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    Women in Networking Videos


    Women in Networking Events and Videos



    WIN Panel Discussion: Working in Cisco TACHide Lessons

    Working in Cisco TAC
    Cisco TAC engineers from around the globe share their unique experiences as women working in the IT field and in Cisco TAC.

    25:54webex recording

    WIN Career Panel Discussion WebinarShow Lessons

    Lesson 1:
    Planning a Career in STEM
    Panelists share how to start or change to an IT career, including creating major career opportunities from minor mishaps.

    10:41webex recording

    Lesson 2:
    Educating and Training
    Learn about the value of earning Cisco certifications and putting them to work for you.

    9:27webex recording

    Lesson 3:
    How to choose an effective mentor at any point in your career is examined in this discussion.

    10:43webex recording

    Lesson 4:
    Self-Promotion and Networking
    Promote your accomplishments, contributions, and value like a pro with the tips panelists share from their own experiences.

    16:43webex recording

    Lesson 5:
    All of your questions from this series answered.

    9:34webex recording

    Women in Networking TalkShow Lessons

    Six Questions About Women in STEM Answered
    Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn delivers a powerful series on the state of women in tech today.




    Meet the Presenters


    Riikka SihvonenAurelia Takacs
    Aurelia Takacs is a Global Delivery Partner Manager in Cisco Systems' Technical Services organization. She is also the Inclusion & Collaboration Co-Lead for her organization, leading & driving all Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for +3,000 people, as well as the Founder and Co-Lead of the Cisco Belux ‘Connected Women’ Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapter, which launched this year and contributes to a strategic effort to enhance Cisco’s success in attracting, developing and retaining skilled female talent and achieve a more diverse and globally competitive workforce. Aurelia is also an Advisory Board member in charge of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Partnerships for Greenlight for Girls (g4g), an international NGO focused on encouraging girls aged 10-16 into STEM studies and careers. Through her work with Greenlight for Girls, she has launched new initiatives in Jordan, Poland, India, Spain, Serbia and collaborated with STEM events in the UK & Belgium, to name a few.



    Riikka SihvonenEeshani Mitra
    Eeshani joined Cisco Systems in 2013 as an intern from the Cisco Center of Engineering Excellence (CCOEE) program, an initiative by Cisco Systems at VIT University in Vellore, while still pursuing B.Tech. Computer Science at the university. She joined Cisco full time upon completion of her internship later in 2013 on the Security AAA team in Cisco TAC. In 2014, Eeshani switched to the Content Team in Cisco TAC, which handles optimizers, load-balancers, and some video products. She continues working on that team and has since been promoted to Team Lead. Additionally, Eeshani participates in projects such as “Foundations to Success,” “Quality Assurance Program,” and lab management, to name a few. She also conducted CCNA training for the SRA team, which consists of some visually impaired employees. Outside of work, Eeshani is a passionate dancer and participates in many of Cisco’s corporate events.



    Riikka SihvonenLidia Pineda
    Lidia is one of two remaining original Cisco TAC engineers that founded the Global Technical Center (GTC) in Mexico and is part of the Core Architecture and Technologies Solutions team. She has been actively working as a mentor for her new team members and also is part of the mentorship team for the Incubator Program – a program that has been designed to attract the top university talent and mentor them to be part of the new generation of employees for Cisco TAC. Lidia has also recently been participating in the latest Aspiring Manager program, from which she plans to graduate soon. Prior to working for Cisco TAC, Lidia studied Communications and Electronics Engineering and graduated in 2010. She joined Ericsson one year after that and worked there as a support engineer for GSM mobile technology for more than 2 years. During that time, she also earned her CCNA and CCNP certifications.



    Riikka SihvonenIngrid Belosa
    Ingrid currently enjoys her role as Customer Support Engineer for Cisco TAC in Krakow, Poland. In 2008, she started her education as a student of English Language and Literature and Information Technology. She soon realized IT networking was her passion and decided to enroll in Cisco Networking Academy programs. With the desire to pursue her career as a network expert, she continued further training in networking, striving to gain new skills and experience on a daily basis. Ingrid has completed CCNA and CCNP academies, and she has also earned her Cisco CCNA and CCNP Routing and Switching certifications with her CCIE certification currently in progress.



    Riikka SihvonenRiikka Sihvonen
    As a Cisco Learning Network VIP, Riikka Sihvonen is an excellent choice to moderate the first Women in Networking Career Panel. Sihvonen received her Bachelor's degree in 2012, and academic success earned her an honorary scholarship. Sihvonen was first introduced to the industry in 2008, when she was a student of Cisco Networking Academy. The journey continues but Sihvonen currently holds four Cisco certifications: CCNP, CCNA, CCDA, and CCNA Security. Sihvonen is tirelessly working to obtain more, and is now pursuing her CCIE. In addition to being an avid learner, Sihvonen is an enthusiastic teacher of networking technologies. She strongly believes in education, and she likes to share her knowledge by replying to questions in detail, producing technical content, and contributing to blogs.



    Maci PetersonMaci Peterson
    Maci Peterson is the CEO and co-founder of On Second Thought, a messaging app that lets you take back text messages before they get to the other person. In 2015, she was named “Tech’s Newest Innovator” by Essence Magazine and recognized among Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. On Second Thought won First Place at SXSW's annual pitch competition #StartupOasis in 2014, was named "The Texting Savior" by AT&T, and won 1st Place in the inaugural Women Who Tech Startup Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist and Fred and Joanne Wilson. Before launching On Second Thought, Peterson was a brand manager at Marriott International and a marketing strategist for The Root. Peterson received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations and advertising from Chapman University.



    Punam NagpalPunam Nagpal
    Punam Nagpal has been part of the Cisco family since 2000, the first 12 years leading various projects in Cisco engineering and customer support. She worked in Services to drive software quality transformational programs for more than 3 years. Now she is playing a role of a Product Manager within Security Business Group to improve customers’ experiences with the company’s products. Her passions extend beyond product quality—to the quality of relationships and life. As a leader for Cisco’s Women in Science and Engineering group, Nagpal inspires other women—both within Silicon Valley and globally—about maintaining work-life balance. She is also active in encouraging girls and young women to pursue STEM studies and careers. Nagpal is a frequent guest speaker at international women’s conferences, where she discusses the importance of work-life balance. IEEE Women in Engineering has published Punam’s autobiography as an e-book.



    Jamie JonesJamie Jones
    Jamie Jones is a Solutions Architect for Presidio Networked Solutions out of their Bellevue, WA location. Presidio partners with industry leaders to enable Jones and her team to develop and support answers to clients’ IT challenges. Jones has a diverse background ranging from Art to Technical Writing to Underwriting and is passionate that all women, regardless of their background, can pursue a career in the IT industry. Jones and her mother worked together to help each other obtain their CCIE certifications and have been featured on the Cisco Learning Network under Women in Networking.