The overall event will be hosted by Les Williamson, Vice President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand.
Wednesday 30 March
The opening keynote session at Cisco Live, will be presented by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco.
Friday 1 April
The closing keynote session at Cisco Live, Australia and New Zealand, 2011, will be presented by Todd Sampson.
Les Williamson is the Vice President for Cisco Australia and New Zealand. Williamson's responsibility is to drive profitable growth and market leadership through the innovative use of technologies to transform business. He is driven to helping customers take advantage of business and social transitions to increase productivity, create competitive advantage through new, sustainable business models and lower the impact of business on the environment.
Williamson is well known for his innovative approach to business issues. In fact, after his promotion to Vice President in 2007, he evolved Cisco's go-to-market approach by transforming and aligning the company's capabilities, resources and ecosystem to drive maximised customer relevance and mutual growth with partners. This team effort resulted in the Cisco Australia and New Zealand business growing at greater than double that of market rates whilst reducing costs dramatically, by mainly using IT as an enabler for productivity and innovation.
In addition, Williamson chairs the Cisco Asia Pacific Green Board focusing on Cisco initiatives and leadership on environmental issues. He also leads the company's corporate social responsibility initiative in Australia, which has the single objective of putting the human network at the heart of indigenous education and community development in Cape York in North Queensland.
Williamson has been with Cisco for ten years and has first-hand experience in how Cisco delivers architectural vision and technology to service providers to drive innovation and collaboration, take cost out of operational expenditures and reduce time-to-market.
Prior to joining Cisco, Willamson held management positions at Ericsson, both here in Australia and in Sweden.
Williamson holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Monash University, Victoria
As Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior helps define Cisco's technological strategy and drives innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. As an evangelist for what's possible, she pushes Cisco to stretch beyond its current capabilities, not just in technology, but also in its strategic partnerships and new business models.
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business group, Warrior sets the vision and strategy for her organization's strategic priorities. She particularly focuses on company efforts in architectures: borderless networks, data center/virtualization, collaboration, as well as key initiatives such as security, and mobility. She leads a team of 10,000 engineers.
Warrior joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was the Chief Technology Officer at Motorola.
Creativity is one of the last remaining competitive advantages companies have today. This presentation is a celebration of the power of creativity in solving any problem – big, small, social, political, economic or environmental. It works from the premise that ‘creativity has the power to change the world but fear has the power to stop that from happening and the most successful leaders and organisations of the future will be the ones that can successfully balance both’.
The presentation is built on real life experience and explores innovative ideas, cultural change and problem solving. It weaves together real stories about the creation of Earth Hour, being a CEO of a leading company and even climbing Mount Everest unguided.
The consistent take out has been ‘that has inspired me to think differently about how we work’, ‘it makes me think about the impact I can have as an individual’, ‘it encourages me to be braver and try harder to make a difference within my company’.
It is ultimately a combination of creativity, idea generation, leadership, culture change, earth hour, problem solving, innovation, bravery and adventure all wrapped up into one real life personal journey. It offers practical advice in a unique and plain speaking way.