Karen McFadzen, VP of Technical Services for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China, has been recognised as a finalist in The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards for her dedication to achieving greater workforce diversity at Cisco, driving innovation within the company and making a difference to the wider community.
As The AFR reported it received over 500 applications, Cisco is exceptionally proud to commend Karen for being recognised as one of the 100 finalists.
Karen was recognised in the Global category for her influence and participation in a number of global initiatives and as a passionate advocate on topics including leadership, the development of next generation talent and Inclusion & Diversity. For example, since 2006, Karen has been an active board member of the Cisco Foundation, which supports Cisco’s efforts to team with NPO/NGO organisations around the world to develop public investment programs in education and health. This role has enabled Karen to engender a greater global perspective at Cisco’s Foundation Board level.
Since joining Cisco, Karen has also spearheaded numerous initiatives designed to attract, retain and further promote women in Cisco and the IT sector more broadly. One of these initiatives is the establishment of the Women’s Action Network in Australia in 2001, which later became Cisco Connected Women and has since expanded to over 40 countries across the globe. She has also been a major influence in the changing of hiring practices at Cisco. For example, Cisco has gained a commitment from all its external recruitment vendors to include at least one diversity candidate for each vacancy, helping to ensure Cisco continues to provide a diverse recruitment panel for interviewing.
In her role as VP of Technical Services, Karen has spearheaded numerous projects but the one that stands out the most is a global strategic transformation project for Cisco Technical Services. The complex, global, project has enabled Cisco to drive greater growth, profitability and customer intimacy. Karen led this project globally and the project was a resounding success.
Cisco would like to congratulate Karen on her amazing achievements and recognition in the Westpac Group Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards. We would also like to congratulate the 11 winners across the 10 categories on what are some truly impressive achievements.
Karen and colleagues from the Cisco team at The AFR’s Women of Influence Gala Dinner Event last week.