As CRN unveils their annual Women of the Channel List this May, I am filled with pride and admiration to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary women at Cisco who are driving innovation, leadership, and success within our channel community.

Each year, I am awestruck by the growing number of women worldwide who are being acknowledged for their expertise, dedication, and visionary thinking. These remarkable individuals are not only making their mark in the channel but also breaking down barriers and paving the way for future generations of women leaders. Their contributions are invaluable, and their impact is immeasurable.

As a leader, I firmly believe in the power of role models. When young women see themselves represented in positions of influence and success, it ignites their imagination and expands their horizons. The Cisco leaders named to the 2024 Women of the Channel List embody the spirit of #SeeItToBeIt, and I am incredibly proud to work alongside them every single day. Their presence and achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring women in the channel.

Now, let’s take a moment to spotlight the exceptional women who have made this year’s list!

Cisco Women of the Channel Power 100

I’m very proud to acknowledge six incredible leaders who have been named to CRN’s Power 100 List: Alexandra Zagury, VP, Partnerships and Strategy; Elisabeth De Dobbeleer, VP, Cisco Partner Program; Gretchen O’Hara, VP of Worldwide Channels and Alliances at Splunk; Jose van Dijk, VP of EMEA Partner Organization; Luxy Thuraisingam, VP of Global SMB and Partner Marketing; and Rhonda Henley, VP of Americas Partner Organization.

These amazing women are not only driving success within their respective areas but are also paving the way for a new generation of female leaders in the channel. Their insights, vision, and influence are truly remarkable, and I couldn’t be more proud to work alongside them as we continue to transform the ecosystem and create new opportunities for our partners and customers alike.

I want to emphasize that this recognition is not possible without the unwavering support and collaboration of our partners. Your success is the driving force behind our commitment to be bold, innovate, and evolve in ways that amplify the impact we create together. Our collective strength and synergy are more crucial than ever before.

Cisco 2024 Women of the Channel

Beyond the Power 100 List, I am thrilled to see numerous other talented and trailblazing Cisco colleagues featured in CRN’s 2024 Women of the Channel List. These women are at the forefront of channel thought leadership, and their dedication to our partners’ success is a testament to the exceptional caliber of our partner program. Their recognition also highlights the seamless alignment between Cisco’s partner, marketing, and sales organizations, all working in unison to serve our partners and customers.

To all the Cisco Women of the Channel leaders and the many other remarkable women in the industry who made the list, I extend my heartfelt congratulations. Your achievements inspire us all, and I am incredibly proud to be part of an organization that values and empowers women in the channel.

I invite everyone to join me in celebrating these outstanding women. Share your congratulations and support in the comments below and across your social media channels. Let’s amplify their voices, showcase their successes, and continue to foster an inclusive and diverse channel community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

Together, we are stronger, and together, we will continue to drive innovation, growth, and success in the channel.


See the full CRN Women of the Channel 2024 list here!


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Rodney Clark

Senior Vice President

Partnerships and Small & Medium Business