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My experience at the Grace Hopper Celebration 2012

My first encounter with Anita Borg Institute (ABI) was hearing Telle Whitney, the CEO of ABI; speak about the need to empower women in technology at the Cisco Women in Technology Forum (WITF). I was impressed by her talk and the years of research and work in this important area. When I was invited to attend the ‘Women of Vision’ Awards by ABI, I was thrilled to reap dual benefits of getting inspired and charged by the award recipients and their stories and at the same time doing my bit of being a role model for graduate students eager to join Cisco. Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), this year held in Baltimore, MD, seemed like a natural course of action for me.

The theme for GHC this year was “Are we there yet?” a question that everyone should ask themselves whether for personal goals or a larger cause.. GHC did a wonderful job to address this theme and spread it across many seminars and talks. There were multiple sessions aligning different tracks like Industry, Security, Academia, Early Career and Social Collaboration, happening at the same time, so the GHC app on my smartphone came in very handy to pick out the sessions of my interest. The app also provided details on schedule, location and bios of the speakers.

Here are my key takeaways:

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Cisco at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

At the Grace Hopper Cisco Booth in 2011

The Cisco team is gearing up for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, Maryland!  The conference, from Oct 3-5, is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery. Cisco is a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

58 Cisco employees will speak, mentor, participate and recruit at the conference. We are the third most represented company at GHC. Additionally, we have Cisco leaders exchanging ideas and sharing best practices at the Sr. Women’s Summit and the Technical Executive Forum.

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How to demonstrate Inclusion in 5 Simple Steps

Last week, I gave an internal talk to our Cisco Inclusion and Diversity Ambassadors on “How to demonstrate Inclusion in 5 Simple Steps”. I am a firm believe that Inclusion and Diversity is not what I call an “extra-curricular activity” but is an inexhaustible tool that should be woven into every aspect of our culture and all of our interactions at Cisco, both inside and out. Read More »

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Cisco Honors Working Mothers


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.

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100,000 Jobs Mission Upcoming Job Fairs for Veterans





Cisco is proud to be a 100,000 Jobs Mission member. Next week there will be both a virtual and a Bethesda, Maryland- based job fair for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members, wounded warriors and military spouses. We will have Cisco representatives at both the virtual job fair and at Bethesda.

100,000 Jobs Mission Virtual Job Fair
Live Webcast: Friday, August 24, 2012 10:00am ET/7:00 am PT and 1:00pm ET/ 10:00am PT

100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition is hosting a virtual job fair for U.S. veterans, transitioning service members, wounded warriors and military spouses. This is an opportunity to learn about career opportunities with Coalition member companies like Abbott, Avis Budget Group, Cisco, EMC², Frontier Communications, Henry Schein, HP, IBM, Iron Mountain, JPMorgan Chase, Mantech International, Modis, Office Depot, UnitedHealth Group, and UPMC.

Companies will showcase current open jobs. Panelists will be available to answer questions.

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