Shari Slate

by Edward Cates
Shari Slate
Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer

Shari Slate is the Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer at Cisco. Her organization is responsible for leading Cisco’s Office of Inclusion and Collaboration, as well as global Community Relations.


Slate has been widely recognized for her visionary leadership and transformational views on the business value created at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, collaboration and technology.


Guided by her thought leadership in this area, Cisco is embracing new models of inclusion and collaboration to fuel innovation, accelerate market leadership, and reimagine workplace practices in the digital era.


In her previous role, Slate served as Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Cisco’s sales organization. She was responsible for increasing inclusion in the revenue-generating arm of the business and incubating new strategies for fostering full spectrum diversity.


Prior to Cisco, Slate served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Global Community Affairs at Sun Microsystems.


Slate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.

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