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Women in Tech: Personalizing Your Career to Work for YOU

Join WCT and ITAC in learning how 3 amazing women from Cisco personalized their careers to work for them.


WCT and ITAC are pleased to present the latest event in the
Women in Leadership Series


The Event

Gone are the days where a career path was defined. Now it is up to you to set goals, find mentors and establish a path to reach those goals. Panelists will share how they discovered their careers and how working in tech has empowered them to get as close to having it all as possible. This event is designed to inspire you to carve a career that is right for you, and how taking control of your career can also give you the confidence you need to take the next step.

Here are three accomplished women from Cisco in three different stages of their career, and the decisions they have made to ensure their careers are fulfilling and match their goals.


The Details

Held on March 28th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Cisco's new Innovation Centre. Refreshments will be provided. 


The Discussion

Three women in different areas of Cisco Canada share how this discovered their career paths and how it empowered them to reach new heights. Attendees can expect to hear:

  • How each panelist discovered their career path
  • What helped them get to where they are today?
  • What kind of barriers did you have to over come?
  • Is it luck? Or is it making sure you're in the right place at the right time?

After the panel there will be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as time for networking with other attendees. In attendance are leaders from Cisco as well as men and women from technology, telecommunications, media and communications companies in Toronto.


The Panel

The conversation will be moderated by Fawn Annan, President and CMO of IT World Canada (and also Chairman at Canadian Channel Chiefs Council). Panelists include:

Rola Dagher
President, Cisco Canada
Erin Gertner
Regional Manager, Cisco
Michelle Williams
Virtual Systems Engineer



Rola Dagher

Rola Dagher is President of Cisco Canada, focused on bringing innovative digital solutions to enterprise, commercial, and public-sector industries, delivered through our world-class partner eco-system. Cisco Canada is one of the top 5 markets for Cisco worldwide, and home to Cisco’s 3rd largest R&D center worldwide, developing some of the company’s most advanced and innovative technologies. With over 1,700 employees across Canada, Rola oversees all aspects of the Canadian business from operations, sales, marketing, finance and services.

Rola joined Cisco from Dell EMC Canada where she held a variety of leadership roles and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager in their Data Center business. There she led a team of Sales Engineers in the Server, Storage, Networking and Solutions business units that delivered transformative solutions for customers. Previously, Rola spent 15 years in various sales leadership functions at Bell Canada focused on commercial and public-sector verticals.

Rola is a recognized industry leader with 25-years of experience. She is driven by the belief that in the age of digital transformation, diversity of thought brings together unique experiences, knowledge, and ideas that accelerate human progress, innovation, and inspire word class teams. Rola is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion initiatives globally through her board and sponsorship initiatives that help educate, engage and empower youth.

Erin Gertner

Erin is starting her 12th year at Cisco, where she joined as part of the Associate Sales Representative Program. For the past two years she has been the Regional Manager for Territory in Central Canada and has recently taken on an extended role as leader of the Commercial Office for Canada. Erin is responsible for the National Commercial Go-to-Market strategy linking Channels, Architectures, Marketing, and Sales to accelerate the largest growth engine for Cisco’s Canadian business. Previous to roles in management, Erin was an Account Manager in the Commercial region for 8 years with a specialization in Smart + Connected Buildings

Erin holds a degree in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and is passionate about enabling women in technology.

Michelle Williams 

Michelle is passionate about working with technology in every stage of her career. She holds an undergraduate degree in commerce from University of Toronto, a Masters of Business from Queens University, as well as a Masters of Science in International Business from Maastrict University in the Netherlands. As she continues working in the field as an engineer, she looks for opportunities for continuous learning and improving her technical skills and understanding.



We hope you can join us in taking advantage of the oportunity to learn from some fierce females working in tech!

Hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer are included in your ticket. 

Tickets are $40 for ITAC and WCT Members, $60 for non-members. Students, please email [email protected] with your institution and student ID to purchase tickets for $20. 

WCT Members, please log in with your membership credentials to receive $20 discount on ticket prices. 




March 28th, 2018 4:30 PM   through   6:30 PM
Cisco Canada, Suite 2900, Floor 29
88 Queens Quay West
ITAC Members Only $ 45.20 (includes taxes of $ 5.20)
WCT Members, please log in to receive $20 discount) $ 67.80 (includes taxes of $ 7.80)

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