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. He will be joined by Cisco’s incoming CEO, Chuck Robbins, for a discussion on Cisco’s future.  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.

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Luminary Keynote

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


Dr. Peter H. Diamandis
Technology Futurist

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” During his Cisco Live keynote address, this pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions, and commercial space will share his unique perspective on how to drive breakthrough thinking and innovation within your company and achieve clear, measurable, and objective results. Diamandis will explain how traditional thinking, risk aversion, and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation, and how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve just a few decades ago.

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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


Cynthia Stoddard
Chief Technology Officer, Customer Solutions, NetApp


Diane Bryant
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Data Center Group, Intel


John Roese
Chief Technology Officer, EMC

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.

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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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Innovation Talks

Innovation Talks provide a look at the challenges and potential of the latest innovations in key areas such as network technology, security, and the Cloud. Learn more.

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