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. :)


September 24, 2015


Team Donates Blood To Support Their Cisco Family

Folks at Cisco don’t “hijack” blood donation trucks unless there’s a very good reason. If helping a colleague cope...

September 21, 2015


Employees Are Wowed By Cisco’s New San Jose HeadQuarters

New CEO Chuck Robbins issued a challenge (one of many)  when he stepped into his new role this past summer. "I want Cisco to be viewed as...

September 16, 2015


We Are Family – Cisco Sisters

“We are family! I’ve got all my sisters and me!” ~ Sister Sledge. Now that we’ve gotten a disco tune earworm in your brain, let’s talk about how two sisters,...

September 14, 2015


One Word That Will Change Your LinkedIn Profile Forever

It’s no secret. I’m nuts about social media. (I lead the Cisco Careers “Life at Cisco” social media strategy.) Word gets around, so people who aren’t as nuts about social media ask me for advice. I love helping them, because when you’re passionate about something, you want others to be passionate about it. One of […]

September 10, 2015


#IChoseCisco – The Winners!

Recently, the Life at Cisco Instagram account (follow us!) asked employees to submit photos via Instagram (and a few other methods) to show us why they chose Cisco. (See the original blog post here.) Turns out, all employees needed was a white-board, a dry-erase pen, and a chance, and they were more than excited to tell […]

September 9, 2015


Cisco Engineer Turns Fear into Fearless

If you think running a 5K race is challenge enough, try throwing a few daunting obstacles on the course. Cisco Network Consulting Engineer Deidra Brown has faced that challenge,...

September 3, 2015


3 Ways to Think Globally

Nicki Vereschagin just finished her second summer internship at Cisco on the Cloud Partner Marketing team. Before heading back to USC she wanted to leave some advice behind. What follows are tips on how others can learn to think on a global scale. As an intern on the Cisco Cloud Marketing team for two summers […]

August 24, 2015


Is dCloud “dBest” Team at Cisco?

If you’ve never heard about Cisco’s dCloud team, you’re about to. After this, you might think they’re Cisco’s best-kept secret, and the coolest team around. “We are using bleeding edge...

August 18, 2015


Cisco Employee Earns Security Bug Bounty – 1 Million United Miles!

If you had a million airline miles, where would you travel? Kyle Lovett, a security penetration tester with the Advanced Services Security Team is asking himself that very question right...