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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Madhuri M.S.

Guest blog and interview written by Christine MorgnerChristine Morgner

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. Every week leading to our conference, we are planning to highlight a couple of our Fearless Females that embody our Be Fearless theme in their professional and personal lives.

Madhuri is a loyal and proud member of the Cisco IT team, based in Bangalore, India.  For the last four and a half years, Madhuri has positively impacted Cisco’s IT organization by providing exceptional service contract support to our top customers.  Even though it’s clear her role at Cisco is a result of her fearless actions and perseverance, Madhuri says she feels “lucky” to have her job.

Madhuri M.S.

Madhuri is originally from a small village in rural India.  She credits her Mom for the inspiration to chase her dreams.  Madhuri’s Mom worked outside the home during her childhood, which was not the norm in her culture.  She encouraged Madhuri to do the same, but not before getting an education first. Despite many struggles including leaving the only life she knew for the daunting life in a big city, Madhuri successfully graduated from the Institute of Technology in Bangalore and was recruited for a job at Cisco.  During the start of Madhuri’s career at Cisco, her biggest challenge was learning the English language.  She was so close to quitting at one point, but her Mom urged her to fight and she did.

Madhuri said she experienced a huge triumph when she proved to her family, her manager, and most importantly to herself that she could overcome anything.  Madhuri also acknowledges her current manager for his outstanding support and motivation.

In her free time, Madhuri enjoys mentoring young women in their pursuit of an education and a career. Madhuri also likes traveling, hiking, and helping others to see the limitless possibilities the world can offer.  She is a true product of the opportunities any person can experience with the right amount of determination and fearlessness.

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An Incredible Week: Cisco Empowered Women’s Network at Cisco Live!

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This blog post was written by Priscila David in collaboration with Emily GriffinAnuja Singh and Rima Alameddine

Today. Tomorrow. Transformed. This was the theme of the second annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN) forum at Cisco Live. And what a great week of transformation it was, and a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live! Sorry for the long blog post, but it was an exciting week for us!

CiscoEWN is a global community of highly motivated, professional women, as well as a forum for Cisco customers, partners and employees to network and motivate one another at Cisco Live and in virtual and live events throughout the year. Our founders and Executive Sponsors highlight our goals for CiscoEWN at Cisco Live US in San Francisco this year:

CiscoEWN sponsored several activities during the week each of which gave the opportunity for women in technology and our male allies to gather together and network, learn from and empower each other.

We kicked off the week with the CiscoEWN Forum on Sunday, a four-hour event with a packed agenda of mentoring sessions, panels, and keynotes. Here’s a recap of the afternoon:

  • Over 450 men and women, including Cisco employees, customers and partners, attended (up from 250 attendees last year!).
  • 50 executive mentors shared life experiences and offered advice in an icebreaker mentoring session with attendees.

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  • Cisco President and COO Gary Moore shared his thoughts on why diversity and inclusion is important for business. 
  • Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTSO, shared insights about her personal transformational journey. She asked the audience to reflect, Read More »

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Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN) at Cisco Live US enters its second year!

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This blog post was written by Priscila David in collaboration with Anuja Singh and Rima Alameddine

Exactly one year ago, during the launch of the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network at Cisco Live Orlando, we asked the audience: “What would you do if you were not afraid?” On that day, we couldn’t have imagined the incredible journey we would take in answering that question and, ultimately, in building the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN).

CiscoEWN was created out of a collaboration between myself, Priscila David (Director, Systems Engineering, US Commercial East); Rima Alameddine (Sales Director, Enterprise NY); and Anuja Singh (Manager, Systems Engineering, Public Sector).  All three of us work in the field sales organization at Cisco and have daily interactions with customers and partners. We realized that Read More »

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Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Launch at CiscoLive!

 

On June 22, the first Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) session was held at the CiscoLive! conference in Orlando, Florida. It was an opportunity for Cisco’s female customers, partners and employees and their male allies to gather for learning, sharing and networking.

Among the many great speakers at the event were Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco, who spoke about leadership and Sheila Jordan, SVP, Communication and Collaboration IT,  who led a how-to discussion on personal branding.  The panel discussion moderated by Shari Slate, Cisco’s Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, highlighted Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT and Cloud and Systems Management Group and Maria Teresa Lensing, AT&T Vice President Signature Group.

I particularly enjoyed hearing from Shahd Attar, Cisco Marketing and Engagement Manager, Emerging Solutions Advisory.  She is the first full-time, permanent cisco female employee in Saudi Arabia. She spoke about  co- founding CellA+, a nonprofit professional women’s networking group of more than 2000 members today.

If you’re interested in joining the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network, you can connect on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

 

You can get a taste of the session from the video and the tweets posted below. Read More »

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