Keynotes

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, Marketing, Cisco

Karen Walker is Senior Vice President of Marketing at Cisco. She leads the global Go To Market Organization that creates and delivers the integrated global marketing plan for the company, from marketing strategy through to in-country execution of brand campaigns and marketing programs. Her organization is responsible for demand/revenue generation, segment marketing, integrated marketing communications, event marketing, seller enablement, and partner marketing.

Walker is accountable for a global revenue marketing goal. Since joining Cisco, she has championed marketing’s role as an accountable business function aligning closely with sales teams and a vital resource to partners.

Welcome Keynote

Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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John Chambers
Chief Executive Officer, Cisco

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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.

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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.

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

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Cynthia Stoddard
Chief Technology Officer, Customer Solutions, NetApp

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

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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.

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Mike Rowe
Celebrity

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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