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Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Launch at CiscoLive!


On June 22, the first Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) session was held at the CiscoLive! conference in Orlando, Florida. It was an opportunity for Cisco’s female customers, partners and employees and their male allies to gather for learning, sharing and networking.

Among the many great speakers at the event were Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco, who spoke about leadership and Sheila Jordan, SVP, Communication and Collaboration IT,  who led a how-to discussion on personal branding.  The panel discussion moderated by Shari Slate, Cisco’s Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, highlighted Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT and Cloud and Systems Management Group and Maria Teresa Lensing, AT&T Vice President Signature Group.

I particularly enjoyed hearing from Shahd Attar, Cisco Marketing and Engagement Manager, Emerging Solutions Advisory.  She is the first full-time, permanent cisco female employee in Saudi Arabia. She spoke about  co- founding CellA+, a nonprofit professional women’s networking group of more than 2000 members today.

If you’re interested in joining the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network, you can connect on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


You can get a taste of the session from the video and the tweets posted below.


The event was created by a team of 20 Cisco employees led by Rima Alameddine, Priscila David and Anuja Singh.  It was sponsored by Patrice D’Eramo Flack, Michelle Chiantera and Shari Slate. I really enjoyed serving as an advisor for this event alongside Ehrika Gladden.  Looking forward to highlighting more Cisco customers & partners at future events.

Coming up in August will be CEWN’s first virtual event. The topic will be: Leveraging Social Media for Professional Networking and Brand Building. You are welcome to attend the virtual session even if you were unable to make the CiscoLive! event.

For on-going updates on Cisco Empowered Women’s Network activities, you can connect on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

 Related Links:

ISI Management’s blog post about Cisco EWN

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  1. Olivia – thanks for the great write up. The commitment of the entire team paid off. We were overwhelmed by the positive response of the customers and partners. Cisco’s culture was admirably reflected by all our speakers. We are now working on sustaining this network through our ongoing events (virtual and face-to-face) and we are also working on taking this global through Cisco Live, Mexico and Milan.

    ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi’

  2. If you want to join Cisco Empowered Women’s network, join one of our social channels. You will receive regular communications of our future events:
    FB –
    LinkedIn –
    Twitter – Follow @CiscoEWN

  3. Everywhere you look – powerful connections are being made between our customers and to each other. Amazing and nice to see the strength.

  4. Olivia, what a great recap of our launch at Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando. Thanks for all customers, partners and Cisco employees who attended the event, and our great speakers that made our launch a very engaging session. Stay all tunned for our ongoing events. And thanks again for this great core team that just made it happen.