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Anuja SinghGuest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh

Welcome to our monthly Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) segment about role models. We all make resolutions and set goals to improve ourselves– but somewhere along the way, life interrupts our plans, we find ourselves juggling different priorities and invariably things get dropped. In this segment, you’ll find inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify with; let’s draw inspiration from the choices they made and aspire to the outcomes they created.

Rima Alameddine

Rima leads the New York Enterprise Sales business for Cisco, which consists of large Fortune 500 companies in the NY Metro area. Rima brings a wealth of diverse experiences to the business having worked in Read More »

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Let’s stop talking about STEM

Information Technology is notorious for being one of the most male dominated sectors and has been since the field’s beginnings. Despite many attempts to attract more women into the technology world (for example, Apple and Facebook offer to freeze eggs for female employees, Microsoft supports girls aged 13 years and above to attend their DigiGirlz High Tech Camp program, and every year, Cisco participates in Girls in ICT day by inviting young females on our campuses to give them hands-on exposure to our latest technology), Silicon Valley’s tech giants are still struggling, as the numbers show.

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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Olivia Shen Green

Christine MorgnerGuest Blog and Interview by Christine Morgner

Olivia Shen Green was a valued member of Cisco for 8 years in various organizations including Supply Chain Management, Acquisition Integration, and the Office of Inclusion & Collaboration Group.  Recently Olivia left Cisco to pursue another opportunity.

During Olivia’s fearless pursuit to Connect, Empower, & Inspire women in the technology world, she founded the first women’s conference at Cisco.  In part, Olivia’s inspiration came from her mentor and manager at the time, Sonar Thekdi. Olivia credits Sonar as being a role model for how to be your authentic self.   Sonar had her back when the Women in Technology Forum was just a dream and assisted in securing senior leadership approval.

Olivia gathered passionate and outstanding leaders throughout Cisco Read More »

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Are you ready?

In just a few short days, thousands of women and men across the globe will come together for Women of Impact seeking to connect with each other, develop new perspectives and possibilities, and inspire bold action and exponential growth. I can’t think of a place I’d rather be – together – with all of you!

Experts tell us that the transformational impact of any event of this magnitude begins the moment we each register. It’s true, isn’t it? My mind is already abuzz with thoughts of what being fearless means to me and Read More »

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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Annella Heytens

Roxanne EdwardsGuest Blog and Interview by Roxanne Edwards

At the Women of Impact Conference this year on March 19th, our focus is to empower attendees to Be Fearless – by taking risks, overcoming obstacles and blazing new trails in their personal and professional lives. The Conference focus is to connect, develop and inspire the women in technology at Cisco.

Learn why Annella Heytens, Vice President of Human Resources, APJC is our next featured Fearless Female.

We are impressionable at a very young age. The examples set by others can be inspiring and guide us in many directions.

Annella grew up in the Philippines and was inspired by her mother and grandmother who were both well educated women.   Annella’s mother was a nutritionist, and Annella followed in her footsteps. She holds Master’s degrees in nutrition and dietetics, but Annella is now Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for 21,000 employees in over 18 countries. How did she get there?

Years ago, Annella’s then husband took a job in China and they relocated from Washington, DC. Annella, being a fearless female, interviewed for a human resources position without having any experience at all in the field. Annella assumed caring for people as a nutritionist or working for a retirement community developer wouldn’t be too far from a human resources function. The hiring manager took a risk on Annella, as she sensed Annella had the required skills and capabilities to master the job. Annella eventually became a managing consultant for one of the largest human resources consulting firms in the world in Beijing. Within three years under Annella’s leadership, her division became profitable for the first time.

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Annella is constantly paying it forward. She believes in taking a risk with others. Annella has influenced the hiring of many local leaders in AJPC. If they are motivated and have leadership capabilities, she’s willing to take a chance.

Annella loves to travel. She selects a new location every year for the family vacation. She enjoys champagne, chocolate and cheese (yes at the same time).

Have you registered for the Women of Impact Conference yet? It’s only 4 days away. For more conference details or registration information, click here:

Read about our other #FearlessFemales here and check out our #BeFearless #CiscoChat on Twitter.

Share with us with your stories and pictures how you can Be Fearless, tweet us @Cisco_WOI or find and Like us on Facebook on the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Facebook page! Don’t forget to use the #WOI2015 hashtag!

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