Emma Reid

Global Marketing Manager

Cisco Networking Academy

Emma Reid is an experienced marketing manager in CSR with 30 years’ private sector experience, including more than 20 years based in Asia. Emma is currently the global marketing manager for the Cisco Networking Academy. Prior to taking on the global manager’s role, Emma was the Asia Pacific and Japan Marketing Manager for the Networking Academy operating in 28 countries across the region. Emma leads the Networking Academy marketing strategy, designing and implementing innovative marketing programs that help address the impacts of digital disruption. This includes initiatives focused on youth education & employment; gender inclusion & women’s empowerment and fostering entrepreneurship. Emma has been a long-term advocate and champion for gender equality in the workplace, leading women empowerment groups including Women at Cisco. Emma has implemented programs to increase the pipeline of females in the technology industry through programs such as Women Rock-IT and the Women of Influence series. Emma also created the inaugural Women in IT Awards at Cisco Live Melbourne in March 2019, which included the Academia Award, dedicated to Networking Academy instructors. Emma is passionate about helping the corporate sector evolve CSR marketing efforts towards a corporate shared value approach and assist the non-profit sector effectively engage and partner with the private sector.


Shifting gender stereotypes: ten years of Women Rock-IT

4 min read

Cisco Networking Academy marks a decade of empowering women in tech through its Women Rock-IT initiative, with a 35% global cumulative increase in female student participation over ten years.

Tech Tools for the Future: Zebras, AI, and Girls in ICT Day

6 min read

Emma Reid interviews Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf about how AI is being used in animal conservation. Hear more on our special Women Rock-IT broadcast to support International Girls in ICT Day on April 25, 2024.

February 22, 2024


From childhood curiosity to Cisco’s FIFA Women’s World Cup all-female Dream Team

6 min read

Noor Zafar is a Cybersecurity Cadet Risk Advisory Analyst at Deloitte and a speaker on Cisco Networking Academy’s Women Rock-IT broadcast.

September 28, 2023


Debbie goes from being a full-time mother to a dynamo in networking

4 min read

In Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate all of our Hispanic students and alums of Cisco Networking Academy's IT skills-to-jobs program. Debbie Gomez is one super-inspired individual who is sharing her passion for technology in her communities.

October 3, 2023


The complexity of the web of life

4 min read

As part of the Women Rock-IT program, biologist Cecilia Nisson shares more about her career path in conservation.

Nurturing the next generation of climate tech talent

4 min read

A reflection on Girls in ICT Day and how our Women Rock-IT initiative is nurturing the next generation of climate tech talent.

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