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Padmasree Warrior @ WEF’s New Champions meeting in Tianjin, China

Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco, talks about the globalization of science and technology at WEF’s annual meeting of the new champions 2008 in Tianjin, China. She shares messages on innovation, education and intellectual property protection that she takes away from the sessions.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

imageBy Marilyn NagelDirector, Human Resources, Worldwide Diversity and InclusionGood ideas come from everywhere. It’s a simple idea, but the concepts behind it -diversity and inclusion -are not only close to my heart, but are also a part of my full-time responsibilities at Cisco. My name is Marilyn Nagel, and I am a director in Cisco human resources, responsible for worldwide diversity and inclusion. At Cisco, we have a great diverse workforce and our efforts are focused on ensuring we all work in an inclusive environment. For example, our goal for employees with disabilities is to not only provide them with the right tools and resources, but also to educate all employees on how to work with people with disabilities.To provide some further context, I’d like to give some background on myself.I have a background in both education and organizational development and organizational change. I have two masters degrees -yes, I really do like school that much, and as long as I am capable of doing so, I will continue to frequent workshops, seminars and read tons of great books and articles on the topics of diversity and inclusion. I’ve been a diversity officer in prior roles, and had diversity as a component of previous positions. Read More »

Times They Are A Changin’

I’m in New York right now. Obviously an interesting time here. I’m here meeting with reporters, and this afternoon I am speaking on a panel at PR News’ Digital PR Summit. The reporters I’ve spoken to this week have sources and friends on Wall Street and it isn’t a fun time here. Their sources aren’t willing to speak about what is going on because they want to keep their jobs (if they still have them) and they don’t know what is ultimately going to happen. Uncertainty is the operative word here. I’ve overheard conversations of people who ride the train to work and they’ve said it has been absolutely quiet on the train. And, if you’ve ever been to New York, you know there isn’t a lot of quiet.The reporters also acknowledge the obvious that the news business is changing quite a bit as well. They’re being asked to blog, do videos, appear on TV and do more and more “new media.” That certainly doesn’t mean “old media” is dead, but certainly we are in the middle of an epic shift…driven, of course, by the web.The panel I’m speaking on is about the use of video in PR. My co-panelists are from Southwest Airlines and AllScreen Studios (a Burson-Marsteller unit). Paula Berg leads the efforts at Southwest and they’ve done a lot of creative thinking and strategies around putting the Southwest “personality” out there. They have a unique brand that the blog (and its video) helps extend. Steven Haft leads AllScreen Studios and in his former life he produced a little movie you might have heard of called “Good Will Hunting”…how do you like them apples? I’m looking forward to hearing from them both. Read More »

Picture Window

We tend to think of video phones as a modern-day thing, but can you believe they were first demonstrated about 50 years ago? Sure, there were technical barriers that prevented them from being adopted; but there was another factor, too: folks would never want the level of intrusion that a video call imposes. Fast forward to 2008, and the debate is no longer about video, but on just how much of our inner thoughts and viewpoints we should be publishing for all to see. Read More »

Customers Confirm Value of Cisco and Microsoft Collaboration

Posted by: Pamela FerrilThis month Cisco and Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Server ® on WAAS, a jointly developed and supported program that integrates Windows Server 2008 on the Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) network appliance.image Read More »