Monique Morrow

Talk title: “Can We Use Technology to Achieve Gender Neutrality?”


The fact is technology is gender and ethnic neutral. Pondering this question, I believe there are three areas open for additional research as to change the dialogue further in the industry on the topic of gender neutrality and accelerating cultural change:

  1. The development of a social entrepreneurial currency to attract and to retain women.

The premise is to determine those factors that can accelerate and reward desired change in organizations by developing the “value” of a social entrepreneurial currency for organizations.

The assumption is that this “value” will correlate to a return on investment within an organization.

This affirmation equates to an organization cultural transformation.

In 1738, David Hume wrote, “Reason is, and ought only be the slave of passions.” Frank Wilczek, Professor of Physics at MIT, wrote, ‘Simply put, incentives, not abstract logic, drive behavior.”[1]

Could we think about rewarding the behavior we desire such that an aggregation of this “social entrepreneurial currency” results in a new bonus?

  1. The amplification of social science engineering as a 21st century discipline.

There is social science. There is engineering. Yet the two worlds may not actively collaborate. A new discipline that blends engineering and social science is asked here where emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility, design intelligence, computational social science can be taught, for example.

  1. The application of design intelligence [think AI] towards achieving gender neutrality may be an opportunity.

Are we using the right metric for measure? Rather than a report of pink and blue figures in the form of gender statistics.

What kind of meta data structures are desired?

Could we imagine “a real time” interaction with an organization member such that this interaction is “non-intrusive”?

Which entity would we disrupt in the process ? [Positively]

What does Anonymization-Aggregating data for overall reporting look like?

The assumption here is not what we know but rather what do not know, e.g. unconscious bias constructs.

What are the implications to new skills?

Monique Morrow will also challenge the participants to action in exploring methods to accelerate cultural change .

See also:

[1] What to Think About Machines that Think, Edited by John Brockman,2015,



monique cisco-leadership-standards-550x366Monique Morrow is the CTO New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco. Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia.

Specialties: Networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation, Internet of Things; M2M Security and E-Health; Semantic web; Business Development

Monique’s current focus in on the intersection between research – economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples. Monique is exploring the humanitarian use of technology.

Synopsis of Sustainable Accomplishments

Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Monique’s role in these important regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals.

Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities for Cisco. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to the company and all the global organizations in which she is involved.

Monique is a staunch advocate for women in technology.

Monique was selected in top 50 most inspiring women in technology for Europe, 2016:

Monique was a 2015 Digital Woman of the Year Finalist for Europe:

Monique was selected to be part of the elite group of women for Connected World magazine’s 2015 Women of M2M/Internet of Things feature—or “WoM2M.”