Cisco Empowered Women's Network

Customers, partners, and employees joining together to make a difference for women in IT.


Join us for the 2017 Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) event at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada.


CEWN is a network of Cisco customers, partners, and employees joining together to make a difference for women in IT.


Lead, Connect, Inspire – You’re IT


The fifth annual event will feature keynotes, lightning talks and interactive sessions led by thought-leaders in IT.


You’ll walk away with new definitions of leadership, networking, innovation, and success – and feel inspired and empowered to implement change in your own life. Don’t miss our new activities for 2017: speed mentoring and professional head-shots.


Host: Kevin Bandy
Senior Vice President and Cisco’s Chief Digital Officer

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Keynote Speaker: Liz Centoni
Senior VP and General Manager of Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group

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Guest Speaker: Carey Lohrenz
First female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

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Guest Speaker: Anuja Singh
Co-Founder of CEWN and Facilitator for the Speed Mentoring session

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Guest Speaker: Christine Holloway
VP of Networking, Digital Workspace and Security Solutions for CDW

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Guest Speaker: Shari Slate
Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer, Cisco

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Guest Speaker: Tania Katan
CEO of Creative Trespassing

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Date and Time


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Cisco Live 2017 Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Lower Level, South Pacific Ballroom

Sunday, June 25

Doors Open: 12:30 pm
Event: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Please Note: Space is limited. To attend any of the following sessions they must scheduled in the Session Catalog.


Pre-program Agenda


DevNet Women in Tech Workshop

Day/Time: Sunday, June 25, 8:00 – 11:00 am

A hands-on coding workshop using Cisco DevIoT and DIY electronics Arduino kit. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to get hands-on with hardware and software in a supportive environment!


Speed Mentorship

Day/Time: Sunday, June 25, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Roundtable discussions of a variety of topics hosted by Cisco Executives.   In this hour session, each attendee will have the chance to meet with 9 different mentors. Space is limited.


Professional Headshot

Day/Time: Sunday, June 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Have your professional headshot taken onsite. Sign up for your session time at Mandalay Bay in the Tradewinds D, E, F rooms. Space is limited.


Program Agenda


Cisco Empowered Women’s Network

Day/Time: Sunday, June 25, 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Opening Remarks
Patrice D’Eramo, VP, Americas Marketing, Cisco




Lead: Opening Keynote: Building Your Roadmap to Success
Liz Centoni, SVP and GM, Computing Systems Product Group, Cisco


What does the journey of building strong, innovative teams through inclusion look like during this digital transformation era? Join Liz Centoni and hear about her journey, which is quite different from where she thought she would be today. Her passion for driving a business and developing strategy and direction has allowed her to navigate multiple engineering roles that took her out of her comfort zones. The challenges she encountered in those roles gave her the confidence boost and visibility she needed to grow. Find out how an inclusive tomorrow starts with uncovering the endless possibilities of inspiring and empowering the women of today.


Guest Speaker: The Power of Presence: Perform at Your Best (Even When You’re Terrified) and Empower Others To Do The Same
Christine Holloway, VP of Networking, Digital Workspace and Security Solutions for CDW


Have you ever left a high-stakes meeting and immediately wished for a doover? Maybe after a performance review, a customer presentation, or a difficult conversation? Join Christine Holloway and hear how she’s used the power of “grit” and “presence” to lead in an authentic and effective way.  Christine will share her perspective on how what goes through your head, and—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.


In this session, Christine will illustrate how accessing your personal power and demonstrating grit, you can achieve “presence.” The state in which you liberate yourself from fear, stop worrying about the impression you’re making on others and instead, successfully taking on your biggest challenges and leave with satisfaction. And when you can accomplish this, you can empower others to do the same.




Connect: Lighting Talk and Interactive Session: Creative Trespassing: How to Sneak Creativity into Your Career, Company and Life!
Tania Katan, Guest Speaker


Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing knows a little something about sneaking creativity into careers, companies and life in order to start a social/media revolution! As co-creator of the internationally viral women’s empowerment campaign #ItWasNeverADress for Axosoft she has developed a map for you to find your creativity too! She will share uniquely developed exercises for flexing your creative muscles, funny stories from the front-lines of an everyday disruptor and enough empowering quotes and inspirational shouting (GO get ‘em, Creative Tiger!) to make your high school soccer coach crack a smile. You will leave this talk with tools for infusing creativity into spaces that are less obviously creative, like the lobby, boardroom, your cubicle and every space in between.


Inspire: Closing Keynote
Carey Lohrenz, Guest Speaker


Closing Remarks


Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Reception

Day/Time: Sunday, June 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm


Agenda subject to change.

Additional Sessions

Please Note: Space is limited. To attend any of the following sessions they must scheduled in the Session Catalog.


Demystifying – What it means to be in “Tech” for women

Day/Time: Monday, June 26, 8:00 – 9:30 am

Topics for this panel are must-have skills around Business Knowledge, Identify opportunities, Prepare and Excel the changing environment of Technology and about identifying and embracing multiple opportunities due to social and economic change with Information technology. Panelists include: Esther Ayorinde, Conchita Diaz, Susan McDonough, Mark Moffett, Rekha Rawat, Julie Rosendahl, Puja Shourie, and Anuja Singh.



There are two ways to register for Cisco Empowered Women’s Network:


1. Add Cisco Empowered Women’s Network add-on to any existing registration package

2. Register for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network + Explorer Pass


Cisco Empowered Women’s Network welcomes anyone interested in making a difference for women in IT. You do not need to be a woman to attend this program.

Cisco Empowered Women's Network Overview

Learn more about how CEWN is creating a network of Cisco customers, partners and employees who join together to make a difference for women in IT.

About Us

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network is a network of Cisco customers, partners, and employees joining together to make a difference for women in IT. Our year-round programs offer tools for our members to enrich and grow their careers, while paying it forward to empower women in our global community.

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