Keynote Speakers

Tony ColonTony Colon
Vice President, Customer Experience Engineering at Cisco

Tony Colon is vice president of the Cisco Customer Experience Engineering team. His team serves as a digital innovation engine, fueling Cisco’s transformation from a hardware-centric company to one that is leading the way in meeting customers’ changing needs through software, cloud and Software-as-a-Service offerings.

He is a strong believer that the best companies instill as a core foundation a culture that embraces diversity, cares for its people, and is committed to helping others. Tony is a champion for life-long learning, with his signature motto, “Always be learning; Always be coachable.”

Tony is active in a number of social and professional causes. Inside Cisco, he is the executive sponsor for the Men for Inclusion employee network and a leader in the Latinx Conexión community. He serves on the advisory boards of the March of Dimes and the Hispanic IT Executive Council and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Prior to joining Cisco, Tony served as the senior vice president for Success Cloud Product Management & Innovation at Salesforce. Earlier, he co-founded a successful social business platform venture and served as chief architect for eGain Communications.

Ruth CotterRuth Cotter  
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Human Resources and Investor Relations


Ruth’s unique role at AMD positively differentiates the company’s People, Strategy and Voice. In addition to overseeing all aspects of these critical corporate functions, she builds distinctive customer experiences, deeper stakeholder relationships and ensures AMD’s inclusive, learning and innovative workplace culture sets it apart from its competition. Cotter brings 20+ years of experience and a proven track record of strong leadership, driven by thoughtful strategy and planning.

Cotter is a recipient of the 2018 Women Worth Watching Award® from Profiles of Diversity Journal, is a 2018 Top 10 Champion of Global Diversity by DiversityGlobal Magazine and a 2018 Silicon Valley 50 Honoree, a recognition for the 50 top Irish and Irish-American leaders in Silicon Valley making a significant impact in the world of technology.

Lecia RoundtreeLecia M. Roundtree
Vice President, HR & Organizational Development
PremierOne Credit Union

Lecia has over 20 years of executive level experience managing Human Resource functions, including Staff Development, Recruitment and Compensation and Employee Relations management.   

Lecia is a certified public speaker and has presented information on a variety of topics both locally and internationally related to the discipline of Human Resources. 

Other personal accomplishments include a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, as well as several certifications, including Recruitment and Leadership Development.

Manjula TalrejaManjula Talreja
Senior Vice President, Customer Success

Manjula had a 22-year tenure at Cisco. Until October 2015 she was Vice President at Cisco Consulting Services the company’s business and IT technology consulting arm. Talreja ran the Global Service Provider group where she helped customers accelerate successful business outcomes by readying their operations for digital transitions.

From 2009 - 2013, Manjula played a pivotal role in launching VCE (a partnership between Cisco, EMC and Vmware) and Cisco Intercloud; both new business models and partnerships in the growing cloud business.

Manjula is a highly sought-after industry thought-leader, and was named “The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Cloud” 2015, CableFax “Top Minority Women in Cable” 2014 and 2015, “Most Powerful Women in Cable” 2012 and 2014, and CloudNOW “Top Ten Women in Cloud” 2013. She is a regular keynote speaker in global forums. Pacific Telecommunication Council Conference (PTC), Mobile World Congress (MWC), Women in Cable Technology (WICT), Cloud Expo New York and UC Berkeley Innovation Forum to name a few.