Thought Leadership

Fresh perspectives, Aha moments, and Big Ideas from Cisco executives, business luminaries, technologists, and key Cisco partners.

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As technology continues to change the future of business and humanity, Cisco remains at the forefront of the digital transformation era. Join Cisco leadership and business luminaries on the Cisco Live main stage to hear unique insights on the state of Cisco, the industry, and the unique opportunities ahead for IT professionals.


Innovation Showcase

To thrive in the new world of digital business, companies need to innovate at an unprecedented pace. Innovation Showcase sessions, including solutions and services innovations along with best practices, will inspire you throughout your informative and engaging week at Cisco Live.

Monday, June 11

Intelligent, Mass-Scale Networking for Secure, Critical Infrastructure
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Yvette Kanouff
SVP & GM, Service Provider, Cisco

Tetration: Workload Insights and Protection
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Tom Edsall
SVP & CTO, Data Center Networking, Cisco

Preparing (and Securing) Your Network for the Onslaught of IoT Data
3:45 – 4:15 pm
Liz Centoni
SVP & GM of IoT, Cisco

Collaboration Reimagined
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Jonathan Rosenberg
VP & CTO, Collaboration, Cisco

Re-imagining Converged Infrastructure for The Modern Data Center
5:15 – 5:45 pm
Jonathan Siegal
VP, Product Marketing, Dell EMC

Tuesday, June 12

Reinvent the Network
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Sachin Gupta
SVP, Product Management, Cisco

Transforming the Customer Experience through Innovative Services
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Joseph Pinto
SVP, Customer Experience, Cisco

IT's Bold New Role in App-driven Economy with Cisco AppDynamics
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Prathap G. Dendi
VP & GM, Business iQ, AppDynamics Cisco

Building a Modern Hybrid Architecture with Google Cloud
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Allan Naim
Product Manager, Google Cloud

Power a Multicloud World: Delivering on the Promise
3:45 – 4:15 pm
Kip Compton
VP, Cloud Platform & Solutions, Cisco

Driving Innovation through Acquisitions and Investments
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Rob Salvagno
VP, Corporate Development, Cisco

Wednesday, June 13

Data Center and Cloud Automation with HyperFlex and UCS
10:30 – 11:00 am
Kaustubh Das
VP, Computing Systems, Cisco

Data Center and Cloud Automation with HyperFlex and UCS
10:30 – 11:00 am
DD Dasgupta
VP, Enterprise Product Marketing, Cisco

How to Turn Your Network into Your Greatest Security Asset
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Gee Rittenhouse
SVP / GM, Cisco Security Business, Cisco

The #DevNetEffect - Get the Playbook for Using Cisco’s Newest APIs
12:15 – 12:45 pm
Susie Wee
VP & CTO, DevNet, Cisco

Customer Panel: Delivering Return on Investment with VersaStack(TM) Solutions
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Eric Herzog
CMO and VP, Global Channel Sales, IBM Storage Systems

Is it Time to Move your Calling to the Cloud?
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Jamie Palmer
Director, Product Management, Cisco

Delivering Intent for Data Center Networking
3:45 – 4:15 pm
Ish Limkakeng
SVP, Product Marketing, Cisco

Unlocking Digital Innovations with Meraki
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Todd Nightingale
SVP & GM, Meraki, Cisco

Thursday, June 14

Best Case Security for Worst Case Scenarios
10:30 – 11:00 am
Bret Hartman
VP & CTO, Security, Cisco

Extending the Enterprise to Embrace IoT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Chris Galo
Market Development Manager, IoT, Cisco

Extending the Enterprise to Embrace IoT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dan Behrens
Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Big Ideas Theater

Cisco Live has long been the go-to resource for the deep technical education you need to evolve your organization and your career. As the pace of digitization and disruption increase, rounding out this technical proficiency with new perspectives, strategies and tools to fuel your personal development is also critical to thriving.


Enter the Big Ideas Theater, a powerful interdisciplinary experience new to Cisco Live this year. The Big Ideas Theater will feature a diverse line up of thought leaders, strategists, technologists and other provocative voices from across industries designed to inspire and provoke your imagination and the exchange of ideas. This unique line up will feature presentations on:


Monday, June 11

Star Search
9:00 – 10:00 am
Hakeem Oluseyi

Shift Your Brilliance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Simon Bailey
Best-selling author and renowned teacher
Book Signing Details

Tuesday, June 12

Emotional AI and the Future of Work
9:00 – 10:00 am
Dr. Rana el Kaliouby
Pioneer in Emotional AI, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva

How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Todd Henry
Creativity Expert
Book Signing Details

Finding Your True North: Possibility Through Positivity
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Grant Korgan
World-class adventurer, Nano scientist and professional athlete
Film Screening Details

Wednesday, June 13

The Future Is Talent
9:00 – 10:00 am
Jenna Carpenter
Founding Dean & Professor of Engineering at Campbell University

The Neuroscience of Innovation
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Amy Posey
CEO & Facilitator

How This Entrepreneur Turned Her Diet Soda Addiction Into a Company
4:00 – 5:15 pm
Kara Goldin
Founder & CEO of Hint Water


Glenn Thayer
The Voice of Meetings & Events

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