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.
What is the role that allies can play in workplace inclusion? Most commonly used in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) community, the term allies refers to those who don’t identify as LGBT, but who share a commitment to inclusion for all, and who are eager to contribute to corporate inclusion efforts by advocating on behalf of under-represented workplace communities.
On August 2nd, Cisco is co-sponsoring a free webinar called Allies ‘Come Out:’ Allies Are Changing the Face of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion. Moderated by Jennifer Brown of JBC, the webinar is from 1:00 to 2:15 pm EST.
The panel of diversity and leadership professionals will discuss the important role that allies have played in civil rights movements and the work that is underway globally for human rights, dignity and respect. Learn about Read 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 »
I recently read an article by Deloitte and something really caught my attention: voicemail.
Apparently voicemail is antiquated. It’s out of touch. It’s not an efficient way to communicate with people.
Did you know that? I didn’t. But according to the same article, the reason I didn’t know is because I am too old.
I’m a Generation X-er. I’ve lived through the digital revolution. And whilst I, like any good Cisco employee, love the fruits of technology – the Internet, smartphones, SMS texts, blogs, IWE – I also remember a time when telephones had cords and emails were word-processed and delivered by postmen. And apparently that makes me a whole different ball-game to Generation Y-ers and “Millenials.”