Kim Marcelis – Influence without Authority 11-14-2020


Kimberly Marcelis

VP of Strategic Planning, Cisco


During her 30 year career, Kimberly Marcelis enabled companies to make change happen. As a management consultant, she counseled senior leaders on strategic options and partnered with individuals at every level of the client to implement the changes. In this session Kim discussed the importance of influencing without authority. Kim provided practical tactics and strategies for building and maintaining relationships and using this influence to effectively drive projects and initiatives. This workshop includes interactive segments where teams broke out into smaller rooms to practice some of the learnings


During her 30 year career, Kimberly Marcelis enabled companies to make change happen. As a management consultant, she counseled senior leaders on strategic options and partnered with individuals at every level of the client to implement the changes. Kimberly worked with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups across all industries including health care, banking, and personal electronics.

In 2000, she brought her consulting skills to Cisco Systems where she led an internal team of consultants to drive change from within. During her 19-year tenure, she implemented a company-wide Six Sigma program, redesigned the corporate planning process, and increased the effectiveness of the Operations $2Bn project portfolio. Her ability to implement complex solutions led to leadership positions for many critical cross-functional projects including Cisco’s transformation to shift from a product business model to a subscription model. As a trusted advisor to Cisco’s executive management team, Kimberly was the Chief of Staff to the President and managed the CEO staff meetings and quarterly business review. Today and throughout her career, she remains a strong champion of diversity. Kimberly was the executive sponsor for Cisco’s Asian Affinity Network and for the LGBTQ Affinity Groups. She created a unique 9-month leadership development program for high performing Asian employees that accelerated participants’ career.

Her leadership has been recognized by several organizations including:

2011: SF Chamber of Commerce finalist for the Ebbies (excellence in business)

2011: National Eagle Leadership Institute award winner

2013: Silicon Valley YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) award winner

2013: Professional Business Women of California Industry Leader award winner


Kimberly’s impact has been featured in these publications:

2010: Working Mothers

2010: Diversity Journal


Kimberly graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A in Russian Studies. She also earned a MBA from the Haas School of Business. Kimberly, her husband, and two children (ages 16 and 15) reside in the Silicon Valley.

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