Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Forum



Cisco Empowered Women’s Network: Leadership Skills for the Digital Age

The Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) is a global community of highly motivated male and female professionals who connect at Cisco Live and Cisco Connect conferences throughout the year to exchange thought leadership and grow their careers.

It is also a forum for women and men in IT to network, motivate and empower each other through energizing and engaging interactions.

CEWN is always a favourite on the Cisco Connect agenda, and provides a great opportunity to network with likeminded industry professionals and draw inspiration from the leaders of today. This year’s theme centers on inclusive leadership.


Date and Time

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN)
Cisco Connect Toronto
Toronto Congress Centre, North Building,
Tannenbaum Ballroom C
May 19, 2015 | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Full-conference badge holders (including students) can register for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network event by adding “CEWN” to their session schedule using the scheduling tool.  Space is limited and will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis. For questions or additional information, email


Executive Profiles

Thank you to our executive sponsors for hosting our second annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Forum at Cisco Connect Toronto


Bernadette WightmanBernadette Wightman

President, Cisco Canada

Bernadette Wightman is responsible for overseeing all aspects of local operations, including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. Cisco in Canada employs more than 2,000 people and consistently ranks among the top five countries in terms of sales bookings revenue.


Patrice D'EramoPatrice D’Eramo

Vice President, Americas Field Marketing Cisco and CEWN Global Executive Sponsor

Patrice D’Eramo has focused her career helping companies use information technology to transform and enrich lives, industries, and communities. She is passionate about leadership and mentoring future leaders, and is a committed advocate for children’s health and mental health issues. Patrice has enjoyed a varied and successful career, and now leads Cisco’s Americas Field Marketing Organization, which is responsible for inspiring people in 46 countries to prefer, choose, and advocate Cisco solutions.


Sabrina Dar

Sabrina Dar

Director Sales Acceleration, Cisco Canada

Sabrina Dar is Director, Commercial Sales Acceleration for Cisco Canada and is responsible for delivering accelerated profitable growth in the Canadian marketplace. Sabrina is an accomplished business leader with 14 years Cisco experience in finance, strategy, marketing, business development and sales. Recognized for transformational leadership, Sabrina consistently drives execution to deliver measurable results


Dan MadonDan Madon

Director Public Sector Canada, Cisco

Dan Madon is the Director for Public Sector Sales for Cisco Canada and an executive sponsor of Cisco Connected Women. Dan started with Cisco in 1999 and is responsible for ensuring his team of sales and engineering professionals bring industry best practices and true business outcomes to his customers by leveraging Cisco global resources. Prior to joining Cisco Canada, he worked across a variety of industries and consulted for Fortune 100 companies around the world.


Karen WalkerRebecca Leach

General Manager Software Sales, Cisco Canada

As GM, Canadian Software Sales and leader for the Cisco Canada affinity groups, Rebecca leads a team responsible for the development and execution of a new group of software consumption models, sold through both customer and partner routes to market. Rebecca’s remit is national, focusing on Cisco’s Commercial, Public Sector and Enterprise accounts for all software and WebEx offerings. In 2014 Rebecca was recognized by Computer Dealer News as one of Canada’s top “Sales Mavericks” in the IT Channel Ecosystem. In 2012 and 2013, Rebecca was recognized by Computer Dealer News as one of the Top 25 Women in the IT Channel Ecosystem.


Panel Discussion

Developing Inclusive Leadership

Patrice D’Eramo, VP of Americas Field Marketing, Cisco

Dan Madon, Director Public Sector Canada, Cisco
Sabrina Dar, Director of Sales Acceleration, Cisco Canada
Rebecca Leach’s, General Manager Software Sales, Cisco Canada
Mojan Mobasser, Systems Engineer, Cisco Canada



The Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) program is a session you can select to include as part of your overall conference schedule.  Selecting CEWN during the registration process automatically blocks your conference schedule for the session time.

Remember, you will still have the opportunity to select Technical, Business, Partner sessions being offered from 1:30pm, and 3pm.