Chief of Staff – Technical Services Product Management, Cisco Systems
By Lauren Jones, Photo by Caitlin Candelari
By day, Wendy Howell is the chief of staff for a Cisco Systems business unit. By night and in every other waking moment, Howell is a passionate advocate for all things girl. She is a co-managing director for Girls in Tech, a global nonprofit with more than 60 chapters and 60,000 members. Howell sponsors and owns the global-partnership relationship between Cisco and Girls in Tech, and is an active mentor in and outside of Cisco. She supports the Girls Scouts, Survive 2 Thrive and Girls for Progress. As the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, Howell is exceedingly passionate about raising the next generation of confident, powerful and successful women.