Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 19 KC Wu The STEM Evangelist Power Suit By Jackie Krentzman K C Wu, Cisco's senior vice presi- dent, Operations Architecture, is responsible for keeping the com- pany's operating platform—in effect, its complex machinery—finely tuned and operating at full potential. Operations Architecture utilizes data and Cisco's tal- ented team to maintain the company's operating model. Wu, who joined Cisco in 1994, has held multiple leadership positions at the com- pany. She has led teams within supply chain management, business architecture, and process transformation. She has also held program management positions in external factory setup, acquisition inte- gration, order fulfillment systems, and production process optimization. Before joining Cisco, Wu spent seven years at Quantic Industries, an aerospace and defense company, where she held leadership posi- tions in manufacturing engi- neering and production control. Wu earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a master of science in industrial engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Diversity Woman: Can you describe what you do at Cisco? KC Wu: Cisco is undergoing exciting changes as we transition our business to a more recurring revenue model. ese We Mean Business > changes are complex and wide reaching, touching each function at the company as well as our partners. To get there, we need a solid foundation and a process map that helps guide us as we build the future. My organization, Opera- tions Architecture, guides the process and approach that look at our business strategy to design and deliver an opera- tion engine to transform and run the business of the future. All the while, we must design data and analytics into our processes so we can use intelligent information to be proactive and adap- tive to business environment changes, make good decisions, and improve the customer experience. DW: Cisco is heavily committed to STEM initiatives and bringing young girls and women into the fields of science and technology. Why are you personally pas- sionate about this? KW: I am passionate about ensuring that not just girls, but all of our youth, grow up feeling confident in their worth and abilities—ready to pursue their dreams and aspirations. I was lucky enough to enjoy the same support from my par- ents. e confidence that my parents had in me led to the knowledge that I could do anything I put my mind to. Gender stereotypes put boundaries around us and can limit our dreams. We cannot let our gender define what we can or cannot do. I attended an all-girls school in Hong Kong where no one told me that math and science were "not cool" for girls. I explored everything. Today there are too many social constraints telling girls what's cool and what's not. It's important to in- spire girls to dream big because the world is changing, quickly! I believe that math is a language describ- ing how the universe works, that science The Hong Kong native and Cisco SVP never was told when growing up "girls don't do math"

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