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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Sabrina Lin

Roxanne EdwardsGuest blog and interview written 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.

Meet Sabrina Lin, Vice President Commercial Sales, from the Greater China region who is another one of our featured Fearless Females for the Women of Impact conference.

Sabrina Lin was born in Hong Kong and was raised in a very traditional family. At a young age, her female cousin, an MIT graduate, who took over the family textile business when her father became ill, inspired Sabrina. Without a male heir, she stepped in, implemented many changes to save the company money, and the business has prospered. It’s key to note that in a traditional Asian family, females are often not considered eligible to hold high positions with the business.

Many cultures are bound by tradition. Our family traditions help shape our values and may often influence the career choices we make.

We cannot control our gender. Our fearless women share a common experience: Often for the same behavior, women are seen as aggressive, while men are seen as assertive. Sabrina inspires her team by giving them the opportunity to take risks and will support their decisions, even if they fail. Think differently! How often do we hear those words? It’s always feels safer to do continue to follow traditional “tried and true” ways of doing thing, but Sabrina encourages curiosity to experiment and try new things.

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In Sabrina’s quest to be fearless and disrupt gender bias, which is still prevalent in Asia, she became a successful businesswoman after spending ten years in software engineering. Sabrina graduated from Stanford University with a BA, MS, and PhD., Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude in Statistics and Cognitive Science/Social Psychology. Since 2010, she’s been an adjunct associate professor at Hong Kong University Of Science and Technology.

Sabrina is unpredictable and has always kept her family wondering what she’d do next. As a teenager she played rhythm guitar in a girl band. Wouldn’t we all like to see that YouTube video?

Have you registered for the Women of Impact Conference yet? For more conference details or registration information, click here:

Follow our Fearless Female, Sabrina Lin on Twitter @SabrinaLin_Asia. Share with us with your stories and pictures how you can Be Fearless on Twitter @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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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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Technology Talent and the Growing Gap

At the GSMA Connected Women Event on October 10-11, I had the thrill of combining two of my favorite things – being in New York and speaking about women in technology. Both ignite a passion in me.

As a little girl, when hearing the question “What do you want to be when you grow up,” the answer “IT expert” rarely makes the top of the list. But maybe it’s time to plant the seeds of possibility in the minds of our daughters, nieces and women in our lives, especially with the IT job market perched on the brink of major growth. Read More »

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International Woman’s Day: A Celebration for ALL Women

On 8 March, thousands of International Women’s Day events have been planned throughout the world. The focus of the day generally expresses respect for ,and appreciation towards women who have achieved greatness on the public stage. More often than not it is to acknowledge their accomplishments in economics, political and social change.

I’d like to take a moment today to thank several remarkable women colleagues that I work with every day who move the ball forward, inch by inch, to make sure that the impact of our efforts to improve the world do not go unseen.

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