Women in business Q&A: Alison Gleeson, SVP at Cisco

By the time I was 28 years old, I had worked my way up to Vice President at Unisys. Cisco approached me in 1993 about joining the company and I actually rejected their offer, telling them, “You’re not a big enough company.” Looking back on that now, it’s quite humorous. After I started partnering with Cisco as part of my job, I realized I needed to make the change. I decided to take the position at Cisco as a regional manager, and when I told my mom, she said to me, “Are you crazy? You’re a VP now. What more do you want?” I knew, however, that it was the right decision. Cisco was the future, and it was the best decision I have made professionally.