VP Operations
Cisco Meraki

Denise is a builder at heart – the harder the problem the better. She loves high-performing teams, focused on the right things, that constantly drive value and change in the marketplace. When people feel a part of something bigger than themselves, they can achieve extraordinary things together.

She’s proud of the journey she’s been on at Meraki, enabling the growth from 300 employees to over 3,000, serving 75% of Fortune 500 companies and 700,000 customers in 190+ countries. Through the strength of the Meraki platform, they deliver the most intuitive, secure, and intelligent IT experiences for their customers. They’ve also built a team where folks care deeply for our customers and each other. And they’ve only just gotten started.

As VP of Operations, Denise leads teams that manage how Merakians connect (employee experience, IT, business systems, program management, and facilities) and how Meraki connects with their customers (strategy, business, and manufacturing operations). Through their work, they ensure two things: that Meraki’s employees are cared for with a focus on creating a diverse, innovative, and collaborative team; and that Meraki delivers the right outcomes for their customers by managing workflows, supply chain, and strategy. Whether meeting the needs of their colleagues or customers, Meraki’s operations team enables how people work and connect around the world.

In addition, Denise is the proud executive sponsor of the San Francisco chapter of Cisco’s Connected Black Professionals (CBP), an employee resource organization (ERO). Genius knows no zip code. She is committed to building more inclusive and equitable teams that unlock the potential for all.

Summits Attended: 2020 Debug, 2021 Pride

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.