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Renee Patton

Director of Education

US Public Sector Education

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

She has over 19 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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March 10, 2016

EDUCATION

Don’t Wait, Apply for E-rate!

E-Rate applications are due April 29th! If you are unsure what E-Rate can do for you, these Cisco resources help with what you need to know -- now.

February 29, 2016

EDUCATION

Learn How to Lead the Digital Transformation in Higher Education

Have you heard? There’s a digital revolution coming, and it’s going to change higher education as we know it. Colleges and universities are facing societal shifts and changing attitudes towards higher education, but modern technology can help improve both the academic and administrative experience. This digital revolution – and the broader digitization of higher education […]

February 4, 2016

EDUCATION

Using E-Rate to lead a Digital Transformation in Education

For many businesses, technology has become an integral part of operations, transforming the way people learn, think, and do their jobs. With the right tools, K-12 school districts can experience these same transformational benefits. Digital transformation in education means using technology to create better access to educational experiences for students. That can be using mobile […]

November 11, 2015

EDUCATION

Learning from EDUCAUSE 2015

EDUCAUSE is always one of my favorite conferences, and this year was no exception. While many of the discussion topics weren’t new, they did focus on issues that are gaining steam, such as mobile device management (MDM) and how to prevent cybersecurity breaches. Last week, I shared some of the things I was hearing on […]

October 29, 2015

EDUCATION

Checking in from EDUCAUSE 2015

Hello from EDUCAUSE 2015! I’m checking in from Indianapolis to share a little bit about what has been discussed so far. Yesterday, I heard an excellent general session from Daniel Pink, had the chance to attend multiple sessions on everything from the affordability of course materials to the personalization of the student experience, and spoke […]

October 21, 2015

EDUCATION

No Limits on Learning

EDUCAUSE 2015 – one of the leading events in higher education – will take place starting on October 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference gives national education experts a chance to hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest technology developments in higher education. Here at Cisco we’re excited to return to EDUCAUSE again […]

September 30, 2015

GOVERNMENT

#WednesdayWalkabout Series: Learn Without Limits

Co-authored with Dani Schrakamp Learn Without Limits Today’s new technology trends, particularly those around digitization and the Internet of Everything, present education with an unprecedented amplifier. We now have...

June 23, 2015

EDUCATION

Cybersecurity 101: Assessing the Threat & Mitigating Cyber Risks in Higher Education

Cybersecurity threats in the higher education community continue to rise at an alarming rate. Poor security strategies and the need for open learning environments make securing these institutions an even harder problem to solve. It is no longer a matter of whether or not you will be hacked, rather when. Higher education leaders are recognizing […]