Maria Medrano

Sr. Manager of Inclusion & Collaboration, Cisco

As a Sr. Manager of Inclusion and Collaboration within Cisco’s Office of Inclusion and Collaboration, Maria leads the global strategic initiatives and I&C community strategy for Cisco by focusing on creating and implementing inclusive and collaborative strategies designed to fuel exponential growth for Cisco, our employees, Customers and Partners. Maria leverages Cisco’s collaborative technology to create business relevant strategies and value creation programs that support Cisco’s employee resource organizations, business initiated networks, virtual group, and global ambassadors. The collaboration drives broad adoption and integration of inclusive behaviors, best practice sharing, and leverages executives to instill accountability and change.

Prior to joining the Office of Inclusion and Collaboration, Maria led the Data Strategy and Analytics team within Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Applications and Technology Group. In this role she lead efforts with her global teams to drive data insight while embracing collaborate and inclusive mindsets.

Prior to joining Cisco, Maria served leadership roles within the construction, telecommunication and technology industries. Within these industries she successful led teams to integrate strategic insight into all aspects of the business: from strategic planning, recruitment, marketing, sales, finance, and information systems. Her passion for leading teams started early on in her career as she often traveled to collaborate and manage teams outside of the corporate locations.

Among her professional activities Maria also serves as a mentor to First Generation College students and works with local schools to engage with students with an interest in a career in technology. She is also committed to the advancement of Women and is a founding core team leader of a Cisco Employee Resource Organization Connected Women-Sacramento. The YWCA has recognized her for her business excellence and achievement in her career within Cisco with the 2012 Emerging Leader TWIN award. Maria has also been recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility as a 2013 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program participate and award receipt, for her contributions to corporate America and proven commitment to the community.

Maria, a Mexican-American Californian native, has 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.

Maria and her husband Mauricio reside in Sacramento with their three children, Magdalena, Mauricio and Mateo. As a family they enjoy supporting a number of community and charitable causes and spending time in the outdoors.