Perhaps the most well-known woman on the FierceWireless Most Influential Women in Wireless list is Padmasree Warrior, the CTO at Cisco. In this high-profile position, Warrior is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and a familiar interview subject in many business publications.
Warrior joined Cisco in 2007 after spending 23 years at Motorola, where she held numerous positions including CTO. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, the first time the company had received this honor.
The Economic Times ranked her as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian, and the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce recognized her with its prestigious Excellence Award.
Warrior is also a vocal advocate for women and minorities in math, science and engineering. In 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame, and received the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. She has been recognized as a role model by many organizations, including the Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council, Notre Dame Girls High School, the South Asian Women Leadership Forum and as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer. In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman magazine. In 2009 she was a keynote speaker in the Women of Vision conference, where she told the audience that over the course of her career she has learned five things: every transition brings a growth opportunity; you can gain speed at the turn; leaders blur boundaries; the best way to gain recognition is to give it away; and opportunity is a mold waiting to be reshaped.