Hear from Cisco executives, including Shari Slate, Cisco’s Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer and SVP Inclusive Future and Strategy, on how Cisco is accelerating its innovation through purpose-driven investments.


Learn from next-generation female founders who are breaking through the male-dominated cybersecurity startup world and hear how one investor’s journey inspired countless other women.     


Discover what leading venture funds look for in diversity investment opportunities, their commitment to creating positive change among their portfolio companies, communities, and how fellow investors can do the same.  


9:30AM PT

Welcome Remarks

The virtual summit will be packed with insights from industry visionaries, leading investors, and next-generation founders, on the challenges faced by underrepresented leaders in enterprise technology, and the actions ...

9:35AM PT

Opening Keynote

Accelerating Our Innovation Through Purpose-Driven Investments

Purpose is one of the most important topics in business today as companies of all sizes respond to heightened expectations from their ...

9:50AM PT

A Conversation With Sol Trujillo

Sol Trujillo is synonymous with Telecom. As the former CEO of Orange (France Telecom), Telstra (Australian telecom company), ...

10:20AM PT

Women Founders Transforming Cybersecurity

An insightful conversation on the challenges and opportunities for women founders in enterprise technology specifically Cybersecurity, an industry expected to reach $540B by 2030. Hear from the ...

10:50AM PT

A Conversation With Lo Toney

In the world of emerging enterprise technology investing, Lo Toney is a name that everyone hears very often. Throughout his illustrious career, Lo has been at the forefront of investing in emerging ...

11:20AM PT

Diversity is Smart Business 

Investing in diversity is no longer just some “nice to have” corporate strategy. In fact, it’s smart business. Investors and corporate leaders are beginning to recognize the power of building community ...

11:50AM PT

Closing Keynote

Purpose-Driven Innovation and Investments

Recapping the conversations and knowledge exchanged during the event, Derek Idemoto, SVP of Corporate Development and ...

12:00PM PT

Closing Remarks

We'll be wrapping up our virtual summit with final thoughts and key takeaways from our sessions.

Featuring Saqib Jalil, Senior Manager, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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Shari Slate

Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer and SVP, Inclusive Future & Strategy, Cisco

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Theresia Gouw

Founding Partner, Acrew Capital

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Lo Toney

Founding Managing Partner, Plexo Capital

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Jessica Lin

Co-founder & General Partner, Work-Bench

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Sol Trujillo

Partner and CEO, L'ATTITUDE Ventures

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Amanda Gorton

CEO & Co-founder, Corellium

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Derek Idemoto

SVP, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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Shailaja Shankar

SVP and GM, Cisco Security Business Group

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Janey Hoe

VP, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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Kay Min

Senior Director, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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Prasad Parthasarathi

Senior Director, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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Saqib Jalil

Senior Manager, Cisco Corporate Development and Cisco Investments

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A select group of startups will be chosen for a virtual 1:1 meeting with an exclusive audience of Cisco executives and Cisco Investments.