Thought Leader Life 057: Guest Ayelet Baron

Our guest and co-host for the month of January is Kelley Steven-Waiss (@ExtremeKelley).



Kelley Steven-Waiss serves as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources where she is responsible for the Company’s global human capital strategies. Kelley oversees every aspect of Extreme Networks’ talent management strategy, including all global staffing, compensation, employee communications, talent development, and business partnering. She excels in aligning people and resources to effectively execute the business strategy. Kelley has 20 years of executive management experience in human resources, change management, and corporate communications. She excels in aligning people and resources to meet business goals in addition to staff development and recruiting. Kelley comes to Extreme Networks from Integrated Device Technology (IDT) where she served as Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. Prior to IDT, Kelley was Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources for PMC-Sierra. She has also held executive management and consulting positions in large global consulting firms, public software and retail companies. Kelley earned her MA in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco and a BA in journalism from the University of Arizona.

Our guest on 24 January was Ayelet Baron (@ayeletb).

Ayelet Baron

As a Futurist, Ayelet Baron combines lessons learned from more than a decade as a high-tech industry executive with her roots as a researcher, change catalyst and global leader. This rare blend of expertise enables her to assess and advise individuals and organizations that seek to embrace new ways of running a business from innovation to results. As a futurist at Simplifying Work, she is building a diagnostic tool to assess whether an organization has industrial or 21st century practices to help leaders transform and build healthy and resilient organizations.

Ayelet speaks on the future of work and how to integrate technology solutions (like social media, Enterprise 2.0 and knowledge sharing) into organizations. Most recently, she spoke at SxSW and client’s executive team off-sites.

Prior to Simplifying Work, Ayelet was the Chief Strategist, Cisco Canada and helped position Canada as the second largest revenue generating country for Cisco at $1.9B. She was also on the executive team of Cisco’s Emerging Markets (covering Africa, Middle East, Latin America, CEE, Russia/CIS) and was the chief strategist for Cisco’s $2B global mobile business. As a Cisco Leadership Fellow, she worked with 21 of the largest NGOs and developed a social networking handbook for social good and ICT for Healthcare initiatives.


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