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Renee Patton

Global Director of Education and Healthcare

Global Industry Solutions Group

Renee Patton is the leader of Global Education and Healthcare at Cisco.  In this role, she is responsible for Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for these two industries and manages a team of education and healthcare consultants who help customers realize their visions through the logical placement of technology within schools, colleges, universities, and healthcare institutions.

She has over 25 years of business, management, sales, and marketing experience in both small start-up and large corporate environments, including Siemens. She ran her own marketing consulting firm for over seven years prior to joining Cisco full time.

Prior to moving into US Public Sector, Renee served as Worldwide Industry Marketing Education Lead within Cisco’s Corporate Marketing Organization where she was responsible for developing Cisco’s education messaging platform and driving Cisco’s position in the education market.  Prior to this role, she managed Cisco’s national E-rate Program and served as the lead for US Education Field Marketing.

While studying for her Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford, Renee began teaching high school English and French, coaching cross-country, and moderating the student yearbook and newspaper.  She then spent four years on the Los Gatos-Saratoga JUHS Board of Trustees and was responsible for managing policy and a $20M district budget.

She brings a clear perspective to addressing business issues and an in-depth understanding of the K-12 and Higher Education markets.  She is particularly interested in trends driving the massive shift in education delivery models, new educational approaches, and ways that technology can help to engage learners and prepare teachers.  Renee is a Lions' Club Member and is on the board  of the Los Gatos High School Alumni Association.  She holds a BA degree in English from Santa Clara University and an MA in Education from Stanford University.

 

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April 22, 2020

HEALTHCARE

Healthcare Now

Now more than ever, healthcare matters. To keep up with healthcare today, we’re launching a new series entitled #HealthcareNow.

April 21, 2020

EDUCATION

Education Now: Let’s Talk Distance Learning

All previous ways of learning, teaching and communicating are facing revolutionary transformation. Cisco's #EducationNow blog series will help you not only adopt distance learning, but also imagine an even brighter future of education.

February 17, 2020

EDUCATION

Connect Your Classroom Contest: How are You Using Technology to Drive Collaboration?

Are you a K-12 teacher located within the US? Tell us how you’re enabling collaboration within your classroom! Check out the Connect Your Classroom Contest details and share your interest before February 28 and you’ll receive a free Webex Teams license (first 300 entrants) upon your submission, once entry intake opens on March 2, 2020!

November 8, 2019

EDUCATION

A Lesson in STEM: When a Teacher Becomes Student, It’s a Game Changer

The CyberPatriot competition and Cisco Networking Academy are helping schools empower a new generation of STEM education. Find out how.

October 17, 2019

EDUCATION

The Future of Education

The future of education opens a new world of possibility. Explore how technology will shape the teaching, learning, and communities of tomorrow.

July 11, 2019

EDUCATION

Teachers as Problem Solvers: Mars Classroom Simulator Puts Technology in Students’ Hands

In my last post, I discussed the impact of Teachers as entrepreneurs. After returning from the International Society for Education Technology (ISTE) 2019 show, I’m thinking about teachers as...

June 19, 2019

EDUCATION

Teachers as Entrepreneurs: Applying Ed Tech to Better Learning Outcomes

I happened across a great (albeit non-Webster’s) definition of “entrepreneur” from the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center website today: -- Entrepreneur/ noun en.tre.pre.neur Someone who’s willing to sacrifice sleep, sanity,...

February 28, 2019

EDUCATION

Creating Learning Spaces that Promote Active Learning

Learning can take place anytime, anywhere, and on any device.  Learning is no longer confined to a physical time or location – it happens in spaces that transcend traditional, physical...

January 24, 2019

EDUCATION

From Places to Spaces: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Do you remember when school used to be a place? Do you recall going to a building, finding a classroom, locating your desk, and sitting in your row for an...