Cisco’s Liz Centoni Recognized as CloudNOW “Top 10 Women in Cloud”

August 5, 2015 - 45 Comments

For 30 years, our technology has changed the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.   And though we are a technology innovator, our edge does not come solely from technology. It comes from our people.

Today is a proud day for the Cisco family.

I am very pleased to announce that CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today named Liz Centoni, Vice President, Strategy and Engineering Chief of Staff at Cisco, as one of the winners of its flagship “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Awards.

Jocelyn DeGance Graham, founder of CloudNOW, stated, “Liz Centoni is one of the key cloud thought leaders who is pioneering the industry and leveling the playing field for future generations. We acknowledge Liz’s dedication and passion for tech, and thank her for her continued contributions.”

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Liz is a courageous and bold leader who is both a technologist and strategic thinker. As Chief of Staff for Cisco’s Engineering EVP, she plays a key role in driving the strategy to invest $5.7B in R&D. As Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Access Group, she successfully created a vision and strategy beyond product features that delivers true innovation to increase customer value.

Liz creates business impact and solid revenue results while also being a diverse and inclusive leader who actively engages employees and business partners in a way that makes them feel valued and respected.

As a true role model for Cisco’s culture, Liz is an active, hands-on mentor who dedicates time to coaching and developing talent. She had the vision to start a “Women in Engineering Leadership” forum for her organization, which has now expanded to the entire Cisco engineering organization of 25,000. She is also the Cisco Global Co-Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a national program that promotes female talent in science, technology and engineering.


The Top 10 Women in Cloud Awards will be held at the Cuckoo’s Nest in Menlo Park, where winners will compete in a pitch-style event September 24th when the “Top Woman in Cloud” will be named. Tickets for the event are available now. For more info visit:


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  1. Liz, You are a role model and an ever lasting inspiration! Congratulations and You deserve this every bit for the genuine effort you put in to grooming Women. Hurray!

  2. Congrats to Liz on this outstanding achievement!

  3. Congratulations Liz! Cisco Leaders like yourself make me proud to be part of the Cisco Family. I am inspired.

  4. Really an inspiring story that could help promote women in technology and the attention Cisco has on this field.

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  6. Congrats Liz!

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  9. Liz – Congratulations! Another super cool thing about working here at Cisco; working with the best, award winning leaders in the industry

  10. Congratulations Liz,
    Keep up the great work. Cisco Rocks!

  11. Congrats Liz!!! You make us all proud to be part of Cisco family …

  12. Congrtulations Liz !!

  13. Wow Liz! Congratulations! Thanks for supporting WISE!

  14. Congratulations Liz! You are such an inspiration. I’m excited to see what you are doing for Cisco and for women in engineering. Applause!

  15. Congratulations, Liz!

  16. Congratulations Liz! You are an inspiration to all of us at WISE. Thank You for being an amazing leader and a role model!

  17. congratulations to Liz and thank you for everything you do to develop leaders at Cisco!

  18. Congratulations Liz !!! Proud to be a part of the group Lead by you. You have been an Amazing leader, a great inspiration and a role model.

  19. Congratulations Liz !!! The pride of women in technology!

  20. Congratulations Liz !!! The pride of women in technology!

  21. Cisco ROCKS!!! Congratulations Liz!!

  22. A huge congratulations to you Liz!

  23. Congratulations Liz Centoni – This is fantastic news for you Cisco, and women@Cisco!

  24. Congratulations Liz! It is great honor working with such an inspirational leader.

  25. Congratulations Liz! Engineering Pride!

  26. Go Liz!

  27. Way to go Liz, Congratulations!

  28. Congrats Liz! Awesome

  29. Congratulations, Liz! Well done!

  30. Congartulations! Wonderful to see this recognition.

  31. Congratulations ! Great achievement.

  32. Congratulations, Liz! Thank you for your leadership and support of WISE!

  33. Congrats Liz – you have been a role model and thought leader to so many of us – and it’s great to see the industry continuing to acknowledge and reward you.

  34. Way to go, Liz — Congratulations!

  35. Liz you are awesome and a true inspiration. Congratulations!! Honored to have had an opportunity to work with you!

  36. Congrats Liz.Very proud of you on this outstanding recognition.

  37. Liz ,
    Congratulations. I am proud to know you. You are a great Cisco toke model.

  38. Undoubtedly an example to be followed. Thank you for the inspiration!

  39. Congrats Liz, I’m proud to be a part of Women in Engineering forum.

  40. Congrats to Liz on this outstanding achievement!

  41. Congrats Liz. proud to have you as a leader!

  42. Congrats Liz! What a huge accomplishment and so inspirational!

  43. Congrats Liz – well deserved! Super proud!

  44. Congrats Liz! Great achievement.

  45. I love seeing Cisco People Leaders also being recognized as world thought leaders! Makes me proud to be a part of Cisco!