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On March 27 2013 I had the opportunity to participate at Cisco’s Women in Technology Forum with the theme, “Think Big, Play Big!

The event was particularly poignant as it was held under the publicity from Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative book and movement   “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Our CEO John Chambers kicked the Forum off with a welcome video.  There were 41 Cisco execs at this venue and what can I say, an excellent start! Moving forward, I am excited that Cisco will be active globally in the celebration of Girls in ICT Day on April 25 2013. Further, I will have an opportunity to represent Cisco at the afternoon session, European Parliamentary hearing on Women in ICT.

The topic that I will address is most relevant today , “Women in ICT Careers, How to Explore Female Talent?”

At Cisco, we have a culture where everyone is respected and can bring out their best as they pursue Cisco’s vision and objectives. We champion empowerment, innovation and collaboration and invite different perspectives and ideas. Through this culture of inclusion & diversity, we create a great place to work for employees and drive an intense focus on our global customers. From this we gain a better understanding of the world—and the differences in its people. Together we can change the way we work, live, play, and learn .

We can do BETTER by making the issue of women in technology integral to our business strategy

This issue is not just for women but in fact is core to our society fabric, for both men and women and touched Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology education K-12.

The data that supports a business imperative are compelling such as :

I will close with a Jack Kerouac quote from a card that I received a few days ago from a Cisco colleague :

‘The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn, or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Let’s walk the talk together simply because it is the right thing to do!

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  1. Olivia Shen Green
    Olivia Shen Green

    We were so honored to have you at the event. Let’s keep working together to change the world. PS, great closing quote;)


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