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A Great Day at Cisco

There is a cultural evolution happening at Cisco, driven by our business, our innovation and technology, and most importantly, our people. It is being shaped by feedback from our employees and it is helping us define who we aspire to be as a company.

It starts with Our People Deal, which is simply the understanding of what Cisco can do for our people and what we expect in return. Our People Deal sums up what it means to be part of Cisco and it shapes everything we do. Every interaction, every communication and every experience.

By connecting everything, innovating everywhere and benefiting everyone, Our People Deal is transforming our employees’ experience by delivering on the Moments that Matter ─ those defining career and personal moments that are important to them. As you can see from the visual below, these moments range from taking your birthday off to healthcare options to focusing performance management on development.

Cisco employee career 'moments that matter'We have recently announced a few more that we are excited about.

Time2Give

Giving back is a part of Cisco’s DNA. Last year, Cisco employees gave a combined $12 million in donations and matched funds, as well as more than 155,000 hours of volunteer time, to the nonprofits and causes of their choice. And our employees want to do even more – they’ve identified giving back as one of their Moments that Matter. We recently announced Time2Give, a global program that gives our employees five days of paid time per year to volunteer, in addition to any paid time off or vacation they already have. Employees can choose where they contribute their Time2Give. By empowering our people to take time off to volunteer, we’re collectively helping to change the world through active participation in our communities.

Pay Parity

Another way we can provide an unmatched employee experience is to ensure everybody is compensated fairly and equitably. This is an important conversation for us, and an integral part of Our People Deal. Our Pay Parity initiative builds on our long-standing commitment to fair pay and is being integrated with our existing strategies for pay for performance and market competitiveness. Pay Parity is an ongoing commitment – not a point-in-time initiative. We are proud of the results of our preliminary review which demonstrated that we have a healthy and equitable compensation program. This new agile framework introduces more analytics, targeted strategies, new accountabilities and enhanced decision making tools built for us – by us – to support our commitment to drive and maintain a highly inclusive and equitable compensation environment.

Time Swap/Job Swap

With a focus on development we will be rolling out a new program that promotes and supports talent rotations and agility. Time Swap/Job Swap allows employees to either swap ~20 percent of their time with another individual for a defined period or swap roles for a limited time. This enables our people exposure to another part of Cisco’s business, while also helping them develop their own skills and bring innovative thinking and ideas to programs and among broader teams.

We want every day to be a great day at Cisco and that starts with our employees’ experiences.  We have incredible people doing extraordinary work. Together, we’re #allin to make every moment matter.

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2015 Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Our People

Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility strategy prioritizes the issues that are most important to our business and to our stakeholders, identified through a formal CSR materiality assessment. We use the Cisco CSR Report to communicate our approach, objectives, progress, and challenges around five high-level priorities. This morning, we’ll focus on Our People:

A culture of empowerment, engagement, and innovation makes Cisco one of the most admired companies in the world and one of the best places to work. Our success depends on our people — their engagement, their talent, their innovation, and their desire to continue to learn and grow. We are going to give them a flexible work environments where they will be safe and healthy, where they can be their authentic selves, where they can get training and improve themselves, and where they will be rewarded for their hard work.

People

Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Cisco, emphasized the importance of our people in this year’s Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility report:

“At the core of our success is our people, and they are our focus. We want to attract and keep the best people and develop the best leaders today for tomorrow — leaders who have impact and are building the most incredible teams.”

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Honoring Leadership: Advocating for Team Members with Disabilities

Two Cisco leaders were just recognized with high honors for their advocacy of inclusion and diversity at Cisco and within the community – leadership that champions the needs of our team members and friends with disabilities.

Greg Akers, senior vice president of Advanced Security Research and Government, and Mayte Cubino Gonzalez, a technical services manager in Belgium, are co-recipients of this year’s Diversity Best Practices “Above and Beyond” award from the Network & Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC). The NALC Diversity Award for Affinity Group Leadership is given to “individuals whose grit and determination has led to the creation, success and/or turnaround of their network/affinity group.”

One of Cisco’s key business objectives is to recruit, retain, and empower diverse, top talent through a culture of inclusion, diversity and collaboration. As members of the Connected Disability Awareness Network (CDAN) at Cisco, Greg and Mayte have made tangible progress towards this goal. Through their work on global workplace accessibility projects and initiatives, they are empowering people with disabilities and creating awareness of the unique perspectives disabled people bring to the workplace. Read More »

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Everyday Heroes of Cisco Empowered Women’s Network: Denise Donohue

This post was written by Anuja Singh and Emily Griffin.

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Carpe diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from everyday heroes of Cisco Empowered Women’s Network

What better way to start the New Year than with a monthly Cisco Empowered Women’s Network series about role models in the technology industry? We all make resolutions and set goals to improve ourselves– but somewhere along the way, life interrupts our plans, we find ourselves juggling different priorities and invariably things get dropped. What you will find in this segment is inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify with; let’s draw inspiration from the choices they made and aspire to the outcomes they created.

 

Welcome to ‘Carpe diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from everyday heroes of CiscoEWN’

To kick off our first post of the monthly series, we have an incredible guest – Denise Donohue.

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Denise has worked with information systems since the mid-1990s and her expertise spans most technologies. She has authored numerous Cisco Press books and frequently shares her knowledge in webinars and seminars. Find out more about Denise.

 

Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN): You started your career as an economist with government agencies and here you are now – a senior network architect with some of the most difficult industry certifications under your belt. What happened along the way?

Denise: Life and kids happened! I quit my full time job to be a full time mom to my three kids. But along the way I started tinkering a little with home computers and found it interesting. I also have a background in education so I started working from home and franchised a business that brought computers to daycares and schools. When my husband lost his job and I had to go back to full time work, I considered returning to my comfort zone of economics and government. But that wasn’t where my heart lay – by then, I had grown to love computers.

 

CiscoEWN: What were some of your headwinds and tailwinds during this difficult transition?

Denise: I’m not sure I would advise anyone to juggle that many balls at the same time (smiles)– but if you have to do something, the only way is to jump in with both feet and do it. My headwinds at the time were intense – I was very guilty about leaving the kids; I was the weird person among the neighborhood stay-at-home moms peer group; the field I had chosen was very difficult and drained me physically and mentally – there were many days that I cried because I was exhausted and I missed the kids so much. But what kept me going was that despite the challenges I really enjoyed what I was doing and felt deep down that this is where I was supposed to be. I loved the technology, the new learning and meeting new people. Following my passion and trusting my gut were my mantras during that phase.

 

CiscoEWN: Following your passion is a great advice – but don’t you need a support system or some motivation to actually do it?

Denise: Absolutely! My family understood that it was finally my time to do what I had to do – and they shared responsibilities around housework and cooking dinners etc. Of course, there was a fair share of whining also – especially when I came down on Christmas day just for the gift-opening and then went right back to studying. So, for all of us, despite some basic support, you have to continue to motivate yourself and keep in sight why are you are doing something. Competition also helps. I had a colleague who got his CCNA and CCIE (Cisco certifications) before I did and he was gloating about it. That really lit a fire under me and my goal was to get my own certifications within a year after his.

 

CiscoEWN: You are the author of not one, not two – but twelve books! How did you persevere?

“…if you have an interest, a goal that you want badly enough – you can get it. And sometimes not knowing exactly what it takes to get there helps. Then you can focus on each step.”-Denise Donohue

Denise: (Laughing) I suffer from total amnesia about how hard it is. I guess that’s why I keep going back and doing it. Some of the books took six months; some took as many as a couple of years. I considered dropping the effort many times, but then I knew I had things I wanted to say and felt this was my way to give back to my community. It was my labor of love. I find that if you have an interest, a goal that you want badly enough – you can get it. And sometimes not knowing exactly what it takes to get there helps. Then you can focus on each step.

 

CiscoEWN: What would you write in a letter to your younger self?

Denise: It took me a long time to understand that I should have faith in my judgment and myself. If I could speak to my younger self, I would tell her that she is good enough and smart enough and she should do what she needs to do with self-confidence. Also, I would tell her not to let resentment overcome her. At the time, I resented my husband’s job loss because it forced me out of my comfort zone. But time and my achievements have given me faith that there is a reason for the way things happen.

When CiscoEWN contacted me and asked if I was willing to be the first person featured in this series, I hesitated because I felt I didn’t have much to say that was out of the ordinary. I felt I was just doing what I do and it’s not all that special. But then my daughter said ‘Mom, you should do this. You have been my inspiration’. And that just meant so much to me – it gave me pause to look back and see how far I have come. I would tell my younger self that too.

 

CiscoEWN: Leave us with your favorite Carpe diem statement.

Denise: For people who are wondering what to do with their life, or are stuck, don’t be afraid to take a step. Chances are you can always step back if you need to. ‘You can only do what you can do – don’t feel bad about what you can’t do.’

Thank you Denise!

 

 

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An Incredible Week: Cisco Empowered Women’s Network at Cisco Live!

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This blog post was written by Priscila David in collaboration with Emily GriffinAnuja Singh and Rima Alameddine

Today. Tomorrow. Transformed. This was the theme of the second annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN) forum at Cisco Live. And what a great week of transformation it was, and a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live! Sorry for the long blog post, but it was an exciting week for us!

CiscoEWN is a global community of highly motivated, professional women, as well as a forum for Cisco customers, partners and employees to network and motivate one another at Cisco Live and in virtual and live events throughout the year. Our founders and Executive Sponsors highlight our goals for CiscoEWN at Cisco Live US in San Francisco this year:

CiscoEWN sponsored several activities during the week each of which gave the opportunity for women in technology and our male allies to gather together and network, learn from and empower each other.

We kicked off the week with the CiscoEWN Forum on Sunday, a four-hour event with a packed agenda of mentoring sessions, panels, and keynotes. Here’s a recap of the afternoon:

  • Over 450 men and women, including Cisco employees, customers and partners, attended (up from 250 attendees last year!).
  • 50 executive mentors shared life experiences and offered advice in an icebreaker mentoring session with attendees.

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  • Cisco President and COO Gary Moore shared his thoughts on why diversity and inclusion is important for business. 
  • Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTSO, shared insights about her personal transformational journey. She asked the audience to reflect, Read More »

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