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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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July 1, 2014

EDUCATION

#ISTE2014 – Beyond Connectedness to the Internet of Everything

ISTE 2014 marks the launch of summertime for many educators as they come together to connect and share ideas about technology and innovation.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of “connectedness” continues with this year’s show in Atlanta.  The ability for schools to connect to the Internet and help make access to technology ubiquitous is changing learning in […]

April 17, 2014

EDUCATION

#HigherEdThursdays: Current Trends and Challenges in Higher Education

We are all seeing colleges and universities across the nation experiencing a massive disruption in how they deliver quality learning experiences to their students.  Those that continue down the path of status quo will miss this shift and become obsolete at best and out of business at best.  In his New York Times article, “Innovation […]

February 4, 2014

EDUCATION

Cisco Supports Goals of Presidential Initiative to Connect More Schools and Libraries to the Internet

Cisco – with more than 15 years of experience in implementing technology solutions in K-12 schools — strongly supports the goals of President Obama’s initiative to connect more schools and libraries to the Internet, and at faster speeds. We understand that technology is changing the world.  Our children aren’t just competing against the kids down […]

October 3, 2013

EDUCATION

Connecting… The Isolated

I’ll never forget my first day as a brand new high school teacher.   As a young college graduate (with absolutely no experience teaching and a one-hour course on classroom management), I stood stiffly in front of the room on that hot end-of-summer day, afraid to crack a smile.  Thankfully, a more seasoned teacher had taken […]

September 5, 2013

EDUCATION

Connecting Every School in America To High – Speed broadband

In every school district in America today, educators are faced with a simple, yet critically important, question.  How do we obtain, implement, and integrate transformative technology into all of our schools and classrooms? Some districts have embraced technology and put mobile and collaborative devices in the hands of students.   In The Katy School District in […]

July 2, 2013

EDUCATION

A Six-Part Series: Transforming Higher Education in the US – Recommendations – Part 6

This six-part series focuses on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States.  Read parts 1 through 5 on the Cisco Education Blog. Part 1: The Need for Change Part 2: Shared Challenges Part 3: Navigating Culture Part 4: Modernizing Teaching and Learning Part 5: Scaling Best Practices Educators share a common […]

June 4, 2013

EDUCATION

Systematic Transformation: The Intersection with Technology in a Journey Toward the Future (Scaling Best Practices) – …

This six-part series focuses on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States.  Read parts 1 through 4 on the Cisco Education blog.  At Cisco we are seeing outstanding examples of change, some of which have been highlighted throughout this blog series. Others, unfortunately, are one-time interventions, and tend to be unsustainable. […]

April 24, 2013

EDUCATION

Systematic Transformation: The Intersection with Technology in a Journey Toward the Future– Part Four of Six

Part Four of a Six-Part Series: Modernizing Teaching and Learning in the U.S. Part four will focus on the critical role education leaders play in the intersection of technology and the future of learning.  Previous parts of this series included: The Need for Change Challenges in Changing the System Systematic Change and Navigating Culture Higher […]

March 23, 2013

EDUCATION

Systematic Transformation in Higher Education: The Intersection with Technology in a Journey Toward the Future (Navigati …

Part 3 of A Six-Part Series: Transforming Higher Education in the US This six-part series will focus on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States. The Need for Change and  Shared Challenges were the focus of the previous chapters in this series. From Cisco’s experience with higher education institutions in the […]