As vice president, CES Americas Regional Operations, Brenda Dennis is responsible for providing world class customer and partner services for the Americas, Cisco’s largest sales geography representing $30B and 67% of Cisco’s revenue. Her team of nearly 400 optimizes the commerce experience, deal readiness, supply change management and sales productivity, making it easier for customers and partners to do business with Cisco. In her role leading engagement with senior global sales executives responsible for accelerating Cisco’s move to SaaS, XaaS and Cloud-based platforms, one of Brenda’s top priorities is driving operational innovation to support Cisco’s transformation to recurring revenue and worldwide rollout of buying programs. She also serves as executive sponsor for IBM and Hartford Insurance.
Dennis was promoted to her current Operations role from her executive role in Sales as Senior Director of Global Sales Strategy & Transformation, where she mobilized collective resources to deliver transformational experiences for customers worldwide. Working closely with Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team, she was responsible for sales growth and acceleration strategies, across Large Acquisitions, Cloud, IoT, Pricing and Profitability, $1B Global Infrastructure Fund, and Service Provider. Throughout her 24 years at Cisco, Brenda has held several high-profile sales leadership roles, leading multiple teams, and driving billions in revenue. Before joining Cisco, she spent eight years at Sprint Communications in Sales Leadership and was Sprint’s nominee for Fortune Magazine’s “Hot Shots Under 30 in Telecom.”
Possessing a strong track record for profitability, stakeholder relationships, growth initiatives, and commitment to customer and partner success, Brenda has received multiple awards, including, most recently, the 2020 Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching and the 2019 Stevie Gold for Female Executive of the Year.
As a passionate and energetic speaker, Brenda often keynotes in areas of leadership, business, sales, operations, technology, diversity and talent development. She has captivated audiences around the world speaking at events, including the California and Pennsylvania Conferences for Women, TEDx, Cisco Live, Women’s Business Forum, Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN), Women of Impact, and many others.
Brenda earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Marymount University, a Business Administration (BA) degree in International Business from Oregon State University, and studied at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She continues her executive education at MIT and the Wharton School of Business and has served on the Boards of the Alice Paul Institute and Big Brothers Big Sisters in New Jersey (3-year Board Chair).Close
Cam McKenzie is the Vice President, Commercial Operations for Pacific Biosciences – the American biotech company that designs, develops and manufactures sequencing systems to help scientists resolve genetically complex problems.
In his current role, Cam leads a multi-faceted organization, establishing a scalable commercial infrastructure in a high growth environment. His oversight includes Commercial Support, Training, Technology, Strategy and Operations, along with Tech Support and Commercial Enablement. Over the past decade he held progressive roles within the Finance and Commercial organizations at Illumina. Most recently, he served as the Senior Director of Commercial Operations for the Americas, leading Revenue Operations, Inside Sales, Commercial Training, Data & Analytics and Customer Care.
McKenzie has a passion for building great teams and creating a culture rooted in delivering results and having fun. He holds a Masters in International Management from the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy and a Bachelors from Northern Arizona University.Close
Jessica Sibley oversees the operations for Forbes, including the company’s industry-leading BrandVoice, Insights, and ForbesLive platforms, as well as direct sales, programmatic, paid social, brand strategy, integrated marketing, demand-gen, licensing and more.
An accomplished media and advertising executive, Sibley has a proven track record of leading and motivating high-performing sales teams. She was instrumental in helping Forbes close out the decade with two of its best years on record, and she is passionate about delivering true ROI for clients. Under her tenure, Forbes set back-to-back records in 2018 and 2019 for the number of premium custom content campaigns created for clients and established new benchmarks for the number of ForbesLive and custom events held each year. Jessica has also established new opportunities for clients around signature Forbes franchises, such as the Forbes 400, Under 30, ForbesWomen and more.
Prior to Forbes, Sibley held significant leadership positions at global media companies, including Condé Nast, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal.
Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for The Ad Council, The Business Marketing Association (BMA), Board of Advisors, Her Campus, Spoon University, and College Fashionista. She is a C-Level Member at Chief and an Investor and Board Member of Prota Fiori a sustainable luxury women’s footwear brand with attainable price points and composed of certified sustainable materials.
Sibley is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.Close
Heather is a passionate leader with more than 20 years of experience inspiring innovation and leading positive changes in complex environments. At Teladoc Health, she is responsible for improving the client experience, optimizing revenue & scaling operations in areas including benefit administration, payer management, client onboarding, reporting and analytics, and client support functions. Previously, she served in leadership roles at Eli Lilly & Company & Doctor on Demand, always with a focus on building trusted partnerships with quality & a relentless emphasis on talent & culture.Close
Kerstin leads Siemens Healthineers global Laboratory Diagnostics marketing organization, which is focused on delivering diagnostic workflow excellence and clinical value to customers in networked care settings.
Her team is responsible for delivering innovative instrument and assay solutions that address diagnostic market needs for key disease states. Kerstin drives the strategic marketing strategy, which includes the creation of market-shaping innovation, cross-industry alliances and partnerships, and digitally enhanced offerings that aim to transform healthcare.
Kerstin has extensive experience in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) field, having held several leading positions in R&D, product line management, global and regional marketing, and customer management, before being appointed to her current role. Kerstin has broad experience in business and policy-related matters, including value-based care and healthcare industry trends. She previously represented Siemens Healthineers IVD interests on the board of MedTech Europe and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC).
Kerstin is a member of Chief, private network designed for the most powerful women in leadership to strengthen their leadership, magnify their influence, and pave the way to bring others with them. She is also an active mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation, helping women starting their own business in low to mid-income countries.Close