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Tae Yoo

Senior Vice President

Corporate Affairs

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 527 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 12.6 million students since the program’s inception in 1997 and helping 2.7 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.

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April 21, 2021

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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.

December 9, 2020

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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.

October 27, 2020

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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.

August 5, 2020

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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.

June 16, 2020

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Building on our commitment to help the most vulnerable during the global pandemic

Cisco has always supported nonprofits that help the most vulnerable members of our communities. Our COVID-19 response is no different, with over $50 million in contributions to nonprofit partners focused on helping those who are homeless, displaced or at risk, those experiencing hunger and food insecurity, as well as those on the front lines.

April 28, 2020

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The Internet is more critical than ever. Now is the time to close the digital divide.

I’ve always believed that universal broadband internet access is a human right – just as important as food, shelter and water – that when fulfilled, enables individuals to help themselves succeed in the information economy. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves us deeper into a digital world, accessing education, establishing and maintaining a livelihood, and obtaining government and other critical services are being forced online.

January 15, 2020

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Modeling an inclusive digital future

What does it mean to be digitally ready? Cisco’s 2019 Global Digital Readiness Index uncovers key insights and enables global problem solvers to drive an inclusive digital economy.

December 10, 2019

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Reflecting on 35 Years of Impact and What’s to Come

When you hit a significant anniversary, you can’t help but to reflect on where you’ve been, appreciate the present, and look forward to where you’re heading. As Cisco celebrates its 35th anniversary, I find myself doing just that.