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Leigh Clifford Drake

2016 Speaker

LEIGH CLIFFORD DRAKE is the director of U.S. commercial services sales for Cisco. She is responsible for over $1B in sales in her role as director for Cisco’s US commercial services sales in the East and Central. In this and other leadership roles, she works to provide a holistic approach for Cisco as well as customers and partners. Drake has lead the inclusion initiative for the US commercial services including organizing career roundtables and mentoring task teams for those who are early in their career at Cisco. She has also been recognized by Cisco senior leadership as top segment lead. Her experience includes leadership in Cisco’s worldwide partner organization, services consulting and development of Cisco’s global commercial services segment. She has over 25 years in the technology sector which includes previous leadership roles at OCTEL and Lucent Technology. Drake, a Navy spouse, was selected to help frame the way U.S. Atlantic Fleet embraced women with dual careers. Considered a  trail blazer in changing women’s impact in technology and the US Navy, her participation has been pivotal in bringing new understanding and programs supporting career women of Navy spouses. She served as a board member of the Tampa Bay Technology Foundation, awarding college scholarships to middle school STEM recipients. Drake earned a B.S. from Agnes Scott College. @cisco