Michele has been an avid speaker, influencer and evangelist in the cybersecurity industry for 30 years. She joined Cisco in March 1996 as the founding member of Cisco’s internal security team. During her 22+ years at Cisco, she has worked in all facets of cybersecurity and has the established many “Firsts” at Cisco. In 2010, Michele was promoted to Distinguished Engineer, one of 7 female DEs across Cisco today. In 2014 she co-founded Cisco’s Women in Cybersecurity Community which focuses on developing the next generation of women cybersecurity leaders. In 2014 she was named one of SANS “People Who Make a Difference in Cybersecurity” and in 2016 she received the prestigious Anita Borg’s 2016 Women of Vision Technology Leadership Award. Her current focus is IoT, blockchain and privacy.