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February 2014 Archives

Celebrating Your Success with Debbie Dunnam

dunnam.jpgDebbie Dunnam, Senior Vice President of Americas Services Sales at Cisco, leads a diverse organization with responsibility for all technical and professional services sales, channel partner sales, and field marketing in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. During her tenure, she has steadily advanced through several leadership positions, including heading up the Go To Market Shared Services organization, the Worldwide Customer Operations team, Cisco Services Sales in the US Enterprise, Commercial, and Canada customer base, the Inside Services Sales team, and the US Cisco Services Partner Organization sales group. Dunnam participates in multiple inclusion and diversity efforts, both inside the company and within the partner community. With more than 25 years of IT experience, she has held executive positions in other industry-leading companies including HP and Dell.

Debbie took the time to answer some questions about jumping the curve, work/life balance tips, and much more!

3 Questions with Betty Nguyen


NBC News and MSNBC anchor Betty Nguyen has spent her career covering breaking news around the globe, reporting on some of the most important political, environmental, and cultural events of our time--from the Boston Marathon bombings, to the 2012 presidential election, the Arab Spring, and the Gulf oil spill. Before her move to NBC, she anchored the CBS Morning News and reported for CBS This Morning, also serving as special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Nguyen previously anchored the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, and contributed to award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2006 tsunami in South Asia. After returning to Vietnam for the first time since fleeing the war, Nguyen and her family were inspired to found Help the Hungry, a global nonprofit organization that distributes food, clothing, medicine, and basic essentials to those in need.
We had the opportunity to ask Betty a few questions. Don't miss her session at the Simmons Leadership Conference!

Juliet Funt: Women I Admire


Juliet Funt is the founder and owner of WhiteSpace® at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders, and employees flip the norms of business to reclaim their creativity, productivity, and engagement. A nationally recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload, she has developed a method for personal process improvement based on the concept of WhiteSpace--carving out time from overscheduled, multitasking work routines for the freeform, flexible thinking that is so vital to energized, focused, and successful performance. With her unique blend of charisma, humor, and tough love, she demonstrates to audiences how this practice can change the negative patterns and behaviors preventing organizations from achieving optimum results. Funt has brought her thought-provoking content and immediately applicable tools toa number of Fortune 100 corporations, as well as to companies in industries ranging from financial services to technology, from manufacturing to the military.

Juliet Funt took a moment to speak with us about women she admires and jumping the curve in her career.

Balancing Work and Life with Dr. Helen Fisher


Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher is a pioneer in the neurochemistry of leadership and gender differences. A visiting research professor at Rutgers University, she has produced groundbreaking studies on the biological basis of thinking styles, demonstrating how women's innate talents are especially suited to addressing some of today's most pressing problems. She has applied her insights in a variety of consulting assignments at VISA, Deloitte, Proctor & Gamble, and other organizations, and makes regular appearances on TV and radio talk shows such as Dateline NBC, Anderson Cooper, and Charlie Rose. Also renowned as the nation's leading expert on romantic love, Fisher has written extensively on the brain science of human attraction, including Why Him? Why Her? Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type. She currently serves as chief scientific advisor to the Internet dating site

Balancing work and life is a struggle for every woman, we asked Leadership Conference speaker Helen Fisher to share her tips on how to successfully balance professional and personal responsibilities.