Join Cisco at the Executive Symposium 2013

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Event Dashboard. Date: June 23-26, 2013 Duration: Full Day. Location: The Peabody Orlando Hotel, Orlando, FL. Attendance: In Person. Fee: Free.

TOMORROW starts here. Lead the Change.


Now in its 6th year, the Executive Symposium at Cisco Live is the invitation-only, executive-level experience at Cisco's largest annual IT and communications conference. The Executive Symposium is an incubation ground for peer ideation and problem-solving to help you lead the change in your organizations. Discussions will focus on:

  • Developing a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Architecting a flexible technology roadmap
  • The role of technology leaders as entrepreneurs running lines of the business
  • IT as the connector linking people and ideas across organizations
  • Playing the role of futurist anticipating how people will live, work and play

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Why Attend

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A Reimagined Event Experience

With interaction top of mind–peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and conversations–this year's physical space and content will embody the very engagement, social-mobile and collaboration trends creating competitive advantage for today's leading organizations. The event will offer more choice and variety of subject matter and learning formats.

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Learning Formats

The learning formats at this year's event will blend theory and trends with "roll up your sleeves" problem-solving. The Executive Symposium will once again feature the best and brightest storytellers, facilitators, and discussion catalysts from business and academia including the public and private sectors.

  • Masters Classes – World-renown business leaders, strategists, and best-selling authors teach executive-level trainings that blend theory and strategy with hands-on interactivity.
  • Peer Roundtables – Participants with common interests meet in groups of no more than 25 to productively explore topics identified both before and during the event.
  • Strategic Connections – From 1:1 meetings to expert-led panels, participants get strategic guidance on the challenges they're facing today from leadership and technology to industry trends and other top of mind issues.
  • Collaboration MicroSessions – Peers, partners and Cisco experts present rapid release "speed briefings" and white-boarding sessions in 20 -minute Cliff-notes style overviews of trends, topics and best practices.
  • Workshops – Immersive pre-event workshops on topics that require deeper, broader instruction and conversation.
  • Technology Direction Sessions – Traditional 45-60 minute sessions focused on a specific Cisco technology solutions offering intelligence and insights technology leaders need to build tomorrow's solutions while still addressing today's reality.

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The following is the preliminary agenda for the Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2013 and is subject to change. Sessions and activities will continue to expand in the coming months. Check back often for the latest program updates.

Monday, June 24

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Registration
Windermere Foyer
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Opening Leadership Reception
Windermere Ballroom, Innovation Corridor

Peer networking to activate vital relationship building.
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Welcome
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Strategy Workshop
A Blueprint for Growth: Thriving, Leading and Creating Value in an Internet of Everything World
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

What are the necessary components of today's innovation fueled growth strategy? What should we innovate? How much is enough? In this session, we hone in on innovation's definition, barriers and execution models to define the role of innovation in today's growth strategy.

Carlos Dominguez, Chief Tech-Nowist and Senior Vice President, Cisco
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Stretch Break
Windermere Ballroom, Innovation Corridor
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Master Class
Grand Challenges: Meet the Abundance Economy
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

Powerful opportunities occur when 7 billion people have a voice and use it. When we connect with a global community of innovators and collaborators, no challenge will be left unanswered. Peter Diamandis will elevate CXO thinking around the challenges they face today with his bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research and surprising statistics. He reveals where technology leaders can increase their relevance by turning the opportunity to implement exponential technologies into competitive advantage.

Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think"
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Deriving Value through Inclusion and Collaboration
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

We will explore the importance of inclusion and collaboration strategies to business leaders through our research and customer case studies. CXOs will gain a clear understanding of how to adopt and utilize collaboration technologies to accelerate business value.

Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, Cisco
Joseph Bradley, General Manager and Senior Director, Cisco IBSG Consulting Services
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Closing Remarks
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception
Windermere Ballroom, Innovation Corridor

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Tuesday, June 25

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Registration
Windermere Foyer
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Windermere Ballroom, Symposium Cafe
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.One-on-One Meetings with Cisco and External Executives
Windermere Ballroom, 1:1 Meeting Areas
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.IoE: Understanding the Opportunity of Universal Connections
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

Connecting all of the unconnected people, process and data to the internet is a massive charter for any individual organization. What is the framework for this migration? And what are the strategies business leaders can employ to support this influx? Examples of organizations successfully harnessing the IoE opportunity abound. What can we learn from their early adoption?

Led by
Joseph Bradley, General Manager and Senior Director, Cisco IBSG Consulting Services
Chris Rezendes, President, INEX Advisers, LLC

With Catalysts
Anil Menon, President, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalization Office, Cisco
Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group and Lake Nona
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Transfer to Orlando Convention Center
OCCC West Hall D1&2 VIP Entrance
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Cisco Live Keynote
TOMORROW starts here Keynote
OCCC West Hall D1&2 VIP Entrance

Do you have a vision for tomorrow? Join Chairman and CEO John Chambers, Chief Futurist Dave Evans, and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior as they explore the new opportunities and amazing things that can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. The Internet of the future–the Internet of Everything–brings together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. The Internet of Everything turns information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries. Only an application-centric, intelligent network can bring the Internet of Everything to life, and only Cisco has the open standard, integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices to help you use your existing investments to build it. Come and discover your role in the Internet of Everything and share Cisco's vision for the future with Cisco leadership.

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Cisco
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Transfer to The Peabody Orlando Hotel
Windermere Ballroom
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Executive Lunch
Windermere Ballroom, Symposium Cafe

Participants will gain a better understanding of Cisco's leadership vision.

Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Cisco
Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco
Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services

Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.Transfer Break
1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Leadership Breakouts
Breakouts: The Business-Minded IT Transformation
Windermere Ballroom

What does the business-minded IT transformation have to do with technology leaders? Where should they focus?
Option 1: Leading the IT Future State Roundtable
Windermere Ballroom, Strategy Hub

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will lead a roundtable discussion on the future state of IT, her leadership inside the organization and catalyze a peer discussion on next steps.

Led by Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, Cisco
Bobby Cameron, VP, Principal Analyst serving CIOs, Forrester
Option 2: Getting a Seat at the Table: Translating the Business Value of Technology
Windermere Ballroom, Connections Center

Are your line of business partners evaluating technology projects without fully understanding project implications on IT? How will you help colleagues implement new capabilities while limiting organizational costs? Does your organization have a clearly-defined digital business strategy?

Learn from peer technology leaders who have navigated this tricky new IT paradigm. Take home a detailed roadmap for establishing IT as the driver of your organization's digital business strategy.

Led by Sandy Hogan, Vice President Business Transformation, Cisco
Bobby Cameron, VP, Principal Analyst serving CIOs, Forrester
John Maas, Manager of Conferencing Technology, Moffitt Cancer Center
Bill Mintz, Power Delivery and Smart Grid Manager, Alabama Power Company, A Southern Company
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Stretch Break
Windermere Ballroom, Innovation Corridor
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Security Innovations: Securing the Organization of the Future
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

With the proliferation of mobile devices and application usage, enhanced productivity comes by way of an open infrastructure. What will this newly interconnected, environment look like? We see the latest wave of intelligence-based security shifting the traditional paradigm to an increasingly pervasive one. As we redefine the future of security, we must re-balance risk with agility and adaptive controls. What will Big Data's role be in all of this? And how will we embrace information sharing at scale?

Led by Chris Young, Senior Vice President of the Security and Government Group, Cisco

With Mark Hughes, Managing Director of Security, British Telecom
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.Breakthrough Ideas: Software Is Eating the World
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

A conversation with Marc Andreessen

Interviewed by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
3:50 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Q&A: as the New Business Model
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

Audience Questions and Answers

Doug Merritt, Senior Vice President, Products & Solutions Marketing, Cisco
Colin Kincaid, Vice President, Product Management Marketing and Architecture, Cisco
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Spotlight on Trends
Windermere Ballroom

A rapid-fire preview of the trends creating competitive advantage today and tomorrow. See a new possibility? Explore these tastemaker offerings in small group formats.

Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre
Experience how collaboration can change the way you work and hear specific examples of how companies are achieving significant business impact.

Vishakha Radia, Managing Director Collaboration & Video Practice, Cisco Consulting Services

Windermere Ballroom , Strategy Hub
Imagine your world if you could understand the consequences of any decision you make... before you made it. Learn how to build simulations to reduce risk, save lives, control costs and protect profits.

Justin Lyon, Founder and CEO, Howard Park, Managing Director, Simudyne

Windermere Ballroom, Connections Center
Explore the role of social data in core business decisions and discover how to infuse your growth strategies with new insights.
Chris Moody, President and COO, Gnip
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.An Evening Reception with Cisco Leadership
Windermere Foyer

Join CEO John Chambers and other Cisco executives for an informal exchange of ideas. Reception sponsored by Cisco Capital.

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco

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Wednesday, June 26

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Registration
Windermere Foyer
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.Breakfast
Windermere Ballroom, Symposium Cafe
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.One-on-Ones with Cisco and External Executives
Windermere Ballroom, 1:1 Meeting Areas

Meetings to be scheduled at registration.
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Big Ideas Bazaar
Planning for a New Business Environment
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

From the DNA of tomorrow's organizations to the trends that could impact you, we connect the highlights from our corporate technology roadmap. By analyzing what industry is doing we can connect actionable trends to tangible future advantages. We know the best way to solve today's business challenges is by enabling tomorrow's opportunities. Together, we will invent better, industry-leading solutions. Let the re-imagination begin.

Tapping into the wisdom of the assembled symposium, we will develop a technology roadmap that encompasses our work together over the past 2½ days.

Led by Scott Puopolo, Vice President, Cisco Consulting Services

  • Small group huddles with subject experts
  • One-on-Ones with Cisco and external executives
  • In conversation with technology partner, CSC
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Transfer to the Orlando Convention Center
OCCC West Hall D1&2 VIP Entrance
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cisco Live Keynote
Keynote: Unlocking the Value of Innovation
OCCC West Hall D1&2 VIP Entrance

As your technology and business partner, Cisco is innovating inside and out to help you take advantage of tomorrow's opportunities.

On Wednesday, June 26, join Rob Lloyd and Edzard Overbeek, as they lay out Cisco's current efforts to align business outcomes with end-to-end solutions that help you shape your business for the future. From cloud to mobile to data in motion, Cisco fuels innovation that helps you increase efficiencies and unlock the intelligence of the network-because amazing things happen when you connect the previously unconnected.

Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco
Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Transfer to World of Solutions
OCCC West Hall C
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.World of Solutions VIP Tour
OCCC West Hall C
VIP tour of Cisco's World of Solutions Innovation Zone. Refreshments will be served.

Led by Doug Merritt, Senior Vice President, Products and Solutions Marketing, Cisco
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.Transfer back to The Peabody Orlando Hotel
Windermere Ballroom, The Peabody Orlando Hotel
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Casual Peer Connections Lunch
Windermere Ballroom, Symposium Cafe
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Master Class +
Real-Time Consultations
Play To Win: Leading Sustainable Growth
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre

Today's technology investments are positioning leaders at the core of sustainable growth and innovation. A.G. Lafley, one of today's most effective catalysts for growth-oriented success, will provide us with a better sense of how leaders in organizations of all sizes can guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals. He'll tell us about the essential elements that will determine our success–where to play, and how to win. Problem-solving and interactive Q&A with audience

A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, author, "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works"
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Closing Remarks
Windermere Ballroom, Big Ideas Theatre
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.On Your Own: Explore Partner Solutions at the World of Solutions
OCCC West Hall C
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.Customer Appreciation Event
Universal Studios. Shuttles depart from the OCCC West Hall.

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Thursday, June 27

Continue your educational journey with an optional extension at the IT Management Program at
Cisco Live on Thursday. This includes luncheon roundtable discussions with Cisco executives
and access to all IT Management Program sessions.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at the IT Management Program
OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F), Room 330
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Technology Directions: Enterprise Architecture
OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F), Room 330

Is your enterprise network ready to take you where you want to go? Will it support the business applications that you are being asked to support? In this keynote, you will hear how Cisco is unifying access, building out new network services and making the network more manageable so you can meet the coming needs of your organization. We will also show you how you can support more aspects of your business using the network as a platform for the Internet of Things.

Chris Spain, VP, Product Management, Cisco
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Technology Directions:
How Cisco Addresses Today and Tomorrow's Infrastructure Challenges

OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F) Room 330

A day in the life of an enterprise CIO can be daunting–challenges such as managing complex environments, security and ongoing TCO pressures face us every day. Addressing these challenges offer opportunities to significantly improve operations, productivity and have an impact on the bottom line if done successfully. This session will provide an insider's look at these challenges and offer strategies and technologies to maximize IT environments today and for the future.

David Yen, Senior Vice President, Cisco
John Manville, Senior Vice President, Cisco
Bret Hartman, CTO, Security, Cisco
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Looking Forward
OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F) Room TBD

Explore the latest topics in technology: Autonomic Networking and the Future of IPv6 with our distinguished engineers from Cisco.

Steinthor Bjarnason, Consulting Engineer, Cisco
Eric Vyncke, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and World of Solutions Tour
OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F), Lobby

Executive lunch included tour of the World of Solutions.
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Delivering Business Value with Collaboration
Optional Workshop
OCCC West Hall, Level 3 (above Hall F), Room 330

Best in class Collaboration: Learn how leading companies are not just looking at Collaboration (meetings, video, social...) but are actually embedding it in to business process. This creates the ultimate differentiation and innovation for how people in organizations will serve customers and engage and empower employees. To what extent are you and your company a best in class collaborator? Cisco has developed a best practices framework and tools that we will leverage during this workshop to create your business use cases and in the moment strategies and tools for your organization.

Jai Valluri, Director, Customer Business Transformation, Cisco Consulting Services
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Cisco Live Keynote
OCCC West Hall D

Sir Richard Branson

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Speakers & Advisors

Nick Adamo

Nick Adamo, Senior Vice President, The Americas, Cisco

Nick Adamo is Senior Vice President of the Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region. As such, he is responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales for the company and over 6500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. With 28 years of sales experience in IT and communications, Adamo brings a deep working knowledge of Cisco's technology architectures and experience from both Enterprise and Service Provider segments. He is valued for his hands-on leadership style, ability to effectively balance strategy and execution, success at building long-standing customer relationships, and deep commitment to his people. He serves as the executive sponsor for some of Cisco's top customers and partners, fostering strategic relationships, guiding business and technology discussions, and identifying new opportunities that drive shared success.

Before joining Cisco in 1995 as an account executive supporting Merrill Lynch, Adamo spent 11 years with IBM in sales and sales management assignments in the finance industry.

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Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Noted innovator and creator Marc Andreessen is a co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to technology companies. The firm manages $2.7 billion in three funds, with portfolio holdings that include Airbnb, Actifio, Box,, Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Jawbone, Lytro, Pinterest, Silver Tail Systems and Twitter. Previously, he co-created the pioneering Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, now part of AOL. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware became part of Hewlett-Packard. He serves on the boards of eBay, Facebook, Glam Media, Hewlett-Packard, Bump, Kno, Rockmelt, and TinyCo.

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Joseph Bradley

Joseph Bradley, Chief Operations Officer, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco

As chief operation officer of Cisco IBSG, Joseph Bradley is responsible for research, economics, communications, and business architecture, including the operational and financial analysis of the value resulting from the implementation, adoption and operation of transformational business and technology solutions. Prior to that, Bradley was director of Cisco IBSG's Global Finance and Research Practice. He has produced several thought leadership papers on economics for Cisco IBSG, including a prescient white paper titled, "Next Generation Service Providers," in which he accurately predicted in 2005 that service providers' existing networks were not agile enough to bring new products and services to market. Bradley's latest thought leadership work, "Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion," assigns and communicates a predicted value to creating networked connections: $14.4 trillion will be "at stake" for private-sector businesses globally for the next decade, driven by "connecting the unconnected" via the Internet of Everything. Bradley continues to engage with Cisco IBSG customers and is working with Cisco Sales to a greater extent. "We want to be leading with the business issues-business architecture, business transformation–and follow with technology. The real key is delivering a high level of value to the customer by showing the company how to be more efficient, more productive, more competitive, and more agile in a rapidly-changing environment."

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Bobby Cameron

Bobby Cameron, Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIOs

Bobby serves CIOs. He is a leading expert on best practices for IT, including: business technology (BT), the empowered BT archetype, transformation from IT to BT, BT demand management, driving business innovation, business alignment, the business value of IT, BT strategic planning, IT governance, IT structure, IT/BT maturity, the marketing of IT, architecture and technology strategy, application development, IT operations, and serving the business.

His specialty is transformative technology use that drives business success in the emerging world of business technology (BT), like IT value creation, technology-based business innovation, and digital business networks.

While Bobby focuses his research on delivering IT excellence on the road to BT, he continues his close work with members of The CIO Group in the Forrester Leadership Boards, which he conceived and piloted in 2002. In this role, he writes CIO-targeted research, answers individual members' business and technology inquiries, and facilitates CIO Group member exchange meetings where CIOs discuss member-selected topics.

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John Chambers

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco

John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to record revenues of $46 billion in FY12. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 17 years at the helm of Cisco, including the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's' "World's Best CEOs," the "Best Boss in America" by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Executives Worldwide," "CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council's "Award for Corporate Leadership," and "Best Investor Relations by a CEO" from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune's "America's Most Admired Company" list since 1999 ranking number one in the Network Communications category eight times, BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Performers" list six times, Forbes' "Leading Companies in the World," and is one of the top 10 places to work in the United States, China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore, and several other countries.

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Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation

The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!

Peter Diamandis is a key figure in the spaceflight industry and co-founder of the Singularity University. His X PRIZE Foundation creates "radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity" through awards of $10 million; one of these, the Ansari X Prize, resulted in the first private-sector manned spaceflight. He spurs innovation in technology through intelligent risk-taking, maverick thinking, and environments where failure is allowed and celebrated. His presentations show how organizations can incentivize breakthroughs for new products and strategies and reinvent their industries. Diamandis holds a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

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Carlos Dominguez

Carlos Dominguez, Chief Tech-Nowist and Senior Vice President, Cisco

Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems and a technology evangelist, speaking to and motivating audiences worldwide about how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and especially how we work. Carlos gives humorous, highly-animated presentations full of deep insight into how technology, and the right culture, can create winning companies. Drawing from his 20 years at Cisco, he talks about how technology is changing the rules of business and how to not get left behind. Carlos addresses many questions about collaboration including what motivates people to collaborate, how to establish rewards for collaborating, how to find the right experts both inside and outside your company, and how to keep people coming together – online and in person.

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Dave Evans

Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, Senior Director & Chief Technologist, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco

In his roles as chief futurist for Cisco, and senior director and chief technologist of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Innovations Practice, Dave Evans is equal parts blue-sky prognosticator and hands-on builder and tester. On any given day, he might be pondering the social implications of people living to be 200 ("Your 401[k] would surely run out," he muses) or demonstrating a drag-and-drop car dashboard that could be in dealer showrooms in just a few model years.

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Sandy Hogan

Sandy Hogan, Vice President, Americas Business Transformation, U.S., Canada, and Latin America Markets, Cisco

Sandy Hogan, the Vice President for Business Transformation in the Americas, is changing the way Cisco sells to its customers and how they, in turn, are using Cisco's technology to address their toughest business challenges. Refined over ten years at the company, her integrated go-to-market approach based on customer intimacy is enabling Cisco to deliver increased business relevance and create new sources of value for the company, its partners and its customers. Such an effort requires integration and collaboration globally. Accordingly, Hogan joins other senior executives in governing the global vision, strategy and execution for Cisco's cross-functional efforts to bring vertical solutions and capabilities to market. Leading complex sales organizations and creating new sales models began when Hogan was at Baxter Healthcare, where she created a model that led to the largest purchasing partnership in Baxter's history. From there she devised customer-centered, business value based sales models at three successive start-ups, which served as the foundation for her work at Cisco. Sandy leads the Chicago Chapter of Connected Women and is a 2012 winner of the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award, which honors women executives who exemplify excellence in executive-level positions as well as the companies who employ them. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Lake Forest College and a master's degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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Rebecca Jacoby

Rebecca Jacoby, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group

Rebecca Jacoby is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of the IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group at Cisco. Her 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. Jacoby has two distinct areas of responsibility at Cisco. As the CIO, 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. At the Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, she is leading the strategy for how best to manage and orchestrate the delivery of business technology services for customers. 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, Jacoby has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, and IT. Prior to joining Cisco, Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley. Jacoby 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.

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Colin Kincaid

Colin Kincaid, Vice President and Networking Software Group, Cisco

As Vice President of Marketing Networking Software for the Networking Software Group at Cisco, Colin Kincaid leads the teams responsible for the product management, marketing, and messaging of the operating systems software that is shipped on all Cisco routers and switches. His team works with development teams throughout the Cisco Engineering function to deliver the networking protocols, technologies and software that enable Cisco's Intelligent Network. Mr. Kincaid has been a long-time leader of Cisco innovation. He led the complete redesign and production of the extensible, modular, and componentized operating system, IOS-XE, the main operating system that is distributed on several enterprise platforms today. He is a key contributor to CiscoONE and the One Platform Kit (onePK) SDK offering service sets for developers and architects across IOS, NX-OS and IOS-XR, touching all market segments. He also managed the Edge Services software development team at Cisco and in other industry organizations.

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A.G. Lafley

A.G. LAFLEY, Chairman, CEO, and President of Procter & Gamble (P&G)

One of the most celebrated management leaders of the past decade, A.G. Lafley is Procter & Gamble's chairman of the board, CEO, and president, who served from 2000-2010 and then returned in 2013. Lafley led a turnaround at P&G that continues to astound competitors and business observers. During his tenure, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, P&G's market value increased by more than $100 billion dollars, and its portfolio of billion-dollar brands - like Tide, Pampers, Olay, and Gillette - grew from 10 to 24 behind his focus on consumer-driven innovation and reliable, sustainable growth.

A.G. Lafley's presentations are an unprecedented look into the mind behind one of the largest, and most successful, corporations in the world. He helps audiences understand the challenge of achieving sustainable growth - the type of growth that can only be achieved through innovation and by setting and creating goals, strategies, structures, systems, leadership, culture, purpose, and values to support it. A talented and lively lecturer and exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Lafley is perfect for groups of top management teams, global leadership executives, and high-potential leaders who can meaningfully impact the future course of their companies and industries. He is known for his open dialogues during presentations and great for audiences who want more than a canned keynote. Lafley's areas of expertise include industry and company transformations, business strategy, business models, branding, innovation, and leadership.

P&G Professional. Lafley graduated from Hamilton College in 1969 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1970 where he oversaw retail and service operations in Japan for several thousand Navy and Marine corps and their families. After the Navy, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and joined P&G in 1977. Starting in marketing, Lafley moved up through the company's laundry and cleaning businesses, delivering record results. He went on to run operations in Asia and North America and then started-up P&G's first global beauty business before his CEO appointment in 2000.

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Rob Lloyd

Robert Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco

As President, Development and Sales, Robert Lloyd is responsible for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization manages the alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. Lloyd is also a member of the Cisco Executive Committee, which sets strategic direction for each of Cisco's market segments.

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Justin Lyon

Justin Lyon, Founder and CEO, Simudyne

Justin Lyon is founder and CEO of Simudyne, an enterprise simulation firm that builds places where decisions can be made, tested, and understood. Lyon developed and then sold his first business while still in college, and subsequently joined in its Strategy practice. After pursuing graduate studies in system dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked as an independent consultant and applied simulation methods to topics such as launching a new fabric conditioner in an Eastern European country, analyzing the growth of radical Islamists in Afghanistan, and studying the conflict and subsequent restoration of peace in Sierra Leone.

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John Maass

John Maass, Conferencing Technology, Moffitt Cancer Center

John Maass, M.S., CTS is Manager of Conferencing Technology at the Moffitt Cancer Center; an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he works with the Center's executive leadership in providing strategic planning to the Center's technology-dependent education, research, medical, and collaborative initiatives. He holds a master's degree in Management Information Systems (MMIS) from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Tampa.

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Anil Menon

Anil Menon, President Globalisation and Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco

Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy and leading the global execution of Cisco's S+CC business. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become the industry and thought leader, with hundreds of implementations around the globe, that are using the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world. Anil also serves as Ciscoʹs Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer, helping Cisco identify and drive the development of new solutions, and business models for its customers worldwide. As the Executive Sponsor of Cisco's Emerging Countries initiatives, he is responsible for identifying and addressing the next set of transformational opportunities in emerging countries like BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). Anil's charter is to enable the transformation of these emerging countries by aligning Cisco's technologies, and business architecture capabilities with the nations' long and medium term developmental goals.

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Doug Merritt

Doug Merritt, SVP Product, Solutions and Industry Marketing

SVP Doug Merritt is responsible for product, solutions and industry marketing at Cisco. Among his areas of expertise, Merritt speaks passionately about what's necessary to realize the potential of the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. Prior to joining Cisco, he held a number of executive positions at SAP including EVP of Global On Demand Applications, EVP Premier Customer Network, and EVP Business User Applications. He has also held leadership positions at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, and Accenture/Andersen Consulting.

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Bill Mintz

Bill Mintz, Alabama Power Company / A Southern Company
Power Delivery and Smart Grid Manager at Alabama Power Company

Mr. Mintz has worked for Alabama Power Company 35 years after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has held engineering and management positions in the areas of Distribution, Substations, Operations, and underground network systems. Currently he is the Distribution Manager responsible for technology solutions in support of the distribution business, including leading the Smart Grid program at Alabama Power Company. This includes the business support and providing strategic direction for these systems including SCADA, Distribution Automation, GIS systems, Work Management, Asset Management, Mobile Workforce Systems, Outage Management, and Distribution Management Systems. He also is responsible for and oversees the Smart Grid Investment Grant program with the Department of Energy at Alabama Power Company.

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Chris Moody

Chris Moody, President and COO of Gnip

Chris Moody currently serves as the President and COO of Gnip, the world's largest and most trusted provider of social data. In this role, Moody is responsible for the day-to-day execution of Gnip's operations with direct responsibility for sales, marketing, finance, and business development.

Prior to joining Gnip, Moody served as Founder and President of Aquent On Demand, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative and marketing organizations. Prior to his responsibilities with Aquent On Demand, Moody served as Aquent's Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the day-to-day management of more than 700 employees across 70 offices in 17 countries. Before joining Aquent, Moody served in senior management and technology consulting roles with IBM, Oracle, and EDS where he led engagements with more than 25 Fortune 500 companies.

Moody serves on the National Technical Advisory Board of Year Up, is an advisor to several technology startups, and is an active TechStars mentor. He also facilitates a monthly CEO Lunch for startups in Boulder. Moody has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrismoodycom.

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Edzard Overbeek

Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services

Edzard Overbeek is Senior Vice President for Cisco Services. He manages the Cisco services business portfolio, which delivers unique and strategic consulting, platform, advanced and technical services solutions to customers and partners worldwide. His focus is to help our customers transform their businesses through intelligent networked-based service offerings that support their business goals and increase their competitiveness, as well as ensuring efficient business and technical operations throughout the lifecycle of the network.

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Howard Park

Howard Park, Managing Director, Simudyne

Howard Park is an expert in visualization, analytics, and modeling with 17 years of management consulting and operational experience. In a distinguished career, he has implemented several emerging technology applications, including neural-network systems, system dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, 3D visualization, agent-based models, and other tools used to solve complex business and management problems. Previously, Park was Managing Director of Model Answers, acquired by Simudyne, and has also worked with Fortune 500, private, and nonprofit clients including Amway, BP, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Coca-Cola Foods, Halliburton, HP, Manpower, Shell, Sysco, and Taiwan National Semiconductor.

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Scott Puopolo

Scott Puopolo, Vice President and Consulting Services, Cisco

Scott Puopolo is vice president of Cisco Consulting Services, the company's business and technology consulting organization. Puopolo brings significant strategy, operations, and financial experience across industries, including, communications, media, retail, manufacturing, service provider and high technology. Puopolo is a world recognized thought leader in next generation corporate structure, cloud business models, the television industry, and service provider business strategy. Puopolo was previously vice president of the Global Service Provider Practice, working with service provider executives to compete more effectively through the delivery of cloud computing services. Previously, Puopolo was lead partner at Accenture for the North American Telecommunications Strategy practice .

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Vishakha Radia

Vishakha Radia, Cisco Consulting Services, Managing Director Collaboration & Video Practice, Cisco

Vishakha Radia is the Managing Director of the Collaboration and Video Practice for Cisco's Consulting Services (CCS). Ms. Radia and her global team have worked with thousands of Business and IT Executives across multiple industries delivering over $1Bn in value. The Services Practice moves clients through a transformation journey offering 5 key services: innovation and strategy services, business case services, pilot and adoption services. The team helps enterprise clients visualize, implement and adopt powerful 'business enabled by collaboration technology use cases' that deliver critical differentiation, tangible productivity improvements and cost reduction. CCS is known for quantifying the business value of collaboration technologies, including mobile, social, video, and unified communications that stand up to CEO, CFO and CIO scrutiny. Formerly a consultant with Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), Ms. Radia advised senior executives in multiple automotive OEMs to adopt innovative business and technology solutions to transform customer experiences. She also holds a patent pending for an IP connected vehicle integrated interface and is a passionate speaker at leading UC and collaboration conferences.

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Chris Rezendes

Chris Rezendes, President, Inex Advisors

Chris Rezendes, President of Inex Advisors, has nearly 22 years of experience analyzing, advising, and operating mission-critical technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the largest and most respected companies in the industrial, embedded, defense, infrastructure, and information technology industries. His clients have included nearly three-fourths of the Electronics Business Top 100 OEMs, most of the Information Week 100, every tech-focusedmember of the Fortune 500, and dozens of early stage companies.

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Shari Slate

Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist, America Sales, Cisco

Shari Slate is Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Cisco's Americas Region. She is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers.

In addition to driving an inclusion strategy designed to attract and select new talent, develop and engage existing talent, and create an inclusive environment within the sales organization, Shari's team leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.

Prior to joining Cisco, Shari served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Global Community Affairs at Sun Microsystems. Shari received 2012 Most Influential Women in California Award, 2011 Women Worth Watching Award, The Network Journal's 2009 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Award as well as the prestigious Star Award for sales excellence earlier in her career at Xerox. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.

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Rasesh Thakkar

Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group

Rasesh "Sesh" Thakkar is senior managing director of Tavistock Group and a member of the board of directors. For the past 20+ years Sesh has focused on mergers and acquisitions, operations and strategic planning for the Group. He helps determine overall strategy, targets sectors for investment, negotiates acquisitions and sales, and transitions acquisitions into the Group's holdings. He has been a key leader in the cities he has lived in and most recently has been the leading force in forming Lake Nona's Medical City which the Tavistock Group owns. He has lived in the United States, South America and Europe on behalf of the Group.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Central Florida Partnership, the Governors Council of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Board of Governors for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Sesh is also a member of the Executive Board of the State of Florida Governor's advisory council known as The Florida Council of 100, the Board of Trustees of the Tavistock Foundation, and Board of Directors of the UCF Foundation.

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Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Cisco

Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape and lead major market transitions. Warrior helps drive technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; the integration of new business models; the incubation of new technologies; and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.

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Christopher Young

Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Security and Government Group, Cisco

As Senior Vice President of the Security and Government Group at Cisco, Chris Young is responsible for Cisco's overall security vision and the integration of Cisco's product and cyber security into one platform. With security as one of Cisco's top engineering priorities, Young is tasked with the development of industry-leading security products and solutions as well as managing a cross-portfolio security strategy and architecture. He oversees a team of more than 2000 employees combining the security technologies group, the global government security solutions group, and Cisco's own security operations team into a single entity.

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Questions & Answers

Answers to some frequently asked questions are below.

General Information


Q:What is the Executive Symposium at Cisco Live?


The Executive Symposium at Cisco Live is the premier, executive-level experience at Cisco's largest annual IT and communications conference. The symposium will bring together over 125 executives for a three-day program designed to help you hone your leadership skills and expand the value to your organizations. Discussions at the Executive Symposium will be led by world-renown business leaders and strategists.

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Q:Who should attend the symposium?


Participation is by invitation only and is limited to individuals with CIO and CTO or equivalent public sector titles who are interested in expanding value to their organization.

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Q:Where and when is the Executive Symposium?


The event will be held at the Peabody Orlando Hotel (adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center), beginning Monday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 26, with optional attendance at Cisco Live on June 27. Participants can reserve accommodations at the Peabody Orlando Hotel as they go through the registration process to receive the Executive Symposium discounted rate.

The Peabody Orlando Hotel
9801 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

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Q:Why is attendance at the conference "by invitation only?"


Part of the value of this type of executive-level experience is the dialogue with, and direct access to, peer business leaders, academic leaders, and Cisco. To preserve the value of the program, we are limiting attendance to 125 total attendees who meet the job level/function, company size, and annual revenue qualifications established.

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Q:Can I send a colleague in my place if I cannot attend?


If you received an invitation to the symposium, but cannot attend, please contact our executive relations team via email or via phone at 303 415-3652 / 877 692-5972 (toll free). You may send a colleague in your place only if your colleague meets the attendance criteria. If qualified, your colleague will be required to submit a registration form.

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Q:How much does it cost to attend the Executive Symposium?


There is no registration fee for qualified attendees. Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. All meals during the scheduled symposium agenda are compliments of Cisco.

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Q:Does registration in the Executive Symposium include access to Cisco Live?


The Executive Symposium is complimentary for qualified guests and includes access to Cisco Live keynotes, exhibit hall, and social events, but does not include access to the technical sessions. Executive Symposium guests will be escorted to Cisco Live for VIP seating for all planned keynote sessions.

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Q:When does registration open for the Executive Symposium?


You may register online immediately upon receiving your invitation. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to register shortly after receiving the invitation.

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Q:What is the recommended attire for the Executive Symposium?


Business casual attire is appropriate for the sessions and events. Jeans or tennis shoes are not allowed.

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Q:May I bring a guest to the symposium?


Because of the business nature of the Executive Symposium, spouses and guests are not permitted to attend sessions, breakfast, or lunch on the Symposium agenda. Guests would be permitted to attend the Executive Symposium agenda dinner receptions only if a guest pass is purchased. Guest passes can be purchased at the Executive Symposium registration site for $195. This pass includes the evening meals during the Symposium agenda; Cisco Live Customer Appreciation Event; and Cisco Live General Sessions and Super Sessions.


  • IT Executive Symposium, Monday evening dinner reception
  • IT Executive Symposium, Tuesday evening interactive team building reception
  • Cisco Live Customer Appreciation Event including access to VIP area
    • Access to keynotes and Super Sessions (Tuesday through Thursday)
  • Cisco Live World of Solutions Expo Pass:
    • Access to World of Solutions Expo during show hours only (Monday through Thursday)

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Q:What is the weather like in Orlando in June?


The average low temperature in June in Orlando is 70 degrees. Highs are in the 90's. Humidity is high and rain is frequently in the June forecast.

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Q:What is the time zone in Orlando?


Orlando is in the Eastern Daylight time zone.

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To ensure the highest quality conversations and preserve the peer-to-peer nature of this executive forum, participation at the Executive Symposium is by invitation only and is limited to 125 CIO and CTO participants of companies with annual revenues of $500 million to $4.9 billion. CTO and Divisional CIOs from $5B+ organizations are also encourage to attend.

If you have received an invitation for Executive Symposium and would like to register, please refer to the link included in your invitation.

Event Resources

Event Location

The Executive Symposium will take place at The Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida concurrent with Cisco Live 2013.

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The Peabody Orlando Hotel
(adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center)
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819


Lisa Gladstone
Executive Relations
Executive Symposium at Cisco Live
Direct Line: 408.853.4831
Toll-free: 877.692.5972

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