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Laura Quintana

VP & General Manager, Networking Academy

Corporate Affairs

Laura Quintana joined Cisco in 1999 and is currently Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Manager of Networking Academy, Cisco’s largest and longest-running Corporate Social Responsibility program. She leads a global organization and has grown the Networking Academy to reach more than 3 million students annually (15.1 million since inception) in 180 countries with an annual in-kind contribution valued at over $367 million USD. Laura and her team drive partnerships with governments, academic institutions, and nonprofits to prepare students to participate in today’s digital workforce and to connect them to career opportunities. She and her team are further expanding Networking Academy’s reach with SkillsforAll.com, a mobile first, self-paced, and gamified experience available direct to learner and via academies. Since its launch in July 2021, more than 200,000 learners have joined Skills for All. Through Laura’s leadership, Networking Academy has become a critical part of country digital readiness, working with ministries of education around the world to further national digital agendas and develop the human capital necessary to support country transformation. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. She is a co-executive sponsor of the Cisco Conexión Latinx network. She serves as a member of the SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Board of Directors, the Economic and Workforce Development Advisory Committee for California’s Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the Love Never Fails Advisory Board. She was recognized by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2021-2022). She is fluent in Spanish and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three children.

Articles

Implementing a Successful Public-Private Partnership: Ensuring Long-Term Sustainability

This is the fourth article in a five-part series on how a company or organization can develop, implement, and sustain successful public-private partnerships (PPP) that achieve large-scale impact.

Implementing a Successful Public-Private Partnership: How to Execute

This is the third article in a five-part series on how a company or organization can develop, implement, and sustain successful public-private partnerships (PPP) that achieve large-scale impact.

Implementing a Successful Public-Private Partnership: How to Engage

This is the second article in a five-part series on how a company or organization can develop, implement, and sustain successful public-private partnerships (PPP) that achieve large-scale impact.

Implementing a Successful Public-Private Partnership: Who to Work With

This is the first article in a five-part series on how a company or organization can develop, implement, and sustain successful public-private partnerships (PPP) that achieve large-scale impact.

Cisco Networking Academy to Partner in Cuba

Today, we are pleased to announce that Cisco will begin a new relationship with the Universidad de las Ciencias Informaticas (UCI) of Cuba, with the intention of bringing the Cisco Networking Academy program to UCI students.