I had the privilege to shadow Kathy Mulvany from Cisco Corporate Affairs through the Connected Women Executive Shadow Program and wanted to share what a fantastic experience that was. I shadowed her marketing strategy sessions as well as her next fiscal year planning meetings. During our time together, I was most intrigued by the stories she shared with me from her recent trip to Africa, where she met a number of individuals who have been impacted by our social investment programs, including students from the Cisco Networking Academy.
Kathy shared stories of many young adults she met in South Africa, Rwanda and Kenya; how they needed to help support their family during the day but were still able to learn about technology through the Networking Academy program. After obtaining IT certifications through the program, many are now successful IT professionals, Academy instructors and entrepreneurs.
Cisco Networking Academy helps meet the growing demand for information and communication technology (ICT) professionals and improves career prospects for people from all backgrounds. There are currently over 10,000 Cisco Networking Academies across 165 countries. Through many education and community partners whom provide classroom space, lab equipment and qualified instructors, the Academy strives to create the “world’s largest classroom.”
I sincerely thank Kathy and her team for all the time they spent me with. It was a great experience to shadow her for a day and learn about all the great things our Cisco Corporate Affairs Team is doing to multiply our social impact through networks.
Please read more about Cisco Corporate Affairs and Networking Academy success stories around the globe here.