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. :)


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...

August 11, 2015


#ILookLikeAnEngineer – Cisco style!

The #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag is the diversity sensation that’s sweeping the nations! The hashtag started as a way to break down stereotypes as to what an engineer might look like. It’s not just nerdy guys. It’s women, minorities; heck, ANYONE can be an engineer or interested in technology. We gathered all of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer posts from […]

August 3, 2015


I Chose Cisco Because . . .

Why Cisco? What’s so great about working here? Why do people come in every day to innovate and change the world? Let’s ask Cisco employees! Let’s even ask Cisco leaders! Today kicks off an employee contest on Instagram (Follow us there!) It’s named (and tagged) #IChoseCisco. That way, employees can tell the world why they […]

August 3, 2015


Geeky Is Cool at Cisco

The words “geek” or “nerd” are often thrown about with negative connotations, but not at Cisco! Here, we wear our geek badges with pride, and like to think that...

July 29, 2015


What’s all the Hoopla About? Cisco Fun!

They’re not pool sharks. They’re not hard-core gamers. They’re not Forrest Gump at the ping-pong table....

July 27, 2015


Cisco Employees Excited for Cisco Rocks!

There’s a party going on! An employee party to kick off FY16 with fun and food and friends. It’s called Cisco Rocks, and it’s in part a celebration to thank John Chambers for his 20 years as our CEO and to welcome Chuck Robbins and the new Executive Leadership Team. Follow along on Twitter using […]

July 13, 2015


The Internet of Everything is Personal for This Cisco Employee

When you work at Cisco, the Internet of Everything (IoE) becomes more personal to each of us. However, for one Cisco employee, the Internet of Everything takes personal to a whole new level. Just a few months ago, Karen Miller Morris had her “mom-ness” put to the test when she found out her 8-year-old son, […]

June 30, 2015


Hello World!

Welcome to the Life at Cisco blog. This is our “hello world” post, our inaugural post to tell you...