Susan McDonough at home with her 3 sons, 2 nephews and niece, aged 3 to 16.
Work-life integration can provide challenges like no other, as working parents can attest to. Cisco continues to meet this challenge with various programs that have been recognized by Working Mother magazine’s prestigious 2012 100 Best Companies list. And we’re extremely proud of Susan McDonough, vice president of Corporate Development at Cisco who leads the acquisition integration and operations,named as Working Mother of the Year in the same publication.
It’s not often that we realize we are in the majority, which is usually an indication that we are. What responsibility do we have, when we hold this majority seat, to listen to and help bridge the gap for others around us, or to be an ally to those in traditionally marginalised groups? Discrimination at work still exists globally and locally. Harnessing our social networking power by bridging gaps between majority and non-majority groups may lead to a more powerful and sustainable change, addressing bullying and discrimination in the field.
May is the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. For those who aren’t familiar, the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May commemorates two major United States events in the Asian American and Pacific Islander history --The first group of Japanese immigrants arrived in America on May 7, 1843 and the transcontinental railroad (thanks to the labor of many Chinese immigrants) was completed on May 10, 1869. The month of May--to celebrate the Asian-Pacific American traditions, culture, and history--was officially designated by the Congress in the 1990s.
It is June and although this seems a little belated, technically speaking, every month or day for the matter should be a celebration of whatever your heart desires--whether it is your family and friends, your culture, your favorite band… you name it! For Cisco, everyday is a day of inclusion and diversity, and it is evident in Cisco’s extensive efforts in supporting more than 10 different Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), participation and sponsor for world-wide inclusion and diversity events, and so much more.
I had a moment to chat recently with Sandy Hoffman, Cisco’s newly appointed chief diversity officer, and we spoke about her new role:
What does a chief diversity officer actually do?
At Cisco, I see my role as providing strategic leadership across the company on recruiting, advancing and retaining talented people in our multinational and multigenerational corporate environment. Additionally, I’ll partner with the business on embedding inclusion and diversity into existing business processes, improving the effectiveness of employee resource groups, and supporting supplier diversity.
What challenges/opportunities do you see for diversity in technology companies right now?
The changing business landscape indicates that by 2020 the workplace will be dramatically different. In order to remain competitive, companies need to create a workplace that is diverse and inclusive, adaptable, virtual, and global.
Technology companies in particular are facing challenges in the Read More »
Here in the United States, we are observing Memorial Day today which honors those men and women that have laid down their lives in our nation’s service. Here’s a fact I only learned recently about why the flag is only at half staff until noon:
On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Here at Cisco, our military focused employee resource group (ERG) is just finishing up its annual spring care package drive to troops overseas. It is always an education to get Read More »