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In the Spotlight: Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson, Cisco engineer and extreme mountain climber is the first employee to be highlighted for "In the Spotlight", a monthly series from the Cisco Culture topic page that features Cisco employees who have an interesting and compelling technology culture story to tell.


"In the Spotlight" is a monthly series from the Cisco Culture topic page that features Cisco employees who have an interesting and compelling technology culture story to share. Know a person or group you think should be in the spotlight? Email Lindsay Kniffin (lkniffin@cisco.com) for your suggestions. Stay tuned for more Spotlights throughout the year!

To celebrate the first Cisco Culture "In the Spotlight" series we couldn't think of a better person to highlight than Cisco engineer and extreme mountain climber Brian Dickinson! Brian has been working for Cisco for almost five years as a Systems Engineer on the Amazon account. He also teaches business ethics at the University of Phoenix and received his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). He now resides in the Seattle area with his wife and two children.

Brian sure loves a challenge. Growing up in southern Oregon, Brian has always had a passion for being outdoors and engaging in extreme sports activities.  After serving six years as a U.S. Navy Air Rescue Swimmer in San Diego, Brian moved back to the Pacific Northwest where his love for extreme sports and mountaineering could properly be fulfilled. He is now on a mission to climb the seven tallest summits of the world with Mt. Everest being his latest achievement, completing the climb in May. Four mountains down and three to go! 

In between preparing for his mountain climbs, Brian also raises money for toys and gifts to give to nearby orphanages and for AIDS research. Watch this video of Brian and climbing partner Christopher Rose, an account manager with INX, to learn how they raise the money and how they will use different technologies while on Mt. Everest.

During this most recent climb, Brian utilized various Cisco technologies to communicate with people back home. Some of these technologies included an ISR 819R with a 3G router, the Cisco Cius business tablet, Cisco Virtual Office (CVO)and WebEx. Brian also configured 3G connectivity to the Kathmandu orphanage he visited.

At the top of Everest, Brian recorded his thoughts before his final ascent  via WebEx and shared them with Cisco employees and the public! Check out Brian's WebEx recording here!

Watch this exclusive video of Brian as he discusses his most recent climb on Mt. Everest and the various adversaties he faced on the mountain.  

When asked "what does the culture at Cisco mean to you?" Brian responded by stating the following, " the culture at Cisco is everything. The Cisco lifestyle is a balance of leading the industry in innovative solutions, being surrounded by top talent and real focus on the quality of life. 

Want to learn more about what Brian is up to? You can follow his most recent progress on Climbing.com and through his personal website, Sponsor 7 Summits. Way to go Brian! We're proud to have you as part of our Cisco family!