Global Perspective: Meet The Woman Leading Cisco Canada into the Future
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Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada
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Join Women of Influence as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This national flagship event is hosted in six cities across Canada and inspires 8,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.
- 11:15-12:00pm General Reception
- 12:00-2:00pm Luncheon
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Bernadette Wightman is President of Cisco Canada, 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 for the global company. In addition, Cisco has received numerous awards and accolades, including being named Canada’s top employer for three years in a row by human resource consultants Aon Hewitt. The Canadian operation is also a proving ground for some of the company’s most advanced and innovative technologies.
Ms. Wightman is a 15-year Cisco veteran and has worked in the IT industry for more than 25 years. Her demonstrated sales leadership successes include managing organizations in developed and emerging markets. Most recently, Ms. Wightman served as the general manager for Cisco in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the other Commonwealth of Independent State countries, where she led the team in a challenging geo-political landscape and built a trusted business platform for the future.
Prior to that, Ms. Wightman led Channel and Commercial sales for Cisco’s Emerging Theatre, the largest Cisco Commercial business organization outside of the Americas, spanning 84 countries and including more than 10,000 partners. She has also held leadership roles for Cisco in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including the partner organization and working with British Telecom.
Ms. Wightman has a passion for talent development and diversity, and has been a member of several organizations, which advocate leadership roles for women in business. In the past, she has been a member of the Women in Sales UKI executive board, Strategic Partner Alliance Group in UK&I and the Women in technology UK&I community.
Ms. Wightman was named Business Leader of the Year by Women into Science, Engineering & Construction (WISE); honoured as one of the UK’s most influential women in IT in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and named among the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2014 by specialist publishers Debretts.