Cisco Systems is excited to host the 52nd Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at our San Jose campus on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 starting at 5:30pm!
Building 11, Market Cafe,
350 East Tasman Drive
San Jose, California 95134
Please join us for an evening of inspiration, education and networking. Cisco’s Girl Geek Dinner will include lightning talks from distinguished women, cool schwag and raffle prizes you won’t want to miss.
Be sure to swing by the AcademyX booth at our event. Check out their website at www.academyx.com for dynamic hands-on, instructor-led computer training courses.
Event Hashtag: #CiscoGGD
**This event is for attendees 21 years of age and older, since alcohol will be served. Please bring a Government Issued ID as you will need to present it for age verification. You will not be permitted to attend the event without ID.**
Cisco Girl Geek Dinner Agenda:
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, hors d’oeuvres, networking and demos
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Talks from our bold, fearless and disruptive Ciscoian women
7:30 pm – 8:00pm: Q&A panel
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Raffle prizes, dessert, enjoy our photobooth and more networking!
Meet Cisco’s Girl Geek Speakers:
Rebecca Jacoby (Chief Information Officer and SVP, Cisco Systems)
Speaker Bio: Rebecca’s extensive understanding of business operations, infrastructure, and application deployments as well as her knowledge of products, software, and services helps her advance Cisco’s business through the use of Cisco technology. She has made the Cisco IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped and elevated the role of IT at Cisco, resulting in great synergies of IT and Engineering through a history of Cisco on Cisco deployments.
Since joining Cisco in 1995, Rebecca has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, and IT. Prior to joining Cisco, she held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley.
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Monique Morrow (Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Services)
Speaker Bio: Monique Morrow holds the title of CTO Cisco Services with a focus of developing strategic technology and business architectures for Cisco customers and partners .
With over 12 +years at Cisco though Monique had been engaged with Cisco during the startup days in the mid-1980s, Monique’s journey has taken her from Customer Advocacy to Corporate Consulting Engineering with an emphasis on Service Provider Segment that include a stint in the Asia-Pacific field with the goal to build a technology team and a successor as to transition her duties.
Monique took a bet on MPLS as a technology service enabler and was right. Further, she was one of the leaders in developing the business opportunity for Cisco in the Service Provider segment.
Under the Office of the CTO, as both individual contributor and manager she built a leadership team in Asia-Pacific, specifically China and India as an affirmation of Cisco’s globalization and country strategies. Monique has consistently demonstrated risk taking in exploring market opportunities for Cisco.
Monique is passionate about Girls in ICT and has been active at the ITU on this topic and presented at the EU Parliament on April 25 2013 as an advocate for Cisco and our CTO Padmasree Warrior.
Rong Pan (Distinguished Engineer, Enterprise Network Labs, Cisco Engineering)
Speaker Bio: Rong has been active in the networking field for more than ten years while working at Cisco Systems, Stanford University, Bell Laboratories, and startups. Currently she is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco where she heads a team in Engineering CTO office. She is an author for 30+ technical papers and an inventor of 30+ patents. Her work and innovations have been recognized and adopted widely in the industry. Currently, she is working on the buffer bloat problem in the Internet and leading Cisco’s effort at IETF and DOCSIS on this topic. Rong has won a best paper award and served as program committee members at IEEE conferences, and she will serve as the technical co-chair at IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Conference 2014.
Serena Hser (Customer Solution Manager, Cisco Marketing)
Speaker Bio: Serena currently resides in San Jose, CA and working as a senior Customer Solutions Manager within the Advanced Services Security Practice at Cisco. She has previously held roles in various engineering fields, including network security consulting, operations engineering, customer support engineering, and systems administration. Prior to Cisco AS, Serena worked at Chevron, Cisco TAC, and Netflix after graduating from UC Berkeley. She applies the experience she’s gained at each of these previous roles to be a successful leader in her current role. In her free time, Serena likes to read comic books and snowboard.
Shweta Saraf (Software Engineer, Cisco Engineering)
Speaker Bio: Shweta is an innovative and dynamic software engineer currently working in Connected Mobile Experiences team at Cisco Systems. She currently leads her team to deliver top class Wireless Security products. Shweta is a certified Scrum Master and loves organizing Hackathons at Cisco. She is passionate about encouraging young girls to take up STEM careers and has mentored new hires. She is the Chairperson for Women in Science & Engineering at Cisco. Shweta has secured her Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. Shweta loves photography and running and speaks 7 languages including C++ and Java.
Natasha Taymourian (Network Consulting Engineer, Cisco Advanced Services)
Speaker Bio: Natasha is a fellow Girl Geek, attending BAGGD’s for over a year. She was selected to join Cisco’s Associate Network Consulting Engineer Program – aimed at cultivating recent graduates into strong technical professionals. As an NCE, she consults Cisco customers from various verticals on network routing and switching leading practices. She has traveled to many customer sites in exciting places – including Hawaii, Germany, Boston & NYC!
Studying Management Information Systems in her undergrad, Natasha transitioned into a technical engineering role through the vast amount of training resources and opportunities available at Cisco Systems. She believes “If you can dream it, you can do it here at Cisco”. Natasha enjoys filling up her passport with stamps. She just returned from backpacking Europe!
Archana Kamath (Software Engineer, Cisco Engineering)
Speaker Bio: Archana is a software engineer working in the Data Center group at Cisco Systems. She has been with Cisco for over 5 years. A total geek at heart, Archana is a quintessential C programmer and loves to tackle complex system design and coding challenges. She is also a big proponent of code quality and coding the right way. Archana is passionate about Women in Technology initiatives and is the lead for the San Jose Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering(WISE) Group at Cisco. She completed her Masters in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and loves to visit her school to encourage more girls to take up STEM careers.
Archana spends her free time travelling and training in classical Indian dancing.