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Laura K. Ipsen

"Find many mentors along your personal journey. Some last a lifetime; others for the moment."

How She Empowers Others

Laura K. Ipsen is senior vice president of Global Policy and Government Affairs for Cisco, the global leader for networking for the Internet. Since 1996, she has been responsible for developing Cisco’s public policy agenda and managing government affairs activities worldwide. In addition, she is a co-chair of Cisco’s EcoBoard, focusing on Cisco’s initiatives and leadership on environmental issues, and leads the company’s Women’s Advisory Group, which identifies and recommends gender-focused strategies in partnership with the Inclusion and Diversity Council.

Ipsen is the chair of the board of directors for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and serves on the board of the European American Business Council, the Public Affairs Council, and the Technology Board for Pacific Research Institute. She is the past president and chair of the board of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).

Prior to Cisco, Ipsen worked in government affairs and international trade for Hitachi Data Systems and Acer Corp. She began her career in government affairs and international trade with PriceWaterhouseCooper’s.

Ipsen received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia. She studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan, and did graduate work in business at Stanford University.