Cisco Blogs / Tae Yoo
Senior Vice President
The catalyst for Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vision, Tae leads the company’s social investments as well as champions environmental efforts and a triple bottom line framework (social, environmental, and financial) across the business. Ms. Yoo drives a strategy that engages public-private partnerships and leverages Cisco’s business, technical, and financial assets for inclusive growth and social impact in communities around the world.
After a commitment in 2016 to positively impact 1 billion people with digital solutions by 2025, Cisco has already impacted 716 million, primarily through its strategic social investments and efforts to catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports progress and inclusive growth. Corporate Affairs also invests in developing digital skills and creating positive change in education and workforce development. Through her leadership, the Cisco Networking Academy program has become one of the largest ICT education programs in the world, reaching over 15 million students since the program’s inception in 1997 and helping 2.9 million people get jobs since 2005.
Ms. Yoo was one of Cisco’s early employees. Prior to Corporate Affairs, she was influential in creating new markets for Cisco by co-founding the Business Development organization. She also spent time based in Europe where she provided leadership to Cisco’s Global Distribution Channels, a critical component in the company’s growth. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Yoo’s insight and business acumen have enabled Cisco to successfully collaborate across government, business, and NGOs for tangible, positive outcome.
Ms. Yoo envisions a world where everyone will be able to participate and succeed in the digital economy. As a CSR trailblazer recently named one of GreenBiz’ 25 Badass Women Shaping Climate Action in 2021, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and Assent Compliance’s Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders, Ms. Yoo frequently speaks and writes on the evolution of CSR as well as the need for better broadband access in developing countries, innovative education models that lead to jobs, and a new generation of innovators who leverage technology for social impact.
Currently, Ms. Yoo is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation and member of the Service Year Alliance Board. She is also a member on the WEF Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Education and Skills and a founding member of the CSR Board.
Ms. Yoo holds a degree in Communications from Virginia Tech.
Cisco Purpose Report: Measuring and reporting impact along our purpose journey
Cisco’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo, shares how the Cisco 2021 Purpose Report tells the story of the impact of our work as a responsible corporate citizen.
Cisco to award $1M USD to #TechForGood startups and entrepreneurs addressing social issues and climate change
The sixth-annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is now accepting applications and will be awarding $1 million in cash prizes.
Reflecting on twenty years of NetHope
NetHope is a global consortium of nonprofit organizations that specializes in improving connectivity and collaboration among NGOs, serving tens of millions each year in 180+ countries. SVP of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo, reflects on Cisco's 20-year journey of NetHope and what lies ahead.
Cisco’s continued journey to net zero
Cisco’s SVP of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo, has seen our commitment to environmental sustainability grow over the years. Learn more about Cisco’s new net-zero emissions commitments.
Announcing the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 winners
Tae Yoo, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, announces the winners of the fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.
Investing in a regenerative and sustainable future: Cisco Foundation adds new focus on climate solutions
The Cisco Foundation is committing $100 million over ten years to fund nonprofit grants and impact investing in climate solutions. Learn more from Cisco's SVP of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo.
Powering an inclusive future through corporate social responsibility
Our 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Impact Report details our progress toward powering a more inclusive future for people, communities, and the planet.
Cisco to Award $1 Million USD in Prizes to #TechForGood Startups
The 5th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge is underway. We are awarding $1M USD in prizes to early-stage tech entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s toughest problems.
Announcing the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Winners
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge awards startups working towards driving economic development or solving a social or environmental problem.