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Kristie Wright, PhD
Director, Talent Planning & Executive Assessment
Cisco’s Center for Collaborative Leadership
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Kristie Wright leads the Talent Planning and Executive Assessment functions in Cisco’s Center for Collaborative Leadership.  She is responsible for the evolution of Cisco’s succession planning practices, ensuring that they align with business strategy and focus the organization on building the capabilities needed to execute successfully in the short as well as long term.  Kristie and her team also develop best-practice executive assessment products and services.  The practices build individual leader insight as well as the organization’s insight about its leadership talent. 

Kristie’s expertise is in the identification and assessment of critical capabilities – at the individual and at the group or organizational level.  At Cisco, she will be charged with developing and managing Cisco’s 3.0 leadership expectations, or “C-LEAD,” and integrating those expectations into core HR practices such as recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, and succession planning.  Kristie also serves as an executive coach to Cisco leaders and is working with her team to build a strong cadre of coaches who can help develop our leaders against the 3.0 leadership expectations. 
Prior to joining Cisco, Kristie had similar roles in assessing and developing leadership talent at Corporate Express and First Data Corporation.  She and her teams provided in-depth assessments of individual leaders as well as leadership teams.  They consulted with the business and with individual leaders to identify key areas for development, re-deploy talent based on the needs of the business, and identify talent gaps against the business strategy.  The team also designed and delivered skills training to the HR community on how to interview for leadership, culture fit, and growth potential more effectively.

Kristie has a BS in Psychology from Penn State University and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.