Carmen Shirkey Collins

Social Media Manager

Talent Brand and Enablement Team, HR

Carmen is the senior social media manager for Cisco’s Talent Brand team and the WeAreCisco social channels. Her job at Cisco is to create personal connections to the great employees we have and the cool projects they work on, so that prospective talent will choose Cisco as the place to bring their top-notch skills.

As a professional social media enthusiast, she thinks she "has one of the greatest jobs on the planet" – and has been doing this since before “social media” was even a term in the lexicon. Over her social media career, she has helped several Fortune 500 companies engage with their audience through great content and building relationships.

Outside of her work at Cisco, she’s a world traveler and a published author (find her on Amazon) with another book underway, and finds that kittens and bacon rule the Internet. :)


October 14, 2016


#CiscoChat / Snapchat Crossover Recap Celebrates Women in Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration

The excitement around the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (#GHC16) conference is growing and growing! That’s because only a few days from now, some really awesome women in...

June 28, 2016


How We Took Cisco’s Talent Brand to Snapchat

Snapchat. It’s the new shiny social media platform. It has the most marketing-sought-after age group as it’s primary user base (that would be millennials and Gen Z) and it’s all anyone in social media can talk about. As the social media lead for Cisco’s Talent Brand Team, I know that our team has been talking about it for over a […]

June 8, 2016


Being a Cisco Pet Is a “Ruff” Life, But It’s Also “Purrfect”

Cisco humans love every extra minute with their furry friends. From volunteering with the Cisco Cat Club to giving back at shelters, most will tell you that “fur kids” are an important part of Cisco life.

May 5, 2016


10 Career Tips from Moms (of Cisco Employees!)

My mom says that being a mom is the hardest job you’ll ever have. But it’s also rewarding when you...

May 3, 2016


Get Your Chuck Facts From This Cisco Employee

Chuck Norris. Chuck Robbins. Same difference. Or so thinks super-social Cisconian Rodney Heron. An Account Executive in Commercial...

April 20, 2016


Oh snap! Cisco Employees Takeover Snapchat.

The WeAreCisco employee tribe is everywhere, especially in social media. We’re on Twitter, we’re on Instagram, and now we’re on (wait for it) Snapchat! If you’re a Snapchatter, you know that it’s a messaging app with fun filters that lets you post “snaps” with everything from rainbows streaming out of your mouth to having a halo […]

March 24, 2016


The #WeAreCisco #LoveWhereYouWork Winners Are Here!

We asked Cisco employees to tell us why they love working here by using the hashtags #LoveWhereYouWork and #WeAreCisco. The results are worth seeing!

February 17, 2016


Blab With Cisco Employee Brian Dickinson

Previously, we talked to Cisco employee and Everest-climber Brian Dickinson about his inspiring story, and what we can learn about having an adventure-filled career from his experiences. There was such a response, that we decided to host a Blab (a new social platform with live-streaming video and interactive chat) with Brian to talk with him […]

February 1, 2016


Love Where You Work!

Read just a few stories on this blog, and you’ll notice that people love to work here. Whether it’s the people, the innovation, the giving back, or a combination of all of those and more, love is in the air. Since February is a month of recognizing love – and this year, there’s a whole […]