Sr. Manager at CISCO
As a Sr. Manager within the Office of Inclusion and Collaboration (OIC), Maria leads Cisco’s global strategic initiatives and I&C Community strategy. She leverages Cisco’s collaborative technology to create business-relevant strategies and programs. These include employee-led resource organizations (EROs), business initiated networks, and a global I&C ambassadors program – all designed to add business value by leveraging the unique talents and energy of Cisco’s diverse workforce. Her passion is around programs and technology that drive inclusive behaviors and inspire executives to promote inclusion and collaboration within their own organizations. Maria serves as a mentor to first-generation college students and works with local schools to engage students who have an interest in technology careers. She is committed to the advancement of women and is a founding member of Cisco’s Connected Women ERO. The YWCA recognized her for business excellence and career achievement with the 2012 Emerging Leader TWIN award. In 2013, Maria was also recognized with the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers award by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from San Jose State, a Masters of Arts in Organizational Development from Sonoma State University, and an MBA from California State University Sacramento. She currently resides in Sacramento with her husband and three children where she enjoys spending time outdoors and supporting a number of community and charitable causes.