Shari Slate

SHARI SLATE is vice president and chief inclusion and collaboration officer with Cisco. She is responsible for building a strategy that enhances Cisco’s vision to be a world class, benchmark company for inclusion and collaboration, driving exponential value across Cisco, its partners and customers. She is promoting thought leadership across Cisco’s people strategy enabling employee engagement and inclusion outcomes to fuel innovation and market leadership. Prior to joining Cisco in 2010, she was chief diversity officer and director of global community affairs at Sun Microsystems. Slate has been widely recognized for her visionary leadership and her transformational views on the true value of inclusion. The YWCA recently named her a 2014 Tribute to Women in Industry honoree. In 2013, she was named one of Diversity Woman magazine’s Stars Who Mean Business. Previously, she was honored by the California Diversity Council as one of the Most Influential Women in California, and a Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal magazine. She received the National Coalition of 100 Black Women 2010 Corporate Leader award and The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Achievement award. Slate earned a B.A. in political, legal, and economic analysis from Mills College. @cisco

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