Shari Slate
Shari Slate

​Shari Slate is chief inclusion and collaboration strategist for Cisco’s Americas Region. She is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers. In addition to driving an inclusion strategy designed to attract and select new talent, develop and engage existing talent, and create an inclusive environment within the sales organization, Ms. Slate’s team leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation. 

Prior to joining Cisco, Ms. Slate served as chief diversity officer and director of global community affairs at Sun Microsystems. Shari received the 2012 Most Influential Women in California Award, 2011 Women Worth Watching Award, and The Network Journal's 2009 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Award. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political, legal, and economic Analysis from Mills College.