As the U.S. Air Force’s first female airman to complete the grueling, 18-hour Army Cavalry Spur Ride, Courtney Beard is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Even with her experience, Courtney faced a much greater challenge when she returned from her deployment — finding a job that aligned with her career goals.
Like Courtney, millions of military veterans across the United States struggle to translate their active-duty experience into achievements that will resonate with employers.
Courtney Beard, a United States Air Force Veteran, was hired by Cisco in 2012 as a Network Consulting Engineer
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, employment, public sector, veterans, Veterans Programs
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, more than half of all girls say they don’t typically consider a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). At Cisco, we can change that – with the help of nonprofit partners like Techbridge, we can inspire girls to discover a passion for technology, science, and engineering.
As part of National Engineers Week and our efforts to empower the next generation of innovators and leaders, Cisco welcomed 30 fifth-grade girls from the Komatsu and Esperanza schools in Oakland, California to its San Jose campus earlier today, where they took part in a wide range of hands-on activities designed by Techbridge. Since launching in 2000, Techbridge has expanded academic options and STEM career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and more than 4000 girls in grades 5-12.
Shari Slate, Cisco’s Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer, inspired the girls to pursue careers in STEM
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, diversity, education, employee volunteer, Girls in ICT, Girls in STEM, stem
This post was written by guest blogger Kelli Walker, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America
Cisco has been a significant strategic partner with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Since 2009 Cisco has helped fund various pilots that use technology to increase efficiency in our operations, transportation, and food sourcing throughout the Feeding America national network of 200 food banks. Strategic thought partners like Cisco have allowed our network to feed more than 46 million people in need every year.
Cisco played a huge role in our outreach to Springwire, an agency that provided, among other things, community voice mail, to help people in need stay connected to loved ones, resources, and support services. In 2014, Springwire management and technology transitioned to Feeding America.
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Tags: at-risk, Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, homeless, hunger relief
On Sunday night, some of the NBA’s best players competed in the 2015 NBA-All Star Game, putting on a show full of slam dunks and no-look passes. Behind the scenes, Cisco Networking Academy students worked side-by-side with the NBA’s IT team, monitoring the arena’s networks and telephones to make sure fans didn’t miss out on the exciting on-court action. The final night of festivities was the culmination of a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 30 Networking Academy students, who spent a week in New York City as part of the Cisco Networking Academy Dream Team.
Andrew Torres and a few of his fellow Dream Team members secured the networks that made NBA All-Star 2015 possible
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Tags: Cisco CSR, cisco networking academy, corporate social responsibility, Dream Team, education, nba, NBA All-Star, networking
The world is faced with overwhelming social issues, from climate change to poverty. Students and young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the growing number of devices connected to the Internet, turning them into products that will one day solve these global problems.
A competition developed by Cisco France employees in 2014 aims to harnesses this innovative spirit. Now in its second year, Le Defi Cisco (The Cisco Challenge) invites university students and young entrepreneurs to develop solutions to social and environmental challenges using the Internet of Everything – the connection of people, processes, data, and things
Students collaborate during the Le Defi Cisco Competition, brainstorming new ways to apply technology to global social issues
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Tags: Cisco CSR, cisco networking academy, corporate social responsibility, Internet of Everything, IoE, le defi